Joining the IBM TRIRIGA UKI user group community (May 2017)


Meeting: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 9:30 AM to 03:15 PM (London)

The next IBM TRIRIGA UK & Ireland (UKI) User Group meeting is coming up on Tuesday, May 9, 2017! Save the date with these agenda and registration links.

Once again, it will be at the IBM Southbank offices (although the User Group committee is hoping to spread their wings for the autumn meeting). In a big step forward, we will be joining up with our colleagues at the Maximo User Group for the keynote address. Bringing the two groups together will allow us to share a high-profile keynote speaker, and then break out into our own sessions for both TRIRIGA and Maximo. Of course, you then have a great opportunity to mingle with the Maximo delegates over coffee and lunch.

So, are you a TRIRIGA user or partner in the UK or Ireland? Not a member of the IBM TRIRIGA UKI User Group Community yet? It’s easy to join this great community here. Here are some of the benefits to joining the IBM TRIRIGA UKI User Group:

  • Access to the latest product information from IBM
  • Face-to-face user group meetings
  • Networking with like-minded professionals

The User Group committee will be trying something fresh, namely one breakout stream will be a Q&A around WebSphere. Designed more for technical support staff, this will be a chance to meet an expert and raise your questions in an informal environment. There will be a newsletter sent out soon. So, why not register now and get further details in the newsletter? We hope you will join this great community and hope to see you at the meeting in Southbank on May 9th!

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.08.16 post about the November 2016 meeting, and the 11.20.15 post about the December 2015 meeting, and the 02.06.15 post about exploring the TRIRIGA user group community.]

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Verdantix: Siemens trains the next generation of facility managers


The real estate industry has the perception of being a slow-moving adopter of emerging technology – across its lifecycle. Once building systems are installed, they are generally not upgraded or replaced until absolutely necessary because of the cost intensive nature the renovation work required.

Recently, however… increased use of technologies such as smart equipment and sensors and cloud-based software for energy, maintenance and space utilization management begs the question – How is the facility management industry to stay up to date and relevant in the era of smart buildings? There are three routes the industry needs to pursue to stay on top of new technologies.

  • The first is to use FM training programs, such as those offered through industry associations like the British Institute of Facilities Management or the International Facility Management Association…
  • Secondly, aspiring facility managers need to be trained on the use of new technologies from the start. Siemens is assisting the Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to design and equip a “Living Lab”…
  • Finally, firms may find it too cost intensive to continuously provide training on new technologies to staff – it may be more beneficial to consider contracting with specialist services providers, such as Siemens…

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PhotonStar to show new building management systems in Las Vegas


British designer and manufacturer of intelligent lighting and building control solutions, PhotonStar LED Group, announced on Monday that it was participating in the IBM InterConnect 2017 Cloud & Mobile Conference, between 19 and 23 March in Las Vegas. The AIM-traded firm also announced the commercial availability of the halcyon cloudBMS product from 1 April.

At IBM Interconnect 2017, the company said it would be presenting a talk outlining the key features of cloudBMS, a new cloud based solution that it said delivered an Internet of Things-based “building management system as a service” (BMSaaS). It said the new solution was built on the second generation of its low-cost retrofittable wireless monitoring and control platform, halcyonPRO2.

The new halcyonPRO2 added regulation of heating and cooling, shading and power management to the lighting control and environmental sensor network already in use in the first halcyon product. The cloudBMS, halcyonPRO2 and cloud-based analytics were combined to deliver a capable, scalable and secure “building management system as a service” (BMSaaS) solution, PhotonStar’s board explained, at a price point that would enable owners of small-to-medium-sized businesses to reduce energy and operating costs and realise new insights into their operations.

One of the key features of cloudBMS was the sharing of device data with asset management software packages such as IBM asset management packages TRIRIGA and Maximo, it added…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.08.16 post about PhotonStar and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT).]

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Verdantix: Take note of new efforts to standardise well-being data


On March 7, 2017, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched a programme to develop a set of global standards for sensors and systems that monitor the range of variables which impact worker well-being (e.g. air quality, light levels and humidity). The IWBI, with partners including the Green Building Council of Australia and RESET, aims to improve the quality of data collected on occupant well-being by providing standards for sensor performance, as well as guidance on how firms can analyse this data. This is a potentially interesting development for software vendors across the real estate, energy and facilities information management (REEFIM) market – it has the potential to improve the quality and consistency of well-being data.

Improving occupant well-being continues to be one of the hottest themes across the REEFIM market. Suppliers are positioning existing and new service offerings around occupant well-being, on the promise it can boost productivity and help to reduce absenteeism. For example, Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) vendor Planon collects and analyses data on lighting levels, thermal comfort and air quality, to provide recommendations to customers for improving occupant comfort. Honeywell has developed the Occupant Vector App to allow workers to provide feedback on thermal comfort levels. Mitie is piloting an Intelligent Buildings Solution which looks to boost worker productivity and concentration by optimising internal environments…

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IBM TRIRIGA and RedSys offer ERP for commercial real estate


[Google Translated from Russian]

ERP for Real Estate: To Help Managers

In the IT market, there are a number of systems for the management of commercial real estate, both Russian and foreign. Many of them work on transactional basis. There are integrated solutions, covering all aspects of property management. One of these solutions is developed by the RedSys Russian company, which is based on IBM TRIRIGA software platform, widely used around the world for the management of assets. Features of the solution – through management of the facility, which includes all areas: financial, commercial, operational, etc. Users can do powerful visualization and reporting, which allow you to control the object from different points of view.

The building is presented in such a system in the form of a floor plan, for which the information can be obtained from three-dimensional models of BIM-systems, which clearly demonstrates all the necessary data to the customer: the occupancy of space, the number of tenants, the state of infrastructure, financial performance, and more. Also in their judgment, RedSys has built project management tools with the possibility of the plan, attach documents, and reporting on deviations from the terms of the tasks. Of particular note, and analytical capabilities of solutions that enable owners and top management to keep abreast…

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[Original Russian]

ERP для недвижимости: В помощь менеджерам

На ИТ-рынке существует ряд систем для управления коммерческой недвижимостью, как российских, так и зарубежных. Многие из них работают по транзакционному принципу. Есть и комплексные решения, охватывающие все аспекты управления недвижимостью. Одним из таких решений является разработка российской компании RedSys, в основе которой лежит программная платформа IBM Tririga, широко используемая во всем мире для управления активами. Особенности данного решения — сквозное управление объектом, включающее все направления: финансовое, коммерческое, эксплуатационное и т. д. Пользователям доступны мощные средства визуализации и представления информации, которые позволяют управлять объектом с различных точек зрения.

Здание представлено в такой системе в виде поэтажного плана, информацию для которого можно получить из трехмерных моделей BIM-систем, где наглядно демонстрируются все нужные заказчику данные: заполняемость площадей, количество арендаторов, состояние инфраструктуры, финансовые показатели и прочее. Также в составе решения от RedSys имеются встроенные средства управления проектами с возможностью ведения плана, прикрепления документов и формирования отчетов по отклонениям от сроков выполнения задач. Особо следует отметить и аналитические возможности решения, позволяющие владельцам и топ-менеджменту держать руку на пульсе…

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Tango engages BKD to assess compliance with FASB and IFRS lease accounting requirements


Tango announced today that they are the first vendor in the Lease Accounting space to receive independent verification from a top accounting firm that the lease accounting calculations in Tango’s solution are consistent with FASB Accounting Standards Codifications (ASC) 840 and 842, and International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS 16, Leases

Unlike other solutions in the marketplace that will require retrofitting to ensure compliance, Tango’s Lease Accounting functionality was built from the ground up to comply with these requirements…

Tango’s lease solution has gained significant traction in the market, and has already been selected by several global multi-brand retail clients across the grocery, pharmacy, apparel, home furnishings and specialty retail verticals. These global customers require compliance to both US and international standards, and unique to Tango’s review process was the inclusion of IFRS standards.

The independent review assessed how Tango’s solution treats common scenarios that impact compliance including data capture, the operating/finance classification test, detailed accounting schedules and journal entries for both FASB and IFRS considerations…

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Joining the IBM TRIRIGA UK user group community (Nov 2016)


Meeting: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM (London)

Are you a TRIRIGA user or partner in the UK? Not a member of the IBM TRIRIGA UK User Group community yet? It’s easy to join this great community here. Why should I join this community, you may wonder? Well, the purpose of this group is to share information and experiences, to leverage our position with IBM, and to facilitate communication with IBM. Here are some of the benefits to joining the IBM TRIRIGA UK User Group:

  • Access to the latest product information from IBM
  • Face-to-face user group meetings
  • Networking with like-minded professionals

There is a user group meeting coming up on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the IBM Southbank offices. The agenda includes a case study by Marks & Spencer, the TRIRIGA roadmap, and other sessions you don’t want to miss! The link to register and view the full agenda is here. We hope you will join this great community and hope to see you at the meeting in Southbank on the 29th!

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.20.15 post about the December 2015 meeting.]

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