Verdantix: MRI Software acquires Qube Global Software


MRI Software, a provider of real estate software solutions backed by GI Partners, announced the acquisition of Qube Global Software, a UK-headquartered property and facilities management software vendor. The acquisition will boost US-headquartered MRI Software’s presence in Europe, providing it an additional 280 employees and growing its client list by around 1,000 organizations…

What is the key takeaway for market participants? This acquisition demonstrates yet again consolidation is continuing at a rapid pace in the real estate and facilities software market… Verdantix expects acquisition activity will not slow down given that vendors such as Accruent, Dude Solutions, Condeco and Tango Analytics are backed by private equity funding with ambitious growth plans…

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Verdantix: Are user-focused apps the new focus of IWMS innovation?


In recent months, there has been a hive of activity across employee engagement apps in the real estate and facilities management software market. For example, iOffice launched “Hummingbird”, an employee-centric layer for IWMS, IBM and ISS are piloting a digital concierge service which assists occupants in managing everyday workplace tasks such as room booking or organizing catering, and MCS launched a virtual personal assistant “Sumi” that can support the booking of rooms.

The latest product launch from UK-based software firm FSI is “Concept Advantage” – a series of user-focused apps which can be used alongside FSI’s Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) software. The initial range of apps includes “ChatLog” – a facilities help-desk that resembles common social media platforms, and “OurSay” – a crowd-sourcing and voting tool to enable workers to contribute to facilities management decisions. FSI believes the app will also reduce the time that facilities help-desks spend receiving calls around building issues.

The recent innovation around purpose-built user-focused apps represents a break from traditional practice. For many decades, the user interface of IWMS and CAFM software has largely been built around the needs of “power users” such as Real Estate or Facility Directors. Whilst it has been possible to configure the user interface to simplify it, the result is not always a clean and intuitive user experience. The recent user-centric product updates are likely to be welcomed by customers.

We continue to hear that buyers look for a high-quality user interface from their facility management software…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.06.17 post about employee-facing tech in the workplace. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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Joining the IBM TRIRIGA UKI user group community (May 2017)


Meeting: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 9:30 AM to 03:15 PM (London)

The next IBM TRIRIGA UK & Ireland (UKI) User Group meeting is coming up on Tuesday, May 9, 2017! Save the date with these agenda and registration links.

Once again, it will be at the IBM Southbank offices (although the User Group committee is hoping to spread their wings for the autumn meeting). In a big step forward, we will be joining up with our colleagues at the Maximo User Group for the keynote address. Bringing the two groups together will allow us to share a high-profile keynote speaker, and then break out into our own sessions for both TRIRIGA and Maximo. Of course, you then have a great opportunity to mingle with the Maximo delegates over coffee and lunch.

So, are you a TRIRIGA user or partner in the UK or Ireland? Not a member of the IBM TRIRIGA UKI User Group Community yet? It’s easy to join this great community here. Here are some of the benefits to joining the IBM TRIRIGA UKI User Group:

  • Access to the latest product information from IBM
  • Face-to-face user group meetings
  • Networking with like-minded professionals

The User Group committee will be trying something fresh, namely one breakout stream will be a Q&A around WebSphere. Designed more for technical support staff, this will be a chance to meet an expert and raise your questions in an informal environment. There will be a newsletter sent out soon. So, why not register now and get further details in the newsletter? We hope you will join this great community and hope to see you at the meeting in Southbank on May 9th!

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.08.16 post about the November 2016 meeting, and the 11.20.15 post about the December 2015 meeting, and the 02.06.15 post about exploring the TRIRIGA user group community.]

[Admin: The same article is also posted in the Asset Management blog.]

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PhotonStar to show new building management systems in Las Vegas


British designer and manufacturer of intelligent lighting and building control solutions, PhotonStar LED Group, announced on Monday that it was participating in the IBM InterConnect 2017 Cloud & Mobile Conference, between 19 and 23 March in Las Vegas. The AIM-traded firm also announced the commercial availability of the halcyon cloudBMS product from 1 April.

At IBM Interconnect 2017, the company said it would be presenting a talk outlining the key features of cloudBMS, a new cloud based solution that it said delivered an Internet of Things-based “building management system as a service” (BMSaaS). It said the new solution was built on the second generation of its low-cost retrofittable wireless monitoring and control platform, halcyonPRO2.

The new halcyonPRO2 added regulation of heating and cooling, shading and power management to the lighting control and environmental sensor network already in use in the first halcyon product. The cloudBMS, halcyonPRO2 and cloud-based analytics were combined to deliver a capable, scalable and secure “building management system as a service” (BMSaaS) solution, PhotonStar’s board explained, at a price point that would enable owners of small-to-medium-sized businesses to reduce energy and operating costs and realise new insights into their operations.

One of the key features of cloudBMS was the sharing of device data with asset management software packages such as IBM asset management packages TRIRIGA and Maximo, it added…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.08.16 post about PhotonStar and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT).]

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IV93408: Query generates multiple SQL statements translating UOM


A query generates multiple SQL statements that translate the UOM for every line in the report, when the user is in British English. The report template executes the exact same SQL over 3000 times.

The report runtime engine needed to make a call to get UOM data from the cache, not query the database. Moving forward, UOM values used in queries and reports are now read from the cache. Previously, they would be queried from the database, leading to a slight performance hit.

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Joining the IBM TRIRIGA UK user group community (Nov 2016)


Meeting: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM (London)

Are you a TRIRIGA user or partner in the UK? Not a member of the IBM TRIRIGA UK User Group community yet? It’s easy to join this great community here. Why should I join this community, you may wonder? Well, the purpose of this group is to share information and experiences, to leverage our position with IBM, and to facilitate communication with IBM. Here are some of the benefits to joining the IBM TRIRIGA UK User Group:

  • Access to the latest product information from IBM
  • Face-to-face user group meetings
  • Networking with like-minded professionals

There is a user group meeting coming up on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the IBM Southbank offices. The agenda includes a case study by Marks & Spencer, the TRIRIGA roadmap, and other sessions you don’t want to miss! The link to register and view the full agenda is here. We hope you will join this great community and hope to see you at the meeting in Southbank on the 29th!

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.20.15 post about the December 2015 meeting.]

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