Verdantix: SpaceIQ seeks to disrupt the IWMS marketplace

SpaceIQ, a provider of IWMS and CAFM solutions, announced its official company launch. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SpaceIQ offers a workplace management platform that supports customers with space planning, move management and real estate data management. It aims to bring a next-generation IWMS solution to market which is employee-centric, prioritizes user experience and responds to the latest real estate trends such as worker productivity and employee engagement…

SpaceIQ’s focus on user experience feels very in line with market requirements. Verdantix finds that SpaceIQ could also consider developing broader functionality into areas such as maintenance management or lease management. Our research shows that large customers are keen to implement a platform from a single vendor with multiple modules spanning real estate and facilities management, as they rationalize IT systems and look for the benefits of centralized data…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA, and the 08.22.17 post by Verdantix about IWMS competition intensifying. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag or IWMS 2.0 tag.]

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FM:Systems: IWMS market leader in 2017 Green Quadrant report

FM:Systems was recognized as a leader by Verdantix in their 2017 Green Quadrant Analysis for IWMS. As a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, FM:Systems differentiates its comprehensive solution with best-in-class capabilities for space optimization. FM:Systems garnered high remarks in its breadth of functionality in addition to its best-in-class capabilities for space optimization…

Verdantix awarded FM:Systems multiple perfect scores of 3.0/3.0 for the Scenario Planning module, Move Management module, and for space utilization data collection and analysis. FM:Systems is positioned as a leader in the industry, integrating scenario planning and real-time monitoring of space utilization with various sensors, such as heat and 3D people sensing cameras. These capabilities address the most urgent challenges in optimizing facility and real-estate resources.

“Our placement in the 2017 Green Quadrant for IWMS is a strong confirmation that we’re growing in the right direction,” says FM:Systems President Kurt von Koch. “Our customers’ success has always been the driving force behind FM:Interact, and we’re pleased to know that our commitment to our customers is being recognized and reflected by the industry, particularly in an industry that is so rapidly changing.”

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the FM:Systems tag or Verdantix tag.]

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Verdantix: Are user-focused apps the new focus of IWMS innovation?

In recent months, there has been a hive of activity across employee engagement apps in the real estate and facilities management software market. For example, iOffice launched “Hummingbird”, an employee-centric layer for IWMS, IBM and ISS are piloting a digital concierge service which assists occupants in managing everyday workplace tasks such as room booking or organizing catering, and MCS launched a virtual personal assistant “Sumi” that can support the booking of rooms.

The latest product launch from UK-based software firm FSI is “Concept Advantage” – a series of user-focused apps which can be used alongside FSI’s Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) software. The initial range of apps includes “ChatLog” – a facilities help-desk that resembles common social media platforms, and “OurSay” – a crowd-sourcing and voting tool to enable workers to contribute to facilities management decisions. FSI believes the app will also reduce the time that facilities help-desks spend receiving calls around building issues.

The recent innovation around purpose-built user-focused apps represents a break from traditional practice. For many decades, the user interface of IWMS and CAFM software has largely been built around the needs of “power users” such as Real Estate or Facility Directors. Whilst it has been possible to configure the user interface to simplify it, the result is not always a clean and intuitive user experience. The recent user-centric product updates are likely to be welcomed by customers.

We continue to hear that buyers look for a high-quality user interface from their facility management software…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.06.17 post about employee-facing tech in the workplace. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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Who are some CAFM, CMMS, EAM, & IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA?

As a member of the IBM TRIRIGA software development team, it’s easy to get so occupied and busy within the isolated “bubble” of TRIRIGA, its partners, and its customers, that there’s no time or energy to wonder about our competitors outside the TRIRIGA community. Luckily, I recently found a few moments to perform a few Google searches for “TRIRIGA competitors” to see what’s out there for myself.

Here’s what I found. This might be ordinary to sales and marketing folks, but for developers like me, I found it enlightening. Not only 9 direct competitors with an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), but also 13 other competitors offering Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Software as a Service (SaaS), and other solutions. There are probably more. But for now, enjoy!

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Researching five trends that will impact the workplace in 2016

As businesses plan for workplace changes in 2016, five trends seem to be dominating the conversation, according to recent research conducted by Planon, the Boston-based IWMS (integrated workplace management systems) and CAFM (computer aided facility management) software company.

Here are the top five real estate and facility management trends that are expected to have far-reaching effects in 2016, according to Planon’s research:

  • 1. The Internet of Things will be applied: Going well beyond consumer functionality, the Internet of Things will help companies improve their bottom line…
  • 2. The need to create a mobile culture: One of the most significant drivers of change is the rise of mobility. Work today is being done everywhere…
  • 3. Embracing the alternative workplace: Work today is more about the output than the space. Organizations are embracing new ways of working…
  • 4. BIM adoption increases: BIM (Building Information Modeling) holds great promise for facilities management and real estate. Applying BIM and BIM methodologies…
  • 5. Cloud delivery models continue to transform the workplace: Cloud services have become firmly established primarily in business-to-consumer markets…

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How do you attach a drawing modified in AutoCAD 2015 and saved in AutoCAD 2013?

We are currently using AutoCAD 2013 with CAD integrator Because of our current TRIRIGA platform version, we cannot currently upgrade to a more current CI for a few more months. One of our coworkers happened to open several (90) of our CAFM CAD files in the AutoCAD 2015 version and only added a paper space tab. In doing so, none of our CAFM files want to work now in CI. We have tried to remove the work that was done in 2015. We have done audits, and purges, and still no success. We have even tried to save down to 2010 and even DXFout the file. The only thing that comes close is to DXFout to R14, but then we lose our links to the database.

We were wondering if anyone can help us out of this jam. It will take us 2 months to fix the drawings if we have to copy these plines out into a new file and reattach them to the database. In the meantime, we are looking at doing a platform upgrade, but that will also take our group possibly a year to upgrade. Please give me your suggestions.

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Reason to implement IWMS in 2015: BIM and Facility Management

The integration of BIM into FM has been a long standing goal of many organizations and interest groups. There are several examples of early attempts at this integration across several existing CAFM and IWMS offerings. Despite the fact that many of these features have been available for a relatively long period of time, but adoption rates of this technology have been trivial at best. Why is this?

There is no single answer to this question, but here is one answer. Many of the existing integrations of BIM and FM are heavily weighted towards traditional BIM technologies and user paradigms, ignoring the specific needs and use cases of facility managers and maintenance workers. This is not to say there is no value proposition for owners and operators in leveraging BIM for facilities management and maintenance activities. In fact, if done correctly, the value to the entire management life-cycle of buildings can be significant, maybe even a game-changer…

[Admin: This post continues from the 02.10.15 post.]

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