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.”

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How Umpqua Bank is transforming real-estate with IBM TRIRIGA & IoT


I’m Tony Bailey, Senior VP of Real Estate, Facilities, Design, Construction, TPO, Physical Security teams at Umpqua Bank… As a first time presenter at TRIMAX – the combined TRIRIGA and Maximo User Group conference – I am excited to be able to meet with other companies that are at various stages in their path towards transforming both their facilities and their employee experiences using IBM TRIRIGA and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities…

As we continue to expand our business, we will also leverage this knowledge as we deploy the Capital Planning capabilities in TRIRIGA. The lease administration capabilities are helping to streamline operations around construction procurement. For example, we are working on deploying a new e-invoicing capability that will automate many of time-intensive processes that consumed a lot of valuable resource from our business…

At TRIMAX in November, I will be sharing more details about Umpqua Bank’s project road map and lessons learned. I will be speaking about how we are incorporating IoT technologies to support our “branch of the future” vision, discussing in depth our plans to develop a dynamic floor plan – complete with traffic sensors and asset management to optimize our model – in an effort to drive just-in-time maintenance to help control costs.

I hope you are attending TRIMAX this November and I look forward to meeting you there to continue sharing best practices about our facilities management strategy.

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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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Verdantix: Can predictive analytics work in commercial real estate?


Improving maintenance procedures through predictive analytics has recently seen many notable developments. Siemens is integrating IBM Watson Analytics into its MindSphere platform to help implement predictive maintenance schemes. Rockwell Automation recently launched its predictive analytics capability for factories and machinery. And PTC and Deloitte Digital announced that they are jointly developing predictive maintenance solutions for factory operations.

These developments are hardly surprising. Predictive analytics enables users to detect if, and when, machinery is likely to breakdown. For example, predictive analytics enabled Duke Energy to identify a slight increase in the turbine vibration of a steam turbine – after maintenance was performed. The subsequent repairs resulted in $4.1 million of potential power generation loss being prevented. Facility managers at plants and factories are therefore likely to be looking for such solutions to keep things running.

But is predictive analytics a natural sell in the world of commercial real estate? There is certainly some evidence of this. Since 2009, UK-based retailer Sainsbury’s has used software provider Verisae’s (now part of Accruent) predictive maintenance solution to reduce product loss from refrigeration failures. Since 2016, engineering firm KONE has partnered with IBM Watson to embed intelligent analytics in its elevators and escalators to improve their performance and reduce instances of unplanned maintenance.

Nevertheless, such examples are not necessarily the norm. According to our 2016 Global Energy Leaders Survey, 46% of the 250 facility managers surveyed said improving the collection, analysis and reporting of energy data from their electrical assets is a very important priority. In contrast, more granular asset-level energy management was only considered very important by 22%. And in our 2015 Green Quadrant for Building Energy Management Software, only 18% of the customer panel we interviewed considered maintenance scheduling and predictive maintenance to be a very important asset management functionality.

The average facility manager is therefore more likely to be concerned with basic data capture than advanced solutions like predictive analytics…

[Admin: This post is related to the 07.13.17 post and 03.16.17 post about IBM Watson Analytics, and the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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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…

[Admin: This post is related to the 03.30.15 post about facility condition assessments (FCA). To see other related posts, use the ValuD tag.]

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How do you have a generic service plan for three organizations?


So I’m trying to figure out the best way to set this up. I have a service plan that has a facilities project template. In the facilities project template, I have three project tasks. In each of those project tasks, I have assigned a specific responsible organization by work group.

So my questions are: If I have three organizations that want to use this same service plan, but they want each of the project tasks to be specific to their responsible organization by work group, how can I just have one generic service plan to satisfy all three organizations? Is there any method to accomplish this requirement in TRIRIGA?

[Updated 06.23.17]

Alright, after some research, I found out the best way to have a generic request class, service plan, facilities project template, and project tasks is by setting up a service agreement for each service provider. And within each service agreement, by creating a service assignment matrix (SAM) for all the possible combinations of request class, customer organization, and location or geography.

Secondly, in the service plan, set the project and task assignment rule to “Auto-Assign to Service Provider”. This will ensure that the workflow fires to check for associated SAM matching records to set the responsible organization for the facilities project record, and the project tasks.

If possible, I would request for a service assignment matrix (SAM) order of precedence and process flow, because it is really confusing functionality. I had to basically deconstruct the workflow to understand which values were being retrieved by the request class, service plan, service agreement, and SAM. Does anyone else have thoughts on the SAM? And tips on how best to maintain it?

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.10.16 post about updating your existing service matrix records, the 09.02.16 post about clarifying how service matrix records are generated, and the 12.11.15 post about finding the process flow diagrams.]

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Serraview: Can traditional IWMS handle the modern workplace?


Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) were developed in the ’90s to address the technical limitations of sharing data between multiple real estate and facility management teams. The benefit of IWMS was having a single system for managing the entire real estate portfolio lifecycle. Since these systems were designed for traditional office space, progressive companies are starting to doubt the ability of IWMS to support the transition to the modern workplace…

It is no secret that IWMS are cumbersome to use, which results in companies hiring high-priced consultants for implementations. Paired with its lack of features and flexibility, IWMS frequently exceed their original prices due to customization…

To combat these issues, progressive companies are leveraging (IWMS 2.0) best-of-breed space management technology to augment their existing investment in traditional IWMS to support their modern workplaces. Space management technology is able to address the new requirements of modern workplaces such as neighborhoods, seating ratios, real-time utilization, and highlighting the differences between actual usage of space and allocation of space.

To learn more about IWMS in the modern workplace, download our white paper: “Can Traditional IWMS Meet the Requirements of the Modern Workplace?”

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