Monthly Archive: May 2015

E-Governance at Legislative Assembly House

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Government of India’s vision of Digital India aims to transform digital infrastructure as a utility for governance. This initiative help Citizens in getting effective Governance by reducing the redundant process and providing better transparency in Governance.

The Digital India initiative contributes to nation’s growth and development by bringing in technology interventions across the key areas where every citizen has access.

Digital India initiative faces tremendous challenges in implementation of e-governance solutions across different departments, this includes the digitization of existing information, adapting to technology based workflow management etc.

Experience of implementation partners in similar projects is one of the major challenges faced by Government. Lack of understanding of day-to-day functions of Government departments and the governance process can create more confusions among citizens and can create a reluctance to use the digital platform.

To tackle these challenges and ensure a digitally well-connected India Government is taking necessary steps, including validating implementation partners based on past experience in similar projects, educating and motivating citizens to use technology in day-to-day life etc.

A major measure taken by Government is to revise the traditional paper based workflow at legislative assembly to a digital ecosystem. This initiative will familiarize the benefits of technology in governance and encourage the legislative members to spread the benefits of technology through their constituency.

Himachal Pradesh Legislative assembly is country’s first legislative assembly who had transformed to a digital platform through e-Vidhan solution and has successfully completed all the sessions including budget session digitally .

In line with this transformation, e-Vidhan has offered mobile applications to Legislative members, enabling them to access information on the day’s business instantaneously. Through the mobile applications, Legislative members get a totally new opportunity to interact digitally with electorate and officials to handle the grievances of the public. Further, the members can access any data related to the development activities in the constituencies, thereby making eVidhan a complete ecosystem for Constituency Management.

eVidhan project is first of its kind in India and was developed as a joint venture between the Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, National Informatics Centre, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI), Government of Himachal Pradesh along with SBL.

eVidhan Project was Awarded the Civil Service Award – 2015 by the Himachal Pradesh Government for the transformation it had brought in Legislative proceedings, operational cost savings & its contribution to environment.

Successful implementation of e-Governance solution at Himachal Legislative Assembly has got attention from other Legislative assemblies across India and are moving forward to implement same, encouraging digital ecosystem at all levels of Governance.

Save Time & Reduce Costs with Finance & Accounting at SBL.

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Management of Finance & Accounts is one of the key factors that determine the success of any business. But, it is a time consuming process. Moreover, precision, speed & confidentiality are the watchwords here. It requires a well trained and a trustworthy team to manage it. An in-house team would often prove difficult and expensive to set up and coordinate. That is when outsourcing comes into the picture.

Businesses which transfer their Finance & Accounts operations to an outsourcing partner save significant time and money. This is consistently backed by numerous studies and surveys. The area of risk lies in choosing the right partner so as to ensure that the transfer and delivery of tasks as seamless as possible, while maintaining or even enhancing the quality. An ISO Accredited BPO specialist, SBL is an expert who helps businesses to do exactly this.

We, at SBL, help you to realize sustainable benefits with our fine tuned finance and account operating model. Our competent professionals with domain expertise manage your financial transactions with accuracy, speed & transparency. We have, in place, automated workflows that include industry best practices for financial accountings. Also, we take every effort to give you an environment which offers maximum security for your data. SBL is thus a cost effective alternative to maintaining an expensive in-house F&A team.

We offer 3 end to end processes under financial accounting & reporting:

1.Order to Cash (O2C)

Management of the order to cash process can help you plug revenue leakages and improve overall efficiency of your sales cycle.

SB L offers O2C process management services that ranges from receiving and fulfilling customer requests, generating customer invoice to collecting and recording payment:

Process automation and optimization
Order management
Management of Contracts
Sales orders
Billing
Account receivable and collections
Processing collections
Ledger maintenance
Cash application management
Customer requests and inquiries
Invoice adjustment
Dispute resolution
Claims management

2.Procure to Pay (P2P)

Procure to pay systems are designed to give companies control and visibility of the entire life cycle of a transaction. It provides insight into the cash flow.

SBL optimizes your procure to pay cycle by streamlining processes and thus reduce costs and increase organization ROI.

Process automation and optimization
Procurement Processing
Request for Quote (RFQ)
Online Negotiations
Purchase Order Processing
Vendor Master Creation
Vendor Payment Processing
Helpdesk and Vendor self-help Portals
Vendor Liability Creation
Tracking PO and non-PO bills
Approvals Tracking
Vendor Statement Reconciliation
Employee Claim processing
Tax Processing

3.Record to Report (R2R)

Record to Report is the process for providing strategic and financial feedback to understand the performance of a business.
The role of technology and automation in R2R outsourcing is also increasing. Beyond cost reduction, it helps you to generate reports that are crucial for decision making.

SBL provides the following R2R services:

Journal entry and bookkeeping
Consolidation of financial accounts and statements
Balance sheet
Profit and loss statement
Cash flow analysis
Reconciliation statements
Bank Reconciliation
Vendor accounts
Customer accounts/ Inter-branch account reconciliation
MIS reports
Financial statement analysis
Regulatory Compliance and Taxation
Cost accounting

We have used our experience of over 10 years to develop into a dependable and a professional organization. This has managed us to win accolades from our customers in US, UK, India and Australia.

BIM – Information and Management

BIM is a managed approach to the collection, creation, collation and exchange of shared intelligent and structured data and information across a project. Its use is growing exponentially across the spectrum and governments are adapting BIM standards into their management systems. Many projects have now successfully implemented BIM with significant benefits, including increased design quality, improved field productivity, cost predictability, reduced conflicts and changes, and reduced construction cost and duration to name a few. 
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One of the areas where BIM is practiced customarily is underground railway networks. Building information modelling, or BIM, is introducing a transformational change to how infrastructure projects are delivered. The time and cost saving elements of BIM are well-documented.  Whether it is the public, the client, the contractor, suppliers to the project, delivery partners or operations staff, BIM enables everyone to visualize the outcomes far better than the traditional 2D drawings.
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BIM provides clear communication

One of the challenges in AEC industry is the trouble in communicating effectively with all parties involved in the project.

This is where BIM comes into play. The BIM model can be used to demonstrate how the design will work with greater clarity than a 2D drawing. Whoever the end-user may be (the client, contractor, public consultations), it enables us to illustrate what the scheme would look like from a variety of different angles. As a result it removes much of the ambiguity associated with complex projects. The model enables people to visualize the size and shape of the scheme, access to it and how it will work.

BIM provides better management

BIM encompasses all of the information regarding construction and dimensions thus becoming a single source of information management. This will help in managing multidisciplinary challenges from clients, stakeholders, contractors and public.

The ability to visualize the project in its entirety via a single 3D model, as well as access other intangible data incorporated into the model via BIM, radically improves coordination between the distinct parties to its development. This in turn avoids potential clashes between the various elements of the project.

The key benefits of this modelling approach are as follows:

 – Reduction of risks from greater visibility into design and construction interfaces, and activity
 – Improved safety through increased construction awareness from easy review of complex details or processes on site
 – Reduced errors from using a single source approach to data management, e.g. ensuring only the most appropriate version of models, drawings, and documentation is used
 – Improved collaboration through linked data sets and integrated 3D models that create a ‘virtual’ world before the physical structure is constructed, allowing design and construction refinement
 – Reduced information loss between project phases, ensuring the capture and hand-over of full asset information into the Operations and Maintenance phases
 – Improved project delivery leveraging technology advances that include data interoperability and mobility

Business Process Management @ SBL: What does excellence look like?

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Accuracy, consistency, innovation; these are the key characteristics which make for an excellent Business Process Outsourcing Partner. At SBL, we believe this to such an extent that we have enshrined them in our company Vision and Values.

Over the past ten years, SBL has grown into a well-respected, ISO Accredited organisation with an international reach; we have achieved this through an unswerving focus on customer relations and account management. Consistently accurate delivery, coupled with thought leadership innovation has resulted in a steady procession of long-standing, loyal clients. Indeed the message is simple: deliver what is expected, when it is expected, with one eye continuously on better ways of doing things and trust is established. Trust is the primary currency in everything that we do.

Our Business Process Management (BPM) division is SBL’s largest; literally billions of data records and transactions have passed through the BPM team. To support and expand the BPM division’s operational capacity we recently opened an additional dedicated Data Management Centre in Madurai. Already ISO Accredited, this dedicated centre will enable us to develop a joined up and integrated data management strategy for our clients. In the context of major opportunities and challenges such as Big Data, BIM, and Inspire, this type of innovative approach is, we believe, another example of how good becomes excellent.

Accreditations and Associations also play their part in driving excellence. As well as our 3 ISO Awards, our Six Sigma practices, and our membership of trusted organisations such as NASSCOM, The Confederation of Indian Industry, and the Data Security Council of India, our innovative approach has lead to specific recognition. Just last year we were shortlisted for NASSCOM’s Emerge 50 Award, and recognised for our part in launching India’s first high-tech Legislative Assembly House. The implementation and management of best practice standards are essential to delivering excellence to international clients.

In terms of specifics, our BPM division has grown into a multi-disciplinary operation which draws on these central best practice standards. By offering a range of services the BPM team can offer a complete, joined up approach. These services include: Document Management; Finance & Accounting; Claims Processing; Research & Analytics; e-content including books and magazines. Our core sectors range from Genealogy and Publishing to Accountancy, Insurance and Legal.

In order to deliver these services to the highest standards we operate on an international bricks-and-mortar basis. We have several production centres in India but also Account Management offices in USA, UK, Australia and, very soon, Qatar. Having a local resource in our clients’ own countries or geographical vicinities is another essential component for delivering excellence, as our clients are able to draw on local expertise and support. This is important for addressing the different time zones, but also for establishing and building face to face business relationships.

If you would like to hear more about what we do, or to talk us through what you do, please don’t hesitate to contact us:- info@sblcorp.com

SBL’s Technology division adds US Retail Chain.

ISO Accredited Technology company, SBL, wins another customer for its Testing Automation Framework Service.
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Sitting within the over-arching Technology division, SBL has built up a Centre of Excellence for Testing. This centre has the expertise, flexibility and resource to operate in different capacities based on the clients’ requirements: on the one hand it functions as a support to larger IT projects; on the other it operates as a standalone testing service, where external testing or the creation of automated testing frameworks is all that the client needs.

An area of particular strength is in Mobile app test automation. This is still a specialist service, not least because there are multiple automation tools and frameworks available in the market for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry applications. To assemble a permanent in-house team that is expert in all of these options is difficult, time-consuming and expensive for our clients, which is why our on-demand resource pool is such a popular option. For some projects, engaging our team for manual testing is the best solution; however it is worth bearing in mind the potential cost savings of asking us to build an automated testing framework instead.

Depending on the client’s needs – something which our consultancy team can help advise on if applicable – we can build a test automation framework either from scratch or on top of existing tools or frameworks already available in the market. Following completion of the framework build, we can provide resources to build the test cases, and either train the clients’ teams to use and maintain the automated test framework or take on the maintenance ourselves. Again, the size and multi-disciplinary nature of our staff resource means that we can be completely flexible in terms of advising and selecting the best option. Furthermore, utilizing our proven QA tools and practices minimizes possible delays to the ‘go to market plans’, including launch and marketing activities, thereby removing unexpected penalty costs and lost revenues.

On a final note it is worth mentioning that we are increasingly involved in testing applications which are built in Micro services based architecture (E.g. Amazon). We anticipate this trend will only grow.

If you would like to discuss SBL’s IT or Software Services, including Testing,
please contact us : marketing@sblinfo.com

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