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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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 Lighthouse.io, 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 Lighthouse.io could integrate with another best in breed software product – Serraview. Serraview is a leader in space planning and management. Lighthouse.io 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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CoStar: What is the CoStar Data Connector for Lease Accounting?


We have a number of existing enterprise TRIRIGA customers who are retaining their lease data in TRIRIGA (their investment), but using a connected, low-cost, cloud-based solution for lease accounting. The good news is that it works, it’s easy, it’s lower cost, and in production today with Fortune 100 customers with large TRIRIGA investments. Let me know if you have an interest in moving into a lease accounting solution in a low-cost way, while preserving your TRIRIGA investment.

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CoStar Lease Accounting Setup for ASC 842 and IFRS 16 Compliance

  • 1. Connect existing lease management systems with our proprietary Data Connector. You can retain investments in existing lease systems and take advantage of our proven lease accounting functionality while avoiding the costs of upgrading enterprise software.
  • 2. Migrate all existing lease data with our integrated Lease Administration System. You can upgrade existing systems to the smart choice for lease accounting and management, provide access to an unlimited amount of organizational users and departments, and save on long-term costs associated with multiple systems and upgrades.

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ValuD: How do you locate a specific report in IBM TRIRIGA?


Your IBM TRIRIGA system can provide you with a wealth of information, if only you know where to look. For instance, did you know that the TRIRIGA system offers you over 12,000 reports? Reports play an important role in helping you make accurate and timely business decisions. But locating a report from this mine of information can be a tricky affair.

Let’s say that you want to access and edit a particular report. The flexibility offered by the IBM TRIRIGA system allows you to access the report in several, different ways, some of which you might already be aware. But if you are wondering if there is a quicker and easier way to locate the report, then take a look at our “clip-tip” below to learn how…

[Admin: This post is related to the 03.29.17 post about another ValuD “clip-tip”.]

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Serraview: What is the impact of IWMS 2.0 on today’s workplace?


Is the integrated workplace management system (IWMS) right for the modern workplace? Today’s workplace has new requirements that have pushed the boundaries of what the workplace management tools and practices of yesterday can support. There’s a new IWMS model that can leverage existing investments and better support the workplace of the future…

Michael Bell, who is one of the original founders of the concept IWMS, issued a paper recently called IWMS 2.0 where he talks about the power of using multiple different stand-alone systems integrated through common APIs in order to achieve true best of breed capabilities across multiple service needs.

The benefits of these applications are that they can really truly focus on their core components. Applications such as Serraview being entirely space management focused mean that you have the ability to ensure that the capabilities and functionality are continually being developed and evolved…

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ValuD: How do you reassign organizations in IBM TRIRIGA?


Organizational changes are quite common… Let’s say the sales department moves from one business unit to another in an organizational shuffle. What happens to those notifications and approvals associated with the sales department? What if there are hundreds of records assigned to a contact role in that department?

It is critical that the organization’s facilities software reflects this new organizational structure. This means that associated sales resources (like people, assets, etc.) will need to reflect the organizational hierarchy of the new business unit. Making these changes can be cumbersome and some of the records might get missed.

IBM TRIRIGA allows you to accomplish these tasks easily and effectively. Expert TRIRIGA knowledge is not needed. A basic understanding of Microsoft Office products is all it takes for your administrator to perform these tasks in the TRIRIGA system. Take a look at our “clip-tip” below to learn how…

To know more on how you can do similar tasks with IBM TRIRIGA, enroll in ValuD’s IBM TRIRIGA Portfolio Administration course. This one-day training course will give you an overview on the application of data templates, TRIRIGA security, TRIRIGA licensing, and an introduction to approvals and document manager.

This course is one of our most-highly sought-after courses and helps serve as a foundation for students to learn the capabilities and limitations of the system. We are offering this class either virtually, on site at your location, or at our training center in Dallas. To learn more, please email training@valudconsulting.com.

[Admin: This post is related to the 09.27.16 post about the ValuD training catalog, and the 07.05.16 post about ValuD training for facilities management.]

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Smashing another TRIRIGAFEEDIA milestone into smithereens


Today, TRIRIGAFEEDIA exceeded 100,000 hits! To put this into perspective, while it reached its first 10,000 hits in less than 8 months, it reached its last 10,000 hits in less than 2 months! Thanks to the TRIRIGA Around the World Facebook group, the TRIMAX user group, and the greater TRIRIGA community for reading, following, rating, commenting, and feeding TRIRIGAFEEDIA. I truly appreciate it!

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.23.15 post about exceeding the 20,000 milestone, and the 07.20.15 post about hitting the first milestone.]

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