Verdantix: IWMS vendors extend reservations with digital signage


IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management System) vendors continue to launch a flurry of new products aimed at helping employees better navigate workplaces and book space. Some of the latest product releases make interactive kiosks and touch screens central to the proposition – providing employees tools that can be easily accessed while moving through buildings.

Witness FM:Systems launching bookMe in October 2017 which enables employees to use digital signage and mobile apps to find and reserve space, and Trimble launching LiveSign Pro Touch Panels in November 2017 powered by Manhattan software, enabling the convenient booking of space. Other IWMS vendors such as ARCHIBUS and Planon also make their reservation solutions on touchscreens.

What is interesting about these emerging digital signage solutions is the focus on engaging employees beyond the desktop. This is a different mindset to what’s occurred historically, when many IWMS applications were designed for desktops with mobile apps added later. Why is that important? It allows for solutions that are designed to be used by employees on-the-go, with a very specific specification around engaging building users with simple and intuitive user interfaces…

[Admin: This post is related to the 10.31.17 post about FM:Interact bookME. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag, FM:Systems tag or Mobile tag.]

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Verdantix: Three takeaways for IWMS buyers in 2017 and beyond


The Verdantix benchmark of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) has been released following a six-month research process. The benchmark assesses 14 vendors and their platforms on 71 criteria spanning real estate portfolio management through to maintenance management and 40 criteria relating to vendor success factors such as number of deployments and product strategy.

As part of the research, Verdantix interviewed a panel of 19 real estate and facilities management directors who select, implement and use software. What are the key takeaways for customers looking to invest in real estate and facilities management applications or to rationalize real estate IT with an IWMS platform?

Firstly, buyers looking to replace a roster of legacy and outdated systems with an IWMS have lots of choices. In our benchmark, seven vendors made it into the Leaders’ Quadrant: Accruent, ARCHIBUS, FM:Systems, IBM (TRIRIGA), MCS Solutions, Planon and Trimble (Manhattan), as they demonstrated an excellent breadth of functionality and strong market momentum…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA, and the 08.22.17 post by Verdantix about IWMS competition intensifying. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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Verdantix: 83% firms used energy management to optimize assets


According to the 2016 Verdantix annual survey of 250 energy and facility decision-makers, 17% of firms continue to separate energy and asset management processes, 58% use energy management to inform asset management, while the remaining 25% of firms have fully integrated energy and asset management…

The landscape of vendors providing solutions for improved asset management is broad and highly competitive. Firms range from integrated workplace management system (IWMS) providers such as Accruent, iOffice, Planon, Qube, and Trimble Manhattan; to computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) providers, such as Dude Solutions and eMaint; to building energy management software providers, such as Envizi, Schneider Electric, and Siemens; and smart building platforms, like Switch Automation. The next five years will see an increased emphasis on partnerships as vendors seek to provide additional value add capabilities including advanced analytics and enhanced data capture functionalities

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

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Trimble updates Manhattan real estate and facility solutions


Trimble has updated two of its solutions for integrated real estate and facility management—Manhattan Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) and Manhattan Space Scheduling. Based on Trimble’s Manhattan platform, new and enhanced features for the solutions enable organizations to reduce real estate and facility operating costs, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity of the assets and people who occupy the facilities.

Trimble’s solutions enable owners and facilities managers to access data captured during the lifecycle of a building—from the planning, design and construction phases to renovation and ongoing management. Enhancements to Manhattan IWMS and Space Scheduling provide a holistic view of real estate portfolios and operations, while also streamlining budget and space management and administrative tasks to improve facility utilization, lower costs and deliver faster return on capital investments…

Manhattan IWMS provides an integrated, Web-based, modular solution for managing the complete real estate and facilities lifecycle—from site planning, financial management and budgeting, to project management and real estate and portfolio management to capital asset planning, space planning and scheduling, operations and maintenance. Manhattan IWMS was named a leader in the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for IWMS…

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BRG launches new website to offer a content-rich experience


BRG, a leading workplace management solutions firm, announced today that they have launched a brand new website (http://www.brg.com) to provide visitors with even more relevant and easy-to-find information on the multi-faceted capabilities of BRG. The new BRG website offers a clean, modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience.

Almost tripling in size over the past three years, BRG is now one of the largest companies focused solely on workplace management services and technology. In addition to launching several new practice areas in that time, BRG has also expanded geographically beyond the US and Canada into Europe and Asia. The new BRG.COM is reflective of the significant changes and expansion BRG has experienced over the last several years.

“Not only does the site offer up the pertinent ‘Who, What, Where’ information on BRG, but it also offers so much more,” comments Michael Levine, BRG’s SVP of Strategy. “Visitors will find rich multimedia content, informative white papers and client case studies in a very deep resource library. Along with that, our technology customers on the four industry-leading IWMS platforms that we support and implement – ARCHIBUS, IBM TRIRIGA and Trimble’s Manhattan and CenterStone solutions – can join our virtual user groups for their platform and access an extensive video library of group sessions that highlight the capabilities of the platform, spotlight end user-presented success stories and offer extensive tips and tricks of the software solutions presented by BRG’s subject matter experts. We have heard our clients’ requests and have delivered what we believe to be an extensive value-add through our portal.”

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Preparing for the FASB/IASB lease accounting changes


Webinar: Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

As most of us know by now, the new lease accounting standard proposed by FASB (although the whole project started with FASB and IASB trying to agree on the same standard that did not happen) changes the rules governing real estate and equipment leases. Companies would be required, under the new rules, to recognize the assets and liabilities of leases for over a 12 month period based on the present value of lease payments.

To prepare companies for these changes, Trimble is offering a webinar entitled “FASB/IASB Reality Check: How Trimble Can Enable You to be Ready for Lease Accounting Changes” on Wednesday, 15 July, at 11:00am EDT, presented by Gene Lee and Nicki Taljaard. If you are responsible for your organization’s lease portfolio, I do not think you can afford to miss this webinar which is based on presentations made at both the North American and European Manhattan Connections conferences this year. Why you might ask should you take the time to attend the webinar? The reasons are compelling we believe, such as:

  • There may be more of an impact than you expect for your organization…
  • Few companies today are prepared to comply and still have manual lease administration or spreadsheets…
  • There is little progress evidenced to date on readiness for implementation…
  • There is beginning to be more of a concern over what technology solutions can supply the right lease data…

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