Oporto Municipal Council optimizes organizational strategy and projects management

Oporto Municipal Council is currently implementing BSC Quidgest® and Projects Management Quidgest Solutions. This acquisition is a result of a strategically aligned structure for an efficient management, focused on the established goals and on its corrections in real time if necessary,   by Autarchy.

The Balanced Scorecard system developed by Quidgest supports the organizational strategy implementation and monitoring, aligning the employees in the definition and monitoring the established goals.

The Quidgest Project Management solution will help the municipally to improve the visibility and the control of its several projects. It will also help to align the costs with the strategic priorities and to support team work to ensure the projects are delivered on time and to budget.

The both systems that will work in an integrated way will give the council the opportunity to integrate the projects results with the BSC Quidgest indicators. This will allow the people who access the Scorecards to make better decisions.

Moreover, the Quidgest Surveys Management solution will be implemented in order to provide the Autarchy total autonomy in the creation, management, shipping and processing the surveys to its suppliers, employees or partners. This solution besides reporting the results online optimizes the existing resources.

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 certified as “Bicycle Friendly Company”

The “Bicycle Friendly Company” seal already attributed to Quidgest since 2013 was renovated for 2016. This initiative, organized by MUBi – Association for Urban Mobility in Bicycle, is based upon the defense that creating cyclability conditions is everyone’s responsibility.

Thereby, MUBi in partnership with Lisbon Municipal Council and EMEL aims to recognize and distinguish institutions that offer cyclability conditions in their quarters to its employees, clients or visitors.

To be a certified entity by MUBi is necessary to meet conditions previously established by the association. However, they allow the companies to develop new actions afterward.

The seal has annual validity and it can be required on the association website.

Quidgest’s system speeds up the Parliament new member’s reception

The Parliament Integrated Management System (SIGAR) developed by Quidgest is the technological support for the process of receiving the 230 new members of parliament on October 4th.

The Quidgest solution enables to streamline the Parliament new member’s reception process, updating information of all deputies in SIGAR. During that process, the deputies can introduce or update directly their data and biographic information in the system through the form released by the organism.

Performed safely within a short time, the process automation ensure a greater reliability to the SIGAR data and a closer approach between the deputies and the #AR and the system that generates the administrative, financial and patrimonial information.

It is an evolutionary system inserted in the scope of administrative and legislative simplification policies that aims to contribute to increase the internal efficiency of the public services. Since 2009, when it was implemented, the system integrates the Parliament new member’s reception process.

The Parliament such as Portuguese Institute of Quality, Institute of Registration and Notarial Services, Tourism of Portugal, Azores Regional Government Vice-Presidency and the Institute of Financial Management of the Social Security Service belong to Quidgest’s Public Administration clients’ network.

Quidgest presents success stories at Portugal Exportador 2015

Quidgest was invited to participate in the cycle of conferences promoted at Portugal Exportador 2015. The event took place on November 19 at Lisbon Congress Center.

Hugo Miguel Ribeiro, Quidgest’s VP North America and Caribbean, participated in “World Bank Group/International Finance Corporation Opportunities for Private Sector in Emerging and Development Developing Countries” panel. During his intervention, the consultant presented the company main projects in countries such as Timor-Lest, Mozambique and El Salvador.

Besides the main projects, Hugo Ribeiro also presented the company experience as a supplying company for information systems on international funded projects. He also emphasized the importance of having a competitive advantage, reference projects and a stable financial position to enter these markets.

Nowadays, Quidgest has around ten years of experience of implementing financed projects by organizations such as World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, United Nations Development Program (PNUD), Spanish Agency for International Development Corporation (AECID) or Save the Children.

Hugo Miguel Ribeiro reassumes Quidgest’s Human Resources Department Direction

Hugo Miguel Ribeiro, current Quidgest’s VP North America and Caribbean, reassumes the direction of Human Resources Information System Department of the company, position that he had hold between 2009 and 2012. The consultant will maintain his current role with the International Consultancy department, where he is responsible for the generation of business and strategic partnerships.

Since joining Quidgest in 2008, Hugo Miguel Ribeiro has stood out for his extensive experience in implementing ERP solutions, consultancy and project management in the fields of Human Resources, Financial and Strategic management. Hugo Miguel Ribeiro is internal auditor of quality in Quidgest, since 2003. He also participated in the implementation of the evaluation of level 3 of Maturity of CMMI – Institute Capability Maturity Model.

Besides that Hugo Ribeiro is Quidgest’ Internal Board Advisor for HR, Organizational and Change Management. Among other projects he is responsible for the implementation of the Performance Appraisal System and Careers Management.

“For me it means the retake of a project, a team and an universe of clients and partners, with a new approach and a new perspective after working in other business and geographic areas. Moreover, it is a huge challenge to maintain the team commitment on a quality and efficient service and also respond to the current technological transformations, such as mobility solutions, User Experience and Design concerns. Those concerns are seeing the light of day right away with the next system version.”

Hugo Miguel Ribeiro has a bachelor degree in Human Resources Management and has an Executive Master in Business Management by ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

Quidgest debates “Interoperability in Cloud Computing for IT Shared Public Services” at ICT 2015 event

Quidgest is going to participate at ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform event. The event will be held at Lisbon Congress Center between 20th and 22nd of October and it is organized by European Commission and the College of Sciences for Technology. It consists on several plenary sessions related to the new policies of European Commission and also related to the research and innovation in ICT.

Quidgest was invited to participate in the session “Interoperability in Cloud Computing for IT Shared Public Services” that will occur on October 22nd. The main subjects are the cloud computing paradigm and it interoperability, standardization and certification for IT shared public services.

Carlos Costa, Marketing and Partnership Business Development Manager da Quidgest, carries out the intervention “Portuguese IT Industry Offer for Public Administration”. In his speech, Carlos Costa is going to present the company’s innovative offer for new cloud interoperability challenges of the public administration.

This event is designed to all political, economic and technological circuits involved in the IT research and innovation: engineers and researchers, big companies, small and medium-sized enterprises or startups, investors, decision-makers, as well as other IT professionals.

Co-Innovation Awards: the recognition of the value of Smart Management

At the 7th edition of Q-Day Conference, which took place at Culturgest on 24th September, Quidgest rewarded the best organizational management projects that added value to its solutions.

The Co-Innovation Awards, that celebrate its 4th edition this year, intend to make known the best practices of organizational management projects that have contributed for the improvement of Quidgest solutions. Through this distinction the company pretends to present to the market examples of what are the best practices and also the way how new technologies and sharing values can influence the entrepreneurial development and the processes optimization.

Quidgest faces the software development as a continuous, evolutionary and customized practice. Every project is seen as a new opportunity to integrate knowledge. Therefore, João Paulo Carvalho, senior partner of Quidgest, considers that “rewarding the best practices of strategic management of any organization is a duty, not only entrepreneurial but also social, including politicians”.

At this 4th edition of the Co-Innovation Awards were recognized several projects, such as the public as the entrepreneurial sectors. The focus of these awards is on how technology helps the companies to reach their business goals.

Below you can see the full list of all the entities recognized by Quidgest: Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, a Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário S.A. do Grupo Novo Banco, o Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional (IEFP, I.P.), a QI – Mediação de Seguros Lda., o Banco do Brasil, os Serviços Sociais da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, o Instituto Português do Desporto e da Juventude, I.P. (IPDJ, I.P.), a Cooperativa António Sérgio para a Economia Social (CASES), a Fundação INATEL, a Espaço Municipal – Renovação Urbana e Gestão do Património, E.M. S.A. e o Exército Português.

Quidgest develops an Integrated Management app for Order of Engineers

Quidgest is going to implement a solution specifically developed to manage the internal proceedings of the Order of Engineers.

The Order of Engineers is a professional public association that represents the engineering professionals. It has more than 40.000 active members. The Order of Engineers Integrated Management System (SIGOE) is going to allow them to customize the relationship with its members, by improving the organization workflow and its contact with the exterior.

To Luís Santana, Quidgest’s Special Projects and Strategic Management Manager, “the facility with which the leaders, the staff and the member of the Order of Engineers take advantage of those functionalities and the flexibility underlying the system will guarantee the future development strategies of the Order of Engineers”.

Quidgest supports the development of Mozambique for 7 years

Striving for economy and local citizenship development, through the technology transfer, partnerships and job’s creation are some of the company’s strategic priorities for this country.

Quidgest celebrates its 7th anniversary in Mozambique, where the company has been developing several projects related to Public Administration. This investment started in 2008 with the establishment of the company in Mozambique. It was rapidly payed back with the Urban Planning solution, Management and Territorial Administration at the Municipal Council of Maputo implementation, funded by World Bank. Currently, the system allows the municipality to centralize all information related to the property management and use and the asset management under its jurisdiction.

Quidgest also implemented a Land Registry Information System, with a national dimension, and a database centralized on a single system. The main goal of this implementation was to replace the current paper records. In addition to this project, by the hand of Carlos Marques, Partner and Manager of Software Quidgest Plant, the company has undertaken numerous initiatives. Free seminars and conferences for the training of the top managers and the staff of Mozambican organizations are examples of Quidgest’s initiatives. This initiatives cover several areas of knowledge such as Strategic Management, Document Management and Human Resource Management.

“Investing in training and integration of young cadres and in technology transfer for maintenance and development of the solutions installed and the search for new projects and challenges is the main goal of the company in the medium and long term,” says Carlos Marques, Partner and Manager the Quidgest Software Plant. “Mozambique is a country with enormous potential, not only for its similarity with Portugal on linguistic and legislative issues, as the membership of public institutions and enterprises to the latest technologies,” he concludes.

Among the projects developed by the company in this country arise other references as the INATTER system of Driving Licenses Control, the Examinations Management Solution for Aeronautical Personnel as well as the most recent involvement with AIDGLOBAL to support humanitarian programs.