• Well-being at Work and Culture
  • January 31, 2019

Valamis 2018 Highlights & Goals for 2019

“Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Now that 2018 has come and gone, we have spent time reflecting on some of the lessons learned, but also some of our highlights from the year.

2018 was a year of embracing change and inspiring growth. So much change, in fact, we even changed our name! After 15 years as Arcusys, the decision was made to change the company name to Valamis in order to “unify the company’s global operations under a set of common corporate values, goals, and commitments.”

In case you missed it, we wanted to share with you a few of our highlights from 2018, and some of our goals for 2019.

2018 Highlights

Valamis won awards:

Received recognition from top analysts:

Announced new partnerships:

Worked with incredible clients:

Released new features & new integrations:

2018 Valamis Statistics

  • 89 new lessons

    89 new lessons created by employees in our internal learning environment

  • 1,350 bottles of beers

    1,350 bottles of Valamis-brewed beer produced

  • 4,022,466 messages

    4,022,466 slack messages sent

  • 7,803 hours

    7,803 hours spent in the Sauna

  • 1 epic company development trip at HQ

    1 development day and 1 summer party in Joensuu, Finland

  • 1 company trip

    1 company trip to Prague, Czech Republic

2018 brought many celebrations

  • Laptop launch
  • The story
  • New friends
  • Bingo!
  • Prague
  • Halloween
  • London
  • X-mas
Laptop launch

Laptop throwing competition, Valamis Summer Party, 2018

The story

CEO Jussi Hurskainen telling Story of Valamis, Valamis DevDay, 2018

New friends

Valamisians from US, Germany and UK at Valamis Summer Party, 2018


Bingo at Valamis summer party, 2018


Valamis Trip to Prague, August-September, 2018


Halloween Costume party, 2018


CCO Janne Hietala speaking at "Corporate Learning and Innovation in the Digital Tranformation Era event in London, UK.


Rewarding quiz winners at the Valamis X-mas party, 2018

"My highlight of the year 2018 has to be the company name change from Arcusys to Valamis and rebranding. We managed to unify our messaging, we executed everything in-house, and many teams were working passionately together for the same goal."

Nea Kolmonen, Head of Marketing, Finland

“My fondest memory of 2018 was working alongside an incredible team to roll out a complete learning solution for one of the world's top management consulting firms, in five weeks.”

Farhan Quasem, Project Manager, USA

“My highlight of last year was traveling to the headquarters of Valamis in Finland and meeting a diverse group of colleagues who are all motivated and fun to work with.”

Phillip Corless, Sales Executive, UK

“Right when I started, my sales colleague shook my hand and told me that we would take over the German market together. This motivation and enthusiasm inspires me every day.”

Kevin Groh, Marketing Specialist, Germany

“One of the best things of the last year was how more developers got involved in the Valamis LXP development, which brought a lot of guests to our office in Russia. It was a great opportunity to build new connections and get to know your colleagues."

Natalia Vorobyova, Software Developer, Russia
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The Valamis Vision for 2019

"In 2019, we look forward to building strategic relationships with our clients and taking our learning technology further towards our vision of AI-assisted intelligent learning. Shaping a deeper understanding of business impact of learning with learning analytics is our top priority."
- Mika Kuikka, President, Valamis

Just a few days into the new year, and we already have big news to share; Valamis has expanded into the Netherlands through the acquisition of Componence.

We at Valamis are incredibly thankful to our clients, colleagues, and families for contributing to our growth as individuals and as a company this year, and we aim to continue our progress in 2019.

A Message from our CEO

“Our goal for 2019 is to continue our growth rate of over 40% compared to last year. We have a unique offering for digital learning that matches market demand. During the last year we made a large effort to penetrate multiple markets. This investment is now bringing results and we can start establishing new regional offices throughout the US and Europe.”
- Jussi Hurskainen, CEO, Valamis

Want to meet up with the Valamis team in 2019?

Come to an event near you:

United States

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: DevLearn, October 23 - October 25, 2019
  • Washington DC: ATD, May 19 - May 22, 2019

United Kingdom

  • London: Learning Technologies, February 13 - 14, 2019


  • Karlsruhe: LEARNTEC, January 29 - January 31, 2019
  • Cologne: Didacta, February 19 - 23, 2019


  • Den Bosch: Next Learning 2019, 2 april 2019