Pegasystems | October 07, 2021
Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company that crushes business complexity, today announced NSW Government has deployed Pega software to help significantly simplify its building bond management process through the newly created Strata Hub. By digitizing the Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (SBBIS) with a new online site and mobile app, NSW Government is delivering unprecedented transparency, speed, and accountability for developers, inspectors, and building owners.
NSW Government requires developers to submit a bond equal to two percent of the building contract price on all newly constructed multi-story strata developments. This provides protection for the owners of new multi-story buildings by mandating funds be set aside up-front to cover costs of fixing defective work. However, the previous paper-based bond process system was slow and inefficient. For example, applicants had to fill out repetitive information into up to 35 manual forms and rely on the manual monitoring of timelines and due dates.
By digitizing processes with Pega Government Platform™, NSW Government is eliminating its time-consuming, paper-based operations – significantly improving the speed and efficiency of the entire building bond process with the following elements:
The new SBBIS on the Strata Hub provides full online transparency into all claims, reports, and inspections for all parties involved while keeping everyone on track with real-time updates and deadline reminders. The system assists users on the front end by streamlining required data inputs and pre-filling known data, while also helping NSW Government on the back end with compliance support and improved cybersecurity.
Pega also powers the newly launched SBBIS Inspect app, which integrates with the Strata Hub. The app – built on Pega Mobile® – is helping to streamline the way authorized NSW building inspectors complete their reports. Previously, inspectors would visit a site, take photos of defects (which can mean hundreds of images), and add them to a long manual report later. Now inspectors can capture all data and evidence on the spot, saving time and money while increasing report efficiency and accuracy. The app also supports offline working, meaning no disruption is caused when inspecting basements or other areas with minimal connectivity. Digitally managed processes also give more time back to inspectors who can shift their focus to high-risk compliance matters.
As part of the digitization, the Strata Hub enables parties to proceed through the financial agreements more quickly so building defects can be rectified, without having to go through expensive, complex, and lengthy legal claims. SBBIS currently holds more than $66.5 million in building bonds to fix building defects in a timely manner.
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"Paper-based and disconnected transactions create frustrations for people as they take longer to process, delaying outcomes that in this case, have an impact on people's lives. "With this upgrade, the Strata Hub is modernizing how claims are processed, creating more frictionless service, and ensuring results are achieved much quicker for all stakeholders."
Rob Bollard, director, industry principal, public sector, APAC, Pegasystems
"The SBBIS digitization is a part of a broader transformation strategy currently underway as we seek to increase efficiencies, build trust, and strengthen confidence in the building industry," said Rose Webb, fair trading commissioner, NSW Customer Service. "By doing so, we will provide better protection for new apartment owners against defective building work."
Pega delivers innovative software that crushes business complexity. From maximizing customer lifetime value to streamlining service to boosting efficiency, we help the world's leading brands solve problems fast and transform for tomorrow. Pega clients make better decisions and get work done with real-time AI and intelligent automation. And, since 1983, we've built our scalable architecture and low-code platform to stay ahead of rapid change. Our solutions save people time, so our clients' employees and customers can get back to what matters most.
Castellum, Inc. | December 27, 2021
Castellum, Inc. announces the signing of a letter-of-intent (LOI) to acquire an East-coast based government contractor generating over $4 million in annualized revenue. Subject to due diligence and the execution of a definitive purchase agreement, the Company hopes to close the acquisition in the first quarter of 2022.
“We are happy to announce our next LOI, which adds more than 25 employees and further strengthens our past performance by adding more capabilities in Information Warfare/Information Operations (IW/IO) serving the special operations community,” said Mark Fuller, President and CEO of Castellum. “Combined with some organic growth that we have seen recently; this accretive acquisition will push Castellum above the $40 million run-rate threshold. We also continue to look at other potential acquisitions.”
About Castellum, Inc.
Castellum, Inc. is a defense-oriented technology company which is executing strategic acquisitions in the cyber security, information technology and software, information warfare, and electronic warfare and engineering services space
Unanet | January 12, 2022
Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP for the government contractor (GovCon) industry, announced today that Plateau GRP, a growing and successful GovCon serving a variety of federal and state agencies including the Dept. of Defense, the EPA, and OSHA, has chosen Unanet ERP GovCon. Using Unanet, Plateau GRP will have one unified platform that offers greater visibility and insights into its complex IT, data science and artificial intelligence (AI) projects.
Plateau GRP's journey from small I.T. solution provider to large-scale systems integrator with over 200 people in five offices is a testament to the hard work and rigorous attention to detail of the original founders. In their early days, the team members were able to individually manage profit & loss, project details and accounting through spreadsheets and simple off-the-shelf software. But as the company grew to one of Inc. Magazine's fastest growing companies in the nation, it was taking on more projects, people and complexities.
"Early on we could be de-centralized, but given our rapid growth, we need a more robust system to help us access and assign skills, resources, budgets and more to each varied and multi-layered project. Unanet offers the unified platform that will give us reports and comprehensive insights into our entire business."
Jay Doraiswamy, Chief Operating Officer of Plateau GRP
Plateau GRP evaluated several ERP solutions including some of the largest names in the industry. In the end, they determined Unanet had the ease-of-use and sophistication that would offer its team the best functionality. Additionally Unanet offered a seamless transition, without major job disruptions or lost productivity. Unanet also offered the most modern, clean user interface and experience.
Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com.
About Plateau Group
Plateau GRP provides innovative and agile IT solutions to customer challenges. Plateau has developed industry-leading product solutions and services to address Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) and Sustainability needs, for both Government and Commercial Customers. Plateau's current suite of applications has been designed for environmental compliance, environmental management systems (EMS), energy and sustainability.