New Zealand software developer QLBS.com has inked a deal with US-based engineering consultancy MWH.
The global consulting company has contracted QLBS.com to build a suite of diagnostic tools for measuring and evaluating government assets. QLBS.com will deliver business measurement, action plans and best practice modelling to MWH’s clients, initially in the US and eventually around the world, says the company.
MWH had been searching for a tool to capture the company’s intellectual property and deliver services in a consistent and transparent way, says Tony Urquhart, vice president of MWH Business Solutions.
“When the QLBS tool was demonstrated to us it took us a very short time before we realised that we had found a breakthrough technology that had the ability to transform the way we delivered services to our clients,” says Urquhart.
QLBS.com’s co-founder and intellectual property director, Steve Lewin, demonstrated the technology to MWH in Denver, Colorado, last year. The company did a beta test and MWH found that the technology cut project time from weeks to days, and that the process also helped develop the relationship and levels of agreement with clients, Lewin says.
“A consultancy’s greatest concern is that its intellectual property walks out the door every day,” says QLBS.com president Keith Phillips. “We can capture consultants’ knowledge, creating a library of best practice models that constitute a balance sheet asset. We can also capture assessments, creating a database for trend analysis and benchmarking.”
MWH is currently using QLBS.com’s tools on an international project that involves enterprise IT, asset management, capital improvement, workforce and knowledge management, funding and climate change.
QLBS.com also recently signed a partnership agreement with CMC-Tata, part of India’s Tata Group conglomerate.
QLBS.com’s clients in New Zealand include Microsoft, Te Puni Kokiri, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, economic development agencies Enterprise North Shore and the South Waikato Economic Development Trust, and Massey University.
MWH, with an annual revenue of more than US$1 billion, has over 6,000 specialists in 36 countries, including New Zealand.