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PwC – Pulse, Profiled Business News

PwC – Pulse, Profiled Business News

PwC Global Services

Pulse – Profiled Business News

PwC – Pulse: Profiled Business News

PwC is an international accounting and consultancy company, providing high quality tax, assurance and advisory services. Their consultants therefore rely on direct access to up-to-date, reliable and relevant business news.

Prior to the arrival of Pulse, PwC Nederland employed six information specialists. Their task was to keep consultants up-to-date with the latest business developments. Firstly the specialists gathered news from various premium sources, such as Factiva, Lexis Nexis, and Gartner. They then combined the information, producing about 60 weekly newsletters. Each one focused on specific lines of business. This approach was obviously time-consuming. What is more, 60 newsletters could not cover every line of business. Which meant PwC consultants often resorted to Google, spending 26% of their time searching for information online. An inefficient method that produced results of doubtful quality.

PwC was convinced they could address this issue more effectively. Therefore they approached BSL. We have experience with knowledge management solutions, business intelligence and search. As a result our developers came back with a custom-made news-alert system. Called Pulse, our software delivers profiled news alerts to thousands of consultants within PwC.

Pulse: Smart Business News
“In order to introduce Pulse as a global service, we have worked with many different teams, each with their own technical and functional requirements. These wishes all had to be supported, making my work on this project both challenging and varied.”
Peter

Java/Sr. Software engineer, Bright Side of Life

Pulse Smart Business News

Business Intelligence, a custom solution

BSL designed and developed Pulse using Oracle ™ and Exalead technology. It imports around 80,000 new articles each day from global news services (Bloomberg, Factiva, Forrester, Gartner, Lexis Nexis, ISI…). It also imports local news sources, along with RSS feeds, selected website contents, and Twitter. Pulse imports articles from over 10,000 sources, updating the Pulse database in real-time. But Pulse isn’t just a database. It also classifies, indexes and maintains profiled news feeds for PwC employees.

Just four information specialists now manage over 1,000 profiled business news feeds in the Netherlands. PWC consultants subscribe to these feeds via the company’s website. But also via email and smartphones. And our technology ensures that every feed provides reliable, high quality content. Which means PwC consultants are at the top of their game when they meet their clients.

PwC first rolled out Pulse in the Netherlands, but its success has led to international growth. It’s now used in more than 20 countries. With over 10,000 users, and more than 30,000 subscriptions to news feeds. Most noteworthy is that over 92% of users would recommend Pulse to their colleagues! And PwC management teams are also equally enthusiastic. In PwC Germany the cost of briefing consultants decreased by 95%. Their consultants save time, they’re well-briefed, and they can focus on clients – not on Google searches. This success has been rewarded. Pulse has won two prestigious business awards.

Business Intelligence, a custom solution

BSL designed and developed Pulse using Oracle ™ and Exalead technology. It imports around 80,000 new articles each day from global news services (Bloomberg, Factiva, Forrester, Gartner, Lexis Nexis, ISI…). It also imports local news sources, along with RSS feeds, selected website contents, and Twitter. Pulse imports articles from over 10,000 sources, updating the Pulse database in real-time. But Pulse isn’t just a database. It also classifies, indexes and maintains profiled news feeds for PwC employees.

Just four information specialists now manage over 1,000 profiled business news feeds in the Netherlands. PWC consultants subscribe to these feeds via the company’s website. But also via email and smartphones. And our technology ensures that every feed provides reliable, high quality content. So PwC consultants are at the top of their game when they meet their clients.

PwC first rolled out Pulse in the Netherlands, but its success led to international growth. It’s now used in more than 20 countries. With over 10,000 users, and more than 30,000 subscriptions to news feeds. Most noteworthy is that over 92% of users would recommend Pulse to their colleagues! And PwC management teams are also equally enthusiastic. In PwC Germany the cost of briefing consultants decreased by 95%. Their consultants save time, they’re well-briefed, and they can focus on clients – not on Google searches. This success has been rewarded. Pulse has won two prestigious business awards.

Pulse Smart Business News

“As we all know, time is precious. I’m using Pulse on a daily basis, because it saves me so much time. It is easy to scan the news and then drill down to the full article if necessary. I have subscribed to several feeds that keep me up to date with all the news which is related to my Clients and the Industry.”

Sr. Consultant, PwC

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Search expertise

BSL has expertise with many search and business intelligence technologies, including Autonomy, Exalead, Oracle Text, Elastic Search and Sybase FTS. The full contents of documents can be indexed. We use language intelligence and semantic search techniques to recognize words, sentences, concepts and synonyms. These technologies ensure that we can find and select the most relevant information, even from millions of documents.

Award winning software

Pulse has won two important international MPF business awards. In 2008, the Best Use of Technology Award. And also the Best Collaboration Across International Borders award in 2013. The jury of the MPF award ceremony praised the simple way in which the ‘knowledge and management platform’ enables efficient collaboration between international teams.

Innovation and experience

Although Pulse started as a Dutch project, it has become a worldwide success within PwC. It was recently upgraded to a global service. Which goes to show that no bridge is too far for BSL to find suitable solutions for challenging projects.

This is a great example of BSL creating a custom solution designed specifically for a single client. And it’s grown to become a global solution! If you’ve got ideas for your own web applications or service, then why not get in touch – no strings attached!

Martyn Simpson

Director, Bright Side of Life

ABN AMRO SRS – Signature Registration System

ABN AMRO SRS – Signature Registration System

ABN AMRO

Signature Registration System

ABN AMRO SRS – Signature Registration System

ABN AMRO is a large international bank with branches in more than 60 countries. They provide a wide range of services to individual payment account holders, small businesses and multinationals.

Important decisions within ABN AMRO are often confirmed by means of a Power of Attorney that is assigned to individual employees. In order to manage transactions between branches, as well as between ABN AMRO and third parties, it is essential that both the signatures and the authority of employees can be checked, irrespective of the location. We were asked to design a system that would improve this process in an efficient and safe manner. Our developers came up with a customized solution: Signature Registration System (SRS).

ABN AMRO Signature Registration System
ABN AMRO Signature Registration System

Powers of Attorney

BSL has developed SRS for the purpose of managing signatures and Powers of Attorney. It is used by ABN AMRO employees throughout the world. There is a continued need to introduce new technologies and improvements to meet the demands of the bank. So we’ve regularly extended and improved the application since SRS was commissioned in 1998. As a result, it still meets the latest requirements, and is a key resource within the bank. The latest version of SRS supports the entire workflow of applying for a new Power of Attorney. It also manages changes or updates to an employees’ authority, and the delivery of information to the local Chambers of Commerce.

It’s a challenging project. SRS now carries out many administrative tasks entirely automatically. As an example: we’ve integrated our software with the ABN AMRO personnel administration system (SAP HR). So double entry of personnel details is no longer needed. We’ve also ported the application from Windows to web applications. We had to meet the strict requirements and guidelines applied within ABN AMRO when designing the web interfaces. In 2016, we migrated the system to a private cloud.

 

Powers of Attorney

BSL has developed SRS for the purpose of managing signatures and Powers of Attorney. It is used by ABN AMRO employees throughout the world. There is a continued need to introduce new technologies and improvements to meet the demands of the bank. So we’ve regularly extended and improved the application since SRS was commissioned in 1998. As a result, it still meets the latest requirements, and is a key resource within the bank. The latest version of SRS supports the entire workflow of applying for a new Power of Attorney. It also manages changes or updates to an employees’ authority, and the delivery of information to the local Chambers of Commerce.

It’s a challenging project. SRS now carries out many administrative tasks entirely automatically. As an example: we’ve integrated our software with the ABN AMRO personnel administration system (SAP HR). So double entry of personnel details is no longer needed. We’ve also ported the application from Windows to web applications. We had to meet the strict requirements and guidelines applied within ABN AMRO when designing the web interfaces. In 2016, we migrated the system to a private cloud.

 

ABN AMRO Signature Registration System

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Keeping up with change

We design our software so it can evolve with the changing wishes of our customers and the market. The SRS system is an excellent example of this strategy. ABN AMRO has successfully used SRS for many years, through many technical changes. This long-term success is largely due to the ability of our developers to respond quickly to the changing wishes of the bank. In close cooperation with ABN AMRO, we designed and developed a completely new SRS web application in 2013.

Safe and secure applications

We develop safe and reliable systems. During the SRS project, we introduced comprehensive security measures. So protecting the database contents and ensuring the integrity of data. SRS uses the central ABN AMRO authentication system, as well as our own set of user profiles. As a result, the authority and functions available to users can be strictly controlled.

Database expertise

We have many years experience with delivering multimedia database solutions. The flexibility of our modular approach means that we can integrate our solutions with your current infrastructure. And thanks to the BSL developed software and applied database technology from Oracle, SRS is fast, reliable and easy to use.

“It has been an interesting challenge over past years to improve the working process and make it more efficient. We achieved this by looking critically at this process together with the client. As a result, we were able to translate requirements and goals into perfectly-fitting solutions.”

Eric

Software Architect , Bright Side of Life

NBD Biblion – AIDA Multimedia Order System

NBD Biblion – AIDA Multimedia Order System

NBD Biblion

AIDA Online Order System

NBD Biblion – AIDA Online Order System

NBD Biblion offers products, services and expertise in the field of Dutch language media titles. Notably reviewing almost every book and multimedia title (DVD, Blu-rays etc.) published in the Netherlands. They are therefore one of the largest suppliers of information and purchasing advice to public libraries and (school) media centers. One NBD Biblion service is the ordering system AIDA: their Acquisition and Information DAtabase.

AIDA website users frequently need to search and order hundreds of titles (books and multimedia) every week. With this in mind, NBD Biblion therefore provides many details for each title. For example, the purchase price, book cover, format, page count, and blurb/summary. They also need a number of unique search and order features.

Search

First of all, users can quickly and easily search for titles, just by filling in words in a simple search field. Maybe best described as a ‘Google-like’ method. If this yields too many results, we also provide more refined methods. So users can search for a specific title, author or ISBN/EAN number. AIDA adds selected titles to an order basket. The system then orders these titles in a batch.

Batches

Moreover, users don’t even need to search. Because they can just upload an order list they have created. AIDA then selects and orders all of the requested titles automatically. Because there can be hundreds of orders, AIDA provides a complete order history for users. While NBD Biblion originally developed AIDA themselves, they realized that they needed improvements. They turned to BSL, who were asked to rebuild the system completely. Not only the web interface, but also the underlying database interfaces. A challenge which we grasped with both hands.

NBD Biblion AIDA - Multimedia Order System
NBD Biblion AIDA - Multimedia Order System

Completely new user-friendly AIDA

BSL designed and realized a new front-end for the AIDA ordering system. Firstly we designed it to match the NBD Biblion house style. So users encounter a familiar look & feel. In addition we introduced various technical changes. These include using Drupal, combining a new MySQL database with integrated links to the underlying Oracle title database.

As a result we created a completely new user-friendly AIDA. Where information is clearly presented to end-users. A site that is compatible with a range of popular browsers. Moreover, by using a Drupal CMS, NBD Biblion content managers can now quickly and easily add offers, promotional material and messages to their ‘shop window’. Authorized users can even change the site layout using the CMS.  AIDA is linked to the NBD Biblion back-end Oracle systems, so users can access the full catalog of titles. Including bibliographic content and current price information. Customer orders can be placed using the new website interfaces. And then processed directly via the back-end.

 

NBD Biblion AIDA - Multimedia Order System

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Drupal, a flexible CMS

Drupal is a flexible CMS, used by small companies, multinationals and all sizes in-between! First of all it allows customers to easily maintain their own website contents. In addition, a Drupal website can be hosted anywhere so is easy to manage. And our developers can use Drupal to create complex websites in just a few weeks.

Databank expertise

Thanks to our years of experience with (multimedia) database solutions and the flexibility of our modular approach, we can integrate our solutions with your current infrastructure. In this case we linked AIDA to the back-end Oracle-systems used by NBD Biblion.

Long-term support

When a software product has gone into production, users often need support and maintenance for the longer term. That is why we offer our customers a range of flexible support services. NBD Biblion has a maintenance agreement with BSL. This keeps the site up and running and secure – 7 days a week.

“There were many technical challenges during the design and realization of a good interface for the AIDA order system. Drupal was chosen for the web interface. We then had to integrate this front-end with existing back-end API services based on Oracle. A challenge that we were able to meet.”

Eric

Software Architect, Bright Side of Life

FRS – Digital Asset Management

FRS – Digital Asset Management

FRS Digital Asset Management

Managing images, videos, audio and other digital files

FRS Digital Asset Management

Managing images, videos, audio and other digital files

FRS Digital Asset Management

We designed our FRS digital asset management software for use by organizations that are looking for a professional solution to manage images, videos, audio and other digital files. Therefore FRS can effortlessly and securely import, archive, manage, and distribute almost any type and quantity of digital assets, including:

  • photos / images
  • drawings / line-art
  • video / audio content
  • PDF files and documents

Our FRS software recognizes and imports more than 40 file types as standard. However, we’ve designed the FRS digital asset management software so it can be easily extended. As a result, we have created plug-ins for customers which add support for many more types of video- and audio files. Furthermore, we also have plug-ins that handle many popular document formats, such as Word and Excel.

We offer clients a choice of using either  Sybase™ or Oracle™ database technology. Hence you can manage effectively unlimited quantities of data. No matter how many assets you have, FRS ensures they are securely stored in a central database. In addition, we make it quick and easy to find your assets when you need them. Due to the technology we use, searches take just a few seconds. So matching images are displayed almost instantly.

FRS Digital Asset Management

Flexible, Customizable

We’ve designed FRS to be quickly and easily customized. So we’ve been able to create a range of tailor-made applications for clients that include banks, newspapers, publishers, museums and galleries. While this is great for our clients, this flexibility has just one drawback – we can’t describe everything here on-line! Therefore if you want to find out more, please take a look at the FRS MediaLook demo application. You are welcome to create your own Free Trial account, or to request an FRS brochure. Furthermore – if you still have unanswered questions after looking through our site, then please get in touch. We’ll be happy to arrange a demonstration.

If you have your own requirements, FRS can be rapidly customized. So we can integrate FRS into your existing work processes. This also means we can quickly add new features to meet your organization’s changing needs.

Martyn Simpson

Director, Bright Side of Life

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App

Developed by BSL, DilemmaMatch is a unique social media app to find out what others around the world think about a whole range of topics. Each and every person sees the world differently and from a different angle. People have different beliefs, hobbies and opinions. Imagine you could find new friends, who think like you and who share your interests. Or that you could share your opinions, start debates on trending topics. By answering Dilemmas, or even creating your own, our DilemmaMatch app helps you do just that! (more…)

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