How did we improve lease and platform performance?


Improvements in IBM TRIRIGA Performance

By Rick Rhea & Jay Manaloto

What has the IBM TRIRIGA performance team been up to? Over the last few years and last few releases, our performance team has focused on areas that aren’t normally covered by our standard benchmark tests, and on tools that can help customers to resolve performance issues on their own. If you’re interested, here are a few of our recent improvements in lease and platform performance.

  • Lease Benchmark Testing: Not only are database server and process server resources especially important, but using multiple process servers improves performance.
  • New Recommended Indexes: Several additional indexes were identified and added to the best practices to obtain the best response times and resource utilization of the database server.
  • Lease Journal Entries: By redesigning journal entry processing with parallel and batch processing, and multiple process servers, our test results took only about 2.5 hours instead of over 90 hours.
  • Platform Enhancements: Dynamic workflows can now pass and return parameters, the Query task can now return the number of records instead of the actual records, and the Trigger Action task can now run the asynchronous event that occurs after the transition by a user other than the currently logged-in user.
  • BIRT Reporting & Lease Disclosure Reports: In Version 3.6.1, the reporting was modified to improve running on a separate BIRT server, and to avoid the problematic “params.displayText”.
  • Performance Analyzer Tool: In Version 3.5.3, this tool was introduced to allow a customer to run specific logging types without using the Admin Console, and to view easy-to-read reports.
  • Module Level Associations, Early Adopter Feature: In Version 3.7.0, the platform was enhanced to support Module Level Associations (MLA) tables where the records in the IBS_SPEC_ASSIGNMENTS table are distributed into smaller tables that are created by module type.

By applying the above finding and tools, our recent IBM TRIRIGA 10.7.0 / 3.7.0 release has demonstrated a significant improvement in performance over previous releases. But we’re not done yet! Our performance team will continue to dig deeper into weaker areas or potential opportunities to make our products stronger or faster. So stay tuned for any upcoming developments!

Note: For future releases, “Module Level Assignments” will be renamed “Module Level Associations”.

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[Admin: This post is related to the 07.27.17 post about the Performance Analyzer. To see other related posts, use the Performance tag.]

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ValuD: What are the best practices for TRIRIGA implementations?


Part 1: Leasing Software

Earlier posts focused on the best practices followed by ValuD during IBM TRIRIGA application upgrades. In this blog series, we highlight the best practices that ValuD advocates for an IBM TRIRIGA 10.5.3 leasing software implementation…

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Part 2: Data Readiness

Our earlier blog focused on the key learning from ValuD’s 10.5.3 implementations. In the next couple of blogs, we list our recommendations for each stage of the implementation life cycle. In this post, we focus on data readiness, data migration, and the design phases…

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Part 3: Journal Entries Setup

Continuing with our recommendations for each stage of the implementation life cycle, today we focus on the build process and general ledger (journal entry) integration steps…

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Part 4: Testing & Training

In our final blog of this series, we list our recommendations for the last two phases of the implementation life cycle: TRIRIGA testing and training…

[Admin: This post is related to the 01.10.18 post, 08.07.17 post, and 09.24.15 post about the best practices for configuring and upgrading TRIRIGA applications. To see other related posts, use the Best Practices tag or Implementation tag.]

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How do you equip your TRIRIGA chariot with fierce stallions?


There’s an old metaphor originating from Plato that compares the soul to that of a chariot with a pair of winged horses. Chariots of the gods were equipped with two good horses, while us mere mortals were given one good horse and one bad, unruly horse, depicting the conflicts of the soul. Due to this imbalance, we would always face hardships. But those of us who could put that unruliness to use could potentially rise high enough to hang with the gods.

What does this have to do with IBM TRIRIGA and hanging out at TRIMAX this week? Not a whole lot, I just like to throw out fascinating metaphors. However, if you’re looking to power up your facilities “chariot” with the fiercest of good stallions, and corral the unruliness of unused data,  you may want to read on.

The five fierce stallions of 2017

When it comes to fierce stallions, why have 2 when you can have 5? And when you’re talking about investments around TRIRIGA, the more the merrier.  Here are the top 5 stallions driving the chariot of your facilities management efforts this year:

  • 1. New lease accounting standards drive compliance domination…
  • 2. Analytics help you understand the performance of your chariot…
  • 3. Cloud isn’t just for mythical gods…
  • 4. Mobility enables the business to soar from anywhere…
  • 5. User experience (UX) drives Herculean engagement…

[Admin: What does TRIRIGA mean? A tririga (trī-ˈrē-gə) is a team of three horses yoked three abreast, commonly associated with the use of chariots during the Roman Empire. To see other related posts, use the TRIMAX tag.]

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IoT: Should we design smarter buildings that think and learn?


This is my building’s final offer

One day in the not-too-distant future, when a building manager and tenant sit down to haggle over the terms of a new lease, the building itself — not the manager — will hold most of the cards in the negotiation. The manager may have an idea about how much a tenant uses a building’s facilities. The tenant will have another. But the building — and the constellation of data that surrounds every aspect of its operation — will know the real truth and set the terms…

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Designing buildings that learn

Our buildings are snapshots of our ideas and culture, physical representations frozen in place and time. The Empire State Building, the Roman Forum or even the Los Angeles Forum, were designed and built to serve a purpose, a population or a team of the moment. But things change. Economies shift and empires fall — yet our buildings don’t make those transitions. We tear them down because they can’t adjust to new energy requirements or new ways of working. At least, until now…

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Creating a building’s “digital twin”

Buildings have long functioned a bit like our bodies. Plumbing circulates through the building walls, wires innervate every room while concrete and I-beams underpin the whole frame. But until recently these indispensable bedrocks of the modern world have lacked the most critical body part — a brain. Without one, humans have had to manage the lights, power and temperature; service the elevators and other equipment; monitor security cameras; keep rooms stocked with supplies. Powerful new cognitive abilities are emerging from the massive data flows…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.30.16 post by Chris O’Connor about putting the human touch into buildings, and the 08.20.15 post about creating a connected 11-storey building in 4 hours. To see other related posts, use the IoT tag or Smart Buildings tag.]

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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, the 07.28.16 post about mobilizing IBM TRIRIGA, and the 11.15.17 post by IBM IoT about TRIMAX. To see other related posts, use the ValuD tag or MobilD tag.]

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Tango: Tailored Brands selects Strategic Store Lifecycle solution


Tailored Brands, Inc., a recognized leader in men’s tailored apparel operating over 1,400 locations in the U.S. and Canada, has selected Tango’s Strategic Store Lifecycle Management Solution to facilitate all aspects of their real estate strategy and store development activities needed to support growth of the company’s iconic brands, including Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G. Tailored Brands has licensed Tango’s Market Planning & Site Selection, Program & Project Management, Lease Administration and Facilities Maintenance products…

An important consideration for Tailored Brands was ensuring compliance with the new lease standards put forth by FASB. Tango’s lease accounting software is unique in the marketplace, in that unlike other solutions that will require retrofitting to ensure compliance, Tango’s lease accounting functionality was developed with compliance as part of the foundation…

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Webinar: ValuD best practices of implementing TRIRIGA for FASB


Webinar: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Join ValuD’s Lease Accounting expert team in their Sept 14th webcast for “Best Practices of Implementing TRIRIGA for FASB Compliance” and get prepared to meet your FASB compliance deadline. Register here.

[Admin: The same announcement is also posted in the LinkedIn group. To see other related posts, use the ValuD tag or FASB tag.]

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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.

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Umpqua Bank tag or TRIMAX tag.]

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Why is the lease record stuck in “Processing” during activation?


We are running TRIRIGA 10.5.2 and 3.5.2.2. Some of our lease records are getting stuck in “Processing” status after we try to activate the record. Since it is processing, we have no buttons at the top to Revise, Save, etc. This only happens sometimes, and only to lease records that have payment schedules. From the looks of it, all the payment line items do get created. A couple questions:

  • (1) Is there a fix to this to keep it from happening again?
  • (2) Can these records that are stuck in processing be pushed to active or do they have to be re-entered?

I was actually able to apply a workflow fix provided by IBM so that this will not happen going forward. So far, it has been working as planned…

With regards to getting the leases “unstuck”, I created an editable query, imported the State Transition Actions (on the Advanced tab in the query form), and ran the report to select and process the “stuck” leases. This worked with no issues and I did not have to delete or retire the leases. They were functioning properly after getting them out of the “Processing” state.

[Admin: This post is related to the 01.12.16 post about records getting stuck. To see other related posts, use the Performance tag or Workflow tag.]

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