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.

Media Contacts

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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

Namibia to receive 250 000 new vaccine doses on Saturday

Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday announced that Namibia is expecting 250 000 doses of Sinopharm to arrive on Saturday from China.

Shangula made the announcement during the 31st COVID-19 public briefing where he noted that the doses were bought by the Namibian government from China, and will be distributed countrywide between Saturday and Sunday, to allow for vaccination to resume by Monday.

Namibia has been running low on vaccines after the country used up a large portion of the 197 200 doses received in March this year. This led to the suspension of vaccination and closure of a number of vaccine sites in at least four districts including Windhoek.

As of Wednesday, a total of 132 784 people had received the first dose while 31 833 were fully vaccinated.

Shangula said the country is expecting an additional delivery of 40 800 doses of AstraZeneca from the Covax Facility as from next week, noting that the exact date of arrival of the vaccines has not been communicated yet.

Government, he said, has also procured 333 333 doses of Johnson and Johnson from the Africa Union Platform and these doses will be delivered in a staggered fashion from August to December.

Furthermore, the country will receive a donation of 168 000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines from the United States of America via the Covax Facility between July and September 2021.

“We appreciate the fact that the international community is responding positively to our request for assistance in combating COVID-19. We have received support from Finland, Germany and Belgium through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism. The United States of America has pledged 168 000 vaccine doses. We express our great appreciation for this expression of solidarity,” the minister said, adding that the ministry is further encouraged and incentivised by the support from the local people especially support from the private sector to boost the services at health facilities.

Shangula said in the meantime the ministry is identifying new vaccination sites in order to improve access as more people are now responding positively to vaccination.

“We have noticed great interest among the public to get vaccinated. We are pleased with this development. We therefore assure the public that we shall do everything possible to make sure that vaccines are available,” he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Swakopmund traffic officer in court for soliciting bribe

The Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to a Swakopmund Municipality traffic officer who appeared on Thursday for soliciting bribes from a taxi driver.

A press statement issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday stated that the 40-year-old Simon Namiseb allegedly solicited a bribe of an amount of N.dollars 2 000 in exchange for handing over a vehicle that he had confiscated from a taxi driver at the town.

It is alleged that the officer impounded the vehicle and parked it at Mondesa Police Station.

He however failed to issue a ticket to the taxi driver whose vehicle had no licence disc and could also not provide his driving licence and a transport permit and instead demanded payment from the driver.

“Namiseb was arrested on 02 July 2021 during a sting operation following a report to the ACC. His first appearance was on 05 July and then again on 15 July, where he was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000,” the statement noted.

The case has been postponed to 06 September 2021 for further investigation.

The ACC has arrested three law enforcement officers between January 2020 and July 2021 over alleged corruption in the Erongo Region.

The three include Detective Warrant Officer Jafet Simon whose next court appearance will be 20 July for Prosecutor-General’s decision, as well as Sergeant Moses |Naseb whose next court appearance will be on 27 September 2021 for plea and trial.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

‘We are going for top honours’: Handura

The Namibia national women’s coach, Erwin Handura, says the team aims to finish in the top three at the 2022 Indoor Hockey World Cup scheduled for 02 to 06 February 2022 in Liege, Belgium.

This will be the sixth edition of the tournament and Namibia has qualified for the last two successive competitions.

Speaking during a courtesy call to main sponsor Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) where they presented their Indoor Africa Hockey Cup which they won in South Africa in April, Handura said the team has the potential to do better than during their previous participation.

“Last time we played six games, we won two, drew two and lost two. This time around we are going for top honours. If we finish within the top six, this will allow us to automatically qualify for the next World Cup,” Handura said.

He said preparation will be key for the team to achieve its set goal of finishing in the top three.

Handura noted that last time their aim was to finish in the top eight, but they missed out by one spot to finish ninth in the 2018 tournament.

The former national team player added they are hoping to play a number of high-profile friendly matches with teams like Netherlands (currently ranked second in the world) and Belarus (third).

National team captain Magreth Mengo thanked the government and various sponsors (MTC, Standard Bank and Namdia), saying their support has made it possible for the team to achieve their success.

She said the team will go out and perform better than before.

“Top three will not be easy, but I believe with this team we will do much better. We want to improve and get a better ranking this time around,” Mengo explained.

The twelve teams that qualified will be divided into two pools. These are Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Ukraine, the United States and Namibia.

The top two in each pool qualify for the first to the fourth classification, while third and fourth qualify for the fifth to eighth classification, the last two teams will play for the last four placing.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Late Ovambanderu chief remembered as stern educationalist

Omaheke Governor, Pijoo Nganate says the late Ovambanderu Chief Kilus Nguvauva III was a typical example of the phrase ‘never attack a man with the mic in his hands and to whom the stage belongs’.

The governor further described the late chief as a stern educationalist and a commander of note who played an instrumental role in moulding the lives of many people.

Nganate made these remarks during a memorial service held in honour of the late Ovambanderu chief on Friday at Parliament Gardens, also describing Nguvauva as a gallant leader who was relatable and firm.

Nguvauva who was coroneted as the chief of the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority in 2014, succumbed to COVID-19 on 01 July 2021.

“It is difficult to bid farewell to someone who always made his presence felt; someone who was present in all aspects and all respects. How do we mourn someone with so much charisma?”

Nganate further remembered Nguvauva as a man who was very principled in his arguments, saying he would always say ‘let us argue but let us leave space to be on talking terms tomorrow’.

He said the late chief will go down in history as the first Swapo councillor to win the elections and serve as the Okorukembe Constituency councillor and since this constituency became home to the Swapo Party.

Members of the Ovambanderu community as well as the family and children of the late Nguvauva commiserated and celebrated the life of their late chief and father during the memorial service, remembering him as a leader by descent and by accomplishment.

Delivering his eulogy, a member of the Nguvauva clan, Freddy Nguvauva described him as being involved in politics from his secondary school years, adding that he was a man who never wavered in what he believed in and one who shared what he had with the needy.

The late chief leaves behind 19 children and 51 grandchildren who described him as a humble and loving father.

In their message read on their behalf, they said that to them, their father was a hero and he will remain that way.

Nguvauva will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Ovambanderu shrine in Okahandja.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Violence and looting inciters will face wrath of the law: Ndeitunga

Head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has warned that those inciting violence and looting of shops, will get the full wrath of the law.

Ndeitunga said this in an interview with Nampa on Friday, reacting to a circulating WhatsApp audio encouraging people to loot shops in Windhoek, as happened in South Africa recently which left many shops, properties and cars destroyed and burnt down.

He said the police have taken precautionary measures and are on high alert after learning about the planned looting in the capital, stating that if anyone dares take such actions, the police will apply the law with full force.

The police will not allow anyone to turn the country into anarchy and a lawless society, he said.

“This type of behaviour will never be tolerated, we have taken all the necessary measures and whoever dares to do this, we will deal with them to the extent that they will never forget. All strategic positions like malls and shops are under surveillance. I would like to appeal to members of the public to report any type of these incidents, because on the side of the police we are ready to deescalate any situation,” said Ndeitunga.

He added that if Namibians want to emulate examples, they should follow constructive and good ones that can build the country and improve the economic situation. Because looting and destroying of properties will not help anyone but rather put the country deep into economic problems and cause high unemployment and poverty.

“Look at South Africa now, how many jobs were lost and how many lives lost. So these things have bad consequences and the Namibian Police will not allow anyone to destabilise the economy. I want to assure the public that their lives and properties are safe, but we can only succeed in preventing these things when the public is working together with us, they should report people that are trying to do these funny things,” stated Ndeitunga.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

MHAISS increases fees for services and documents

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS) announced an increase in fees for services offered and national documents, effective from 19 July 2021.

In a media statement issued on Friday, the executive director of the ministry, Etienne Maritz said the increase is related to civil registration, identity management, citizenship, immigration and refugee management services.

“The increase in fees is necessitated by various factors, such as the enhancement of security features of passport booklets, visas and permits which resulted in higher procurement prices. The number of pages in the new passports will increase from 32 to 47 pages and the validity will also increase from five to 10 years. The identification (ID) cards will contain a machine-readable zone and a quick response (QR) code,” he said.

The ministry emphasised that many ID cards that were printed as duplicates remain uncollected at the ministry’s offices countrywide and called upon applicants to collect their documents without further delay.

“It must be noted duplicate national documents will also be charged incrementally. The last fee increase for these services and documents was in 2017,” stated Maritz.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

AfCFTA commits to an all-inclusive development in Namibia: Peng

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Namibia Sen Pang has said the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is committed to an all-inclusive development process to ensure that women, youth and small and medium-sized enterprises are part of its implementation.

Pang made the remarks during a virtual meeting of the Namibia AfCFTA National Consultation on Women in Trade.

He said the implementation will also include integrating informal businesses into the formal economy, which was prompted by the need to develop the protocol on women in trade by the AfCFTA Secretariat, a decision that was taken at the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in December 2020.

‘Governments and women organisations are leading on these national consultations to support the generation of evidence in all programme countries. Further, UN Women is also leading the organisation of a series of workshops at regional level and conducting an online survey to maximise the outreach to women to better understand their needs and priorities, and subsequently generate the relevant evidence that will feed into the development of the AfCFTA Protocol on Women in Trade,’ said Pang.

He added that the UN Economic Commission for Africa is working with member states to develop national strategies to support their AfCFTA implementation readiness, which is also underway in Namibia.

Those at the front of drafting the strategy, he urged, should highly consider the needs and priorities of women, youth and other vulnerable groups that are engaged in trade at the formal and informal sector levels to equally reap the same benefits.

Targeted areas of support in Namibia include capacity development to implement the Namibia AfCFTA National Strategy once finalised, awareness-raising and simplification of the AfCFTA Agreement for the benefit of women and youth entrepreneurs.

UN Development Programme Economics Advisor in Namibia, Wilmot Reeves, said AfCFTA also aims to understand the export profile sectors in which women are engaged in cross-border trade and identify broader value chains linked to the export profile, and to explore specific interests in which women would like to expand within the intra-African trade market.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Rundu man arrested for alleged theft of building materials

A 36-year-old man was arrested at Rundu on Thursday after he allegedly stole building materials worth N.dollars 1 414 164 from his employer, Helmsman Group Holdings.

Namibian Police Force crime investigations coordinator in the Kavango East Region, Bonifatius Kanyetu told Nampa Thursday it is alleged that the suspect also used company machinery without the owner’s consent during February and March this year in the Divundu area.

The stolen building material includes super bricks, concrete mixture stones, cement pockets, steel mesh wire, pieces of angle iron, loads of sand as well as company fuel and lubricants.

He said the police recovered the concrete mixture stones, super bricks, sand and cement.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Friday while police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency