ServiceMax Acquires LiquidFrameworks to Advance Field Service Management Solutions In the Energy Sector

Brings purpose-built field service management solution and domain expertise to meet unique challenges in oil and gas, industrial and environmental service

PLEASANTON, Calif., July 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ServiceMax, the leader in asset-centric field service management, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire LiquidFrameworks, a leading mobile field operations management solutions company specializing in the energy industry, from Luminate Capital Partners, a private equity firm investing in growth and enterprise software companies. The acquisition enables ServiceMax to expand its field service management solutions to meet the unique challenges of the energy sector.

As the market continues to pressure the oil and gas industry to become more capital efficient, oilfield service providers must transform their legacy field operations management processes to digital systems. Whether working long rotations on an offshore platform with limited connectivity or turnarounds in a refinery, Field Technicians in this industry are responsible for delivering service to the customer along with operating new digital systems aimed at maintaining assets, improving productivity, and growing revenue. The acquisition will better position ServiceMax to meet the demand for digital service execution in this industry while expanding ServiceMax’s product portfolio and go-to-market channels.

“ServiceMax is committed to doing all we can to help companies keep critical assets – and the world – running. Strengthening our customer offerings in the energy sector is core to that commitment,” said Neil Barua, CEO, ServiceMax. “Combining ServiceMax’s modern field service platform with LiquidFrameworks’ industry expertise better equips us to provide oil and gas companies with the tools they need to ensure consistent, reliable service, and maximize asset performance.”

“ServiceMax’s history of innovation has been transforming field service organizations for over a decade,” said Travis Parigi, Founder and CEO, LiquidFrameworks. “The combination of LiquidFrameworks field-first, energy-specific offering, with ServiceMax’s asset-centric field service suite will be unparalleled in the market. We are committed to helping companies realize the promise of digital transformation.”

“We are proud of LiquidFrameworks’ growth and development over the course of our investment partnership, as the company delivered a differentiated, mission-critical SaaS offering that helped customers in the oil, gas, and industrial services industry react quickly and efficiently navigate the digital transformation journey,” said Hollie Haynes, Managing Partner at Luminate. “We are thrilled to see the company continue to support its customers through this combination with ServiceMax, further extending its competitive differentiation across the field service management landscape,” noted Mark Pierce, an Operating Partner at Luminate who has served as Chairman of LiquidFrameworks since the Luminate investment.

AGC Partners is acting as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP as legal advisor to LiquidFrameworks and Luminate.  Centerview Partners is acting as financial advisor and Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal advisor to ServiceMax.

About ServiceMax
ServiceMax’s mission is to help customers keep the world running with asset-centric field service management software. As the recognized leader in this space, ServiceMax’s mobile apps and cloud-based software provide a complete view of assets to field service teams. By optimizing field service operations, customers across all industries can better manage the complexities of service, support faster growth, and run more profitable, outcome-centric businesses. For more information, visit www.servicemax.com.

About LiquidFrameworks
LiquidFrameworks is a leading provider of cloud-based, mobile field operations management solutions serving the energy, industrial and environmental services industries. LiquidFrameworks’ FieldFX® solution provides companies with numerous benefits, including increased and accelerated revenue capture, increased cash flow, improved contract compliance, increased invoice accuracy and improved customer responsiveness. LiquidFrameworks is based in Houston, Texas. To join the conversation, follow @LquidFrameworks on Twitter.

About Luminate Capital
Luminate Capital Partners is a private equity firm investing in growth software companies. Luminate partners with management teams to provide capital to drive strategy, growth, and operational improvements. Luminate’s portfolio of market leaders has also included AMTdirect, AutoQuotes, Axonify, Compliance & Risks, Comply365, Conexiom, Fintech, LiquidFrameworks, MSI, Oversight Systems, PDI, Quantivate, StarCompliance, and Thought Industries. For more information, visit https://www.luminatecapital.com.

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For LiquidFrameworks:
Emily Rhodes
713-552-9250
erhodes@liquidframeworks.com

For Luminate:
Chris Tofalli
Chris Tofalli Public Relations
914-834-4334
chris@tofallipr.com

Global Media Alliance celebrates World PR Day

Global Media Alliance (GMA), Ghana’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications agency, has commemorated the maiden World Public Relations Day (WPRD) which has been slated to be celebrated on 16th July globally.
A series of internal and social media activations have been undertaken by the organization to raise awareness about both the impact and relevance of public relations.

Speaking on the celebration, Ms. Emma Wenani, Chief Director at GMA explained the rationale behind the celebration;

“The celebration of PR with a dedicated day has been a long time coming and here at GMA, we are thrilled to use the day to share our success stories after practicing for over 20 years in the African sub-region. We have seen the role PR has played in establishing brands and impacting societies and we want to use this day to amplify the importance of PR”, she explained.
Over the past 20 years, Global Media Alliance has won several awards both locally and internationally, ranging from PR Consultancy of the Year from the Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR), to the International Award for Excellence in Corporate Communication from the International Public Relations Association (IPRA).

“Some of the PR services we offer include brand management, crisis communication, reputation management, and media relations. We have served and continue to work with a wide variety of industries ranging from telecommunications, banking and finance, oil and gas, technology, FMCGs, and international development agencies to real estate and the retail market. We certainly look forward to working with more organizations in the near future” Ms. Wenani added.

The theme for this year’s World PR Day is Influence; the global celebrations of trust, truth, and influence. The PR practice started in the 1900s in the US and has taken on different roles over the years as it spread globally. The main objective of the profession is to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.

“We would also like to take the opportunity to wish our colleagues in the industry a wonderful World PR Day. Let us continue to execute our PR mandate with passion” she concluded.

Global Media Alliance (GMA) is an Integrated Marketing Communications Company with over 20 years of experience and expertise in PR and Media Consultancy, Event Management and Brand Activations, Creative Designs & Production, and Digital Innovations.

Source: Ghana Web

TDC Development Company strengthens ties with TMA for development

Tema,- TDC Development Company Limited has called for collaboration with Assembly Members of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly to accelerate the socio-economic development of the area.

Mr Samuel Asante, General Manager Operation of TDC, said there was the need for a collective effort between the TDC and the Members of the Assembly to ensure peaceful deliberations for accelerated development.

He said although the mandate of both entities was different, they were to enhance growth in all spheres for the people in the various communities in the Metro.

Mr Asante explained that the TDC had divided the land into residential, industrial and institutional and called for the engagement of the company over land purchases to ensure the right thing was done.

He called for cooperation between TDC and the Members of the Assembly to foster development in the various communities.

Mr Ian Okwei, TDC Protocol and Administrative Manager, said the engagement was to educate the members on their operation and current mandate as a Limited Liability Company.

He said TDC used to be a Corporation that had a lot of responsibility to plan and develop Tema but since the inception of the Local Governance Act 936, the authority and mandate to develop and issue permits was given to District Assemblies.

He said before the introduction of that Act, TDC had the mandate to develop and issue permits in its acquisition area, saying that the assemblies now had the responsibility to do that.

Mr Okwei said, “it is important to let the Assembly Members who represent the people be aware of the current change in the mandate so that the people still don’t expect TDC to initiate developmental projects in the various communities.”

He said the platform was also to allow the Assembly Members to ask questions and to erase negative perceptions some people have about the company.

Mr Joseph Kortor, Prime Minister of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, appealed to the TDC to submit copies of its schemes to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kasoa cops murder: Court still unable to empanel jurors

Accra,- The Accra High Court hearing the case involving Eric Kojo Duah, held over the murder of two police officers at Kasoa, has for the fourth time adjourned the matter due to the unavailability of jurors.

On Thursday, when the case was called, the Court, presided over by Justice El-Freda Dankyi, said it was having “administrative issues” in getting the jurors empanelled to commence the trial.

The case was again adjourned to July 28.

Earlier, counsel for Kojo Duah and Mr Augustines Obour prayed the Court to admit his client to bail, saying.

He said his client, who had been in custody since his arrest in 2019, felt discriminated against, considering others in similar situations having been admitted to bail.

Duah allegedly shot and killed the two police officers on the Kasoa-Buduburam-Aprah road in August 2019.

The accused person is currently on remand.

He is being held on two counts of murder for allegedly shooting and killing General Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal and Lance Corporal Michael Dzamesi, who were on task force duty on the Kasoa-Buduburam-Accra road on August 28, 2019.

The Prosecution said the officers allegedly asked Duah, who was driving an unregistered vehicle, to stop but he ignored them.

The officers chased him with their Service vehicle and Duah allegedly pulled a pistol from his car and shot them in turns.

Awal died instantly but Dzamesi was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Wesley Mission donates to children living with Cerebral palsy

Tema,– The Susana Wesley Mission Auxiliary (SWUMA), Tema Diocese, Methodist Church of Ghana, has donated some items to Yaw Owusu Ansah (YOA) Disability Foundation in Dansoman, Accra to help support children living with cerebral palsy.

Some of the items donated are hand sanitizers, liquid soap, bottled water, bags of pure water, toiletries, tissue paper, milo, tin tomatoes, clothing, biscuits, soft drinks and face masks.

The items were to meet the needs of children living with cerebral palsy across the country.

Mrs Martha Obuboafo, the president of SWUMA, Tema Diocese, who presented the items on behalf of the mission, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) “it is the responsibility of every church to show compassion and mercy to the venerable, poor, widow and needy in our communities.

“One of the major missions of SWUMA is to go to homes, prisons, mental hospitals and villages to share the little possession like clothing and food stuffs with them.”

She said, “cerebral palsy is not contagious, we need to get closer to them and assist them in any way we can.”

Mrs Dufie Nyarko, receiving the items on behalf of the YOA Foundation and the founder, Bishop Yaw Owusu Ansah, expressed appreciation to the SWUMA team for the support.

“We are very grateful that these items came at the right time and we will like to encourage other organizations and individuals to emulate SWUMA and come and give to assist us to construct our broken fence wall,” she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Loan for MPs’ vehicle should be discontinued – Committee

Accra,- The Finance Committee of Parliament has recommended that going forward the current vehicle loan arrangement for Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the Council of State should be discontinued.

It said MPs and Council of State Members should also be given similar duty post vehicles as other Article 71 office holders.

The Committee, therefore, recommended that Parliament and the Parliamentary Services took the necessary steps to ensure that was achieved.

Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, said this when he presented the report of the Finance Committee to procure a loan facility from the National Investment Bank Limited for MPs and Council of State Members to purchase vehicles.

The House, earlier in the month, had approved a loan agreement between the Government and the National Investment Bank for a total of US$31,500,000 to finance the purchase of vehicles for MPs and Members of Council of State.

Additionally, the House approved the request for the waiver of import Duties, Import NHIL, Import GETFund levy, Import VAT, EXIM Levy, COVID-19 Recovery Levy, Special Import Levy, ECOWAS Levy, AU Levy, Inspection Fees and Withholding Tax (IRS Tax Deposit) totalling US$13,387,500 for the purchase of vehicles for MPs and Members of Council of State.

The terms and conditions of the loans are facility amount for MPs car loan US$28 million and Council of State US$3.5 million, with both having an interest rate of eight per cent per annum.

The upfront fees are 1.5 per cent flat of facility amount for both MPs and Council of State members.

However, there has been public outcry against the loan request to finance the procurement of vehicles for the legislators.

The Committee also took note of recent concerns by a section of the public over the burden the loan would have on the public purse, Mr Kwarteng said.

He described the concerns as legitimate, saying they were fuelled by the fact that of all Article 71 office holders, it was only MPs and Members of Council of State who benefitted from vehicle loans, part of which are re-paid by the state.

He said as representatives of the people, MPs could not continue to leave those concerns unattended to, which weakened the confidence Ghanaians had in them.

“We have a responsibility to reflect the values and ideals of the people we represent,” he added.

Mr Cassel Ato Forson, Ranking Member on Finance, in seconding the motion, said almost every four years the House was subjected to some level of criticism over the provision of car loans.

He said often times the facilities and privileges offered to Parliament were taken as though the House was benefiting more than any of the other Article 71 office holders.

He queried why MPs should be denied duty post vehicles if the Chairman of the Lands Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education, the Public Services Commission, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State among others were enjoying same.

Mr Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, the Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, supported the proposal by the Committee to reject the car loan.

He said MPs most times suffered public ridicule as result of the car loan and “day-by-day becoming endangered species.”

He explained that the other office holders under Article 71 were not only given duty post vehicles but given drivers paid by the state, while the cars were fuelled, maintained and insured by the state.

“Going forward I think MPs cannot continue to allow themselves to be ridiculed,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Communities call for support to complete health project

Ga, (UW/R),– Residents of some communities in the Ga Electoral Area in the Wa West District have appealed to the government and benevolent individuals and organisations to help them complete a health project to improve healthcare delivery.

The communities, which included Ga, Gadi, Kyemuoteng and Maaduteng, among others, are building a delivery room, Out Patient Department (OPD) and other ancillary facilities, to help improve access to quality healthcare services.

Mr Maalibunaa Saaka, the Unit Committee Chairman of the Ga Electoral Area, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that since the facility was elevated to the status of a health centre in 2020, access to quality service delivery at the facility remained a serious challenge.

He said it did not have the necessary facilities, including a delivery room and beds.

Mr Saaka said the facility, which served over ten communities, including Gadi, Kyemuoteng, Maaduteng, Samambo and Soglayiri, had only two beds.

He said the former Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chire, had donated GHC5,000.00 to help execute the project to improve safe delivery.

Madam Hawa Salifu, a resident of Ga, said the population of the communities far outweighed the capacity of the health facility, making access to quality services difficult.

“You go to the health centre to seek treatment, so if you go there and have to lie on the floor then your situation can become worse,” she said.

Mr Sopinetey Kombotey, the Kyemuoteng Community Head, said there was a single delivery bed at the facility, which compelled the health staff to sometimes help pregnant women to deliver on the floor.

Residents of other communities, who attend the Ga Health Centre for service delivery, also raised similar concerns of inadequate space and facilities at the health centre.

Mr Loggu-Naa Mumuni, the Assembly Member for the area, said the Wa West District authorities had cited resource constraints for their inability to give the facility a facelift.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police investigate alleged threats on journalist’s life

Kumasi,- The Ashanti Regional Police Command says it has commenced investigations into the alleged threats on the life of Mr.

Erastus Asare Donkor, a journalist of the Multimedia Group, a media firm.

This follows a formal complaint and petition by the Group against Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, who reportedly threatened the journalist.

A statement issued by the Police Command, signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) David Agyeman Adjem, and copied the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, said: “the petition is receiving attention.”

The alleged threats “is being investigated by the Regional Crime Officer and any further developments will be communicated,” the statement noted.

The police said they had resolved to protect every person in the Region, stressing that the authorities remained committed to this course.

“Let us allow the police to investigate the matter and not to inflame passion, and make comments that could ultimately mar the investigations,” the statement cautioned.

Copies of the Group’s petition have been sent to the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, the Chief of Staff, Office of the President, and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The Minister of the Interior and Inspector General of Police (IGP) as well as the Human Rights Watch, New York, USA, and other local and international institutions, have received copies.

Source: Ghana News Agency