Verdantix: Siemens trains the next generation of facility managers


The real estate industry has the perception of being a slow-moving adopter of emerging technology – across its lifecycle. Once building systems are installed, they are generally not upgraded or replaced until absolutely necessary because of the cost intensive nature the renovation work required.

Recently, however… increased use of technologies such as smart equipment and sensors and cloud-based software for energy, maintenance and space utilization management begs the question – How is the facility management industry to stay up to date and relevant in the era of smart buildings? There are three routes the industry needs to pursue to stay on top of new technologies.

  • The first is to use FM training programs, such as those offered through industry associations like the British Institute of Facilities Management or the International Facility Management Association…
  • Secondly, aspiring facility managers need to be trained on the use of new technologies from the start. Siemens is assisting the Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to design and equip a “Living Lab”…
  • Finally, firms may find it too cost intensive to continuously provide training on new technologies to staff – it may be more beneficial to consider contracting with specialist services providers, such as Siemens…

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IBM InterConnect 2017 Bootcamp labs developers shouldn’t miss


When learning about new technologies and tools, it often helps to get one’s hands just a little bit dirty and see what really makes them work. That’s the idea behind the new Bootcamp labs at IBM InterConnect 2017, March 19-23 in Las Vegas.

These instructor-led labs run 3 to 4 hours, giving enrollees the opportunity to do hands-on work with new products and technologies. Attendees can find a deeper dive in these sessions led by subject matter experts…

IoT Platform to Maximo/TRIRIGA hands-on lab

Thursday, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM, Mandalay Bay South Seas I1, Session ID: 7436A

This lab offers attendees a basic understanding of how connected operations work. Use a simulated temperature sensor (a gauge meter in Maximo) to send a temperature reading to the Internet of Things (IoT) Quickstart. The message is then sent to NODE-RED, which parses the message. When a reading changes, it goes into a REST-API call that inserts the meter reading into the referenced asset meter readings. The reading updates the measure point and triggers a work order using Maximo functionality, or if one chooses to do so, using a TRIRIGA work task…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.06.15 post about exploring the TRIRIGA user group community, and the 06.07.16 post about using sensors with Watson IoT to create TRIRIGA work tasks.]

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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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UX: Does anyone know if a Space Assessment user guide exists?


I wanted to reach out to the group to see if anyone knows if a user guide exists on how to use this UX Space Assessment module. I am a trainer and wanted to know if something exists before I create a guide myself.

You can find Space Assessment information in UX Article 4: “Navigating UX“.

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ValuD: Providing a full IBM TRIRIGA training catalog


[Updated 02.06.17]

ValuD provides a full IBM TRIRIGA catalog, which covers the individual applications as well as the TRIRIGA platform, administration, and reporting. In addition, courses can be tailored to meet specific training needs, or more-closely align to specific customizations in a client installation.

Course Name ValuD Code IBM Code
TRIRIGA 360 VTA360
IBM TRIRIGA Navigation & User Preferences VTA001
IBM TRIRIGA Portfolio LT (Best Practices) VTA002 TOS26
IBM TRIRIGA Portfolio Administration VTAS26 TOS26
IBM TRIRIGA RE Lease Abstraction VTA531-LA TA531
IBM TRIRIGA RE Contract Management VTA531 TA531
IBM TRIRIGA RE Transaction Management VTA541 TA541
IBM TRIRIGA RE Lease Accounting VTA532
IBM TRIRIGA Space Reservation Requests VTA561-SR TA561
IBM TRIRIGA Space Allocations VTA561-SA TA561
IBM TRIRIGA Space Move Management VTA561-MM TA561
IBM TRIRIGA Strategic Facilities Planning VTA561-SF
IBM TRIRIGA CAD Integrator VTA580
IBM TRIRIGA Capital Projects VTA521 TA521
IBM TRIRIGA Request Management VTA511-HD TA511
IBM TRIRIGA Work Task Management VTA511-WP TA511
IBM TRIRIGA Preventive Maintenance VTA511-PM TA511
IBM TRIRIGA Inventory & Purchasing VTA515
IBM TRIRIGA Environmental Management VTA550 TA550
IBM TRIRIGA Facility Condition Assessment VTA590
IBM TRIRIGA Application Administrator VTA611 TA611
IBM TRIRIGA Application Developer VTA701 TA701
IBM TRIRIGA System Administration VTA710
IBM TRIRIGA Ad-Hoc Reporting VTA620
IBM TRIRIGA BIRT Reporting VTA630
IBM TRIRIGA WPM VTA640

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.12.15 post about the TRIRIGA training paths to certification.]

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ValuD recognized on Inc. 5000 list for a second straight year


Inc. magazine today ranked ValuD Consulting #1078 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. ValuD’s ranking improved from the last year‘s ranking of #1455. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — independent small businesses…

In the last 18 months, ValuD has opened a new training center, released a mobility application (MobilD), invested and partnered with a leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider (Motors@Work), expanded its global reach and continues to add additional headcount to the already impressive team. This has resulted in ValuD being the fastest growing specialized IWMS solution provider for the past two years…

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How do you get certification in TRIRIGA application development?


Is there an IBM TRIRIGA application development certification that I can take? Are there any training resources or study materials or mock tests available before I can take the final exam for the certification?

I hope these links help!

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