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 Superoperator enables drivers to wash their cars with a mobile app. Image: Unsplash
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All the Finnish business news that works: QPR Software, AppGyver, SkillSafari, KONE, Superoperator and Finnish democracy make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

16.02.2021

QPR Software completes a major deal in the Middle East, AppGyver is acquired, SkillSafari partners for vocational training in Senegal and Ivory Coast, KONE wins an order in China, Superoperator secures a patent in the US, and Finland’s democracy ranks sixth globally. Click on the headlines for more info about each news item.

QPR Software signs major deal in Middle East

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QPR Software has signed a major agreement with a large central organisation in the Middle East to deliver a strategy management solution. Consisting of software licenses, software maintenance and implementation services, the agreement is valued at approximately 1.2 million euros. QPR won a letter of award from the organisation in May 2020, following a successful bid. The solution will be implemented with QPR Metrics, a strategy and performance management software product, and be used to monitor and manage strategy throughout the organisation. Image: Unsplash

AppGyver joins forces with SAP

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Finnish company AppGyver has been acquired by German multinational software corporation SAP. A pioneer in no-code development platforms, AppGyver enables users with no coding ability to build applications for web and mobile uses. Its solutions will now become part of the SAP Business Technology Platform, complementing the software giant’s low-code offering provided by SAP’s partner Mendix Tech, part of Siemens. The purchase price and other details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Image: AppGyver

SkillSafari partners with Pathfinder Senegal

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Finnish online learning platform SkillSafari has entered into a partnership with non-governmental organisation PathFinder Senegal to increase informal sector employability in Senegal and Ivory Coast. The partnership will offer skills validation with digital micro certifications and vocational skill training programmes, aiming to strengthen the employability of people with limited educational backgrounds and informal technical competences. Its key focus is to increase the availability of quality digital learning solutions in the two countries. In addition to validation and training, SkillSafari and PathFinder plan to engage local businesses and create direct employment pathways. Image: PathFinder

KONE to equip Chengdu Magic Cube in China

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KONE will deliver 60 elevators and escalators for the the Chengdu Magic Cube mixed-use development in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province. Chengdu Magic Cube will become an urban complex over one million square metres in size and combine cultural amenities with office, hotel and residential facilities. The focal point will be Magic Cube Performance Center, which is to be surrounded by several other buildings, including two 220-metre office towers. Image: KONE

Superoperator secures patent in US

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Finnish digital car wash pioneer Superoperator has been granted a patent for a system for controlling a service station related to a vehicle in the US. Superoperator secured a corresponding patent in Finland in 2019. Its technology digitalises car washes and allows drivers to select, pay and wash their cars, as well as use other features, using a mobile app and without getting out of the vehicle. The service platform is used in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA and Australia. Image: Superoperator

Finland ranks sixth in global democracy index

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Finland has placed sixth in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index. The report measured the state of democracy in 167 countries, and the top three countries all came from the Nordics. Read more about Finland’s placement by clicking the headline. Image: Helsinki Marketing

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