Imdaad Launches New Quality Control Scheme for all Employees
Imdaad, provider of integrated facilities management (FM) solutions in the GCC, in cooperation with EHSQ (Environment, Health, Safety and Quality) Department, has announced the launch of the new Quality Practice for its employees.
As part of the drive, a quality practice will be incorporated as an everyday practice in the workplace that will engage employees to improve the quality of their work and enhance service excellence.
According to Imdaad, the first and the most important step for the effective implementation of the Quality Practice is ‘DRIFT: Do It Right The First Time.’ A few employees from each department will be nominated to form the Imdaad Quality Group.
The Group will undergo intensive training in terms of on Quality Management System, covering key topics such as ‘Quality Management System,’ ‘ISO9001:2008,’ ‘Control of Documents and Records,’ and ‘Auditor and Auditee Roles.’
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, CEO, Imdaad, said: “We are extremely delighted to launch our new initiative – Quality Practice. The success of the practice will be measured through daily quality inspection, internal and external audits, standard operation procedure and Quality Management System.
“Employees will be given regular inputs and tips to boost the DRIFT practice in their day-today work. Each department and contract site will be closely monitored and it will reflect in positive observation in Quality Inspection, Quality Management System Audits and Quality Surveillance and Reports. We are confident that our efforts will not only benefit our employees and work processes but also our clients and their properties.”
SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation.
“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.
In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”
Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.
Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”
SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”
With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.
“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”
Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.
“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”