On October 29th, 2012 Superstorm Sandy hit the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission facility in New Jersey causing a complete plant shutdown for the first time in the facilities’ 108-year history. In the aftermath, a ten-year, $2 billion program was initiated to upgrade and build new wastewater treatment facilities. The challenge of building new and upgrading existing facilities, increasing capacity, meeting increased regulatory requirements and improving the resiliency of the plant to avoid Superstorm Sandy level damage was daunting. The project demanded a solution for the management of records for hundreds of projects and hundreds of thousands of files, as well as, mitigating the possibility of paper files being destroyed. The solution also needed to be able to quickly search and find the files by building, project, location, or other criteria. PVSC’s project team, as well as, FEMA required quick access to detailed and accurate information from paper legacy records in PMWeb Document Manager.
CBA was able to provide PVSC with a powerful tool called Extract IQ that utilizes natural language processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize the required metadata from the various digitally scanned file types, organizes the metadata and bulk loads the records into PMWeb Document Manager (physical scanning of paper files was provided by a local record conversion contractor). Not only can this software help organize and create searchable digital files for legacy documents, it also provides the same quick, detailed access to newly created documents and project drawings.
- PVSC Engineering and Operations personnel worked with CBA to identify indexes (metadata) for the records that are migrated to PMWeb, to allow the users to quickly identify and access all aspects of the required records.
- PVSC provided the business DNA for PVSC, identifying all terms and actions such as building name, contract number, date, project name, etc. These are being used to create consistent search and filter capability.
- Extract IQ is then utilized to process legacy files including record drawings, submittals, and photos. Extract IQ creates the proper metadata and, utilizing the Extract IQ bulk loader, uploads the files directly into PMWeb.
During the first phase of this project, over 30,000 records were processed and uploaded in 60 days. Over 300,000 legacy records will eventually be loaded in PMWeb. Measurable reductions in existing Engineering and Project Management time, currently spent in researching for the proper records, is projected to result in a 20% bottom line savings in project costs.
Contact CBA for more information on PMWeb and Extract IQ.read more
Discover the Magic – Box named a leader in new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms
As a Box Reseller, CBA is excited to announce that Gartner has named Box a leader in the new Content Collaboration Platforms Magic Quadrant (MQ) report. Gartner Magic Quadrants evaluate vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision. Box was evaluated among 14 vendors in the market and was recognized as a leader in the strength of its vision for managing content.
The Content Collaboration Platforms MQ has evolved out of the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) MQ, which Box has been a leader in for the past 3 years.
Gartner evaluates Content Collaboration Platforms on numerous points. In particular, Box has consistently been recognized for usability, mobile enablement, internal and external collaboration, and blending those with security, data protection and integrations.
CBA has been been a Box partner for years and glad to see the product we’ve known to be best in class is finally getting recognized by Gartner. For more information on Box please visit our website. You can also view the full article by Joely Urton on Box’ blog.read more
The risk of data loss to sources outside of the company’s walls is a huge concern to executives and IT professionals alike. Controlling security is a full time job in and of itself. Firewalls, spam filters, open ports, closed ports so many things to be concerned with.
But what about documents that must be shared with customers and partners outside of your corporate walls? What about the burden of large confidential documents being sent via unsecured email as attachments – not only from an upload/download and storage perspective, but what about from a security perspective?!
Good news!! Now you can safely share documents and save your IT team from pulling their hair out because they can’t keep up with all of the demands put on them. CBA, Inc. offers a secure, cloud based solution to share and collaborate on documents internally or externally. Concerned about attachment send/receive limits?? No worries there either – they are sent as a link to the document rather than sending an actual document. How cool is that? Oh, and with an enterprise package, the sky’s the limit for storage space!!
Best of all, you can control who sees what, manage who opens what and you can integrate it with other applications – out of the BOX!!
Our partner company is growing extremely fast and their solution is being used by some pretty impressive companies on an enterprise and global level. Additionally impressive is that the price points make it attractive and accessible to all size organizations!
Just ask us! We are a “Choice Re-seller” Partner of BOX and we have already been doing installations for our customers who recognize a great thing when we show it to them!!
Call me and I can show you how to give your executives and IT professionals a good night’s sleep by protecting your documents while improving corporate collaboration – safely!
Donna McLean Account Executive CBA, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org 567-202-9280read more
If you missed it in the endless stream of Oracle acquisitions, in September 2012 Oracle acquired the assets of Skire. Skire made it’s mark by providing a complete set of management and government tools across all project phases from planning and building to operations, enabling companies to effectively manage their capital and construction programs. By combining Skire with industry leading capabilities from Oracle Primavera products, Oracle intends to create a full life-cycle Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) platform that provides a comprehensive offering from capital planning and construction to operations and maintenance for owners and operators, contractors and sub-contractors. The ability to execute on that premise is being watched very closely by us at CBA and by extension our Primavera Contract Management customers. While this is an exciting development bringing a true SaaS model, cloud-based solution to the Primavera family, it also puts into question the future of traditional Primavera products especially that of Oracle Primavera Contract Management.
Oracle Primavera has already crowned Skire as the eventual replacement for Contract Management due primarily to the fact that Skire already contains 70% of the enhancement requests received for Contract Management. Right now Skire is in a sort of hibernation and is in controlled release until the first Oracle re-developed versions and new modules are released in January through March 2013 according to Oracle Primavera. For a sneak peak and an understanding of the Oracle roadmap for Skire, Oracle Primavera is hosting a webinar tomorrow December 5th, at 12:00 noon EST. Here is a link to register for the webinar https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=541959&sessionid=1&key=1648A6E955E7AA28696AB99D2A8A881D&partnerref=bulletin&sourcepage=register. In the weeks and months to come we will continue to provide information and insight into this development. Our CBA Sales and Technicalstaff will be glad to answer any questions you may have to help you understand the strategy and direction of both Skire and Contract Management.read more