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Insum Solutions to Bring 16 New Jobs to Plattsburgh through START-UP NY Program

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Montreal-based Insum Solutions Corp., an information technology company, will begin operations at SUNY Plattsburgh as part of the state’s START-UP NY program.

Insum Solutions, which is located in office space on the second floor of Redcay Hall, provides North American clients with professional services in the development of Oracle applications. Its operation on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus will create 16 new jobs and invest $55,000. 

Insum is one of 39 businesses that have joined START-UP NY, the state’s tax-free program associated with colleges and universities across New York. The 39 businesses have committed to create 817 new jobs and invest more than $30 million statewide over the next five years.

“This program continues to attract companies with visionary goals to every region of our state and is playing a key role in revitalizing those communities,” Cuomo said. “This unique model of partnering innovative companies with our world-class colleges and universities not only creates new jobs, but also leverages hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment to stimulate regional growth.”

Oracle Applications Pioneer

Insum assists clients in developing efficient and secure web applications by using Oracle Application Express, a free developmental tool produced and supported by Oracle and included in the Oracle database. Considered a pioneer in Quebec in the development and use of APEX technologies, Insum has secured more than 500 contracts since it began operations. Its clients include Air Transat, Bell Helicopter, Essilor, Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises, Ohio State, Navigant and more. Additionally, Insum has trained some 250 people in APEX technologies throughout North America.

Michael St. Amour, president of Insum, said the company is teaming up with SUNY Plattsburgh because it believes the availability of a skilled labor force with a good technical background is beneficial to the company’s growth in the United States.

“Seventy percent of our business is with U.S.-based companies, and we forecast that to grow even more,” St. Amour said. “The strategy behind our New York state expansion in Plattsburgh is closely related to our ability to replicate the success we have in our Montreal development center. We create new IT positions and give graduates the opportunity to find a job locally. We train them on the Oracle APEX technology, coach them on how to analyze and develop using best practices and supervise them closely to assure high quality deliverables.”

Working Relationship with Computer Science

SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said the new relationship between the college and Insum Solutions is a win-win for the company and students.

“Insum expect to hire three to five graduates annually for full-time jobs,” Ettling said. “Creating these new positions and hiring our graduating students will provide them with immediate employment opportunities.”

“The strategy behind Insum’s expansion and participation in the START-UP NY program is closely related to the company’s working relationship with the computer science department at SUNY Plattsburgh,” said Keith Tyo, START-UP NY campus coordinator and Ettling's chief of staff. “Through internship opportunities in Oracle Application Express, students will gain additional expertise at the business level developing desktop and mobile web apps, visualizing and maintaining database data and leveraging their SQL sills and database capabilities."

“Insum will also provide students the opportunity to participate in techno-scrums and techno-lunches, access to Oracle experts, advocates and authors of books on APEX. Students will benefit from these additional opportunities afforded them because of Insum’s desire to collaborate with SUNY Plattsburgh,” Tyo said.

Company in Classrooms

As part of their program on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, company representatives will also be available to lecture in the classroom and plan to sponsor an annual conference for students on Oracle technology and various other events.

Media inquiries regarding Insum Solutions should be directed to Jason Quach, 514-387-1670, Ext. 259 or [email protected]. Companies interested in START-UP NY can contact Tyo at 518-564-3930 or [email protected]

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