FM:Systems: Five new features of the FM:Interact 2017 release


We are very excited to announce the release of FM:Interact 2017. With this release, we’ve enhanced previous functions to improve user experience, and created brand new ones in order for organizations to get the most effective utilization of their space. So let’s get to it. What are the new functions?

1. Scenario Planning

You’ve been hearing some whispers about it, but now it’s fully developed! The Scenario Planning module provides you with the ability to create, visualize and “try on” potential space situations, such as build-outs, expansions, reorganizations, consolidations or reconfigurations — so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens…

2. FMx5 Markup & Measure

Markup and Measure provides users with the ability to draw and create spaces DIRECTLY on the FMx5 floor plan. After you save, you can see those changes reflected in AutoCAD real-time. This one is my personal favorite…

3. Data Change Request

To maintain the integrity of your Space Data, the ability to make changes are usually limited to Power Users and Space Planners. With this release, general users can now request changes to space while allowing planners and administrators the ability to review, accept or reject those changes before they ever hit production…

4. Data Auditing

You now have the ability to track everything that happens to your FM:Interact data by having visibility into all data actions performed by system users. This gives you insight on why a record has been modified, who modified it, and when…

5. FMx Sensors

Get real-time space utilization analysis on your facility data with our integration with seat utilization sensing technology and 3D Stereoscopic cameras. This gives you an unprecedented level of insight on how their facilities are really being used…

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Verdantix: Solution providers step up IT security in smart buildings


One of the biggest barriers to growth in remotely accessing building management systems (BMS) – one of the key features of a smart building – is IT security.

The IT industry has established a sophisticated process for monitoring and protecting IT networks, but these concepts are not as well developed in building systems and many of the equipment that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). Additionally, there is often lack of communication and collaboration between the IT department and the facilities department. There is also increasing pressure on service providers to provide an out-of-the-box security solution.

Smart buildings are particularly vulnerable as every added connected device is another potential door into the building’s wider network. Even one of the most high-tech companies in the world, Google, was hit by a cyberattack in 2013 through a building management system. Retailer, Target was hacked through the HVAC system in 2014. This year, we have seen severe ransomware cyberattacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected computers in over 150 countries.

This type of attack now feels very regular with a similar one occurring as we write. Individual buildings such as hotels have also been targeted and hacked through building automation systems (BAS) – witness the attack on a luxury hotel in the Austrian Alps in February, where the card system got breached, shut down, and a ransom demanded to restore the system to enable guests back into their rooms…

To learn more about the market for remote monitoring solutions see our recent report – Now Is The Time To Implement Remote Monitoring Solutions.

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Serraview: Workplace strategies are revolutionizing office space


The modern workplace is transforming the way people think about their office space. Leading enterprises are leveraging their workplace to benefit their business and their people. We recently hosted a webinar to address the best practices for the modern workplace…

How to Take a Workplace from Lifeless to Lively

When beginning a workplace transformation, you must gather data to understand how your company and how employees work. There are many ways to collect data, but Jill Zunshine presents 3 steps that cannot be forgotten.

  • Business Strategies: Understand each business line and function areas of your business…
  • Employee Feedback: Gather and analyze engagement scores and satisfaction surveys…
  • Utilization Percentages: Collect how space is being used and what spaces are being used for what type of activity…

Technology in the Modern Workplace

From experience, Tom Zampini sees three problems that have arisen regarding the modern workplace:

  • Over Spending: Large and inflexible portfolios are heavily underused.
  • Failure to Embrace Digital: There’s a failure to embrace digital, and thinking that mobility undermines productivity.
  • Working Environment: Companies are either working in new ways in old spaces, or working in new spaces that impede real work…

Industry Trends & Consulting Experiences

Once you have an activity-based work (ABW) environment, how do you support the employee’s productivity and innovation? Luc Kamperman follows 3 factors to lead to better performance and personal satisfaction.

  • Autonomy: People want to explore, learn, and foster their inner drive. This can be supported by giving people control in their environment.
  • Mastery: Employees should strive to get better at doing things, and encourage improvements and growth.
  • Purpose: What is connecting them to their work and workplace?

[Admin: This post is related to the 04.20.17 post about taking a workplace from lifeless to lively. To see other related posts, use the Serraview tag.]

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Serraview: Creating an activity-based working (ABW) strategy


Workplace transformation is becoming a primary focus for innovative companies. In fact, according to the CBRE 2017 Americas Occupier Survey Report, 86% of respondents are reinventing or adapting their workplace standards this year. But, where do you start? New and trending strategies seem to appear every week: open office design, hoteling, agile working. How do you know which strategy will work best for your business?

Today, corporations are relying heavily on their real estate teams to revolutionize their workplaces into modern spaces where employees and buildings are both effective and efficient. The multi-generational workforce has higher expectations from their employers and people want more from their office than just a place to sit. To accommodate these diverse needs and demands, leading enterprises are seeing the most success with activity-based working environments.

Leesman describes activity-based working (ABW) as a transformational business strategy that provides people with a choice of setting, rather than forcing individuals to work at a singular desk location. Companies who have adopted ABW in their workplace strategy are finding it to be a long-term solution that addresses the modern workforce needs as well as aligning with business goals.

To learn how progressive enterprises are developing successful ABW strategies, read our new step-by-step guide: “Creating an Activity Based Working Strategy”.

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Planon: How do you set up your contract management repository?


Without a proper contract management repository, you and your organisation are at high risk and not in control of supplier obligations, associated costs, and contract terminations or regulatory compliance. A structured contract registration allows you to proactively manage suppliers, validate contract-related cost and performance, ensures timely contract cancellation or change, and delivers valuable information to improve contracting policies.

Setting up your contract management repository starts with an inventory of contract categories such as activity-based contracts, performance contracts or framework agreements and the contract applications such as maintenance, services, procurement, lease or any other. For any contract, you have to collect, register and maintain a set of basic data, such as:

  • Internal information such as contract owner, department and cost centre.
  • Supplier information such as company details, address and contact person.
  • Contract status information such as active, in negotiation, for approval, or terminated.
  • Date information such as start date, notice, end date or cancellation options.
  • Asset reference, linking the contract to one or multiple assets in your asset repository.

On top of the basic data, the contract category determines the next level of contract data and information. For an activity-based maintenance contract, you have to register information about:

  • The individual activities that are contracted.
  • The timing and eventual frequency of the activities.
  • The associated budget for the contract or fixed cost per activity.

As performance contracting is a completely different concept for outsourcing maintenance, the performance contract includes different types of data and information, such as:

  • Performance definition in terms of availability and quality of assets.
  • Detailed service levels, times to start and times to complete.
  • Performance measurement methods, supplier bonus or penalty agreements, and billing parameters…

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ValuD: Can you perform condition-based maintenance with TRIRIGA?


Applying condition-based maintenance with IBM TRIRIGA helps to assess a facility’s or an asset’s performance, capture its lifecycle costs, and to identify necessary repairs and replacements. An integrated set of performance metrics of a facility’s condition is needed to predict when to repurpose, or renovate structures.

Building operations and maintenance managers are primarily responsible for assessing the condition of building components like roofs, air conditioning, walls, electrical, and communications. Forecasting facility conditions and predicting repairs before failure occurs, results in cost reduction. IBM TRIRIGA automates demand and preventive maintenance services to reduce the cost of maintenance operations.

TRIRIGA’s facilities and operations manager is an intense CMMS that enables organizations to manage their building assets and facilities over their lifecycle in order to reduce maintenance expenses. It provides condition-based facility assessments that help you to prioritize the areas for capital improvement and assists you in extending the life of your facilities and facility assets.

Condition-based maintenance features of IBM TRIRIGA

  • Improves the value and environmental performance of facility assets through the capture and classification of facility, building system and asset deficiencies…
  • Evaluates the required investment, energy and operating cost savings, and return on investment of each opportunity…
  • Automates the generation of work requests and capital projects to manage the remediation of deficiencies or implementation of environmental opportunities…

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Registering for the free FM user group event at Topgolf (Jul 2017)


Event: July 27, 2017, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time (Topgolf in Roseville, CA)

I want to invite you to a free one-day Facilities Management event at Topgolf in Roseville, CA, outside of Sacramento, CA. Whether you are an IBM TRIRIGA or IBM Maximo user, these sessions will provide you with best practices to implement into your organization. Session topics include:

  • Using Projects to Assemble Financial Data
  • Making the Most of Key Performance Indicators to Measure What Matters
  • Using Facility Condition Assessment to Manage Your Assets & Maintenance Budgets
  • Capturing Required Inspection Data Electronically to Ensure Organizational Compliance
  • Asking the Experts
  • Networking Made Easy with Topgolf

This event has a limited number of seats so first come first served! Please RSVP here. Download the PDF agenda here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at events@minimaximousergroup.com.

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.06.15 post about exploring the TRIRIGA user group community. To see other related posts, use the Community tag.]

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