Recognizing that better physical environments enhance the learning process, Canada’s Calgary Board of Education jettisoned paper-driven work order processes and fragmented facilities management databases to create a Web-based, centralized, and highly scalable ARCHIBUS system that streamlines processes, cutting work order time by 80% among other gains.
The system has also improved delivery of a growing range of services at the 225-school system, which manages a billion dollar budget and 15 million square feet of space.
The advanced system features a range of real estate, space, maintenance and safety applications from ARCHIBUS, Inc., (www.archibus.com) the #1 solution for real estate, infrastructure and facilities management software in the world.
“Facilities services directly impact the ability of our educators to effectively deliver quality education,” says Murray Hunt, CBE Manager of Integrated Workplace Management Systems. “So we are constantly examining our business and environmental practices.
“A technology cornerstone for us is ARCHIBUS. We once had a very paper-driven work order process where a work request could take up to three and a half weeks from initial request to getting that work order into a tradesperson’s hands. Now it takes three days. Shortly, we will have that happen instantly with the introduction of mobile technology.”
A system-wide Technology Council, established by the school system’s CIO, exposed stakeholders to what the facilities management department was accomplishing with ARCHIBUS applications and recognized the possibilities in also adapting the software to track asset information for academic and vocational programs.
The ARCHIBUS platform is being leveraged system-wide, for example, to collect inventory information on musical instruments, as well as on career and technology education assets such as shop tools and other vocational program equipment.
“In the future,” Hunt adds, “we expect more integration with other enterprise systems, such as PeopleSoft and other CBE core business systems. With every five-year strategic plan, we’ll review where we are and decide where we’re going with our technology investments. We expect that ARCHIBUS will continue to play a prominent role.”
About ARCHIBUS, Inc.
ARCHIBUS is the #1 global provider of real estate, infrastructure, and facilities management solutions with total annual expenditures for ARCHIBUS-related products and services valued at over $2.3 Billion (USD).
For more than 30 years, ARCHIBUS innovations have fostered business transformation that saves users’ organizations over $100 billion annually.
With ARCHIBUS, organizations use a single, comprehensive, integrated solution to make informed strategic decisions that optimize return-on-investment, lower asset lifecycle costs, and increase enterprise-wide productivity and profitability.
More than 7,000,000 ARCHIBUS users manage over 18 million buildings and properties, with organizations reporting facilities-related cost savings as high as 34%.
With over 1,700 ARCHIBUS Business Partners, local and regional support worldwide is available in over 190 countries and more than 30 languages. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, ARCHIBUS, Inc. has pioneered computer-aided infrastructure and facilities management technologies since 1982.