What workplace strategies for safety can you use today?


Learn how to ensure the safety of your places and your people as you consider reopening facilities

By Laura Langendorf

Where and how we work has never seemed so complicated. As organizations grapple with when to ask employees to return to the workplace, some things are obviously out. Gone for now, are tightly packed seating arrangements, cozy collaboration spaces and crowded elevators.

Now, your “return to the workplace” strategy has to ensure the safety of your places and people as you consider reopening facilities. If you’re looking for advice on how to build your own “return to the workplace” strategy, join “The journey back to work: Business continuity and occupant well-being across your facilities“.

This session on the pragmatic “return to the workplace” is part of the TRIRIGA Academy. It’s a free and on-demand online learning platform. We know that the way you need to manage your real estate and facilities has changed. So we’re changing the way you can learn more about it.

TRIRIGA Academy replaces our annual face-to-face experience and gives you the real estate and facilities management knowledge you need… anywhere, anytime.

20200625a

[Admin: This post is related to the 04.18.20 post about monitoring space with your existing wireless network, and the 03.22.16 post about the former Watson IoT Academy, now moved to the Skills Gateway.]

Continue reading

How does IBM reimagine the workplace experience?

By Laura Langendorf

2020 was poised to be a banner year for “workplace experience“. IBM, with 78M square feet of space spread across 110 countries, was hard at work creating that engaging environment… Then, almost overnight, the world changed. Suddenly, an unprecedented 95% of the IBMers found themselves working at home…

Continue reading →

How does EY expect the unexpected disruptions?

By Laura Langendorf

Ten years ago, Ernst & Young (EY), took an in-depth look at their workplace… EY realized that how and where people were working was changing… They also put an emphasis on technology to make people more mobile. The result was EY@Work, and the transformation of more than 150 locations around the globe…

Continue reading →

How does IBM TRIRIGA fit as a part of IBM Watson Works?


Give your employees the confidence to return to work

As we plan for the return back, how we manage our buildings and our spaces, and how people engage with that space, is critical. IBM can help. With IBM TRIRIGA as part of Watson Works, you can create safer spaces, focus on occupant well-being, and control costs. You can consolidate essential information into a “single source of truth” to make faster, more confident decisions and adapt to any circumstance.

Key benefits:

  • AI-driven insights to ensure dynamic space planning
  • A safer environment that considers new protocols and processes
  • Improved efficiency and reduced operating costs
  • Easy access to enterprise-wide data for critical space decisions
  • On-time, on-budget projects

Continue reading

What is IBM’s Watson Works?

By N.F. Mendoza

Watson Works is a new curated set of workplace products from IBM that embeds Watson artificial intelligence (AI) into the return-to-workplace issues that the enterprise must overcome in order to figure out when to safely send employees back to the office. Some of the key items that the models and applications will address include space allocation and facilities management, which are essential in a post-COVID-19 pandemic environment.

With Watson already in play, IBM began to look at its underlying product technology to extend the scope of artificial intelligence. When the pandemic sent employees to work from home, “we began to focus on how we could bring these together,” said Kareem Yusuf, general manager of AI applications at IBM…

One of the many safety issues to consider when planning the return to the workplace post pandemic is occupancy monitoring, which ensures social distancing amongst co-workers, Yusuf said. IBM started with “lightweight things like existing Wi-Fi,” and contemplated how “to build those instrumentations. That was a starting point. Now flip that into the COVID era.” With location detection already available, IBM knew it applied to how employers had to consider certain levels of occupancy, and apply the same logic to social distancing, he said…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.25.20 post about workplace strategies for safety that you can use today.]

Continue reading →

How can you monitor space with your existing wireless network?


IBM TRIRIGA and Cisco partnership provides scalable workplace utilization and occupancy monitoring

By Kendra DeKeyrel

IBM TRIRIGA and Cisco have teamed up to give you the tools you need to deploy location sensing using your existing WiFi network infrastructure. This solution helps you scale quickly and get faster, more accurate occupancy insights, to enable you to reimagine and streamline your connected spaces…

With this partnership, IBM TRIRIGA’s IoT and AI-driven insights application, IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights, now natively integrates with Cisco’s DNA Spaces cloud service. If you’re a space planner or manage facilities, you can quickly take advantage of these insights. With a lower cost to entry, you can understand how facilities are being used based on data coming in from an existing network…

If you need to quickly address new occupancy demands, please attend an IBM/Cisco webinar. Designed for space planners and facilities managers, we will explain how true occupancy insights enables you to make strategic space management decisions. Register today.

Join us on May 13 for IBM TRIRIGA Academy

Soon, we’re launching IBM TRIRIGA Academy. This is a new virtual learning platform designed for real estate and facilities professionals who want to create a smarter business. Participate in our sessions, schedule a demo, and interact with subject matter experts…

[Admin: This post is related to the 01.28.20 post about enhancing TRIRIGA UX Perceptive apps with artificial intelligence, and the 03.22.16 post about the former Watson IoT Academy, now moved to the Skills Gateway.]

Continue reading

Where are the new TRIRIGA forums going to be located?


Official Forums

Officially, as of February 2020, the TRIRIGA forums on IBM developerWorks were migrated to IBM Support. Here’s the link. You might notice that the URL includes the “TRIRIGA Platform” forum tag. Theoretically, if everything works properly, this tag should allow you to filter for the migrated TRIRIGA forum posts.

Unfortunately, in order to post, the IBM Support Forums require you to request access to a specified product. Although this might be normal behavior for certain Support sites, this isn’t very convenient for a so-called “forum”. I didn’t expect it. Even as an employee of an IBM partner, I don’t have a Customer Number.

In any case, here’s the following request process. Good luck!

  • (1) In the upper-right corner of the Support page, open the user menu and select the Support Access option.
  • (2) In the Support Access page, click the Request Access button.
  • (3) In the Support Access popup, select the specific TRIRIGA Product (required), enter your Customer Number (required), and select the Country where the product is located (strange but required).
  • (4) Click the Submit button.

Independent Forums

Independently, we already see TRIRIGA forums or groups on social media, like the Facebook group “TRIRIGA Around the World” and Google group “triDeveloper“. But if you’d rather avoid Facebook and Google, I’ve set up an alternative Flarum-based forum called “TRIRIGAFEEDIA Forum“, which includes links to our archived forums from developerWorks. Although this forum is still pretty new and quiet, its light-and-fluid look-and-feel might impress you. Curious about it? I’ll see you there!

Content Migration

[Admin: This post appeared first on TRIRIGAFEEDIA.]

Continue reading →

How can you enhance TRIRIGA Workplace Services Apps with A.I.?


Introducing the TRIRIGA Assistant: Enhancing TRIRIGA Workplace Services Apps with Artificial Intelligence

By Alex Melamed

Wouldn’t it be nice if your office started to act more like a team player? For employees, that would mean effortless engagement with workplace services. For facility managers, that would mean more engaged and delighted occupants who provide feedback to keep the workplace not just humming but evolving.

IBM TRIRIGA just announced numerous enhancements to the workplace experience in the latest release (10.6.1). Among these enhancements, the all new TRIRIGA Assistant. The TRIRIGA Assistant is a smart, conversational A.I. assistant, which is the same frictionless technology that we all have in our homes, and which is another way to meet the ever-growing expectations of the workforce. This A.I. assistant can help users find and reserve meeting rooms, report maintenance issues correctly, and even locate where a colleague sits. And that is just the beginning.

With the introduction of the TRIRIGA Assistant into the facility management portfolio, IBM has invited Watson to the office. The TRIRIGA Assistant is powered by IBM’s Watson Assistant platform. It’s robust and able to be extended to support custom A.I. skills and capabilities within an enterprise-grade secure cloud…

[Admin: Although it’s not an official IBM offering, here’s an intriguing avatar POC demo from the same Assistant team.]

Continue reading

How can I make my facilities even smarter?

By Kendra DeKeyrel

A.I. also helps deliver a more engaging workplace experience. That’s why we included TRIRIGA Assistant in this new release. It’s a smart, conversational A.I. assistant that allows users to engage with the spaces around them. Imagine how much time employees can save by simply asking an app to reserve a conference room, order catering, submit a service request or locate an office. It’s the same frictionless technology that we all have in our homes, and another way to meet the ever-growing expectations of your workforce…

Continue reading

Reaching another TRIRIGAFEEDIA milestone


Last week, December 5th, 2019 was the 5th anniversary of TRIRIGAFEEDIA. Another impressive milestone! Where have I been? Well, let’s just say that 2018 and 2019 have been very busy years. And I have no doubt that 2020 will be just as interesting, if not more so. Speaking of which, you might’ve noticed that IBM developerWorks is showing an important banner at the top of its wiki pages:

“The developerWorks Connections platform will be sunset on December 31, 2019. On January 1, 2020, this wiki will no longer be available.”

However, I’ve also learned that our specific wiki will remain frozen in read-only mode until the end of January 2020 before disappearing. Despite the challenges, the TRIRIGA team has been busily preparing a new wiki platform alternative. While the initial wiki pages may be populated as soon as January 2020, more and more batches will steadily follow, and the final pages may appear several months later.

So if you have a favorite wiki page that you might need during our migration process, I encourage you to print them to PDF for safekeeping. In any case, I’m excited about what I’ve seen of the cool new wiki platform so far. Stay tuned! Thanks again for reading, following, and feeding TRIRIGAFEEDIA. I appreciate it!

[Updated 12.13.19]

Interestingly, one day after I posted this entry, IBM updated their wiki banner:

“The developerWorks Connections platform will be sunset on January 2, 2020. This wiki will no longer be available unless an extension has been requested.”

[Updated 12.19.19]

Unfortunately, IBM didn’t approve the direction of our new wiki alternative. So we’ll discuss our next steps in January 2020. Meanwhile, I’ve learned that our current wiki will remain frozen in read-only mode until the end of March 2020. Stay tuned!

[Admin: This post appeared first on TRIRIGAFEEDIA.]

Continue reading

All-Time Top 20 TRIRIGAFEEDIA posts (since December 2014)


Today, August 19, 2018, TRIRIGAFEEDIA reached 200,000 hits since its birth on December 5, 2014. Impressive milestone! To celebrate, let’s examine the numbers. As of today, TRIRIGAFEEDIA earned 200,002 views from 64,501 visitors across 2,496 posts plus 114 pages. Although this top 20 represents only 0.77% of the total posts plus pages, it represents 7% (13,941) of the total hits or views. That’s 9x the average rate. Pretty interesting. So, here are the top-twenty posts of all time!

Rank Post Hits
1 How do you earn a professional TRIRIGA certification? 2,045
2 *History 1,447
3 Why do you see “Max connections reached” errors in WebSphere? 1,442
4 *UX Lessons 1,002
5 What are the TRIRIGA training paths to certification? 969
6 Where can you find the IBM TRIRIGA process flow diagrams? 741
7 Who are some CAFM, CMMS, EAM, & IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA? 690
8 Getting an HTTP Error 500 when previewing BIRT form reports 657
9 Exploring the TRIRIGA user group community 571
10 Is there a way to implement SAML SSO with WebSphere Liberty? 541
11 *About 495
12 How do you see the IBM TRIRIGA version? 488
13 Alert: Microsoft KB3032359 issue prevents iframe display within TRIRIGA Workflow Builder 432
14 How do you create Java classes from Apache CXF WSDL2Java tool? 377
15 Introducing the TRIRIGA integration options 376
16 *What are Perceptive apps? 371
17 What does the TRIRIGA scheduler engine do and how is it used? 343
18 *What exactly is TRIRIGA UX? 320
19 Can TRIRIGA send BIRT reports via email? 318
20 UX: How do you build an app in the IBM TRIRIGA UX Framework? 316
*Technically, a page, not a dated post. But worth ranking.

[Admin: This post appeared first on TRIRIGAFEEDIA. This post is related to the 12.01.16 post about the top-ten posts of November 2016. To see other related posts, use the Top Ten tag.]

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.]

Continue reading

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.]

Continue reading

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.]

Continue reading