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Asante is chaning the narative for labor law compliance in Japan

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The Challenge: Managing multiple business solutions while helping small business owners

Asante helps small business owners with maintaining compliance with Japanese labor laws while assisting with subsidy applications for promoting employee retention and promotion. Managing clients, subsidy applications, and compliance documents quickly became overwhelming with no single solution addressing their challenges. “We’re using a combination of G-Suite, DropBox, and other off-the-shelf solutions which is proving difficult for our employees, especially our new hires,” states Takao Minami, Director of Operations. ”We need an all-in-one solution, like a control center, to be able to engage our clients, and process applications.”

How KeyQ was able to Help

For Asante to realize increased agility and cost savings, KeyQ developed a cloud solution built on AWS’s versatile and global cloud infrastructure. KeyQ developed a custom CRM solution that digitized documents, complete with tracking and task management. KeyQ also designed and developed a mobile application for client engagement. ”We needed an easy way to engage our clients to obtain information required for their subsidy application, and KeyQ did it.,” says Takao.

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Kenneth Hough


I founded KeyQ in March of 2020 with the vision of helping businesses achieve the next level of success through delivering innovative and meaningful cloud solutions. Since its inception, I have worked with several businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities to design and build cloud applications that have helped streamline their business processes and reduce costs.

Prior to KeyQ, I was a medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. UAB is also where I worked on my doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Jessy Deshane and Dr. Victor Thannickal. During my doctoral work at UAB I was exposed to the “omics” and big data, which has influenced my career choice to develop data-driven analytics platforms in the cloud.

I also have to give a big shoutout to my undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where I majored in biochemistry. WPI’s motto is “Lehr und Kunst,” which roughly translates to “Theory and Practice” or “Learning and Skilled Art.” WPI truly cherishes and upholds this pedagogy, which can be seen by the teaching styles and class sizes. The learning experience I had at WPI is unique and has shaped me to be who I am, being able to learn, practice and apply.

Personal Interests

I love to learn innovative technologies and try new things. I have a broad area of interests that include serverless architectures, machine learning, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, medical informatics, and financial technology. I am also working towards my CFA level 1 exam for 2021. Other interests and hobbies include traveling, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, camping and gardening!