The Female Hockey Jamboree took place down at the North Peace Arena. Picture: Amber DavyThe Visitors Information Center was the starting line for the Fort St. John Spirit Torch Relay. Picture: Amber DavyThe Lutheran Church hosted this year’s Seniors Christmas Craft Sale and Bazaar. Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –People brought their pets to the Totem Mall to get their pictures taken with Santa. All proceeds from the pictures go to the Fort St. John SPCA. Picture: Amber Davy
Our take is that Document Management deployed as SaaS is very viable. But interestingly, a McKinsey report from earlier this year says not so. Last Friday’s Formtek blog was about ECM deployed as SaaS. Since then I came across an interesting report by McKinsey/IDC that appeared in April at Software 2006 and follow-up blog discussions about McKinsey’s predictions about the future of SaaS.In particular, this chart from the report has generated a lot of comment:In the chart, there are nine areas of Application types that are predicted to have little SaaS adoption between now and 2008. Of interest here is that Documents and Records Management is one of those application areas. We think that McKinsey doesn’t seem to have gotten it right here, but it may be a question of timing. The potential for Document Management deployed as SaaS is huge, especially in the SME space. But the number of players in the Document Management SaaS space is still very small and the available functionality via the services available today is still rudimentary. The segment seems poised to grow. Technology no longer is a limiting factor. One trend where Document Management SaaS growth is emerging is as an add-on module within already established SaaS applications. For example, SugarCRM and Saleforce.com both offer Document Management add-ons to their base CRM products. Pure-play Document Management and Records Management SaaS are likely to follow.
Bilateral trade between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China increased from US$58 million in 2000, to US$382 million in 2017.This, according to Commercial Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Jianghong Fan.He notes that Jamaica remains his country’s largest trading partner in the English-speaking Caribbean.Mr. Fan points out that besides alumina, Jamaica will shortly commence lobster exportation to China, whole adding that his country is the third largest source of local imports.He was speaking at the recent launch of Chinese heavy-duty truck manufacturer Shacman’s operations in Jamaica, at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston.Meanwhile, Mr. Fan said China is now the biggest source of foreign direct investments for Jamaica.This, he noted, is evidenced by the many projects that have been completed or are under way involving about 16 Chinese entities, whose activities have generated nearly 10,000 new jobs.Notable among these, Mr. Fan said, is Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO), which operates the Alpart alumina refinery in Nain, St. Elizabeth.The entity plans to invest approximately US$6 billion to expand Alpart’s facilities and production capacity, and to develop the Jamaica-Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone (SEZ).This facility is deemed pivotal to the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).The LHI aims to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global supply chain. The other facilities are located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Singapore.The Jamaica-Gansu SEZ is one of a number that JSEZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, says the Authority is developing in 10 parishes.It is also one of the three largest, the others being the Caymanas and Vernamfield Aerotropolis SEZs in St. Catherine and Clarendon, respectively.Mr. Fan said the projects being pursued by JISCO, coupled with infrastructure/road developments undertaken and being implemented by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), “are generating economic growth for Jamaica”.Meanwhile, Mr. Fan said Jamaican products are expected to figure at the China International Import Expo, which is slated for November 5 to 10, 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai.He said the expo is an annual event “where fine Jamaican brands, including Blue Mountain Coffee and Reggae music, will find a ready market”.Mr. Fan said the launch of Shacman Jamaica Limited represents further expansion of the bilateral relations Jamaica and China share.Its establishment results from a partnership forged between Jamaican firm, Tank-Weld Group, and Shacman, a State-owned entity.Under the collaboration, Tank-Weld Group, the largest supplier of building materials locally, will through its subsidiary, Tank-Weld Equipment, be the sole dealer for Shacman trucks in Jamaica.Shacman Jamaica’s operations will be facilitated through Tank Weld’s recently transformed purpose-built regional maintenance facility at Ferry, St. Catherine.The partnership also involves JN Bank, which will facilitate commercial loans for persons purchasing the trucks, and is expected to go a far way in providing reliable units for local haulage contractors requiring heavy-duty vehicles.Mr. Fan said the Chinese Government “attaches great importance” to its ties with Jamaica, and will work with its local counterparts to promote the “sustained and in-depth growth of our friendly partnership for common development”.He anticipates that this will “deliver real benefits to our two countries and people”, and adds that the Tank Weld-Shacman partnership “will strongly prove this”.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon, Audley Shaw, who also spoke at the launch, said China’s engagements in Jamaica are welcomed, and asked Mr. Fan to convey to his Government “the high appreciation and regard that the Government and people of Jamaica have for China for this expanding relationship that we have”.