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Webinar Announcement – 5 Ways Digitalization Will Optimize Your NDT Business

Nasrin Azari, CEO, Floodlight SoftwareFloodlight Software President Nasrin Azari is presenting a webinar in conjunction with the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and the NDT Management Association (NDTMA). The webinar is titled Five Ways Digitalization Will Optimize Your Business and will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3 pm EST. The webinar is part of the “Management of NDT” educational track offered by the ASNT to its member NDT business owners and practitioners.

Registration details are below. Check back here soon for the recorded version of this webinar.

Webinar Details

Date
3 PM ET, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

Description
When it comes to NDT services, delivering accurate and thorough information to your customers quickly drives value, customer retention, and loyalty. However, today’s world of manual processes, paper forms, and multiple systems of recordkeeping cause many NDT service providers to struggle in reporting to customers, maintaining profits, and achieving a competitive advantage. In this webinar, we’ll share five areas where digitalization can improve operations to drive the positive and consistent results that you need for your NDT business. These include:

  • Tech management and utilization
  • Data capture and management
  • Job cost calculating
  • Real-time reporting to customers
  • Streamlined billing

Cost
NDTMA Member Companies – Free
ASNT Members – $49
Non-ASNT Member – $99

Registration Link
https://www.pathlms.com/asnt/courses/20225/sections/29894/webinars/17124

Sponsors
ASNT
NDTMA

Presenter
Nasrin Azari is currently the President and CEO of Floodlight Software, a SaaS company that provides the only completely digitalized end-to-end business management platform specifically designed for inspection companies. With over 20 years of experience assisting enterprise organizations make operational improvements through process analysis and mobile solutions, Ms. Azari has recently turned her attention to the NDT industry. In addition to leading Floodlight Software, she also participates in ASNT’s NDE 4.0 Committee, which strives to speed up and improve the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies to advance the safety goals of NDT. Nasrin has an MS in Computer Science with a focus on mobile computing and an MBA, with a focus on Entrepreneurship. She has spent the last 30 years working in the enterprise software industry, specifically with IBM, Sony-Ericsson, Mobile Reach, and now Floodlight Software. She is passionate about helping companies improve business operations and loves the NDT industry because it’s all about making the world a safer place to live and work.

Look for Floodlight Software at the 2020 ASNT Virtual Conference

This 2020 ASNT Annual Conference has gone virtual! Occurring online from Nov. 9-12, it’s going to be a great show and, as always, a great forum for exchanging knowledge and learning about the latest advances in the NDT industry.

In addition to topics on test methodologies, techniques, and equipment, the idea of “digital transformation” will certainly be top of mind for companies looking to stay a step ahead of the competition.

Nasrin Azari, CEO, Floodlight SoftwareIf you are attending the virtual conference and are interested in learning more about how digital transformation can help improve your business, join us for a presentation titled “Digitalization to Lay a Foundation for NDE 4.0.” The talk will be given by Floodlight Software CEO Nasrin Azari at 10:30 am on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Earn educational credit while learning how to move your business to align with NDE 4.0.

Mike Bruno, VP, Floodlight SoftwareYou are also invited to attend sessions by Mike Bruno, Floodlight Software VP, which are brief intros to Floodlight Software along with demos of the product. These are occurring each day of the conference at 12 pm. Simply access our virtual booth via the conference platform to join these events.

Lastly, please stop by the Floodlight Software virtual booth in the Exhibitor area. There you can learn more about our inspection management platform, download brochures, watch videos, and chat with us live about your NDT operations and how they might be improved. We are confident we can streamline your business processes from quote to cash.

Using Cloud-Based Industrial Inspection Software to Digitalize Your Business

To meet shifting customer requirements while continuing to provide superior industrial inspection services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ways in which providers run their business and provide service to customers are rapidly and necessarily evolving.

For industrial inspection providers, the business climate, both current and future, remains fraught with uncertainty. This is especially true for those that have inspectors or engineers performing work on assets and equipment on customer sites.

Indeed, the need for digitalization of inspection service delivery and management processes has never been more apparent. With low barriers of entry into new technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), remote sensing, advanced video inspection equipment, blockchain, and digital twins, the tools you need to make big changes are ready to be integrated into your business.

Moving too quickly and haphazardly deploying new technologies, however, is a recipe for failure. Without a single, digital system of record in place on the backend, customer data remains siloed and still requires manual steps to integrate, analyze, and output into customer reports.

To fully optimize your industrial inspection processes via digital transformation, both from a business and service delivery perspective, it is necessary to have a cloud-hosted digital platform on which to stand these technologies up.

Industrial inspection software, when delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, can effectively serve as this digital platform for companies that perform inspection services in industrial environments.

Cloud-based inspection software is scalable and is usually priced on a per-user basis, allowing you to easily add or remove employees or contractors on the fly. In fact, companies switching to cloud-based software on average see a 19.63% increase in company growth.

Cloud inspection software, as opposed to on-premise software, is by nature always available from a computer or mobile device. Therefore, your “uptime” is guaranteed, allowing you to perform critical inspections without worrying about potential IT issues and downtime. 

Because the software, data, and computing power is managed automatically in the cloud rather than on a company server, it is easily accessible by everyone across the organization. Also, with cloud-based inspection software, you can grant different types of permissions to your workforce based on their roles, giving them access to everything they need and nothing they do not.

Administrative efficiency is also a big benefit of cloud inspection software. It makes it easy to digitalize paper forms for capturing inspection results and data. Inspectors can capture data from a mobile device like a tablet or a smartphone, then push it directly into the software in real-time. This speeds up the process and eliminates the need for manual input of data when inspectors return to the office.

Data security is also a top priority for industrial inspection providers. With your customer’s data being stored in a secure cloud environment, it is much safer than being kept on a local computer hard drive or, even worse, paper forms in filing cabinets that could be compromised via theft or fire.

Cloud-based inspection software, especially if specifically designed for inspection management, can support key business functions, including:

  • Quoting / Costing
  • Scheduling and dispatch
  • Managing inspectors
  • Data collection from various inputs and technologies
  • Output engine for customer reports
  • Invoicing and payment management

Cloud-based inspection software allows better inspector utilization and time management, consistent and easy data capture, detailed job costing, real-time job status for your customers, and a streamlined billing process.

Learn more about Floodlight Software, cloud-based inspection software designed to digitalize industrial inspection business operations.

Floodlight Software Featured in NC Tech Association Startup Showcase

Floodlight Software, a cloud-based inspection management platform, is featured along with five other startup stage companies in the North Carolina Technology Association’s (NCTA) Tech Startup Showcase on July 23-24. The Tech Startup Showcase is a part of the NCTA’s State of Technology virtual event, which is themed: “Data: The New Natural Resource.”

Six innovative North Carolina startups were selected to present a demo / pitch to an audience of 600+ business and technology leaders.  Selected startups must be headquartered in N.C. with an innovative product or service that is or has the potential to be a standout or groundbreaking technology in the areas of data, including analytics, business intelligence, cloud, data science, security, and visualization.

Below is the list of the companies selected for the Tech Startup Showcase. Conference participants select the winning startup, which receives a prize package that includes cash and in-kind services. According to NCTA officials, the Startup Showcase is always a favorite component of the State of Technology conference.

NCTA Tech Startup Showcase Companies

Floodlight Software

Collaborations Pharmaceuticals

Gina Health

Protopia

Smartfox Technologies

Tango Legal

Check our website in a couple of days for more information on this event.

Webinar: 5 Ways Digitalization Will Optimize Your Inspection Business

When it comes to industrial inspection services, delivering accurate and thorough information to your customers quickly drives value, customer retention, and loyalty. However, today’s world of manual processes, paper forms, and multiple systems of record cause many inspection service providers to struggle in reporting to customers, maintaining profits, and achieving a competitive advantage.

Join Nasrin Azari, CEO of Floodlight Software, for this live webinar in which she will explore five areas where digitalization can streamline and improve industrial inspection operations to drive positive and consistent results for your business. Register now and join Floodlight Software live June 10th at 3:30 PM ET.

The webinar will address the following topics:

  1. Inspector management and utilization
  2. Data capture and management
  3. Job cost calculating
  4. Real-time reporting to customers
  5. Streamlined billing

The webinar will end with a live Q&A session. This is a great opportunity to learn more about digitalization and the positive impact it can have on your business.

To register for the webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3330823548829735692

About Floodlight Software
Floodlight Software is a flexible industrial inspection management platform. Our scalable, cloud-based software automates business processes so you can focus on what you do best — delivering world-class industrial and NDT inspection services. Learn more at https://floodlightsoft.com.

Click here to learn more and register.

Floodlight Software CEO Nasrin Azari Keynote Speaker at AITP-RTP Event

Floodlight Software CEO Nasrin Azari is the keynote speaker for the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP-RTP) May meeting. The event, titled “Jumping from Big Tech to Startup,” will be held virtually on Thursday, May 14.

In her presentation, Azari will discuss the challenges that face today’s tech startup. Attendees will learn what it’s like to lead a tech startup in today’s business environment where projects like implementing new technology and software tools are being put on hold until the uncertainty of the near future abates. She will recount her journey from being a software developer at IBM to spinning out a new software venture amidst a global pandemic.

The AITP is a network of IT professionals, educators, and students dedicated to continuing education, professional growth, leadership, and exploration of issues that face the IT industry.

Azari is the CEO of Floodlight Software, a company that completely digitalizes the workflow and data management processes of inspection and field service providers around the world. Azari has 14 years of experience as CEO, and over 20 years of experience providing enterprise-mobility solutions to global businesses and organizations, including eBay, US Army, Canon, Coca-Cola, AstraZeneca, Northrop Grumman, SingTel, Las Vegas Sands, and many others.

Azari heads the NDE 4.0 standards development sub-committee within the American Society for Nondestructive Testing and is passionate about driving digital transformation to service organizations. She holds an MBA and an MS in Computer Science, both from Duke University. She is also an accomplished triathlete. Connect with Nasrin on LinkedIn.

Floodlight Software Featured in Venture Summit | Virtual Connect

Floodlight Software is proud to announce it has been selected to participate in the eighth-annual Venture Summit | Virtual Connect event May 5-7, 2020.

Presented by youngStartup Ventures, the online event is the premiere industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer companies, senior executives of venture-backed, emerging and early-stage companies, university researchers, incubators, and premier service providers.

Floodlight Software, represented at the event by CEO Nasrin Azari and VP of Sales Mike Bruno, advances and optimizes industrial service operations through a SaaS business management platform. Floodlight enables digital transformation for organizations that test, inspect, maintain, and service a variety of infrastructure and industrial assets in many different industries.

“This is a great opportunity for us to introduce Floodlight Software to new prospective investors and participate in an excellent program geared towards small companies like ours,” Azari said. “Floodlight Software operates on the cutting edge of digital transformation, crucial in this time of crisis when organizations are navigating ways to incorporate technology to improve their flexibility and effectiveness, reduce costs, and provide more value to their customers.” 

Floodlight Software, servicing a $100B+ portion of the Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market, is ripe for rapid expansion. Many industrial inspection service providers and non-destructive testing (NDT) companies currently rely on paper forms and manual processes to capture and manage customer data.

Floodlight Software enables these companies to streamline business operations from quote to cash with an easy to scale SaaS solution. They can configure and deploy in a matter of weeks with little overhead or ongoing administrative costs.

youngStartup Venture summits connect the most innovative, promising, venture-backed, emerging growth, and early-stage companies with active investors, investment bankers, advisors, and corporate professionals. View the agenda for the Venture Summit | Virtual Connect Event here: https://youngstartup.com/agenda-west2020/

For more information on Floodlight Software, visit our website or take a product tour.

Floodlight Software Presenting at CED Venture Connect Online Event

Floodlight Software has been selected to participate in the upcoming Venture Connect Online event. Floodlight CEO Nasrin Azari is presenting on how the company’s cloud-based software advances and optimizes the operations of industrial service companies that test, inspect, maintain, and repair various industrial assets and infrastructure.

Sponsored by the Triangle’s Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Venture Connect Online is a virtual event that gives investors and venture capital firms access to more than 90 early-stage tech and life science companies.

The featured presentation for Floodlight Software will be shown during Episode 2 on Monday, May 4, the first day of the event.

“We are excited to be featured in this event alongside so many innovative early-stage companies,” Azari said. “Like most others here, I’m very passionate about making a positive difference in the world. Our software platform provides a much-needed path towards digital transformation in an industry that is desperate for a faster, more accurate way of working, and it’s so fulfilling to hear the genuine excitement of our customers when they see what Floodlight can do for them.” 

Floodlight Software, servicing a $100B+ portion of the Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market, is ripe for rapid expansion. Many industrial service providers and non-destructive testing (NDT) companies currently rely on paper forms and manual processes to capture and manage customer data. Floodlight Software enables these companies to streamline business operations from quote to cash with an easy to scale SaaS solution. They can configure and deploy in a matter of weeks with little overhead or ongoing administrative costs. 

A full listing and schedule of the companies presenting during Venture Connect Online are available here.

For more information on Floodlight Software, visit our website or take a product tour.

Why NDT and Inspection Businesses Should Use Drones

If your business is performing inspections and NDT on enterprise assets and infrastructure like pipelines, bridges, telecom and electrical towers, substations, hydro-electric dams or solar farms, using commercial drones for remote visual inspections is a service offering you should consider. Once simply a hobbyist pursuit, drone technology today has the ability to transform the ways in which businesses operate. 

Job safety for your inspectors is paramount. Using drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, allows NDT inspectors and engineers to examine large structures or even entire regions of assets (i.e. pipelines) quickly and safely while dramatically reducing costs and overhead. This is invaluable when inspecting structures that are large and in hard-to-reach or even hazardous environments made so by precarious heights, rugged terrain, hazardous environment, and remoteness.

With drone inspections, your customers get better, more up-close visual inspections and data on which to immediately act, mitigating risk, preventing accidents, outages and costly repairs.

As a result of the increased efficiencies, engineers are able to get large inspection jobs done quicker, provide inspection results and recommendations to the asset owner faster, then move on to other jobs. An NDT inspection provider in China was able to increase electrical pylon inspections from one to two per day to 10-20 per day.

Also, commercial drones are relatively inexpensive. They range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the tech and features your NDT business requires.

As far as additional manpower or even fielding drone inspection teams, ideally you would use the inspectors and technicians that you currently have to fly the drones, capture images, video and data, and then analyze and make recommendations to the client.

All that is required of the inspector in charge of the flight is an FAA drone certification, which is not a rigorous or costly undertaking after revised rules on the commercial use of drones went into effect in 2018. This change in regulation, no longer requiring a full-fledged airplane pilot’s license, has freed up the opportunity for NDT businesses a cost-effective means of using drones in their operations.

In the ideal scenario, one inspector would pilot the drone while another operates the camera to record structural images and other asset data. Thermal imaging and 3D maps and modeling are also possible use cases. This presents less risk and is exponentially more efficient than performing the same work via rope access or helicopter, for example.

To reiterate, the cost-of-entry into providing drone inspections is low while the impact on both safety and your bottom line is evident. By employing drone inspections into your service portfolio, you will quickly see improved KPIs in the following areas:

  • Safety
  • Profit
  • Productivity
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Customer retention
  • Competitive advantage

It’s clear why drone inspections are becoming more prevalent in industries like oil and gas, power generation, utilities, telecom, and mechanical and civil engineering.

Providing enterprise-grade aerial intelligence is something that your customers will appreciate, as will your engineers and inspectors who are made safer as a result. See this article for more information: Drone technology uses and applications for commercial, industrial and military drones in 2020 and the future

To learn more about streamlining your NDT business through digital transformation, read our white paper.

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