Vindsubsidies, an Idox company and grants authority in the Netherlands, has been awarded the Innovator Award for its new product Grant Manager in this year’s ESEF Awards. Grant Manager is an innovative online administration tool which was launched on 1 January 2016.
The ESEF Awards are the most important awards in the manufacturing industry and spotlights those organisations delivering innovative products and services that enhance the way that people use technology.
The jury for the ESEF Awards, commented in its reports that Grant Manager is a ‘robust solution designed to manage and control project-based administration’. Vindsubsidies’ Grant Manager, meets the needs of entrepreneurs by providing a transparent solution that delivers maximum control for project managers.
Managing Director of Idox Grants, Henk Heerink, is delighted to receive the Innovator Award for Grant Manager and commented ‘this award shows the success of integration of the various Idox companies to develop breakthrough solutions within the corporate market and public sector. Combining the various disciplines within Idox has led to a new solution in an established market’.
Grant Manager has been developed specifically for grant administration. Project members can easily record time, enter charges and upload important documents. All data can be processed in a report which can be easily viewed and analysed. The system delivers an insight into the status of all ongoing grant projects. With Grant Manager, organisations know immediately if projects are running to schedule or need to be adjusted.
The ESEF takes place in the Netherlands in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht from 15 - 18 March 2016.
By now you will have read plenty of Facilities Management trends and prediction articles for 2016. We're not quite jumping on the bandwagon, just giving it a bit of a nudge – here are eight CAFM Explorer predictions for the upcoming year…
It is often ignored but data is the heartbeat of any good CAFM system. With security issues becoming more prevalent in the media, data integrity and security are going to be more of a focus for IT and Facilities Management than ever before. Download our Data Factsheet.
QR coding your assets allows users and engineers to easily identify or report on any specific asset. Demand for QR coding from CAFM Explorer customers has increased over the last year and we expect many more customers to adopt this in 2016. CAFM Explorer 9.2 launched in January 2016 with a large update to QR functionality – learn more, download: CAFM Explorer 9.2 update.
Customers leading development
CAFM users become more savvy and industry aware every year. Whilst we keep ourselves up-to-date with industry movements, it is our customer base that drives development and requirements in every release of CAFM Explorer. The CAFM Explorer User Group has helped form our software for over 30 years, making it one of the major reasons for choosing CAFM Explorer. For more information download: 10 reasons to choose CAFM Explorer.
End users demand instant access which is why CAFM Explorer now provides one touch help desk call logging from any mobile device. For more information download: What's new in CAFM Explorer 9.2.
Mobile Engineers and Contractors
Demand for an increasingly efficient facilities workforce means contractors and engineers need immediate access to maintenance schedules and work orders – learn more, download: CAFM Explorer 9.2.
Industry recognised maintenance standards
2016 will be the year where BIM & SFG20 become prevalent in the Facilities Management world. Both standards revolve around your assets and maintenance of those assets – a cornerstone of CAFM Explorer’s functionality – request a demo to find out more: http://www.cafmexplorer.com/contact-us
With an uncertain economic outlook for 2016, budgets will be tight and demonstrating an efficient facilities management process will be key. At the end of 2015 we published a whitepaper highlighting the various ways in which you can demonstrate efficiencies and ROI – download the whitepaper: Business Benefits of CAFM Explorer.
Getting back to basics
It may sound obvious, but getting the basics right is key. Strip away the layers and there are always key requirements for every facility. CAFM Explorer has been developed to help you get those basics right – download our ‘Back to Basics’ whitepaper to make sure you’re starting from the right place.
It’s important that you stay in control of the building process by understanding Building Regulations. Even after your planning permission has been granted, and you think you are ready to start building or rebuilding, the process is only beginning, as any alteration or extension of an existing property is still required to meet the Regulations.
Read our latest article to find out more: Stay in control of the building process by understanding Building Regulations
Public funds for good causes are on the wane. Grants from the public sector now make up only 5.5% of charity sector income, a decline of over 60% since 2004. Why the regressive trend in grant supply from government?
Idox’s Mike Dever examines this changing funding landscape in the midst of policy and austerity cuts and, as local authorities look to finalise their budgets for the next financial year, reviews the latest movement intended to combat public sector grant decline – the Grants for Good campaign.
Digital inclusion is increasingly important for connecting social housing landlords and their tenants. Reading Room, which joined the Idox Group in 2015, has been working with a leading social housing provider to improve its digital development. Reading Room is a digital consultancy with an international reputation for innovative and award-winning strategic consultancy, design, and technical delivery.
In this article, Idox’s James Carson outlines how Reading Room is helping social housing tenants reap the benefits of digital inclusion.
Idox’s new whitepaper considers how the contribution research makes to society and the economy is measured, and the relationship between impact and funding – key topics in the HE sector. The importance of creating solutions to societal challenges is evident in the impact strand of the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme receiving the largest funding portion: a total of €29.7 billion.
- the changing landscape of research with the impact agenda;
- challenges faced by both academia and research funding officers; and
- tips on how to demonstrate impact – relevant to institutions seeking funding in Europe and beyond.
The paper – published today (15 February) – will support Idox during its work as main sponsor at this year’s Jahrestagung der Forschungsreferenten event in Potsdam, Germany. Taking place 18-19 February, colleagues will be on hand to provide insight into the features and benefits of the RESEARCHconnect service and the latest funding developments.
Download the full paper at the RESEARCHconnect website here: Demonstrating Impact in Research – International Frameworks and Challenges
The fun thing about working in digital is that the rules are always evolving. Year after year we see trends come and go - some stay around longer than others, some raise their heads once then disappear forever.
In this article, Reading Room shed light on web design trends for 2016. By no means exhaustive, this article gives a taste of what is in store for the year for Reading Room clients and their respective digital platform and/or service.
Full article: Web Design Trends 2016
Torfaen County Borough Council has selected Idox’s document management solution (DMS) to support core business systems within the council.
The new system will extend the use of Idox technology within the council and be integrated into existing Idox solutions within Planning and Building Control.
Idox DMS is designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing and support the delivery of responsive public digital services enabling citizens to view documents online.
CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading facilities management software, supports the effective and efficient management of facilities and their operational environments. The latest release enhances the product by adding:
- One touch help desk call logging in CAFM Web from any mobile device
- Ability to QR code assets and scan with a mobile device
- Larger portfolio of ready-made reports increasing insight while reducing time and effort
- Notifications of expiring service provider documents
- Enhanced health checks to ensure high performance
- Additional links between assets and work orders for more efficient working
- Enhancements for labour charges ensuring smoother and more effective management of costs
- Increased control over monitoring of stock levels
- Simplifications in CAFM Web to make it more user friendly for engineers, contractors and end users
- Multi-level work orders ensure better fault reporting and routing to the correct team
To learn more about the new functionality, visit: CAFM Explorer 9.2
Health Education England are a non-departmental public body that works across England to deliver high quality education and training for a better health and healthcare. Health Education England tasked Reading Room, Idox’s Digital Consultancy, to incorporate 13 local education training board websites into one site, whilst maintaining a clear identity and individual navigation within the site for each board.
View the website http://www.hee.nhs.uk/
The forthcoming election for a new Mayor of London is generating particular interest in the tech community. The tech sector makes significant contributions to London’s economy, but there are concerns that skill shortages in the capital could hinder further growth. Idox is a leading supplier of applications to support public sector organisations in managing information and knowledge, documents, content, business processes and workflow. Idox also manages the information service of the Greater London Authority, supporting evidence-based decision and policy making across the capital.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at efforts by the tech sector to push the issue of skills shortages further up the agenda of the next Mayor of London.
Read full article: London’s digital skills shortage: a priority for the new Mayor
Bandera, a national facilities management services company, has chosen CAFM Explorer to assist in delivering core services to their clients.
Bandera prides itself on giving a personal service, forming close partnerships with their clients in providing a bespoke service while understanding and delivering exactly what the client needs, normally beating expectations while allowing clients to progress with their core business.
As part of their own success and development Bandera required a facilities software solution that delivered consistency for the increasing requirements of their clients.
Austin Gibbons, Business Assistant at Bandera, commented, “Having researched the software options available to us, CAFM Explorer towered above other providers as it mirrored Bandera’s demands in offering an all-in-one facilities software solution which we know will quickly enhance efficiencies and reliability to our clients with the trust they deserve in knowing they have the very best up to date and dedicated service with the added value of business continuity.”
CAFM Explorer is an all-in-one facilities management software solution – to learn more about how CAFM Explorer can support your business, visit: www.cafmexplorer.com or call 0870 3337101.
For more information on Bandera visit www.banderaltd.com
In a recent award, under the Framework Agreement for Local Authority Software Application, Canterbury City Council has invested in Idox’s Electronic Document Management Solution (EDMS) replacing a system previously provided by Northgate.
The new system will be integrated into existing Idox solutions already in use by the council within core functions such as Planning, Building Control, and Land Charges in order to increase information sharing and support the online publication of documents for citizens, consultees and third parties.
In addition, Idox will migrate the data stored within their legacy system to Idox DMS.
Reading Room collaborated with Totum Partners to address both front-end consumer challenges on the website, and also difficulties faced internally when using the Content Management System. It was crucial that the back-office team are able to swiftly make updates to the website with a system that isn't arduous to use. We therefore focused on the system and its workflow to ensure it met internal expectations.
The new website features an integrated job search and company blog, both of which were originally separate websites. Finally, it was time for mobile optimisation, with the new website being optimised for a vast amount of scaling devices.
Visit the website: Totum Partners
Real-time passenger information can be an especially effective solution for increasing public transport usage in rural areas. Cloud Amber, part of the Idox Group of companies, delivers next-generation passenger information and enables public transport operators to keep track of vehicles’ movements within the network. In this blog post, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson looks at the challenge of providing public transport in rural areas, and highlights solutions, such as real-time passenger information, to help communities stay connected.
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Should we build on the green belt? The availability of the green belt as potential development land in the current housing crisis has led to widespread debate as to whether we should be making it easier to use this resource – or should we be looking at alternatives?
Full article: Do we need to build on the green belt?
CAFM Explorer, Idox's leading Facilities Management Software, is pleased to announce that it has joined The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) as a corporate member.
Claire Visser, Idox's CAFM Director, commented, "Being members of BIFM not only demonstrates our commitment to our customers and the Facilities Management sector, it demonstrates our continuing drive to educate and invest in our excellent staff, from sales through to delivery. BIFM membership gives us all the ability to keep up-to-date in the ever changing FM landscape.”
CAFM Explorer is a comprehensive, all-in-one facilities software solution designed to deliver the functionality you need to run an efficient and compliant facility. Help Desk, Work Planner, Cost Control, Asset Tracker, Property Management, Room Booking, Space Management and an intuitive Reporting Dashboard are included as standard, giving you the ability to grow into the software as your requirements increase at no additional cost.
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Hardly confined to mere philosophy, the concept of enlightened self-interest plays a very important role in the practical, hard-headed world of planning politics. In fact, one could say that it is integral to the system. This is because land is scarce, new developments come with risk and politicians have a duty to ensure that their local communities will benefit. Making a proposal of any kind invites the question “what’s in it for me?” and if you are seeking planning permission, you would do well to have a good answer prepared.
Taking place in London on 9 February, Idox’s Funding Steps into Europe training event offers essential insight to organisations seeking to exchange knowledge, hear from leading funding experts and engage in best practice and networking sessions in the area of European funding.
It will bring together sector experts and experienced funding managers in a programme comprising:
- Session 1: Introduction to European Funding and assessing whether Europe is right for you
- Session 2: Understanding EU policy, lobbying and networking
- Session 3: Working with partners and building a consortium
- Session 4: Building the project – demonstration and evidence of need
- Session 5: Lessons learned and tips on submitting EU funding applications
- Session 6: Budgeting
- Session 7: Dissemination strategies
- Session 8: Q&A – Ask the Panel
Confirmed speakers – including European Affairs Adviser, Katie Cavell and East Sussex County Council External Funding Manager, Véronique Poutrel – will address delegates on European funding opportunities and offer practical advice to help organisations achieve success in their funding mission.
The conference will be held at Stamford Bridge, home to Chelsea Football Club, on 9 February 2016.
Idox is a supplier of specialist information management solutions and services to the public sector and to a wide range of industries around the world in the corporate sector: www.idoxgroup.com
The Idox Grants arm specialises in providing content and funding solutions for clients across local, regional and national government, higher education institutions, public sector agencies, charitable organisations and industry.
The Grants delivery team boasts over 30 years’ experience in delivering large-scale, online content publishing projects and effective funding solutions including market-leader GRANTfinder and RESEARCHconnect.
The introduction of appropriate technology, such as iApply could ultimately save councils millions of pounds by making the planning permission and building control application process far more efficient, and mitigating against the resource-drain of council employees rekeying application data.
The full story can seen on our Blog.