Fall Trade Shows for Wizard Software

Wizard Software will be attending two shows in October, the IFMA World Workplace show and CMAA.

Construction Management Association of America is a relatively new addition to the schedule but it’s been a valuable show, especially in terms of networking.

Wizard Software has been attending IFMA’s (International Facility Management Association) for several years. This year, IFMA is being held in Denver, Colorado. The Construction Management Association show is being held in Orlando, Florida.

Wizard Software attends between 5 and 7 trade shows each year in the spring and fall.

Windy City Solutions: 2nd Annual User Conference in Chicago

Wizard Software Solutions is hosting its second annual user conference– Windy City Solutions on September 20th-22nd in Chicago, IL.

This conference is for Wizard Software clients to learn more about their software and how to be more efficient. Users can network with those from other industries using the same products, or conversely, see what those in the same industry are doing with their software.

This conference is valuable time to learn best business practices, network with other clients and Wizard employees and get a first look at new products and features in our solutions. Clients get two days to ask questions, learn new things about the software and get ideas about how to best to work in your solution. The conference can also be a great opportunity to ask about a particular product before purchasing it, by sitting down with a current user or a member of Wizard Software’s staff.

After last year’s success Wizard Software is looking forward to doing it all again this September with an opening reception at the top of the Tribune Tower, and a baseball game outing to Wrigley field Monday night.

Customize vs. Configure: What’s in a Name?

When we buy goods or services we have certain expectations based on the research we’ve done, the price we’re paying, and the way those goods and services have been sold to us. Will we get everything that’s promised? Will the product work as expected? If the product is software, or software as a service, the stakes are high to find something that works well. Because when it works well, even after paying a large amount initially, the idea is for the investment to pay itself off ten-fold or more. The time it saves you translates to dollars. A more efficient operation is very important whether you are a bank, a restaurant, or the facilities department at a university or healthcare network.

In order to achieve efficiency, to save money, sometimes software is customized or configured to fit the needs of a certain client or business. Not everyone works the same way, why should the software be the same? Business practices differ and some work environments have more requirements and regulations that they must follow. When your software can be custom-tailored, all the better. You are choosing to be more efficient and the software that is helping you manage your facility is not tripping you up. So far so good. As with most other things technology related, there is more behind these customizations or configurations than meets the eye.

The difference between the two is their connotation. A development platform like FileMaker allows for customizations to software that other platforms don’t allow. This development asset means that things like auto-approval routing, creating and running reports for analysis and other ‘data-out’ functionalities that make business run so smoothly are things that have been developed behind the scenes that take work to develop. Whether it is a customization or a configuration the business benefits can easily be quantified in time saved, and thereby money saved.

A New Normal: Mobile in the Facilities and Construction Workplace

Even now, mobile is really nothing new. Smart phones have been around a few years, and mobile applications, laptops, tablets and even ‘phablets’ are a regular part of the technology landscape both at work and at home. Mobile technology is becoming increasingly important in the facilities and construction workplace as well. Three overriding concerns, where mobile becomes if not very helpful, but invaluable, is in cost estimation, project management, and safety.

Mobile technology makes photos, document uploads, and text updates possible and gives both those in the field and out access to up to the minute updates on projects. Cloud technology, too gives project managers, construction techs and executive access to archived information as well as the most recent updates.

These updates include topics like safety, which is very important in the construction workplace, as well as ongoing project updates pertaining to things like budget, materials and the job site itself. With photos these updates can be that much more effective in driving decisions and moving a project forward with efficiency. Money spent on a mobile infrastructure in any facilities management scenario quickly pays it self off in time saved, and additional money saved by extension.

Viewing blueprints and plans, and the subsequent changes to them, as they happen, is very useful and saves time. Whether you are a project manager, contractor, or vendor, mobile technology in the work force is becoming less of a ‘why should we’ question and more of a ‘when can we’ question. The modern workforce is moving forward rapidly and mobile is an integral part of how business moves today, in every industry including facilities management.

Wizards at CMAA in San Francisco, CA

This year has brought many firsts for Wizard Software, including but not limited to, new software releases, a successful user conference and new trade shows to attend. Wizard Software attends anywhere from 5 to 7 trade shows per year and we view it as a valuable part of doing business in the facilities management industry.

One such show is the CMAA show held this year in San Francisco, CA. CMAA stands for Construction Management Association of America and bills itself as the only group dedicated exclusively for Construction and Program Management. The event itself, held from October 19-21 includes education sessions, an exhibit hall and networking events.

Wizard Software will be exhibiting at booth 109, focusing on showcasing our Projecto™ Software. Projecto™, our capital program and project management software, helps manage projects from a small to very large scale and keeps track of the budget, documents associated with the projects and includes many new features which were recently released.

See you in San Francisco!

A Successful User Conference for Wizard Software Solutions

Wizard Software Solutions hosted a successful user conference in Chicago, IL this past week. Held at the Hotel Chicago, this conference highlighted new software releases, mobile applications, and provided an opportunity for clients and Wizard Software employees to network. The most important aspect of the conference was client-to-client networking. The goal was to provide attendees an opportunity to share as much about how they use their software as they could, and to trade ideas and best practices with their counterparts at other organizations both in and out of their industries.

The conference sessions included a case study round table with guest representatives from Mercy Health, BJC Healthcare, Stanford University and Sutter Health. This case study focused on users of the Projecto™ system, and featured presentations by each panelist of their system and how it is used day-to-day. This allowed attendees to share their processes, discuss improvements, and ask questions or answer questions. Other case studies focused on the company’s real estate portfolio management software, REportfolio™ and included guest panelists from Cleveland Clinic, Independent Bank and True Religion Brand Jeans. Another, featured IASIS healthcare, Carleton College, and Blackwell Street Management out of Durham, NC. and focused on the Performo™ application. Wizard Software was pleased to have representatives and attendees from varied industries and from both large and small organizations.

Wizard Software recently released the latest version of each of their products. The newest features of Performo™ v8, Wizard Software’s asset performance and maintenance software, includes multi-line checklists, meter readings, and new iOS mobile application functionality. Wizard Software’s real property asset management software has had a complete redesign, and was also showcased at the conference. The company also introduced two mobile iOS applications for Performo™ and Projecto™, the asset performance and project management applications, at the conference.

This conference was an opportunity for clients to connect with Wizard Software employees and each other, network, and learn about what Wizard Software products can do. It was a chance for clients to increase productivity through networking and education in a variety of different forums such as discussions, lectures and software labs.

APPA 2013: Wizards Visit Minneapolis

Wizard Software Solutions goes to APPA in Minneapolis, MN. Held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Wizard Software will be at booth #520 from August 2-4, 2013. The Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) focuses on educational facilities and is a great place to get the latest on issues facing the education facilities industry.

Wizard Software has many valuable higher education customers such as Northwestern University, Stanford University, Macalester and Carleton College. Our IWMS software is tailored for people who manage and maintain large facilities, real property, capital projects and much more.