ValuD at IBM InterConnect 2017


March 19 – 23, 2017, MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

IBM InterConnect is one of the largest events dedicated to Cloud, Internet of Things, and Watson. With over 25,000 attendees and 2000+ technical sessions, conducted by some of the most greatest and innovative minds in the business, InterConnect is the place to be to discover, learn and explore the best technology on the market.

As a premier business partner of IBM, ValuD will be participating as an IoT/Watson exhibitor and speaking at 3 breakout sessions including a joint session with IBM on lease accounting. You can find us at Booth 989 in the IoT/Watson section.

  • Session ID: 2879: Directions in Real Estate and Facilities Management
  • Session ID: 4471: TRIRIGA SaaS: Umpqua Bank’s Out-of-the-Box IWMS Implementation Story
  • Session ID: 4424: How Do You Manage Lands in a Cloud?

[Admin: This post is related to the 03.15.17 post by ValuD about managing lands in a cloud (Utah Department of Natural Resources’ TRIRIGA SaaS implementation), the 03.08.17 post by ValuD about Umpqua Bank’s TRIRIGA SaaS implementation, and the 03.02.17 post about the InterConnect 2017 Bootcamp labs.]

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FM:Systems FM:Interact success story at Drexel University


Prior to using FM:Systems Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), FM:Interact, the University had abandoned an obsolete Space Management solution and were largely using Excel sheets to “guesstimate” space utilization…

After investigated 6 different Space Management software providers, they chose FM:Systems because it met, and exceeded, these baseline requirements:

  • FM:Systems provided more out-of-the-box functionality than its competitors
  • FM:Systems had a vested interest in our success, because it offered direct contact during implementation and maintenance, with no third-party managing the process
  • The Software as a Service (SaaS) model meant FM:Systems had a lower cost of implementation and ongoing maintenance
  • The system allows for unlimited “general users” which was critical to the RCM mandate for transparency
  • The user interface was easier to navigate for University stakeholders than other products investigated
  • The most compelling reason for choosing FM:Systems? Their people.

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA.]

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ValuD: The year 2016 in review


As we close out 2016, it’s exciting to look back and see the tremendous growth we’ve had this past year. From launching MobilD, the latest in IBM TRIRIGA mobility, to expanding our offerings with Maximo and the Internet of Things, we have strengthened our presence across the industry. Each milestone has been a part of ValuD’s long-term vision to expand our offerings beyond IBM TRIRIGA as we continue our journey to become the premier IBM partner offering IWMS, EAM and IoT solutions…

As we enter into 2017, we share our highlights from the past year:

The investment in Motors@Work: We began the year by venturing into the Internet of Things (IoT) – one of the hottest areas in the industry today. ValuD invested in Motors@Work LLC, a pioneer in motor and pump-driven system energy optimization and has provided product development, marketing and sales services.  Motors@Work™ is a multi-tenant, SaaS solution that leverages Department of Energy best practices and patent-pending technology to optimize motors and pumps performance and helps customers save up to 30% in energy costs.  With our December release, we have greatly increased the capabilities of the solution, including pre-built integrations with Maximo and the IBM Bluemix / Watson IoT platform…

We launched MobilD (Mobility Delivered), which was designed exclusively for IBM TRIRIGA. Developed by our in-house engineers at ValuD, MobilD bridges the gap between field work and desktop use with features like Self-Service Requests, Approvals and Work Order Management. We have already successfully deployed our mobility solution and welcome the opportunity to set up demos for you or your clients…

The growth of our educational offerings: ValuD has had an exceptional year with our educational initiatives with clients taking advantage of our training breadth. Some notable training clients include Pfizer, Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Lab, Flextronics, and Microsoft. Our new Lease Accounting course is in high demand. The two-day course is geared towards Lease Administrators and Lease Accountants who want to better understand and use the system given the new FASB standards. ValuD is looking forward to continuing its reputation in 2017 as the IBM TRIRIGA Training Academy with exciting new offerings on the horizon…

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Is there an IBM TRIRIGA preview site?


Public Beta

IBM TRIRIGA hosts a public beta for review and evaluation of our upcoming releases. You can access the site here. There is a very simple registration application that you must fill out, in order to gain access. That registration application can be found here (username: beta, password: signup).

We also have a public Slack channel to which you can request access, where you can engage development of new and upcoming features, as well as gain early previews of release notes and support matrices.

The IBM TRIRIGA beta is going to be refreshed to start our 3.5.3/10.5.3 beta on December 29th, and will be available again by January 3rd. During the refresh, the beta server will be unavailable.  All previous user accounts will be removed, and registration will be required again to create new accounts and access the beta.

SaaS Demo

There’s also an IBM TRIRIGA demo site where you don’t have to register. Our TRIRIGA SaaS or “cloud” version has a viewable demo here.

[Admin: A similar message is also posted in the TRIRIGA Around the World Facebook group. This post is related to the 11.13.15 post about IBM TRIRIGA SaaS in the Cloud Shop.]

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ValuD: Interview with Motors@Work


As “going green” becomes not only a trend but a necessity in our world today, it’s important we talk about energy conservation. Industrial consumption accounts for at least 42% of the global electricity consumption and a significant portion of that is wasted. With one third of such industrial consumption being used by electric motors, it goes without saying that energy conservation in electric motors is a must have. And that is exactly where Rod Ellsworth and his team at Motors@Work(TM) come into the picture…

VC: Good to know that Motors@Work(TM) has earned the trust and confidence of its clients! You recently announced that Motors@Work(TM) will be available as a SaaS solution in IBM Bluemix. Are there any specific reasons for you to choose IBM Bluemix as your Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider?

RE: Well, there are quite a few reasons for us to choose IBM Bluemix as our PaaS partner. For one, IBM currently happens to be one of the leading PaaS providers in the market today and is also the market leader in the Asset Performance Management sector. The way we look at it, Motors@Work(TM) energy intelligence has value on its own but our customers will get the extended benefit when our energy intelligence data is combined with historical data and live data streams from connected devices, sensors, and other IBM Watson IoT hub components. Moreover, the systematic integration of Motors@Work(TM) with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Applications will provide seamless business process integration for non-conformity mitigation and energy improvement opportunity execution. Additionally, this partnership will enable us to integrate our application with IBM’s Maximo Asset Management and TRIRIGA RE/FM applications, which again would be beneficial to our clients. We feel that this will be a win-win relationship for us as well as for our clients…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.18.16 post about the ValuD partnership with Motors@Work.]

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Why should you upgrade your IBM TRIRIGA environment?


Many times, a client may hear a support engineer say that they should upgrade to the latest version. Why do I keep hearing that? Especially if upgrading will take time, money, and resources?

TRIRIGA, like all other software, evolves. We continuously fix defects and add new functionality. For instance, if you are on version 3.3.2, some of the features you cannot take advantage of include improved logging capabilities, which makes it easier for us to help you troubleshoot an issue. Also included is improved security and, more recently, object labels and revisions. Since software can sometimes have defects, you never know when a defect might impact your business. But why wait for it to impact you? Upgrade so that it won’t happen. New functionality is also added into the software and you may want to take advantage of it.

Another reason to upgrade is that software uses various technologies, which changes faster than New England weather! Technology is constantly changing and TRIRIGA must keep up in order to keep it running. That technology can be in operating system updates, browser versions, application servers and Java, to name a few. Support may often recommend staying current with product releases, but it is always good to review the release notes for the current release…

[Admin: Another upgrade option to consider, barring heavy customization, is a cloud-based TRIRIGA SaaS solution where upgrades are performed by the SaaS provider instead.]

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Who are some CAFM, CMMS, EAM, & IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA?


As a member of the IBM TRIRIGA software development team, it’s easy to get so occupied and busy within the isolated “bubble” of TRIRIGA, its partners, and its customers, that there’s no time or energy to wonder about our competitors outside the TRIRIGA community. Luckily, I recently found a few moments to perform a few Google searches for “TRIRIGA competitors” to see what’s out there for myself.

Here’s what I found. This might be ordinary to sales and marketing folks, but for developers like me, I found it enlightening. Not only 9 direct competitors with an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), but also 13 other competitors offering Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Software as a Service (SaaS), and other solutions. There are probably more. But for now, enjoy!

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