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Quidgest growing more than 48% in 2016

Quidgest’s record-breaking leads to international expansion

The Portuguese technological company revenue figures show record growth due to profits obtained in international markets making up more than half of the company’s turnover. Quidgest’s global vision is clear. Over the last 10 years, Quidgest has developed its turnover worldwide.

Specializing in the agile development of management solutions, Quidgest increased its turnover by 48.2% in 2016.

While international business has doubled compared to 2015, Quidgest continues to replace imported products in the Portuguese market for the ERP area, the company also experienced growth in new areas such as banking and insurance.

Although often undervalued, the potential of the Portuguese domestic software production industry is enormous. Portugal brings together all the key factors which enhance technological innovation such as qualified experts, entrepreneurial environment fostered by the formation of clusters and public funding for these activities.

Certainly one of the most important achievements of 2016 is the company’s contribution to the economic development of countries and regions, as many countries are currently taking advantage of the technological transfer of automatic software generation, contributing to specialised job opportunities and positioning to address local projects.

The extraordinary performance of the company is due to its extensive portfolio of solutions, covering 13 different areas, together with the methodology used for their development, which enables customers to reduce costs, increase productivity and business success.

Genio is the automatic code generation platform that Quidgest has developed and allows the creation of integrated management solutions, error-free, in a short space of time, with fewer resources and, above all, customer oriented.

Quidgest currently has almost 100 employees from 12 different countries. It is present in more than 10 markets, through established offices or partnerships. For 2017, Quidgest is looking forward to increasing this list by introducing their unique and innovative solutions in other countries. This results enable the Portuguese company to increase resource allocation, in order to boost the markets in which it is currently operating, and also to explore other markets worldwide.

 

Human Capital Management Enterprise System by Quidgest

Human Resources of Government of Jamaica already using Quidgest software

Internally communicated on July 21st to all Jamaican government officials, the Human Resource Management solution (HCMES – Human Capital Management Enterprise System) has already entered into pre-production stage. This is a project within the scope of the country’s Public Sector Efficiency Program, result from a strategic decision of 2013, and a procurement process closed in December 2015. It is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), led By the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, and developed by Quidgest.

In this first phase, the system manages 14 pilot agencies, with a total of approximately 25,000 people who have already received training in the use of the tool. It will be extended, in the coming years, to the remaining government agencies, with a total of 125,000 officials. Parallel to this implementation, there is also a project to scan the Human Resources files, as part of the existing data migration strategy.

HCMES Software is being developed with Genio, Quidgest multi-technology engineering platform. This complex software has been based essentially on MVC .NET technology and Microsoft SQL Server database, and will allow widespread use in web environment and mobile devices. It is being modeled starting from Quidgest Human Resources base solution, which e.g. in payroll, has a monthly logic. However, “thanks to the agility and modeling process of Genio, changes to a weekly and bi-weekly logic, as well as language, currency and local legislation are being much easier and faster to implement than other approaches as traditional “package” or custom-made manual development”, emphasizes Hugo Miguel Ribeiro, HCMES project manager.

With the collaboration of the local partner, UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants, this innovative solution will also drive a technology transfer process, in order to create local means for support and future developments and thus contribute to innovation and increase wealth in the region.

The Government of Jamaica believes that this public sector transformation project is crucial to keeping the country as a place of choice for work, family formation and doing business.

Quidgest Software Engineering at the base of the Five Year Development Plan of the Government of El Salvador’s success

Quidgest Software Engineering is at the base of the success of the Five Year Development Plan of the Government of El Salvador . Graphs presented in the news are the Business View solution that runs on the BSC, a software solution for strategic and top management by Quidgest. Congratulations to the Technical Secretary of the Government of El Salvador for their excellent work and for this international recognition.

Q-Day 2016 | Conference
Portugal: Sun, Sea & Software

The Q-Day Conference 2016 under the theme “Portugal: Sun, Sea & Software” will be held on 22 September between 9am and 6pm, in Lisbon.
It is an annual conference of public interest, on strategic, innovation, entrepreneurship, decision models and internationalization promoted by Quidgest, with the support of several entities.
Has achieved over the years, renowned speakers and a great level of audience, very interested in the subjects. It is aimed at managers, public officials, politicians, IT directors and opinion leaders.
“Portugal: Sun, Sea & Software” is the theme of this year’s conference. Besides sports, Portugal is a European reference, recognized worldwide for its sunny weather, its maritime extension and tradition, as well as its tourism potential in general. It has all the conditions to be also a reference in the field of new technologies especially in terms of software management.
We will disclose our technological merit, attracting skills and combining our valences, and our environmental and cultural heritage, the ability to take an important role in the global digital transformation.

Jamaica Government Human Capital Management System powered by Quidgest technology

Quidgest and the Government of Jamaica signed a contract for implementing a Human Capital Management Enterprise System (HCMES) Software across all Jamaica Public Sector, a project led by the Ministry of Finance and The Public Service. This solution, jointly promoted by Quidgest and the local partner UHY Dawgen, is powered by Genio, one of the most advanced technology for Public Administration agile software development.

Quidgest and UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants established a partnership in 2014. Since then, UHY Dawgen has been working with Quidgest to expand the projects in the Caribbean market.

By the end of 2015, the contract between the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) and Quidgest was signed. The aim of the current project is to implement an integrated system to manage the GoJ’s Human Capital. Focused on shared services with an integrated and unified vision, HCMES Software includes functionalities for both Human Resources (HR) Management and Payroll.

As well as other international projects developed by Quidgest, this project is funded by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Public Sector Efficiency Program of the country.

Quidgest’s experience in similar projects, such as SIGRHARA – the Azores Government HRIS, and Genio, the platform for rapid application development of complex information systems, were crucial for choosing its system.

“It´s with great expectation that we embrace this project. There are significant challenges such as the current processes or the local legislation, for example the salaries can be processed fortnightly, we are confident that we have everything to succeed, in particular, thanks to our HR team, our local partner, and all the enthusiastic people from the Government we have worked with”, says Hugo Miguel Ribeiro, Quidgest VP North America and Caribbean, who is also the Project Manager.

The project is divided in several phases, the initial 2 with an estimated length of 2 years, to cover all HR processes for 26,925  employees and the next 3 phases to cover the remaining 120.000 Jamaican public sector employees. The HCMES Software will then be continuously adjusted to the local continuous legislations changes and reality.

 

Quidgest solutions’ follows International Accounting Standards for Public Administration

Quidgest is now finishing a new Financial Management solution specifically created to meet the new Accounting Normalization System for Public Administration (SNC-AP) demands. This solution will be ready to use on the scheduled dates, to entry into force of this new system, avoiding any disruption in the entities operation impacted by the system. This new solution will allow not only the company clients a quick transition to the new system. This quick transition happens due to Quidgest team’s flexibility, deep knowledge of the business sector and experience in specific solutions development for Portuguese Public Administration.

Based on the experience and knowledge already achieved in this area the company will proceed with the implementation of the Accounting Normalization System for Public Administration. In 2016, the system is only going to be implemented in pilot entities. The system is only scheduled to enter into force on January 1st, 2017. Until then the company goal is to prepare and to follow the new accounting structure adoption such as all the Budgetary, Accrual and Management accounting rules of the Accounting Normalization System for Public Administration.

Quidgest currently holds a huge experience when it comes to Financial Management solutions for Public Administration matters. Successfully, the company already implemented the SINGAP POC-P (Official Plan of Public Accounting) in national reference public entities such as National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), Parliament, Portuguese Institute for Quality and Hydrographic Institute. Besides, it is already implemented the SINGAP POC-E (Plan of Public Accounting for the Education sector) in academic customers and more recently was implemented the Accounting Normalization System in entities with administrative and financial autonomy.

The transition from the SINGAP POP-P Financial Management system to the Accounting Normalization system in some clients was made by Quidgest. The Accounting Normalization System for Public Administration will lead to the implementation of a new accounting framework. This new accounting framework will provide a homogeneous range of information about the operation of the various Public Administration services.

“Quidgest model application development gives our clients a competitive advantage by its flexibility and faster adjustment to regulatory and service to costumers’ requirements. This is also the result of the solution customization facility that Genio technology allows. The management systems developed by Quidgest can be implemented in a modular way that meets the entities needs”, says João Paulo Carvalho, Quidgest Senior Partner.

Quidgest and W.Space join together to develop a Facility Management innovator platform

Quidgest and W.Space established last month a partnership agreement to develop an innovator web platform for the Facility Management market – called WebFM, which will support the available services to the real estate assets owners, occupants and managers.

This digital platform aims to support the Facility Management activity, to guarantee the application registration and monitoring. These applications arising from Facilities contacts network that are managed by W.Space in concordance with its client’s strategy.

This solution main features allow to monitor and to control the operations in buildings in real time, to obtain updated and affordable information anywhere, which will ensure an effective services’ integrated management and will provide the appropriated support to decisions.

W.Space will be more efficient thanks to this new platform because it will automatically manage the occurrences lifecycle and it will continually evaluate the service providers’ quality. Furthermore, the system concede to identify and to monitor the KPI’s eligible in each organization strategy. This is conceded by the definition of the services evaluation criteria and by the implementation of control mechanisms of the service providers’ performance. Supported on SLA’s and KPI’s indicators, the system will foster the Facility Management good practices, the contractual transparency and the benchmarking.

To Pedro Branco Ló, W.Space FM Managing Partner, the design and development of a facility management and service-desk platform “contributes to the innovation of processes and management methodologies and it will also be structuring operational improvement for medium and long term. This aims the processes’ efficiency and the improvement of client’s services as well”.

Carlos Costa, Marketing & Partnership Business Development Manager, says that “this new project is a step forward in the business development through our partners’ network in a web and cloud logic. The company technological experience in this sector allied to W.Space “know-how” aims to identify and develop essentials functionalities to optimize a solution with this dimension.

W.Space FM is a Facility Management consulting company. Founded in 2011, the company has implemented since then integrated solutions of Services and Patrimonial Management – Property Management, Maintenance Management and Automation and Energetic Management. W.Space FM recently extended its FM services activity based on Monitoring and Management Facilities Platforms to increase the incurred costs and the achieved results visibility. This FM extended services activity has the purpose to improve the stakeholders’ satisfaction rates.

Quidgest is one of the most recent members association of TICE.PT

This month Quidgest became a member of The National Portuguese ICT Cluster – TICE.PT. The National Portuguese ICT Cluster was formally recognized by the Portuguese Government in August 2009, with headquarters in Aveiro.

It aims to place Portugal in the top 10 ranking countries of the European Union regarding the weight of TICE in the GDP, employment, RDT expenditure and in the total volume of exports.

TICE.PT was created to be the concertation platform that ensures and promotes the interfaces between the academic and the business world. In addition to this platform it was developed the 560 Business Platform to contribute for the Portuguese Economy internationalization.

This Platform connects the Portuguese companies and entrepreneurs working both in Portugal and abroad.

Becoming part of the TICE.PT network, Quidgest has the advantage of having access to its “Mirror Platforms”, but also contribute to the development and international growth of the Information Technologies, Communication and Electronics area.

By the end of 2015 first semester Quidgest had grown more than 50% on the financial sector.

The ING Belgium – Branch in Portugal is the most recent financial institution to adopt the Quidgest banking solution of the regulatory reports (COREP and FINREP). This new technological project heightens the company growth in the financial sector, in the first semester of the current year. This growth exceeded 50% when compared with the previous semester. The purpose of the system developed by Quidgest is to give access to the necessary data to send to regulatory institutions.

Currently, Quidgest is implementing in ING Belgium – Branch Portugal regulatory reports’ software. ING Belgium SA/NV – Branch in Portugal is a banking institution headquartered in Belgium and it is a part of ING N. V. Group. ING Belgium have branches in more than 40 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

In the end of the first semester of 2015 the growth of this sector is extremely positive once the company billing increased more than 50% the development of both national and international financial institutions banking solutions, when compared to the previous semester. To João Teles Business Manager Banking Solutions of Quidgest, “the implementation of regulatory reports’ solution in ING Belgium strengthens commitment and hard work developed in several institutions such as Banco do Brasil, Caixa Económica da Misericórdia de Angra do Heroísmo (CEMAH) or Caixa de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo da Chamusca”.

Within the scope of Basel Accord III and similar to other banking institutions, the ING Belgium sought to implement a solution that could support the development and the release of regulatory reports to regulatory institutions. The system developed by Quidgest quickly filled that need by creating conditions that enabled the clients’ data migration to the software structure which automatically responds to the reporting.

With the regulation standardization also came up the need of implementing reports with certain criteria and uniform definitions that will cover several types of information such as the report of prudential information (COREP), the report of financial and accounting information (FINREP), the information liquidity and the information related to leverage ratio.

BSC Quidgest® supports Polytechnic of Coimbra’s strategic management

Polytechnic of Coimbra Institute (IPC) implemented this month Quidgest’s Balanced Scorecard solution. This software allows Polytechnic of  Coimbra to work with its collaborators to establish the strategic map goals and to quickly visualize its results.

BSC Quidgest® is based on R. Kaplan and D. Norton Balanced Scorecard methodology. Its main goal is to support the organizational strategic implementation and to assure the constant monitoring of the organization performance.

Joana Miguel Santos, Strategic Management Consultant of Quidgest, affirms that “the strategic communication streaming – already implemented by IPC through activities plans and others – and the periodic monitoring that this tool enables are the software capital gains. So, with BSC Quidgest® implementation IPC will be able to recognize easily and in time possible diversions due to established goals and its necessary corrections to improve performance.

Furthermore, IPC implemented recently Quidgest’s Training Management System with the intention of speeding up and automating processes related to the training system on both IPC Training Centers: INOV-IPC (targeted to staff) and CINEP (targeted to lecturers).