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.

ASHE Annual Conference: Wizards Attend

This year the ASHE Annual Conference is in Atlanta, Georgia July 21-24, 2013. Wizard Software looks forward to showcasing their iPad and iPhone apps as well as our software applications—Performo, REportfolio and Projecto.

Visit us at both 134. We enjoy visiting  with current customers, and look forward to meeting new ones. The American Society for Health Care Engineering Annual Conference brings together owners, design teams, and other facilities management professionals. This year celebrates 50 years of education and networking for ASHE members and other industry individuals.

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Approval Routing in Projecto

Projecto Tutorial- Invoice Approval Routes

When it comes to customer service and helping a business run better, technology allows better and more efficient communication.

At Wizard Software, we take a lot of pride in our customer service. One of the many ways we do this is by offering video tutorials to go along with our products. They give the customer the option of learning the software in a simple and effective way, with minimal disruption to their day. Those of us who have been on an endless transfer loop while trying to get service from large companies will testify that it is not always easy to be patient when all you have is a simple question, and all you want is a simple answer.

These tutorials are for the users. They improve user experience and they are offered with that purpose in mind. Video tutorials cover many topics, for all the different versions of our software, for each product that we offer.

We have featured one below—the first in a three part video series about Projecto’s Approval Routing feature, how it works, and how to use it to maximize its benefit to you.

Hello World!

Welcome to Wizard Watch from all of us here at Facility Wizard Software. In this space, we hope to provide some valuable insights into our software solutions, the customers that enjoy them, and the people that create them.

The Wizard

2009 presented all of us with a bunch of challenges. Nobody breezed through the past year. At the same time, this new economy has forced us to quickly learn a lot about our capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. We learned more about our ‘sweet spot’ – integrating simple-to-use software into the enterprise – and we made significant progress towards taking advantage of it.

2009 also brought more than 40 new organizations into the Facility Wizard world. Great corporations (Rackspace, Domino’s, Duke Energy), municipalities (Grapevine, Texas and St. Charles, Illinois), universities (University of St. Thomas and University of South Florida) and hospitals (Loma Linda University Medical Center and Simi Valley Hospital) all joined our community of users. Even the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development decided to reach halfway across the globe and start using our software.

We are very excited about 2010. We’re unveiling Wizard Watch as a regular tool for keeping you in tune with our newest developments, ideas, success stories, and the community of smart people that have become ‘fans’ of our software.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any ideas about how we can improve our products, continue to grow, and most importantly, keep making your life easier. Thanks again.

Dave Johnson, President & CEO