Release of FM:Interact 2017 – Five New Features!

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We are very excited to announce the release of FM:Interact 2017, as well as the new functionality that comes with it.

With this release, FM:Systems has enhanced a number of previous functions to improve user experience, as well as created brand new functions in order for organizations to get the most effective utilization of their space.

So let’s get to it. What are the new functions?

Scenario Planning

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 re-configurations—so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens.

The Scenario Planning module helps organizations see into the future in order to pick the best route that will save them the most time and money. An example of this might be an organization seeing what it would look like to move the departments on the 4th floor to the 3rd floor in order to rent out the 5th floor for additional revenue. Or perhaps renting out an additional building if they are expecting a significant amount of growth within the next five years.

(Read “What is Scenario Planning?” blog.)

(Create a variety of floor plans with different seating assignments to see what makes the most sense and, more importantly, saves you the most money!)

FMx5 Markup & Measure

Markup and Measure provides users with the ability to draw and create spaces directly on the FMx5 floor plan viewer. After saving your work, you can see those changes reflected in AutoCAD in real-time. (This new feature is my personal favorite.)

This is a REALLY BIG DEAL. Instead of leaving the browser, uploading the drawings in AutoCAD, editing a few lines, saving and exporting, and reloading it back to FM:Interact, you make the changes directly in the software from your browser. This feature also takes away the need for additional AutoCAD licences or third party services, which can save your facilities department a significant portion of their budget. This is really exciting stuff, folks.

(Save time by drawing and measuring directly on the floor plan with our enhanced FMx5 Viewer!)

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 the release of FM:Interact 2017, general users are now able to request changes to space while allowing planners and administrators the ability to review, accept or reject those changes before they ever hit production.

This speeds up work flow, and decreases the amount of hoops you need to jump through to get an approval for changes.

(Simply click on the area you want to make a change to, and fill out the Change Request Form.)

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.

The historical view saves users valuable time that they could be spending on other aspects of company growth. Instead of going around and asking, “has this record been changed? Who changed that? Bob, did you change this record?” you can simply view the historical data and see a list of all historical actions. Now that’s handy!

(View the historical data on any record you choose.)

FMx Sensors

Get real-time space utilization analysis on your facility data with our latest integration with seat utilization sensing technology and 3D Stereoscopic cameras. This gives organizations an unprecedented level of insight on how their facilities are really being used. Just because a conference room is booked at 2-3 pm doesn’t necessarily mean it’s being used. FMx Sensors also allows companies to study the effectiveness of their meeting spaces. How many 10-person conference rooms are being booked by only a group of three?

The management of your facilities is only as good as your facilities’ data. And with this new functionality, your data has never been this accurate.

(3D Stereoscopic cameras updates your occupancy levels in real-time.)

We hope you all are just as excited as we are with the launch of FM:Interact 2017! We can’t wait to hear about the innovative ways our customers will use these new features.

What are you guys most excited about?  We’d love to know!

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