Conversations with Bob: What sets RSC apart?

Transcript:

 

Matt: What sets RSC apart from other IWMS consultants?

 

Bob: I think that what we do really well is deliver quickly and
with good quality. I think a couple of other things are we listen to our clients, synthesize what they say to us, analyze it, and then provide them the solution they asked for, instead of giving them a “cookie-cutter” or “out-of-the-box” answer.

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Conversations with Todd: Advantages of Energy Management

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Bob: If you were to talk to other clients about the energy
management module, what would you say are some advantages of using the system?

 

Todd: One of the things that ARCHIBUS brings that’s unique
is the ability to pull in data from external weather agencies to compare energy usage to actual climate models. That’s a great thing. You can actually look at the energy, gas, and electricity usage and you can plot that against what the cooling degree days for that same period were and see that your energy usage may be a bit off the charts this year but maybe that’s because it was a hotter year than last year. That’s a useful thing to be able to do. It’s difficult to do in the client’s old system, but easy to do in ARCHIBUS.

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ARCHIBUS Applications: Clean Building

Streamline the time-consuming and highly-regulated process of identifying and abating indoor environmental hazards. Learn more about Clean Building at rsc2lc.com

Benefits

  • Facilitates a safe working environment for building occupants by reducing potential exposure to hazardous materials
  • Minimizes the potential for expensive litigation and monetary damages resulting from regulatory actions and/or occupational illnesses
  • Averts costly operating shutdowns, loss of facility use, penalties, or fines resulting from hazardous material violations
  • Reduces operational costs for regulatory compliance by streamlining the process of identifying, locating, sampling, documenting, and abating hazardous materials.

Quickly identify areas with hazardous conditions using graphical views to streamline sampling and documentation processes in the course of abatement.

Successful facility professionals need to actively monitor the potential of indoor environmental hazards, such as asbestos and radon to lead paint and mold. ARCHIBUS Clean Building helps these managers protect the health of building occupants, minimize organizational liability, and avoid costly fines or possible litigation. Unlike spreadsheets or other non-integrated tools, Web-based ARCHIBUS Clean Building provides a flexible and highly systematic process to help ensure all hazardous materials are quickly and accurately located, tracked, and abated using searches that connect directly to graphical views of space and equipment inventories. In addition, Clean Building’s ability to easily share and integrate hazardous materials data with other systems and processes greatly decreases the likelihood of errors/omissions, averts unnecessary shutdowns, and reduces the overall cost of regulatory compliance.
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Conversations with Bob: Why do companies need IWMS?

Transcript:

Megan: Why is there a need for an IWMS system and what you
provide?

 

Bob: It’s really an infant application. It’s not like accounting or architecture that have been around for decades or centuries. It’s only been around for about 35 years. What happens is when a company gets to about 2,000 employees, they begin to lose track of things. So their strategic planning, their acquisition, or reduction is very difficult for them to understand. What this system does is it allows you to graphically show your occupancy, your vacancy, where your division and departments are, your organizational breakdown visually on a floorplan, and it is live against a database so you can do some very good strategic reports. The beginning claim to fame is helping these companies to make these strategic decisions as they are growing or reducing at about 2,000 employees or greater. Now we have some companies that have about 60,000 employees, 30,000, 20,000, even 10,000, but 2,000 is the break.

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RSC Newsletter, December 2017

The reports in an IWMS system are mostly used to make strategic decisions. Utilization of space is one of the more common reasons to invest in an IWMS.

When I was helping a  tech company sell their real estate to another company they told me that the numbers the IWMS system was producing did not line up with the numbers that the real estate company was producing. They told me that I had a couple of hours to figure out why. I found out the real estate company had excluded the vertical penetration of the building. I stayed late and walked all eight buildings with the real estate representative and proved all of my numbers. This resulted in a $30 million increase of the sale of the buildings. This made my job worth the work.

So who are the people that are going to read these reports and learn from them? There are four basic audiences that I break it down into.

1) V AND C LEVEL
These are CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and all other chief executives and vice presidents. This group is looking for summarized data sheets packed full of numbers that will help them make strategic decisions. They are looking for anomalies so they can dig down and ask questions and figure out why the anomaly exists.

2) MANAGERS/DIRECTORS
These people help to drive and accomplish the decisions made by the chief executives and vice presidents. The reports that are tailored for this level are similar to the V and C level, but are more detailed. This allows them to get to the depths of an anomaly and make decisions.

3) INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR
This level manages the raw data that provides the analysis for the company. They need very granulated reports that allow them to input and modify data for the two previous levels.

4) STAFF AT LARGE
The data for this level has basic information like locations of conference rooms, how to submit a work request, how to change the temperature, where are the hotel spaces in every building, etc. These reports allow all staff to search the IWMS system and then schedule or request what they need.

IWMS reporting at all four of these levels makes for a very strong system. The reports used and produced by the IWMS system justify the expense of the system. While they are not the most expensive systems that exist, they are not the least expensive, either. Sometimes these systems are reduced or removed in order to save money for the company. Without the reports produced directly form the IWMS system, it can take longer to see that there actually are results coming from using the IWMS.

Announcements

RSC Server Hosting Environment Upgrade

At RSC we have recently upgraded our development, support and hosting environments.  Working closely with Hostway, our solutions provider, we have moved to a more robust, high performance, server, storage and network architecture.  This change introduces the following improvements to our environments:

  • High-Performance Storage – Our new environment runs on intelligent, shared storage technology.  It keeps frequently-used data on very fast Solid State Disks (SSD), and data that is used less frequently on more traditional (but still high performance) magnetic disk drives.  As the data usage patterns of our applications change, our storage adapts by moving newly-relevant data up to SSD storage.    This setup gives us much quicker access to the data we need.  The redundant nature of the hardware the data is stored on also ensures that the integrity of that data is very well protected.
  • Network Security – Our new environment uses industry-leading 5nine Software Cloud Security to keep RSC and our users’ data protected.
  • VM Failover – In the event the physical server one of our Virtual Machines is hosted on fails, a standby dedicated physical server will start, taking over hosting duties for the Virtual Machines.  Our server hardware was redundant before; no single component failure could take our servers offline.  Now even the servers are redundant; even if the whole server fails, our VMs will start right back up!
  • Easy VM Setup – Bringing up a new Virtual Machine, including a whole now ARCHIBUS instance and associated applications including SpaceView, now takes just a few clicks.

We are proud of the result:  A high-performance, well protected, easy to use environment we are proud to call our new virtual home.  We are confident this new environment will be a secure and responsive environment for our hosted customers, as well.

Upcoming Events


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We at RSC  are grateful for clients like you who help to make us who we are.


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ARCHIBUS Applications: Compliance Management

Manage complex compliance requirements proactively to help mitigate risk, ensure safe work environments, and reduce administrative burdens

Benefits

  • Ensures a safe, productive work environment by implementing a structured process to comply with regulations, codes, and/or best practices
  • Minimizes the likelihood of regulatory actions including monetary fines and/or costly litigation resulting from inadequate compliance oversight
  • Lowers the overall cost of maintaining a comprehensive, defensible compliance program by reducing administrative time spent on data collection, notifications, and document management
  • Helps reduce the number of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) incidents and insurance premiums associated with them by identifying and correcting compliance gaps
The Compliance Programs Map enables managers to quickly visualize where their highest risk projects are located as well as the regulatory status and priorities.
Property and facility professionals are responsible for providing safe, efficient, and productive work environments, yet they can face a bewildering array of codes and regulations with different schedules, costs, and implications for the organization. Unlike spreadsheets or other non-integrated tools, Web-based ARCHIBUS Compliance Management provides a highly scalable solution to easily and efficiently negotiate the substantial data and recordkeeping involved with regulatory compliance programs and permitting processes. This helps reduce administrative costs and prevents costly disruptions such as occupational injuries, property damage, and shutdowns that may result from inadequate compliance practices. ARCHIBUS Compliance Management helps mitigate risk to protect an organization’s reputation and enhance stakeholder value.

 

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ARCHIBUS Applications: Waste Management

Track and manage waste streams from generation through disposition to minimize health and regulatory risk

Benefits

  • Simplifies the process for tracking and managing hazardous waste streams to sustain a safe working environment
  • Decreases the risk of fines or litigation surrounding hazardous waste storage and disposal procedures
  • Increases the visibility and improves accountability for waste reduction or recycling initiatives to help reduce carbon footprint and improve LEED or other sustainability scores
  • Reduces the cost and effort of satisfying waste audit and reporting requirements
ARCHIBUS Waste Management provides defensible information to assess the effectiveness of waste reduction and recycling programs in addition to tracking and managing hazardous waste.
Managing waste streams, particularly hazardous waste, is often fraught with risk and possible negative outcomes, if handled poorly. Organizations need not only to cope with the often burdensome regulatory paperwork, but also to avoid the risk of errors, omissions, and accidents that can lead to injuries, penalties and/or potential litigation. Web-based ARCHIBUS Waste Management provides a streamlined and integrated approach to tracking, managing, and reducing both hazardous and non-hazardous waste. It helps smoothly process the information flow, starting from the point of generation, through accumulation, storage, shipment or emission, and final disposition. And it provides defensible information to assess the effectiveness of waste reduction and recycling programs that, in turn, help reduce carbon footprint and increase LEED™ or other sustainability scores.

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