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Xivic V6.1 Launched
Xivic is Adapts software solution for Asset Management and is now in its 6th year of development. We are pleased to announce version 6.1.
Why Xivic? A technical article on Xivic as a Software Solution
Software Solutions are a difficult topic to navigate. There are a myriad of different solutions available. There are many aspects to choosing the right piece of software. The typical approach is to select software based the modules that the software offers "Out of the Box". While Xivic offers a very extensive collection of modules that would easily compete with any other systems on the market, Xivic offers so much more than this. As a decision maker for your organisation, you need to be looking at the bigger software picture. You need to ask the question of whether or not a proposed solution will meet the specific and unique needs of your organisation. You also need to ask the question of whether or not the proposed solution will be flexible enough to be expanded over time so that other business areas of your organisation can be folded in to the solution. Xivic towers above the crowd in terms of its customisability, flexibility, and simplicity. Here's why.
Xivic has been designed from the ground up to be simple and customisable. Each organisation has its own unique data capture requirements, its own business logic, and its own reporting requirements. While the majority of other software packages on the market do not take this in to consideration, Xivic excels in the area of customising all system aspects. Xivic realises that for example, not all assets are created equal, but more importantly, each organisation has its own special needs in regards to assets. Xivic does not force your organisation to record data that is not useful for processing or reporting on information. At the same time however, each record in Xivic can be configured to store extra information for the purpose of future decision making, or compliance.
Xivic's open database structure allows for the database to be tailored to suit the specific needs of your organisation, and there is no limit to the number of tables or columns that can be added to the overall database structure. Xivic allows for the adding of screens to define attributes for the data capture process.
The Xivic User Interface can be configured very quickly to allow for more or less data capture variables. Unlike other platforms where single screens may take weeks or months to build, Xivic screens are defined in the Microsoft XAML standard and can therefore be built in far less time. It's not uncommon for new data capture to be added to the Xivic system overnight instead of having to wait for a programmer for several weeks. Xivic's unique approach to dashboards, and searches also allow for complex queries to be designed and executed against the Xivic database in a matter of hours without any coding necessary.
Open Web/WCF Services
Xivic is built entirely upon a service based architecture. Anything that is possible to be done through Xivic's front-end is also possible through Xivic's WCF Services. This means that Xivic is integration ready. Any other piece of software in your environment can request data from Xivic or put data in to Xivic. However, most importantly, the services honour the security and business logic that you specify. This means that data that does not conform to your organisation's standards can not be entered in to the Xivic system through the Xivic User Interface, or through applications that integrate with Xivic.
We can host your solution on the cloud. This is a very good option for all organisations because we can take care of the IT burden of hosting a solution for you. The Xivic system has been tested and optimised for secure internet usage. Why put the burden of maintaining a software system on your already overstretched IT department? We can look after this aspect of the system for you. All your users have to do is log in and use the software.
Custom Business Logic
Xivic has an advanced, customisable business logic layer. This layer allows your organisation to control all aspects of how data is inputted and processed in the Xivic system. The logic of the Xivic system can be customised to track data changes by the user, validate data, calculate inspection scores, hide data based on security, or even send alert emails.
A responsive, integrated mapping component is crucial for all organisations. Asset Maintenance is far easier when maintenances crews have access to live maps and are able to retrieve information while in the field. Xivic can put an end to field workers having to call in to be able to locate an asset. With Xivic's offline functionality, workers are able to have full visibility of the assets that they are maintaining and information about those assets.
The Xivic system is not limited in terms of outputs. As well as a large number of standard reports that Xivic offers, reports can be customised and formatted to meet your organisation's needs. Xivic leverages the standard Microsoft Reporting Services engine to allow for the creation of any report that your organisations data capture allows for. On top of this, the reports can be easily accessed from within the Xivic system.
Some other software vendors offer an "Offline Solution". Few, if any of these "solutions" prove to achieve much more than the most basic data capture functionality. The poor, or non-existent offline functionality of most software solutions is a constant headache for most organisations. If a package does offer some offline functionality, it usually is separate from the main system. This means that any data capture changes are expensive and time consuming. A single field being added to a screen will often take weeks to achieve and require programmers to do this work.
This is where Xivic really shines. Xivic's unique approach to offline functionality is a complete departure from the way most software solutions approach offline functionality. Xivic's offline functionality is literally the same as its online functionality. So, if a field is added to the data capture in the online version, it is also added to the data capture in the offline version. This means that all the customisation advantages mentioned above are all leveraged in Xivic's offline mode. There is no need to make the customisations twice, or test twice.
It is very important to consider the points that we have mentioned here. If you choose the wrong piece of software, you may end up with a solution that is not future proof. You may end up with a solution that will cost more than it should to enhance or upgrade. You may end up with a piece of software that can not be integrated with the rest of your IT infrastructure, or you may end up with software that simply does not capture the nuances about your valuable infrastructure. Xivic has a proven track record of being able to avoid these pitfalls, and a proven track record of being able to absorb more and more IT infrastructure in to one singular software solution.
Integrated Asset Management Systems become a reality with Xivic Version 5
Adapt Solutions is proud to present Xivic Version 5. Increased usability and even more customisation abilities headline this new version. In addition, this version marks a firm intent into data visualisation, giving greater exposure of Asset Management information. Xivic V5 makes it possible to present data sets in powerful new ways. The spotlight is placed on the errors in data sooner which prevents those annoying reactive data clean ups when the data is actually needed. As a result, tools are available to turn flat data into business knowledge.
New customers are going to find it easier to convert to Xivic. The implementation methodology has been enhanced with a migration utility. This means a more transparent, accurate and faster conversion of information to Xivic schemas.
Highlights of Xivic V5
For more information about Xivic Version 5, simply drop an email or call your closest contact.
Adapt Solutions Launch XIVIC
Adapt Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of the XIVIC forward thinking brand. All of the Adapt Solutions asset management software is now marketed under XIVIC.
Asset Management System: Data Improvement
There is increasing pressure to make the best use of data: To mould it; extrapolate it; turn it into a tool to predict the future; to create data models that help optimise expenditure, make smarter decisions or make more money. To do this, we’re replacing our Data Collection hat with our Business Intelligence hat.
It’s not hard to analyse data then wave a bunch of outputs and recommendations around. However, before producing output we like to be sure that we understand the data’s origins, current state and on-going improvement plan. We do this for the following reasons:
* If we understand the data then risk is a known quantity. We can then factor risk before implementing any data analyst recommendations.
At Adapt we’re often involved with infrastructure asset registers. These data sets can take several years for the client authority to build up. This often means many data collections from multiple sources, including Asbuilt plans, onsite surveys and local knowledge. In some cases the data is passed through several data custodians. All Viagra this change highlights the need to set data accuracy and data confidence standards at the very beginning of a data collection. These standards should be easily interpreted and applied by everyone involved with the data. By applying a standard we can determine the data of poorer quality and set appropriate improvement strategies. We also avoid revisiting the same data twice - data gradually improves over time across the whole data set.
Our aim when improving data over time is to place the data into an Improvement Sieve. Hypothetically, the sieve allows good data (high accuracy) to pass freely through it while the bad data (low accuracy) remains in the sieve - simple. The bad data is then matched against the Data Improvement Plan to derive a priority. Priority data is then improved and the overall accuracy level increased.
Data should be passed through the Improvement Sieve on a regular basis. This enables improvement progress to be reported. It also keeps the Data Improvement Plan as the primary focus when prioritising data clean-ups. It is easy to get distracted and work on new data or some other enhancement. The Improvement plan exists to ensure priorities and timelines are worked to. If this occurs the business and operations benefit from improved and more relevant data sooner.
Before you implement a Utility Asset Management System
The right preparation is critical before implementing an Asset Management System. The structure and process put in place beforehand can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to implement an AMS.
Stop expecting that a system will fix all the problems in the organisation!
We all use the lack of a computerised system as an excuse for not having our act together with data and process – this procrastination is not limited to asset management systems. We’ve all seen the excuse: “We’ll have a system one day, let’s address it then”. The lack of a system actually provides more reason to put one together.
• It quickens the implementation time when a system is brought.
• It sends a clear message to those around you that you mean business when it comes to asset management - lack of a system shouldn’t halt progress right now.
• It places robustness around data and process.
Decisions will be based on the data in the AMS one day and you will feel more comfortable doing this knowing that your base data is sound.
Know the GIS
Building your asset registers from the GIS is a great idea but do some homework. The GIS may look complete but when data is prepared to migrate to an AMS it is the bits you don’t see in the GIS that cause grief. The GIS is just like any other data source, which means the good and the bad points are inherited. You will want to integrate to the GIS at some stage so it is very important to understand how assets are represented in it. Common challenges are:
• GIS systems are not typically geared for holding structured asset attribute data. This may mean data validation errors, non-standardised codes, free form text, non-mandatory fields, missing data and inconclusive data.
• The GIS may store pipes and nodes in a different way to what your AMS model does. For example, water mains in the GIS may be split at every intersecting node. Is this connectivity required in the AMS or can the number of records be reduced by splitting water pipes at every valve or intersection?
• Snapping. The connectivity may look great when zoomed out but when you zoom in, the manhole you thought was associated to an incoming and outgoing pipe may start to drift away from Valium the pipes. This is because the manhole or node has not been snapped to the pipes. This is a significant problem when trying to build an asset register from the GIS data as relationships between assets cannot be established if they don’t exist. In this example, it means orphaned assets exist with no relationship to the reticulation.
GIS can be a great starting base for an asset register as the data has often been captured via GPS and may be more accurate than existing hard copy records (if available).
Standards, standards, standards
Every year, money is spent on contractors and students to go out and collect data, manhole inspections, asset locations, condition inspections, valuations, and CCTV data scored to a standard. Every year, the pile of inspection-related data grows....in the corner.
What is your AMS vision?
Form a strategic vision for what an AMS will and won’t do and what value it will be in one, two and three years’ time. This will help the organisation avoid the trap of thinking the AMS will solve all the asset management issues and processes in 5 minutes. AMS implementations are lengthy projects and often integrate with many other systems. They can be frustrating projects at times if they are stalled waiting for data cleansing. Project owners and sponsors have to know what they’re in for!
Happy Implementing from the team at Adapt.
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