Innovating with Intelligent Operations in Small/Medium-sized Contractors
Speaker: Amanda Cole, Schuchart Corporation , Christian Geismann, Schuchart Corporation and Julian Gonzalez, Br.iq
Contractors of all sizes and types have an opportunity to reinvent their operating models to allow them to better confront challenges they face and take advantage of efficiency improvements. The use of “Intelligent Operations” allows for the opportunity to run a business more efficiently while challenging the organization to improve integration between groups and various functions. Schuchart developed an “Intelligent Operations” task force within the Company’s innovation program to initiate a practical approach to confront inefficiencies and process gaps.
Schuchart and Briq will describe how any contractor can implement intelligent operations within their organizations without needing to dedicate a significant budget or have a specialized team on staff. Schuchart will present the various questions and issues they have identified and the platforms and processes they are using to solve. In-depth examples will include use of cloud-based tool Smartsheet to gather new sources of data and allow Schuchart to gather important insights, automated data integration tools to create seamless data flows between programs and functions, and illustrations of how advanced data analytics can give contractors greater knowledge and improved decision making.
1. Attendees will learn about the approaches within “intelligent operations” that Schuchart has adopted from McKinsey thought leadership. This includes lean process redesign, digitization, intelligent process automation, and advanced analytics. Examples will be presented to make these terms more practical.
2. Attendees will have a greater awareness of the technology solutions that exist today and those that are being developed within each of the approaches. This includes “bots” for greater automation and integration, automated process workflows that are simple to program, and data analytics options.
3. Attendees will be confronted with thought-provoking questions to allow them to consider how intelligent operations can be applied to their organizations and where they might be able to make gains in efficiency and operations.
This session is designated for 1 CPE credit in the field of Information Technology
Legal and Audit Protections for the Paycheck Protection Program and Handling Leaves and Return to Work Issues
Speaker: Julie Pace, Gammage & Burnham
Many contractors received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and are now faced with loan forgiveness applications and procedures. Companies who received $2 million or more need to prepare for the inevitable audit of their PPP loan. Failure to fully understand the PPP loan forgiveness requirements or failure to properly document the PPP expenditures and substantiate the company’s need for and use of PPP funds can be costly to businesses. At the same time, businesses have to address the growing number of questions and challenges of COVID-19 in the workplace, including how to return workers to the office, implement physical distancing and mask requirements, and make other adjustments to the workplace to comply with local, state and federal guidelines.
In this session, we will review the latest updates relating to the Paycheck Protection Program, new programs from the Federal government, and best practices and guidelines for addressing COVID-19-related issues in the workplace.
- Learn how to prepare a substantiation memo and supporting documents to prepare for PPP Audit.
- Learn requirements and tips for completing the PPP loan forgiveness applications based on current guidance.
- Get tips and guidelines for workplace COVID-19 safety procedures.
- Learn how to deal with employees returning to the workplace, including accommodations for high risk employees or working with employees who do not want to return to the office.
- Learn how to use FFCRA leave and how FFCRA intersects with FMLA and other employer leave policies.
- Address OSHA safety rules and learn the OSHA 300 reporting requirements for COVID-19 illnesses and hospitalizations
This session is designated for 1 CPE credit in the field of Business Law