ValuD: What is TRIMAX and why should you attend?

Conferences and trade shows provide a great way to learn and discover industry trends in a short period of time. Please consider attending TRIMAX this year…

What is TRIMAX?

TRIMAX is an annual conference which provides a forum for participants to share knowledge and learn from other TRIRIGA and Maximo clients, business partners and IBM leaders. If you are a RE/FM/EAM business, then TRIMAX is the event for you. This year’s event is being held at Arlington, VA on November 29th and 30th with an optional training day on December 1st. More than 600 participants are expected to attend the various presentations and sessions.

Why attend TRIMAX?

IBM TRIRIGA and IBM Maximo are leaders in asset management and IWMS application software and TRIMAX is the only user group with a combined focus for both. Naturally, such a focused user group can give you insights on product updates, solution road maps, and industry best practices…

ValuD and TRIMAX

With the largest and most experienced group of TRIRIGA consultants in the world, ValuD has been an active participant of TRIMAX since its inception. This year, our sessions will showcase MobilD, our mobility solution built exclusively for TRIRIGA

  • “TRIRIGA Mobility Solution (MobilD) Tailored to Drive Work Efficiency – A User Perspective” | Speaker: Kiel Schmitz, ValuD | Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
  • “New Capabilities of TRIRIGA FASB/IASB & Advanced Lease Accounting” | Speaker: Kirk Howcroft, ValuD | Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 8AM – 3PM

[Admin: This post is related to the 07.18.17 post about ValuD at TRIMAX 2017, and the 07.28.16 post about mobilizing IBM TRIRIGA. To see other related posts, use the ValuD tag or MobilD tag.]

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How does TRIRIGA tackle 2019 lease accounting change implications?

Are you getting ready to address the implications of the new lease accounting changes with TRIRIGA? Although FASB’s ASC 842 and IASB’s IFRS 16 will take effect in 2019, many organizations are only now beginning to realize the amount of effort required to meet the new standards…

The biggest changes to businesses will be the new Right of Use (ROU) Assets and Lease Liabilities that will hit balance sheets, as well as the intensely manual approaches and effort that many see before them. How many organizations are leveraging Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) to manage their real-estate holdings and automate these manual efforts?…

In order to help organizations comply with the new standards, and understand the implications of these changes, TRIRIGA continues to deliver a single integrated workplace management system with new enhancements in the next release. TRIRIGA supports the lifecycle of facilities management and will automate compliance activities to address changes that affect multiple teams and roles.

Here’s how TRIRIGA can help:

  • CFO and CAO: The release of IBM TRIRIGA 10.5.3 will provide a sub-ledger system for real estate and asset lease accounting that is able to generate journal entries out-of-the-box for ASC 840 and ASC 842 under US-GAAP as well as for IAS 17 and IFRS 16. It also covers period closings and report generation for the most common reports required under the new standards.
  • Real Estate and Fixed Asset Managers: The release of IBM TRIRIGA 10.5.3 separates the duties of a lease administrator and a lease accountant, allowing the lease administrator to enter contractual information, and then enabling the lease accountant to run classification tests, reassess lease decisions, and report on the ROU Asset and Lease Liability.
  • Facility Management, and Occupants: There are also new capabilities to improve day-to-day and occupancy experience. They can leverage a new Workplace Services offering that engages everyday employees through new mobile web apps that provide access to services managed by IBM TRIRIGA, anywhere, and on any device. This includes: a new Service Request app to submit work requests, a new Reservation app to quickly create reservations for individual workspaces or multi-attendee meeting rooms, and a new location-aware Workplace Services Portal to provide a single, unified access point for launching the apps and tracking status of requests…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the FASB tag or IFRS tag.]

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Verdantix: Who are benefiting from the changes in lease accounting?

In early 2016, the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Financial Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued new lease standards, which require companies to include lease obligations in their balance sheets. The new standards take affect 1 January 2019 and will impact all companies that have leases for real estate or equipment and file financial statements…

For many years, IWMS software providers have provided real estate, leasing, and portfolio capabilities, which include modules that integrate details of leases and contracts with existing financial and accounting systems to provide a central database for real estate financial planning and analysis and to create the correct entries for the accounting system. The new FASB/IASB accounting standards bring the spotlight on the role of software in managing leases.

A review of the deals in the public domain shows that providers such as Accruent, Lucernex, and Qube are already swooping in on opportunities to help companies mitigate risk by ensuring compliance to these new leasing standards. In the last few months, Lucernex has announced several new contracts with retailers such as Bouclair, DXL, Bashas’ Family of Stores and Suburban Propane. Accruent has been selected by CTIL, Tillys and Sephora in just the last few weeks. We are also witnessing other IWMS vendors improving their capabilities for accurate lease calculations in accordance with the new lease accounting standards. For example, in April, Planon software received validation from a Big Four accounting firm that its leasing calculations engine was in accordance with the IASB/FASB requirements…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA. To see other related posts, use the FASB tag or IFRS tag.]

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ValuD: TRIRIGA lease accounting tool to meet FASB/IASB compliance

The new FASB/IASB leasing standards have created ripples in the facilities industry with companies scrambling to achieve compliance before the 2019 deadline. Unfortunately, many of the organizations who fall under this statute do not have a streamlined lease administration process… Accounting and consulting firms have leveraged their technical expertise to guide companies in their path forward.

One such global audit, tax, and advisory firm elected to develop and market a hosted lease management tool to aid their clients in achieving FASB/IASB compliance… The firm selected IBM TRIRIGA for its extensive out-of-the-box capabilities, but wanted to add validations like specifications for when to review assumptions and to ensure accountability of balance sheet accuracy. The firm wanted to leverage the enhanced functionalities of the IBM TRIRIGA Real Estate Manager and selected ValuD as their strategic partner for implementation and development…

The leasing tool had to be adaptable to include future enhancements and had be deployed seamlessly to the firm’s customers. As a result, a hosted delivery model was chosen to ensure customers were on the latest release… The lease accounting tool was one of the first to be launched in the market exclusively for leasing standard compliance. The firm attracted new clients which created a new revenue stream. The firm’s clients achieved statutory compliance, gained better control over their lease portfolio and process efficiency, and improved security with the hosted model…

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Planon: Why should real estate and finance managers join forces?

There will be considerable change in lease accounting from 2019. That date will see new standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) come into force. This also means that the roles of real estate and finance manager is also likely to change, as each will undoubtedly need the other to cope with the challenges of the new standards…

New tasks for the new standards

This will change a finance manager’s work. Leasing contracts, which previously might have been considered less important, will now play a larger role. That is because it’s no longer simply about what an organisation pays to a leasing company each month. The finance manager now has to incorporate on the balance sheet both the valuation of the liability and of the property. That presents quite a challenge. Whereas previously he could simply report on the costs of leasing contracts, now, to be compliant with the new standards, the finance manager must also report the value of these contracts as well as the underlying information.

On the other side of this is the real estate manager, and as 2019 looms, he also needs to give much more thought to the financial impact of leasing arrangements. No longer can he just mention the leasing costs of a set of premises, but rather, he must also state the impact of those costs on the profit and loss account and the balance sheet…

Collaboration is the key to success

In practice, real estate and finance are two separate worlds. Most real estate managers prefer not to immerse themselves in all the accounting rules. Finance, by contrast, has knowledge covering a whole gamut of legislation and regulations, of which real estate is only a small part. Having a “linking pin” would appear to be a way forward – someone who speaks the language of both the real estate and the finance manager. So it could be an interesting idea to hire someone with a completely new profile. Someone who knows about both real estate and finance…

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Planon: Lease accounting terms a real estate manager should know

From 1 January 2019, the new lease accounting regulations from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB) will need to be implemented in order to comply with the new standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16 respectively. In this blog, I will share with you the important lease accounting changes and relevant terminology.

With effect from 1 January 2019, publicly listed companies will be required to include on their balance sheets all leasing contracts with a contract term longer than one year. This is a measure against an offensive strategy of sell-and-lease-back, also known as off-balance financing. It implies that organisations can free up financing, as leased properties – in contrast to owned properties – are not required to be included on the balance sheet. This strategy was used by many corporates during the 1990s and early 2000s. The key objective of the new standards are to enhance financial transparency in lease accounting administration

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)… are convinced that actual lease liabilities should be reflected in a uniform way for readers of financial statements. Since 2006, FASB and IASB have been undertaking a review of their relevant lease-related chapters ASC 840 and IAS17 that cover lease accounting. By moving away from current accounting practice, financial transparency will be enhanced by showing off-balance lease financing, together with the related liabilities, on the balance sheet.

From 2019, the relevant compliance standards are ASC 842 (which replaces ASC 840) and IFRS 16 (which replaces IAS17). However, even though the new reporting requirements take effect from 2019, at that same time, organisations must comply retrospectively to ASC 842 and IFRS 16 for the years 2017 onwards. Therefore, it’s time to act now, as 2019 is fast approaching! In my next blog, I will elaborate on the steps that a Corporate Real Estate manager will have to take, working together with their CFO, in order to be ready in time for the new lease accounting regulations.

[Admin: This post is related to the 04.26.17 post by Planon about 3 steps to take to meet the 2019 deadline. To see other related posts, use the Planon tag.]

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Planon: Will you be ready for the new lease accounting standards?

There will be much change in lease accounting from 2019. From 1 January 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB) will implement new standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16 respectively. What actually is lease accounting? And what exactly is going to change?

What will change from 1 January 2019?

From 1 January 2019, publicly listed companies will be required to include on their balance sheets all leasing contracts with a contract term longer than one year. This process was launched a few years ago by the FASB and the IASB, both of which are bodies with the authority to define standards that organisations have to adhere to.

In recent years, more than a thousand proposed amendments to these new standards have been proposed and this is why it has taken some time for the final versions to come into force. The result, however, is that the new standards have had good input from finance professionals. The outcome is that from 1 January 2019, publicly listed companies will have to list not just their lease contracts on the balance sheet, but also the way in which both the obligation to pay rent and “ownership” of the right to use the asset will be calculated and regularly reported

[Admin: This post is related to the 03.09.17 post by Planon about the impact of the new standards on your business, and the 06.02.16 post about getting your leases in order. To see other related posts, use the FASB or IFRS tag.]

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