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Welcome Barratt Due!

We are very pleased to welcome the Barratt Due Institution of Music into our family and community. The institution is located in Oslo (Norway) and was founded in 1927 by the pianist Mary Barratt Due and the violonist Henrik Due, and has played an important role in the local music education.

The Barratt Due Institution of Music has different structures under one roof: the Music Kindergarden for infants and children til 5; the Music School for a beginners and advanced level tuition in voice, piano and violin; Young talents, the greenhouse for students under 19; and the Academy for full and part time students aiming for a classical higher Music education.

 

The Othello-lagkage is named after Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello. This cake is very popular in Denmark and is the “creme de la creme” of layered cakes. It was delicious! 🙂

 

       

ISAE 3000 – Data privacy and data protection!

Data protection and privacy has always been a top priority for the ASIMUT team and we are very focused on protecting our track record in this area.

May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation enters into effect. This means that institutions within the EU must be able to document that any services they use are operating in accordance with GDPR. In order to facilitate this, ASIMUT is working with BDO to provide an externally audited ISAE-3000 statement of compliance and Bird & Bird as a legal consultant.

We invited our chief auditor Lene Y. Poulsen from BDO to join one of our sessions. She explained what the new regulations mean for us and our clients, told about our compliance work and answered all questions.

 

 

Welcome Norway, welcome Musikkteaterhøyskolen!

We are very glad to welcome our first norwegian client!

The Musikkteaterhøyskolen – The Norwegian College of Musical Theatre  is a school with a sole focus on musical theatre. The school has an ongoing ERASMUS-cooperation with schools in Russia, USA and Germany having a similar course combination. The MTHS is the only NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – independant expert body under the ministry of Education research) approved college offering a bachelor degree in musical theatre.

 

 

 

The cake (“Elegance”) had a chocolate bottom (with 67% Madagascar chocolate) and was filled with a light vanilla/belgian chocolate creme and a fruit mousse made of blackcurrant, raspberries and blackberries.

 

 

We are a Gazelle!

A gazelle company is a high-growth company that has been increasing its revenues by at least 20% annually for four years or more. This growth pace means that the company has effectively more than doubled its revenues over a four-year period.

In Denmark it is a very prestigious title, which shows the company’s ability to create massive growth.

We are very happy and proud that we have been selected and awarded with this prize.

 

All servers patched against meltdown and spectre

We have been monitoring the situation carefully since news first broke about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, that affect the vast majority of modern computer systems and could potentially lead to breach of information security. We have been on standby to install patches as soon as they became available for our architecture, and all ASIMUT servers are now patched (Saturday January 6). While the vulnerability is present on the ASIMUT servers (now patched), we are not aware that there is any known technique for exploiting it to compromise the kind of servers we operate, without internal infrastructure access. We thus have no reason to suspect that the vulnerabilities have led to information security breach on any ASIMUT servers. We apologise for the unannounced brief (1-2 minutes) service interruptions that customers may have experienced due to emergency patching and restarting servers.

Welcome our new staff member: Veronika

ASIMUT is proud to welcome our newest employee – Veronika Poulsen – to the team.

Veronika handles Customer Relations for our French clients, and speaks fluent French, German and English, which also allows her to support clients from German and English speaking countries. Veronika has in fact been part of the ASIMUT team since May, so you may have already met her. Veronika also assists the Marketing Department with ongoing projects for the organization.

Outside the office, Vero is a member of different gospel choirs, performing in Denmark and Germany, as well as singing with a few bands as requested.

Join us in welcoming Veronika to the team!

Welcome Melbourne!

The ASIMUT team is very happy and proud to welcome our first Australian client!

The Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Faculty of VCA and MCM) is a faculty of the University of Melbourne, Australia. The VCA-MCM is located near the Melbourne City Centre on two campuses, but will soon move together on the same campus, when the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre building is ready to be the new home for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music from 2019.

The VCA covers courses and training in six academic disciplines: Dance, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre and Visual Art. The MCM is specialised in Music Performance, Composition, Musicology, and more. Both campuses offer graduate programs including certificates and diplomas, and research and coursework awards at the masters and doctoral levels.

To celebrate our new family member, we of course followed our tradition of enjoying a lovely cake – this time with a hint of Down-Under flavor.

 

The cake was made of white chocolate buns with Belgian chocolate, chocolate mousse with 67% Madagascar Chocolate and Passionfromage.

Goodbye Zagreb – Hello Graz

Mads, Dennis and Veronika recently returned from a successful AEC 2017 conference, full of positive networking opportunities with current and potential clients. Our host, the Academy of Music at the University of Zagreb, offered conference attendees various fine arts performances planned and performed by students of the school and special guests. Amongst them a short opera and a quite impressive traditional singing performance.

It was a delight to spend time in the brand new building of the school and the Croatian National Theater. We thank our host and the AEC team for their hospitality and help throughout the conference.

We were also able to take a short trip around (Krapina) and enjoy some of the croatian nature and culture.

It was a wonderful experience, and we are very much looking forward to next year’s AEC conference, which will be in Graz, Austria at the University of Music and Performing Arts from 8-10 November 2018.

We hope to see you there!

 

AEC 2017 – We look forward to meet you in Zagreb!

Will you be attending the 2017 AEC Congress in Zagreb this year? We from ASIMUT most certainly are!

ASIMUT software is looking forward to seeing customers and friends again, as well as the opportunity to introduce ASIMUT software to new schools.

Nine years ago, the AEC conference was held at the Royal Academy of Music in the city of Aarhus, where ASIMUT software resides. Two of the participants were Mads and Dennis, who are now core members of the ASIMUT team. At the time, Dennis was the president of the student council at the academy, and Mads had just left his position in the management of the academy to start ASIMUT software. It was a great conference, and every year since then, we have been looking forward to participating and sponsoring the event. We’re thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to be an ongoing part of this unique annual gathering for conservatories throughout Europe.

If you would like to know how your school could benefit from ASIMUT, we would be delighted to set up a short meeting during the conference – do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Claudio, Mirja and Dennis at the AEC in Gothenburg

International Council of Fine Arts Deans Conference

In our constant strive to keep up with the world of Music and Fine Arts educations, we were very excited to be part of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) annual conference for the very first time.

Therefore Dennis traveled, together with a Trade Advisor from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the conference held in Halifax (Canada) on 18th – 20th October 2017. The program presented a range of topics concerning fine arts education, diversity, and politics affecting educational programs. The sessions were very interesting and it was a great honour to be part of the sponsors of the event. Through our many interesting meetings with the deans in attendance, we learned how unique and individually structured schools in North America are, while facing many of the same challenges in scheduling, room booking and event management.

We look forward to future events with the ICFAD.