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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IV97838: Working hours in task are not always calculated correctly

If a work task has a calendar and the “Planned End” or “Actual End” date-time field values are updated, the “Working Hours” are not always calculated correctly. The working hours do not seem to factor in the calendar hours.

The working hours were not being calculated correctly. The issue was that the values for the calendar fields (Year, Month, Day, etc.) were not being set correctly. The fix was to set the calendar fields exactly as we do for the other calculation methods. Moving forward, we resolved a work task record and Gantt chart issue, where the Actual Working Hours and Actual Working Days were not being correctly calculated when an Actual End date value was entered.

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FM:Systems: Five new features of the FM:Interact 2017 release

We are very excited to announce the release of FM:Interact 2017. With this release, we’ve enhanced previous functions to improve user experience, and created brand new ones in order for organizations to get the most effective utilization of their space. So let’s get to it. What are the new functions?

1. Scenario Planning

You’ve been hearing some whispers about it, but now it’s fully developed! The Scenario Planning module provides you with the ability to create, visualize and “try on” potential space situations, such as build-outs, expansions, reorganizations, consolidations or reconfigurations — so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens…

2. FMx5 Markup & Measure

Markup and Measure provides users with the ability to draw and create spaces DIRECTLY on the FMx5 floor plan. After you save, you can see those changes reflected in AutoCAD real-time. This one is my personal favorite…

3. Data Change Request

To maintain the integrity of your Space Data, the ability to make changes are usually limited to Power Users and Space Planners. With this release, general users can now request changes to space while allowing planners and administrators the ability to review, accept or reject those changes before they ever hit production…

4. Data Auditing

You now have the ability to track everything that happens to your FM:Interact data by having visibility into all data actions performed by system users. This gives you insight on why a record has been modified, who modified it, and when…

5. FMx Sensors

Get real-time space utilization analysis on your facility data with our integration with seat utilization sensing technology and 3D Stereoscopic cameras. This gives you an unprecedented level of insight on how their facilities are really being used…

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Why doesn’t dependent task go further than planned end date?

In TRIRIGA, why doesn’t my dependent task go any further than the planned end date, if I move the parent task beyond the planned end date?

The task that is being moved (along with its dependent task) eventually violates the planned end constraint. The task that is in violation of the constraint is in red, and the dependent task will not be moved past the planned end. If there is no planned end, then there is no constraint and you can freely move both tasks.

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IV97243: “Apply Record” and “Apply Template” use current time stamps

The “Apply Record” and “Apply Template” methods use current time stamps, instead of source-record time stamps when mapping to the created tasks.

We needed to make modifications to use a Query task to grab all associated tasks and task templates on the target record, and call two workflows against each to force updates to the Planned Start and Planned End dates within the context of their associated calendars. Moving forward, the application now correctly applies the task calendar hour restrictions to the tasks and task templates when using the “Apply Template” and “Apply Record” functionality with capital projects.

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Serraview: High-tech occupancy sensors for agile space planning

The following is a guest blog written by Itamar Roth, CBO at PointGrab.

Agile workplaces are a smart strategy for solving a number of pressing corporate problems: reining in mounting property costs by optimizing space, supporting workforce mobility, and attracting and retaining talent.

However, planning and managing these flexible environments is challenging because of the nature of agile spaces: people are constantly moving around and occupancy shifts from day to day, even hour to hour… Innovative occupants’ activity sensors can provide up-to-the-minute intelligence about space utilization that’s needed to plan and manage modern workplaces… Today, intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology can be used to help lower expenses and design workplaces that provide the optimal employee experience.

Here are some of the latest advancements in commercial occupancy sensors and how they overcome some of these challenges.

  • Horizontal sensing vs. traditional commercial occupancy sensors…
  • Image sensing and AI improves ability to count people…
  • Edge analytics technology protects occupants’ privacy…
  • Extending range and reducing maintenance…
  • Demand-controlled ventilation reduces energy use…
  • Daylight harvesting provides smarter lighting control…

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Serraview: IWMS 2.0 achieves true integrated best-in-breed systems

With the emergence of new workplace models and technologies, we are starting to see a shift away from traditional Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) to stand-alone software systems integrated through common APIs in order to achieve true best of breed capabilities across multiple service needs. In fact, one of the original founders of the IWMS concept, Michael Bell, has defined this shift as IWMS 2.0. According to Mr. Bell, IWMS 2.0 has the potential to achieve lower costs, faster implementation and valuable data-driven insights…

At, we are strongly aligned with Michael Bell’s IWMS 2.0 vision. We are focused on solving very specific challenges for facilities managers… For a facility manager, these challenges form only one part of their overall remit. Whilst it’s tempting to build out a system that covers the entire facilities management function, we realize that by doing so we would be sacrificing the quality of our core product. Therefore, our preference is to integrate with complimentary products that are best of breed and solve a different set of challenges for facilities managers.

To illustrate the IWMS 2.0 model in practice, let’s explore how could integrate with another best in breed software product – Serraview. Serraview is a leader in space planning and management. is a leader in commercial cleaning software and optimizing delivery of facilities services. Combined, these two products can provide facility managers with an end-to-end solution for managing employees, assets, and delivery of facilities services…

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

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