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Education Shift to Cloud at Center of Impressive Growth for Softdocs and Cloud-Based ECM Platform

COLUMBIA, S.C. (PRWEB) January 27, 2020
Softdocs, a leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM) and print customization solutions, announced continued momentum in cloud-based ECM is sustaining the company’s remarkable growth within the higher education and K-12 markets.
Uniquely positioned as the only ECM provider focused exclusively on education, Softdocs has supported the pursuit of digital transformation in education for over 20 years. Today, the Softdocs client base consists of higher education institutions, of varying types and sizes, as well as K-12 districts and schools.
Having tapped some of these clients to act as development partners, Softdocs seeks to ensure the constant evaluation and advancement of cloud-based solutions, while leading the charge to satisfy the evolving technology strategies, shifting data management needs and growing cybersecurity demands of the education space.
“Higher education and K-12 institutions are now routinely seeing significant savings and improved performance by moving key applications to the cloud,” said Mike Williamson, Vice President of Research and Development at Softdocs. “Through our partnership with Microsoft Azure, and with our content management platform, we provide substantial improvements in security, disaster recovery and compliance that are driving our customers to embrace this delivery model and recognize their expectations for a better experience.”
Over the past year and through the expansion of its product suite and service offerings, Softdocs has deepened existing client relationships, and welcomed 34 new education clients including Eastern Washington University, La Sierra University, Liberty University, Lee County Schools, McHenry County College, Nazareth College, Spelman College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Reading Area Community College, and the University of Redlands. Including these institutions, Softdocs has recently introduced new ECM clients who’ve migrated from existing solutions, some on premises to the cloud, as well as other clients new to ECM.
During this same period of time, Softdocs reports educational institutions implementing the Etrieve platform for document management, electronic forms and workflow have chosen predominantly to deploy in the cloud over on premises, at a rate of around 9 to 1. This preference for cloud-based ECM is also clear across the entire Softdocs client base, as 88% are live in the cloud with Etrieve, leveraging Microsoft Azure.
In the midst of experiencing remarkable growth as a company, Softdocs grew its executive team by two and continues to add experienced team members across the United States. Williamson, who joined Softdocs in 2019, is driving innovation to the product roadmap, cloud delivery and building of new solutions and key integrations, while protecting continuous improvement in the existing product portfolio. Under his leadership, Softdocs has prioritized the formation of development partnerships that put customer voices at the company’s research and development table.
In 2019, Softdocs was honored on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the country for the fifth time and named a Best Place to Work in South Carolina by SC Biz News for the third time. Following the hire of Laurel Stiller as the company’s first Vice President of Marketing, the company has also garnered numerous accolades for its education-focused messaging and creative campaigns. Stiller’s proven marketing expertise and familiarity with the education space is continuing to refocus the company’s message to the marketplace with a goal of matching Softdocs solutions to key issues in education that will drive greater operational efficiency across every district and campus.
“Our company is well positioned to sustain the explosive growth we have experienced over the last three years,” said Robert Satcher, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Softdocs. “By adding additional, proven leadership to the executive team, by expanding and building new partnerships with leading ERP vendors Ellucian and Jenzabar, and celebrating employee contributions to our product suite and customer success with a new four week vacation policy, we are ready to serve the education market with confidence in this new decade.”

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Checkers & Rally’s Celebrates An Impressive Year Of Restaurant Openings in 2019 and Looks Ahead to Continued Franchise Growth in 2020

TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) January 13, 2020
Checkers & Rally’s, a restaurant franchise known for its unique double drive-thru modular restaurants and constant innovation, had much to celebrate in 2019, with nearly 900 units across 28 states. The brand’s solid performance and strategic growth plan will continue to make it a dominant consumer preference and lucrative franchise opportunity in 2020.
In terms of franchise development, Checkers & Rally’s has opened more than 80 new restaurants over the last 24 months. The drive-thru restaurant franchise also added 34 new franchisees to the system in 2019, with the capacity to add more than 143 new restaurants. Additionally, there are more than 80 approved restaurant sites in the pipeline.
Checkers & Rally’s underwent a major brand innovation in 2019. The growing brand continued to reinvent every area of the business, from how it constructs modular restaurants to open faster, to how it serves guests through on-premise service, delivery and pick-up, to ways it can offer delicious menu items at a great value.
The brand continued to receive major industry recognition in 2019. For one, Checkers & Rally’s was named a top place to work by the Tampa Bay Times. Checkers & Rally’s also ranked No. 88 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500 list and No. 37 on QSR Magazine’s The QSR 50 list. Additionally, the brand was ranked in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 100 Franchises and Franchise Times’ Top 100 Franchises. Previously, Checkers & Rally’s was named as a best franchise deal by QSR Magazine for three consecutive years, from 2016 through 2018. To top it all off, the brand also nabbed the winning spot for Restaurant Business’s “Most Craveable Fries.”
“Checkers & Rally’s had an excitingly successful year in 2019,” said Director of Franchise Recruitment Ursula Lane. “From noteworthy restaurant openings to recognition as a top place to work by our hometown newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, Checkers & Rally’s had much to celebrate. Guests continue to know us as the place for big, bold and flavorful food, including our Famously Seasoned Fries, and existing and prospective franchisees recognize our brand as a competitive business opportunity. We’re looking forward to keeping that momentum and innovation going through 2020, and the franchise development team welcomes conversations with qualified and experienced prospective franchisees who want to join a franchise family known for its exceptional value, people-first attitude, and ‘Crazy Good Food.’”
To learn more about franchising with Checkers & Rally’s, visit https://checkersfranchising.com/.
ABOUT CHECKERS & RALLY’S RESTAURANTS, INC.Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its “Crazy Good Food,” exceptional value, and people-first attitude, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally’s® restaurants. With nearly 900 restaurants and room to grow, Checkers & Rally’s is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is aggressively expanding across the country. Checkers & Rally’s is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and employees who work hard can create opportunity for themselves, their families, and their communities. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industry’s most prestigious awards including: Ranking #88 on Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500, Top Food and Beverage Franchise by Franchise Business Review, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Best Franchise Deal and “Best Drive-Thru in America” by QSR Magazine, the “Hot! Again” award from Nation’s Restaurant News, and “#1 Most Craveable Fries” by Restaurant Business. For more information about franchise opportunities with Checkers & Rally’s, please visit http://www.checkersfranchising.com.

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Lymphoma Research Foundation Showcases Impressive Number of Researchers at 2019 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

The fact that we have 98 percent of LRF’s current Scientific Advisory Board members involved in abstracts at this year’s ASH Annual Meeting speaks to the caliber of world-leading scientists we have steering LRF’s research investment and patient education.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 05, 2019
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community – will return to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition, with nearly 70 LRF-affiliated scientists presenting more than 100 abstracts at this year’s conference.
Widely regarded as the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology, the ASH Annual Meeting, taking place December 7-10, 2019 in Orlando, FL, provides a critical forum for leading hematologists /oncologists to present their findings to over 20,000 of their peers. Among the distinguished scientists invited to present, nearly 50 percent of LRF Scholars – participants in LRF’s Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP) – will present abstracts at the 2019 meeting.
In addition to the Foundation’s representation through presentations, more than 60 percent of LRF grantees from the past decade are authors on abstracts selected for this year’s meeting alone. In addition, LRF is represented in more than 770 abstracts through grantees, Lymphoma Rounds Steering Committee members, Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) Consortium members, LRF staff, and current and former Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members.
“The fact that we have 98 percent of LRF’s current Scientific Advisory Board members involved in abstracts at this year’s ASH Annual Meeting speaks to the caliber of world-leading scientists we have steering LRF’s research investment and patient education,” said Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, Chair of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board. “As Chair of this prestigious board, I am encouraged and proud of the incredible research being presented by the early career scientists we support.”
The 2019 ASH Annual Meeting also featured 15 abstracts and presentations stemming from current LRF-funded research.
“We are incredibly proud to support scientists who are making strides in advancing lymphoma research,” said Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. “The Foundation is grateful for the expertise of our Scientific Advisory Board which guides our research investment, so that we can continue to make a meaningful impact on the future of lymphoma research, which is evident in the number of young investigators supported by LRF presenting at this year’s ASH annual meeting.”
Throughout each ASH Annual Meeting, members of the Lymphoma Research Foundation Executive Team will be available for comment on ongoing ASH presentations and findings. For requests for comment, please contact Kinya Harte, Director of Communications and Marketing at kharte@lymphoma.org or 646-465-9107.
About the Lymphoma Research FoundationThe Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $62 million in lymphoma-specific research. For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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Teriyaki Madness’ Inaugural Conference Highlights Impressive Growth, Recognizes Standout Franchisees

DENVER (PRWEB) December 04, 2019
It’s not every year that your business doubles in size—unless, of course, you’re Teriyaki Madness. The teriyaki-infused growth the Asian-inspired fast casual concept is experiencing is undeniable, so much so the brand decided to gather up all of its franchisees, new and longstanding, to celebrate and share best practices. At its first-ever conference last month, the growth Teriyaki Madness has seen to date was on full display, as 200 franchisees, vendor partners and corporate team members gathered in the brand’s headquarter city of Denver for the 3-day event where attendees came together to recognize the achievements of the past year and discuss the brand’s strategic plan for 2020.
Through a series of speakers, roundtable discussions, vendor events and more, attendees were exposed to a number of different learning experiences and networking opportunities designed to help them get the most out of their time spent in Denver—and boy, did they ever.
“One of our company’s core values is collaboration and our first-ever conference encompassed it completely,” Teriyaki Madness CEO Michael Haith said. ”We saw tons of teamwork on display as franchisees shared best practices and ways to improve profitability and revenue, ultimately helping our shop owners leave the conference with lists of implementable action items to improve their local businesses.”
Between the organized balance of educational and extracurricular activities taking place, a handful of Teriyaki Madness franchisees were recognized for their performance over the last year as the first honorees of what will become annual awards given out to the top-performing shop owners in the system.
Recipient of the brand’s first-ever Franchisee of the Year award was Aaron Weissman, a shop owner in Great Falls, Montana, who was recognized by brand leadership for following all established systems and processes; and showing a willingness to cooperate and collaborate with the TMAD home office and other franchisees, among other valuable attributes. Weissman also won the inaugural award for achieving the best Chatmeter score, a service that aggregates online reviews, among other things, to quantify positive store sentiment.
When discussing why his shop saw so much success in 2019, Weissman said, “We have developed a clientele of professionals that use our app to streamline their busy lunch hour and families that can get what they want out of dinner. When it comes down to it, our food has integrity, and that resonates.”
TMAD’s first Rookie of the Year award, given to a deserving shop owner open less than a year that demonstrates coachability, strong work ethic, the ability to follow systems and processes, and an overall tenacity and pride for the Teriyaki Madness brand, was actually awarded to two franchisees. Gillian Beerman, a franchisee in Reno, Nevada, and Steve Beck, a shop owner in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, both lived up to brand standards and were deemed equally worthy of the award.
“These franchisees encompass all of our values and, importantly, demonstrate that they respect and value the processes our team has put into place to help them succeed,” Haith said. “For us, it’s not all about having the top sales numbers in the system—though that’s nice, too, we’re more focused on showing gratitude to our shop owners who take pride in the Teriyaki Madness brand on a daily basis in their own communities and who want to be a part of a team, follow our system and contribute ideas on how to improve the franchise.”
When you’re growing as fast as Teriyaki Madness is, it’s essential to have people in place who know what they’re doing on both the corporate team and within the franchise system. If it’s first conference is any indication, the brand is knocking it out of the park in that regard.
“The teams we’ve assembled on both sides of our business bring so much to the table, and will play an even more important role in our success as we pursue even more ambitious growth goals in 2020,” Haith said. “I couldn’t be more excited to see what the next year holds and the milestones there will be to celebrate at our next go-around.”
ABOUT TERIYAKI MADNESS:Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual teriyaki shop concept, is committed to unconditionally satisfying guests by offering delicious, made-to-order Teriyaki dishes prepared with fresh, all-natural ingredients served quickly and at a reasonable price in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The simple menu lets guests choose their protein, type of rice or noodles and desired vegetables for a fully customizable bowl made as healthy as the customer wants. The brand is dedicated to “Spreading the Madness” so everyone can experience the best teriyaki on earth. Teriyaki Madness was recently recognized among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Food Franchises of 2019 and was named one of FastCasual’s 2019 Movers and Shakers, and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list for three straight years. Founded in 2003, the brand currently has franchise agreements in place for nearly 150 shops across the U.S. Teriyaki Madness offers franchising opportunities nationwide for their concept to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.franchise.teriyakimadness.com or email franchise@teriyakimadness.com.
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