Verdantix: Employee-facing tech makes buzz at World Workplace


Verdantix attended IFMA’s World Workplace Europe conference on 31 May to 01 June. This major event for the facilities management sector had almost 400 attendees including facilities and workplace management professionals, service providers and technology companies.

So, what was the hot topic? One major theme of the event was how to connect people to the workplace using digital technologies. For example, we heard that facilities management firm ISS is piloting a digital concierge service which assists occupants in managing everyday tasks such as room booking or organizing catering. It is based on providing occupants self-service apps, as well as chatbots which simulate conversation to respond to worker requests.

Engaging occupants has become a hot theme across real estate, energy and facilities management software markets. For example, incorporating crowd-sourced insights on temperature preferences is gaining momentum in energy management applications, witness Energy Deck or Honeywell’s Vector Occupant App.

In the integrated workplace management system (IWMS) space, developing modules to engage everyday office workers has become a recent focus. For example, in May 2017, IWMS provider iOffice launched a set of employee experience solutions which can be layered on legacy IWMS solutions, to quickly make systems more employee-centric…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.30.16 post about ISS and IBM transforming the management of 25,000 buildings. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag or iOffice tag.]

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FM trends in high-performance buildings and workplaces (HPB+W)


The annual High-Performance Buildings + Workplaces (HPB+W) conference takes place at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center, May 17-18. Registration is free!

Greg Zimmerman brings more than 13 years of experience and knowledge to the facility management field. He discusses the changes and trends he’s seen in the quickly evolving occupation. With technology rapidly influencing the profession, facility managers can expect to see the effect in their everyday jobs and the overall performance of their buildings.

What misconceptions do people have about smart, sustainable buildings?

A common misconception I hear is high-performance buildings or smart buildings must be super expensive and complex. That’s simply not true. Even small buildings that are easier to operate can be smart, high-performance, and sustainable. Most buildings in the United States are smaller, so we can really start making a dent…

What excites you about the future of the facilities business?

The rate at which high-performance building technology is being implemented is really encouraging. The Internet of Things, IoT, is one example. We have adopted IoT technology in our personal lives, and now we’re doing that in our professional lives. People have been using smart phones to remotely control things…

What advice would you give to facility managers just starting out?

One thing to focus on is learning about what’s going to be important in the future. The biggest topic in facility management right now is high-performance buildings and sustainability. Technology is second nature to young professionals just coming in. Understand and learn the technology. Be the “go to” person for your building…

What do people need to know about HPB+W?

This is really the only show of its kind, covering such a wide range of topics. It concentrates on energy and water efficiency, air quality, IoT, technology; all falling under the umbrella of high-performance buildings. This is our third year of the show and we are really hitting our stride…

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FieldFLEX: Is your enterprise ready for mobile?


How do you determine what is the best mobile solution for your enterprise that will enable users to get the data and functionality they need? What software will integrate smoothly, assimilate large amounts of data, comply with your security requirements, give the end users an engaged experience, and ultimately make your business more effective and efficient?

Here are the answers to the top questions asked at the FieldFLEX booth during the recent IBM InterConnect 2017 conference.

What is the security level with the FieldFLEX mobile app?

At the device level, all data is encrypted for transport to and from the server over SSL. Any data stored on the mobile device resides in an encrypted mobile database. The FieldFLEX server stores no data. User access is controlled by username and password authentication or through mobile device management platform…

What back-end systems does FieldFLEX integrate with?

Our mobile platform integrates with IBM TRIRIGA, Maximo, and a variety of other products. It is the single mobile solution for corporate real estate, condition assessment, facilities management, operations, lease and capital projects…

How are drawings published?

Mobile drawings can be published directly from your AutoCAD or Revit floor plans. Customers can choose published content which offers layering visibility control. FieldFLEX drawing publisher reduces the CAD file size by up to 90% to improve download speed and performance in the mobile apps…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the FieldFLEX tag.]

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NFMT conference and exhibition returns to Las Vegas in 2016


From: Best FM Education Returns To Las Vegas, FacilitiesNet

Join us at NFMT Vegas 2016 for the facility management industry’s premier West Coast event

Conference: November 1-2, 2016, Mirage Events Center, Las Vegas

After meeting last year on the East Coast, Building Operating Management’s National Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Exhibition returns to Las Vegas. The facility management industry’s premiere West Coast educational event is back at the Mirage Events Center with more than 70 educational sessions, bonus in-depth workshops, and more than 60,000 square feet of new products and solutions on display.

Learn, interact, and gain essential insight from others’ experiences. NFMT Vegas delivers 70 educational sessions over two days, covering seven tracks designed with building owners, facility managers, and maintenance department problem-solvers in mind. Session tracks include Safety, Energy, Technology, Maintenance, Building Automation, Sustainability, and — new to Las Vegas — the Building Internet of Things (IoT)…

The new Building IoT track covers all aspects of how the Internet, wireless control, cloud computing, and other technologies are affecting how FMs do their jobs. Corporate information technology vendor Cisco presents on the digitization of building systems, while other presenters delve into the increasingly important topics of Big Data analytics, building information modeling (BIM), and the ways IoT is changing lighting choices…

The NFMT Las Vegas exhibit hall also has main-stage presentations to complement the many exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on displays of products and solutions… While the conference sessions and exhibition are free to attend (Nov. 1-2), the four-hour workshops on Monday, Oct. 31, require an additional fee… For free registration or for more information on sessions and workshops, go to www.nfmt.com/vegas.

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Are you interested in presenting at TRIMAX 2016 in October?


We are currently seeking customers who are willing to share their TRIRIGA or Maximo experience. If your organization has a use case that you would like to present to the TRIMax community, please consider submitting a nomination for a session presenter role. Here are the nomination requirements:

  • Presentation Title: Draft is fine
  • Abstract: 200 words maximum
  • Biography: 100 words maximum

The deadline to submit your TRIMax abstracts has been extended to Friday, June 10. Nominations should be sent to Tina Scott (tinas@us.ibm.com) no later than Friday, June 10 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at TRIMax 2016!

TRIMax User Group is the only combined TRIRIGA and Maximo User Group. This conference provides a forum where participants can share knowledge and learn from other TRIRIGA and Maximo clients, business partners, and IBMers. Attendees can expect to hear client use cases along with product updates and roadmap sessions. Additionally, many of IBM’s valued partners will be available to discuss how to maximize your investment in these solutions.

Last year, we had nearly 350 attendees, over 46 presentations of product and technical information, customer panels and use cases, and business partner presentations. This year, we’re expecting 500+ attendees, with even more presentations, to be run in several tracks, plus certification and training options. Make sure you block your calendar and look for more information soon. Please visit the TRIMax User Group website for additional details. Contact Liz Ruana (Liz.Ruana@trmnet.com) or Tina Scott (tinas@us.ibm.com) with any questions.

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[Admin: This post is related to the 03.14.16 post about TRIMAX 2016 on October 26-28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.]

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Discovering IBM TRIRIGA at IoT World 2016 in Paris


[Google Translated from French]

IoT World Fair: announcements of 23 and 24 March

Ten days before the opening in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from the first event dedicated to the connected objects, to new business they generate and their many applications (industry, sports/wellness, daily life, health, buildings town & road transport, security, etc…)… discover in preview the summary of announcements and/or products-services presented by the exhibitors…

IBM TRIRIGA: Management of real estate assets

Software platform for your property management. TRIRIGA provides its customers with tools to manage all asset classes to optimize their availability, profitability, performance and the service they provide, and throughout their life cycle…

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Salon IoT World : les annonces des 23 et 24 Mars

A dix jours de l’ouverture à Paris Porte de Versailles du 1er événement entièrement dédiée aux objets connectés, aux nouveaux business qu’ils génèrent ainsi qu’à leurs nombreuses applications (industrie, sport/bien-être, vie quotidienne, santé, bâtiments, ville & route, transport, sécurité, etc…)… découvrez en avant-première le résumé des annonces et/ou produits-services présentés par les exposants…

IBM Tririga : Gestion des actifs immobiliers

Plateforme logicielle pour votre gestion immobilière. Tririga fournit à ses clients des outils permettant de gérer toutes les classes d’actifs afin d’en optimiser leur disponibilité, leur rentabilité, leur performance et le service qu’ils fournissent, et ce tout au long de leur cycle de vie…

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