The amount of information companies must manage is exploding, while demands related to compliance and the need to automate and simplify are increasing. Legacy enterprise content management (ECM) systems and other traditional approaches to managing information aren’t working. Information is either locked up in rigid, one-size-fits-all systems or it chaotically proliferates across multiple disconnected systems. Companies are struggling to effectively manage documents and other information stored across these “information silos,” and as a result, employees can’t quickly find the information they need to do their jobs.
Analysts, industry pundits and information management experts all agree:
“A different approach is needed for managing information. Every organization will have a different journey, but the following key assumptions are key for all: 1) give up on the notion of a single-repository world and focus on repository-neutral solutions; 2) drive user-adoption with simple, clean UIs and intuitive tools; and 3) understand the importance of metadata.” John Mancini, chief evangelist at AIIM
M-Files Unlocks the Value of Information and Drives Innovation
M-Files 2018 and the Intelligent Metadata Layer delivers a simple, unified experience for intelligently finding, accessing and managing information residing within any system, without disturbing existing processes and the users that depend on them. This also eliminates the need for complex and expensive migration projects, two major stumbling blocks to innovation and business process improvement.
“M-Files 2018 introduces a new approach we call ‘intelligent information management’ that has driven analysts, industry experts and all types of organizations to completely re-think their traditional definitions and approaches for managing information. M-Files 2018 signifies the end of the myth that ‘all content must reside in one system.’ Our vision has always been that it doesn’t really matter where information is stored; what’s important is the actual information itself, as well as what it’s related to and the context that makes it relevant.”
Intelligent Metadata Layer Delivers Unified Access and User Experience to External Systems
The Intelligent Metadata Layer is a new innovation in the M-Files architecture that supports connectors to external systems. Once a connector to an external system is installed, information residing within that system is immediately available directly via the M-Files mobile app, the M-Files desktop application and web access. Users can search and browse without migrating data and without impacting users of the connected system. Information residing in external systems can also be enriched with metadata, which enables M-Files to establish relevance and context when searching for information across existing business systems. For instance, documents in a network folder or SharePoint can be classified by type (e.g., a contract or proposal) and related to other important business objects, such as a customer account in Salesforce or a project or case in an ERP“>ERP system. This provides an entirely new and dynamic contextual view of the information while leaving it in place and fully accessible to users that don’t have M-Files.
Repository connectors supported with M-Files 2018 include:
Intelligent information management is easy, dynamic and smart — and M-Files is leading the way! If this sounds interesting to you, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. You can also view a complete list of new features and capabilities in M-Files 2018 and learn more.
Rapid results propel energy leader to expand Oniqua IQ Inventory optimization platform across upstream operations
Oniqua, the leading provider of MRO inventory optimization software and services for asset-intensive industries, today announced that one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies will implement the Oniqua IQ™ Inventory platform across its global upstream operations.
Through the investment in IQ Inventory, the energy leader expects to more objectively and efficiently define spare parts criticality, reduce downtime risk and better manage inventory on a global basis. Implementation across the targeted sites is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
“We’re excited to continue the relationship with this major client, one of the world’s most recognized and respected leaders in oil and gas,” said Steve Sotwick, Oniqua Vice President, Business Development. “This client has realized maximum savings in previous rollouts in record time. With the implementation of IQ Inventory at additional sites across the globe, we look forward to helping them further compound their savings, improve service levels, enhance uptime and increase overall efficiencies across their MRO operations.”
Oniqua’s partnership with the energy leader began in 2013 with a pilot for one of its upstream operations in Russia. The pilot results led to a full implementation of that operation, followed by implementations across two additional regional operations. The successful implementation of IQ Inventory at these sites, combined with the value of Oniqua’s expertise and ongoing guidance on inventory optimization, led the energy leader to expand its investment of Oniqua across 10 additional countries globally.
Oniqua is recognized globally for its award-winning cloud-based IQ Inventory optimization platform and support services; and is proud to be optimizing inventories for some of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, including BHP Petroleum, BP, ConocoPhillips, Occidental, Phillips66, Transocean, ADMA-OPCO and more.
Based on a recent analysis of asset-management-services-malaysia/” >asset performance management solutions for the oil and gas industry, Frost & Sullivan recently awarded Oniqua with the 2017 North America Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership award.
“The biggest differentiating feature of the IQ Optimization Suite is its advanced analytics capabilities that were specifically intended to manage oil and gas MRO issues such as the slow-moving, non-seasonality nature of spares,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sankara Narayanan. “Unlike traditional ERP“>ERP or EAM applications that lack capabilities such as inventory optimization, Oniqua’s solution determines the levels of inventory by taking into account several variables such as average value, size, and lead times, which affect planned and unplanned demand.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Nurse A. Saras said she thought it was a fire drill when she heard the alarm at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
“I was having lunch when the alarm went off.
“There was no panicking. We thought it was a fire drill as the hospital conducts regular drills,” said the 33-year-old.
She and her colleagues then helped everyone to gather at the designated area.
“Only when we were outside did we realise that it was a real fire,” she told The Star of the fire which broke out at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine in the hospital at 12.20pm yesterday.
Another hospital employee, Sharil Hussein, 37, who was off-duty, said he rushed over after hearing about the fire from a colleague.
“When I got there the firemen had just arrived. We broke through one of the padlocked gates to get to two staff who were up on the roof.
“They were unhurt and seemed calm,” he said.
The two were a technician and a cleaner, both women in their 40s.
Lucky escape: Staff, patients and visitors gathering at the emergency assembly area outside the hospital. — Bernama
The fire brought the main hospital in the city to a brief standstill as the alarm rang throughout the facility.
An electrical short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire, which was mainly contained within the storage room.
City Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said the situation could have been much worse had it spread to about 163 oxygen tanks stored in another room nearby.
“Thanks to the quick action of the hospital’s engineering team that moved the tanks as well as shut off the electricity and the oxygen pipeline in the vicinity, a larger disaster was avoided,” he said.
It was also fortunate that on a Saturday, only two people were working in the building.
“During the fire, both went up to the roof as the smoke had obscured the exits. We managed to get to them via an external staircase that had been padlocked,” Khirudin said at the scene.
Patients and staff were evacuated from nearby buildings in an orderly fashion, he added.
Cool, calm and collected: Staff and family members escorting patients out of Hospital Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama
“The patients in these buildings are not critically ill so most were able to walk out. Some who couldn’t were wheeled out on beds and wheelchairs,” he said.
Operations resumed shortly after the fire was put out at about 1.30pm.
“We are working to restore the electricity and oxygen supply,” he said.
Some biochemical materials, including 19 cadavers, were also moved temporarily during the fire as they had been kept in freezers that had to be shut off, he added.
“The materials and cadavers will be moved back once the electricity is restored,” said Khirudin.
The storeroom on the ground floor, where the fire is believed to have started, kept equipment for conducting post-mortems.
“The materials are easily flammable so the fire spread quickly. The prayer room above the storeroom was also razed but the rest of the building remains largely intact,” he said.
Thirty-nine firefighters were involved in the operation, with four fire engines and a hazmat vehicle.
A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, the hospital’s emergency physician Dr Alzamani Mohammad Idrose wrote on Facebook that the hospital has a contingency plan to ensure smooth operation during emergencies.
A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police. Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out.
The airline has blamed air traffic control, but the airport says the plane approached from the wrong direction. Flight BS211 veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon. The exact cause of the crash remains unclear and Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli promised an immediate investigation.
However, a recording of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control minutes before the plane crashed suggests some misunderstanding over which end of the sole runway the plane was cleared to land on. Moments before the plane crash-landed, an air traffic controller is heard in the recording obtained by the BBC from air traffic monitor LiveATC telling the pilot: “I say again, turn!”
Twenty-two people are being treated in hospital for injuries, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told the BBC’s Nepali service. The plane, which was flying from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop and was 17 years old.
How did the disaster unfold?
The plane landed at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.
“The aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor, but it landed from the northern side,” Sanjiv Gautam, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.
“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.”
However, US-Bangla Airlines chief executive Imran Asif blamed Kathmandu air traffic control.
“There were wrong directions from the tower. Our pilot was not at fault,” he told reporters at his office in Dhaka.
“Our pilot is an instructor of this Bombardier aircraft. His flight hours are over 5,000. There was a fumble from the control tower.”
Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chettri told Reuters news agency that the plane hit the airport fence before touching ground.
“The plane should have come from the right direction,” he said.
One of the survivors, Nepalese travel agent Basanta Bohora, described from his hospital bed what he had experienced.
After a normal take-off from Dhaka, the plane had begun to behave strangely as it approached Kathmandu, he said.
“All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang afterwards,” he was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.
“I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window,” he added.
“I have no recollection after I got out of the plane, someone took me to Sinamangal hospital, and from there my friends brought me to Norvic [hospital]. I have injuries to my head and legs, but I am fortunate that I survived.”
What do we know of the casualties?
The plane was carrying 67 passengers and four crew. It is now known that 33 of the passengers were Nepalis, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one was from the Maldives. Among the 22 people injured, some are in a critical condition. An airline worker said he saw two or three people fall or jump from the windows of the burning plane.
Does Nepal have a bad aviation safety record?
Its airline companies are banned from flying within the European Union.
There have been many aviation incidents in Nepal, but this is the deadliest since a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed on approach in September 1992, killing all 167 on board. Earlier that same year, a Thai Airways plane crashed near the airport, leaving 113 people dead. Pilots say that landing at Kathmandu airport can be challenging because of the mountainous landscape.
Recent aviation incidents in Nepal include:
February 2016: Twenty-three people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed in mountainous western Nepal
March 2015: Lucky escape for passengers after plane skids off runway in fog in Kathmandu
February 2014: Bodies of all 18 people recovered after small plane crashes in western Nepal
September 2012: Plane heading for Everest region crashes on the outskirts of Kathmandu, killing all 19 on board
May 2012: Fifteen people die when a plane carrying Indian pilgrims crashes in northern Nepal
September 2010: Sightseeing flight crashes into a hillside near Kathmandu
September 2006: All 24 people on board a WWF helicopter die when it crashes in eastern Nepal
SINGAPORE: A 48-year-old construction worker died on Thursday morning (Mar 1) after falling from a raised platform in a tunnel that connects to Lentor MRT station, which is currently under construction.
The accident happened at 3.35am, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA), adding that a “safety timeout” has been imposed to review work processes. The worker was employed to dismantle components of tunnel boring machines, following the completion of tunnelling works, said LTA. He fell from a raised working platform in the tunnel and was unconscious after the fall.
He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 4.30am. According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), four workers were dismantling a man-lock chamber of a tunnel boring machine before the accident happened. The man-lock chamber was being lowered using chain blocks, when it “suddenly swung and hit a work platform” 2.5m above the ground that the worker was standing on, causing him to fall to his death.
All works on the tunnel boring machine have been stopped and MOM is investigating the incident, the ministry added. LTA said it is “deeply saddened” by the incident, adding that it is working with the contractor to assist the worker’s family. The police said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at a construction site near Block 642 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 at 4.04am. Investigations are ongoing.
The contract for the design and construction of Lentor station and its associated tunnels was awarded to China Railway No 5 Engineering Group (Singapore Branch) in 2013. The station will be part of the new Thomson-East Coast Line.