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Emprise Goes to the Races

Posted: 5/10/2012

And, on the lighter side …

Emprise Corporation is one of the sponsors of a stock car racing team at the Waterford Speedbowl, a local Connecticut venue.

Dan James, owner, and Kyle James, driver, race in the SK Modified class, the oldest division in NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing). Emprise's sponsorship encompasses the 2012 racing season, which runs from April through October. "Our" car, #21, will race every Saturday night.

The stock car will potentially be viewed in two ways, at rest or speeding past, and Emprise's name on the rear quarter panel should maximize either view. Our hope is that spectators who haven't heard of us will ask, "Emprise? Who are they? What do they do? Can they help me do anything?"

Why did we choose a stock car to sponsor? We as a corporation identify strongly with technical know-how, first-rate equipment, the best "driver" for the job, top-notch training, and the desire to win. So … come to the races and cheer us on!

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A New Look at Emprise Corporation

Posted: 3/12/2012

Emprise Corporation is currently embarked on a major rebranding effort, according to Graphic Designer Sergio Barrera.

"Branding" refers to the creation of an overall visual connection to a company and the services it provides. Our intensive search for an updated, just-right visual identity for the corporation itself and the products we provide also includes an image for marketing, recruitment, and Emprise's logo. According to Mr. Barrera, "perceived value of a service or product is usually what people experience prior to actual value." Just as people often "judge a book by its cover," so, too, do they form an impression of a corporate entity based on their experience with that company. The company identity needs to reflect both the company's perception of itself and the researched, avowed perception of employees and customers.

Compiling the results of a survey he created, Mr. Barrera notes that the most frequently expressed impressions of Emprise have been such things as "quality," "reliability," and "good service," among others. He emphasizes that extensive research has been conducted in learning Emprise's history, goals, products and services, employees, and customers: research leading to knowledge of how Emprise is perceived.

Mr. Barrera is currently working on sketches of several options that combine the way Emprise wishes to be seen with the way it is perceived into a single, coherent visual system. Each option is the product of the creative process itself, with time allotted for thinking and conceptualizing. He explains that the next month or two will involve evaluation by corporate principals and narrowing of the options, with a decision to be announced soon. Emprise's web site will ultimately reflect his rebranding efforts, as will indeed every aspect of the company that can be expressed visually.

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Emprise Corporation Adds 9th Ship to the Great Lakes Fleet's Condition Monitoring Program

Posted: 2/29/2012

Emprise Corporation is proud to announce that, as part of our continuing commitment to Key Lakes, the M/V Great Republic becomes the ninth Great Lakes Fleet vessel submitted to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for acceptance into its Continuous Survey Program.

Emprise Corporation, as an ABS-certified External Specialist for Condition Monitoring (CM), provided CM services to the M/V Great Republic that included machinery selection, nameplate data collection, test point installation, customized setup, data analyses, report submission, and follow-up with ABS to track the application process from submission through acceptance.

Condition Monitoring benefits the maritime industry through its early detection of machinery problems. Early detection maximizes vessel productivity, minimizes unscheduled downtime, minimizes the number of open and inspect repair routines, and increases machine service life.

Continuing vessel support services include quarterly analysis and annual crew training as well as thermographic surveys. As part of this service, Emprise Corporation provides the M/V Great Republic with the hardware, maintenance, and calibration services necessary for quarterly vibration data collection. Emprise has been providing these services to all vessels in the Great Lakes Fleet since 2001.

Emprise Corporation's staff commands over 50 years' experience in the commercial and maritime industries, experience that is readily available to design Condition Monitoring programs to suit the needs of any customer.

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Emprise Corporation Delivers SEAS Oil Analysis

Posted: 1/18/2012

The second of several planned SEAS modules, SEAS Oil Analysis provides for the analysis and trending of lube oil variable data. Statistical alarm generation, advanced trending and historical analyst comments are the tip of the iceberg. SEAS provides for advanced engineering analysis of condition monitoring data. Combined with Emprise Corporation's database replication design and Emprise Secure Transfer Agent it is now possible to receive and analyze shipboard engineering data in hours rather than days.

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Emprise Corporation Delivers SEAS Vibration Analysis

Posted: 1/18/2012

Emprise Corporation delivers the first truly interactive web-based vibration analysis product to the US Military Sealift Command.

SEAS provides for the analysis of a vessels condition monitoring data by shipboard and or shore-side personnel. SEAS Vibration uses Emprise Javascript charts to provide interactive charting that rivals commercially-available client server applications.

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Agile Development at Emprise Corporation

Posted: 1/18/2012

Here at Emprise we have recently undertaken steps to properly organize and execute the Agile Development process known as Scrum.

The following are some basic Agile/Scrum tenets that we continually keep in mind during our development process:

  1. Individuals and interactions - Open communication between team members and customers is vitally important.
  2. Working software - We want our software to not just function, but to perform the job above expectations.
  3. Customer collaboration - Frequent input and communication helps us to create a high quality solution.
  4. Responding to change - Being flexible and open to the needs of our customers, rather than following a rigid and unchangeable development process.

With these tenets in mind we are constantly looking to have strong collaboration and input from both our customers and team. We believe in producing quality software while never allowing that to be an area that suffers as a result of the development process. Our beliefs diverge from the traditional iron triangle in development.

Traditional Iron Triangle:

Traditional Iron Triangle

Emprise Agile Iron Triangle:

Emprise Iron Triangle

Frequent software releases and the provision of high visibility into our work allow customers to give us frequent feedback on our projects and help us deliver a better product. Because we strongly believe in creating the highest quality products for our customers, this process was an ideal choice going forward at Emprise.

As we progress with our use of Scrum we will be using two different methods of tracking information. One is the digital use of the software VersionOne, which will help us provide clients with a window into the features that are being developed and the progress of our software. Locally, we will be using a large whiteboard system to help both the company and the development team visibly track our progress throughout the development process.

Emprise White Board:

Agile Board

The most important thing to keep in mind is that we do all this to give ourselves the ability and accountability for constant improvement. To incorporate strong communication, flexible development, and continual improvement, the Scrum methodology is a perfect fit for Emprise.