Several folks from CADD Microsystems are attending the FM:Systems Business Partner Day and User Conference, held annually in Raleigh, NC. We are seeing some of the new 8.3 feature sets and are excited about a lot of them, including:
- Mapping features
- FM:Mobile updates
- Data view enhancements and color coding in reports
- Updated viewer support
- BOMA support
- Revit updates
I think the new Hoteling options are one of the best enhancements – it’s easy to use and could be a big cost savings. Hoteling allows employees to reserve space on their own, without involving several people and time to find open space.
Other benefits of hoteling include:
- Reducing the physical space needed for an organization
- Ensuring worker access to office resources
- Allowing employees to locate and book space easily
- The ability to view and manage reservations
- Flexible approval workflows, if required
- Calendar views for day, week and month
Hoteling allows employees to make a reservation for a specific date and time, and to pick a room that is available, since it allows only open spaces to be selected. It has a “Send to my calendar” button to send the details of the reservation to calendars within Outlook, Notes, etc.
This could make life a lot easier for the telecommuter, reduce overhead to manage hoteling space and potentially reduce the building space that is needed. It reminds me of finding a seat on an airline when I book a flight. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and only allows me to pick a seat that is available.
We’ll be posting more updates from the FM: Systems User Conference, so stay tuned for more. We’d be happy to show you how this – and the other enhancements we are seeing – can help you manage your space.