Serraview: 8 Workplace statistics make you rethink space planning


What we think of as the “traditional office” (clusters of cubicles in the center of a space, surrounded by private offices around the perimeter) is going away — about 70% of US offices have some type of “open office” design.

Companies are starting to go beyond just workplace space planning by investing in healthy building features and looking for ways to provide more choice and autonomy to their employees, but why? Are these strategies actually working, or are they just following trends? Is it worth it to redesign your office layout and make dramatic changes to how your employees work?

Let’s dig into some statistics that shed some light on how the workspace impacts the employee experience and what that might mean for your company:

  • Innovative companies are 5 times more likely to have workplaces that prioritize individual and group workspace…
  • 69% of businesses that implemented healthy building features reported improvements in employee satisfaction and engagement…
  • People are 12% more likely to report being happy with their job when they have freedom and autonomy in their work environment…
  • 37% of job candidates will accept a job with a lower salary if the company offers appealing culture, workplace facilities and technology…
  • 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile employees by 2022…
  • 85% of respondents in a CBRE survey expect to see increase in mobility in the workplace through activity-based workplaces…
  • 70% of employees age 16-44 say they want to be more mobile at work…
  • 30% of energy used in a commercial building is wasted

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.17.16 post about the use of meeting rooms (and collaborative overload), the 11.01.17 post by FacilitiesNet about the inefficient use of office space, and the 06.01.18 post by FM:Systems about the employee-centric workplace. To see other related posts, use the Workplace tag.]

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Cohesive Solutions to present at TRIMAX 2017 on importance of KPIs


Anthony Honaker, VP of product strategy and development at Cohesive Solutions, is slated to speak at this year’s TRIMAX 2017 conference on November 30th. Hosted by IBM, TRIMAX is an annual TRIRIGA and Maximo Enterprise Asset Management user group conference. Throughout the conference, clients, business partners, and IBM representatives share their knowledge, use cases, and innovative thoughts around the products and associated business processes.

“What makes a great learning experience for our attendees is having solid content presented by leaders like Cohesive who have industry experience and first-hand knowledge of the challenges Maximo users face today,” said Tina Scott, IBM Business Development Manager and TRIMAX leader.

Honaker’s presentation – “Beyond Dashboards: Using Measures and KPIs to improve your processes and achieve business results” – walks through the health and management of the business processes that support the organization’s overall strategy. This presentation will discuss how organizations can focus on improving their operations, as well as the use of their business systems, and achieve real business results by looking beyond dashboards, and using KPIs to improve the business processes and achieve results.

[Admin: This post is related to the 10.25.17 post about what TRIMAX is and why you should attend. To see other related posts, use the TRIMAX tag.]

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FM:Systems: The Power of the Mobile Employee


Announcing the launch of FM:Interact bookME

We recently launched bookME, interactive digital signage that is placed outside of meeting rooms that gives employees the ability to reserve conference room space on the fly. bookME extends the functionality of FM:Interact’s industry leading Space Management solution to the entire organization by enabling employees to view room availability and reserve spaces with a user-friendly mobile interface. It was great to see the interest around bookME throughout the show firsthand.

Flexible Workspace for the Mobile Employee

Almost every conversation I had tied back into how mobile today’s employees are and how organizations are in need of a solution that will support today’s new approaches to working, including the requirements for flexible workspace, the ability to quickly support cross-functional teams and collaborative areas that break away from the traditional practice of one employee assigned to one workstation.

FM:Systems Space Reservation module supports these new ways of working and allows organizations to provide their employees with the flexibility of reserving as-needed space when they need it — whether it be reserving a workstation for the day, a meeting space with specific amenities, or walking up to and reserving a conference room on-the-fly for an ad-hoc meeting. The configurability of our product allows organizations to meet these rapidly changing demands and help them realize new business value — all while providing their employees with a flexible workplace…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the FM:Systems tag or Mobile 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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ValuD at the TRIMAX 2017 user group conference in November


Conference: November 29, 2017, 8AM (ET) to November 30, 2017, 4PM (ET)

TRIMAX 2017
Crystal City Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

TRIRIGA Mobility Solution (MobilD)

Do you need to improve your work efficiency for your TRIRIGA users but fear mobility has a steep learning curve? Are you looking for an out-of-the-box TRIRIGA mobility solution with simple role-based buttons and menus? Then you are not alone. Kiel Schmitz, a former St. Paul Information Systems leader, shares a customer’s perspective on selecting and implementing the ValuD MobilD solution.

  • Challenges and objectives for a TRIRIGA Mobility project
  • Targeted roles and tasks including service requests and inspections
  • Project results and benefits
  • Lessons learned

Join the ValuD Session

Join the session to learn more about how MobilD delivers a role-based user experience on any device with mobile access such as phones or tablets whether connected or offline. Requester, technician, or supervisor users only see information that is directly relevant to their role and their work process, which drives timely service requests, quicker assignments, higher user adoption, and better data collection. The MobilD solution was tailored to St. Paul’s TRIRIGA customizations, within a short time-frame, extending TRIRIGA on Mobile.

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the ValuD tag or MobilD tag.]

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Serraview: Wayfinding is essential for increasing work productivity


Instead of trying to increase productivity and engagement with supplemental tactics, progressive corporations are introducing wayfinding solutions to alleviate daily headaches for employees. Wayfinding is the leveraging of integrated building technologies to deliver employees real-time visibility into the availability of high demand resources, such as conference rooms, desks, and even colleagues.

According to Steelcase Inc., 40% of employees waste up to 30 minutes a day looking for meeting space. And with most employees attending 62 meetings per month, that’s a lot of valuable time lost! Wayfinding tools show employees what rooms are available now, when the room is booked, and what amenities and technologies are available per room. When employers make it simple for employees to find the type of space they need, it not only improves the employee’s overall experience in the workplace, but allows them to be more productive with their time.

In fact, according to CBRE’s 2017 Americas Occupier Survey, 53% of organizations name “promoting collaboration” as the main driver for their workplace strategy. To collaborate effectively, employees not only need the right resources but also must be able to find their fellow co-workers quickly and easily. Wayfinding tools simplify locating a colleague, and contacting them, by pulling in the employee directory. It’s as simple as searching for the person you need and clicking “call” or “email” to be instantly connected, making each collaborative session more efficient and effective.

To learn more about how wayfinding addresses these issues, watch our video…

[Admin: This post is related to the 04.13.17 post about the impact of IWMS 2.0 on today’s workplace, and the 05.17.16 post about the rising use of meeting rooms (and collaborative overload). To see other related posts, use the Serraview tag.]

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Registering for the free FM user group event at Topgolf (Jul 2017)


Event: July 27, 2017, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time (Topgolf in Roseville, CA)

I want to invite you to a free one-day Facilities Management event at Topgolf in Roseville, CA, outside of Sacramento, CA. Whether you are an IBM TRIRIGA or IBM Maximo user, these sessions will provide you with best practices to implement into your organization. Session topics include:

  • Using Projects to Assemble Financial Data
  • Making the Most of Key Performance Indicators to Measure What Matters
  • Using Facility Condition Assessment to Manage Your Assets & Maintenance Budgets
  • Capturing Required Inspection Data Electronically to Ensure Organizational Compliance
  • Asking the Experts
  • Networking Made Easy with Topgolf

This event has a limited number of seats so first come first served! Please RSVP here. Download the PDF agenda here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at events@minimaximousergroup.com.

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.06.15 post about exploring the TRIRIGA user group community. To see other related posts, use the Community tag.]

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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.]

[Admin: The same article is also posted in the Asset Management blog.]

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Why does Outlook add-in connect to server when opening meeting?


When opening any meeting in the Microsoft Outlook calendar, the TRIRIGA Reserve Outlook add-in will connect to the TRIRIGA server and send a small package.

This happens regardless of whether the meeting was created with the TRIRIGA add-in or not. When opening an appointment (which has no participants, in contrast to a meeting), there is no connection to the TRIRIGA server. It can be reproduced by opening Fiddler, opening Outlook, and then opening any item in the calendar that has participants (i.e. a meeting).

The consequence of this is that a session is opened for the user on the TRIRIGA server, taking up capacity on the server, thereby reducing the number of real users that the system can support. Has anyone else noticed this behavior? Can it be changed through configuration?

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