Workplace Management Software optimizes workspace utilization.
November 13, 2009 -
OnBoard® v5 helps workers reserve workspaces and conference rooms as well as locate colleagues while monitoring actual use of reserved or assigned workspaces. Along with integrated functionality for mobile workers, platform helps determine which spaces can be eliminated, shared, or reconfigured. Features include integration with telephony and room management systems, touch-screen room status system, and reservation bumping. Latter addresses conference rooms that are booked but go unused.
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AgilQuest Releases OnBoard Version 5
New Release centers on Mobile Worker Usability and Extends Integration with Building Infrastructure Systems
RICHMOND, VA - October 14, 2009 - - AgilQuest Corporation today announced a major release of its OnBoard® Workplace Management Solution which takes OnBoard to a new level of usability for mobile workers and extends OnBoard's integration with telephony and room management systems. This new version is the product of a significant collaboration with our customers, adding over fifty new functional enhancement requests.
The OnBoard Workplace Management Solution is a web-based software platform that helps workers reserve workspaces and conference rooms, and locate colleagues, while monitoring the actual use of reserved or assigned workspaces. OnBoard is used by corporate real estate and facilities managers to measure the actual utilization of all office workspaces helping them determine which spaces can be eliminated, shared, or reconfigured.
OnBoard Version 5, using Web 2.0 tools, integrates RoomWizard(TM) - a touch screen room status system from Steelcase that displays real-time meeting information right outside the room - with OnBoard's native ability to measure the actual use of workspaces. RoomWizard provides a quick and easy way for people to indicate that they will actually use a scheduled room. If meeting leaders do not check-in to the room, then OnBoard can "bump" the reservation, making the room available for another group. This solves the largest problem associated with conference rooms, which is rooms are booked, but go unused.
This new version of OnBoard also extends AgilQuest's patented integration with telephone systems to Avaya VoIP telephony. This feature allows Avaya VoIP users to route their telephone extension to a reserved workspace upon their arrival or at pre-selected times. Phone switching capability is also available with Cisco VoIP and Nortel, Avaya, and Siemens PBX systems. AgilQuest owns the patent for the integration of telephony with workplace management.
Version 5 enhances the end user experience with a complete redevelopment of the web-based Mobile Worker interface. Individuals may now tailor the interface to reach their most used functions quickly. A new "Express Reservation" feature streamlines the reservation process for Mobile Workers by saving reservation preferences. Version 5 also provides an enhanced "wait list" feature so that desired rooms that are booked can be reassigned automatically when and if they become available. Users that wish to establish recurring reservations will benefit from a new date-conflict resolution feature. Lastly, the Cisco-based Internet Protocol Phone Interface has been reworked to allow easier reservation, check-in and check-out processes using Cisco Unified Communications Manager.
AgilQuest has also developed new partnership relationships that address two of the barriers to implementing an Alternative Workplace Solution -
AgilQuest now offers hosted services for those clients that wish to outsource the IT requirements for running the OnBoard system.
AgilQuest now offers computer based employee and management training to address the cultural and user concerns regarding Alternative Workplaces.
OnBoard's Application Programmer's Interface (API) has been expanded making it easier then ever for third party high tech vendors to integrate their products with the OnBoard Workplace Management Solution. A good example of this is a user interface with VoIP telephony from Canada-based Mitel Networks Corporation.
Torrance Houlihan, AgilQuest's Director of Product Management said, "OnBoard Version 5 is our most significant release since the OnBoard Workplace Management System was initially launched. It is our most robust and functional release ever, while also being our easiest to use. OnBoard has always been the best way for people to make and manage their own workplace reservations. With the release of OnBoard 5 the best just got better."
AgilQuest's CEO John Vivadelli said, "We value the strong relationships we have with our customers. Version 5 shows the extent to which we work with them to understand their workplace challenges and leverage our expertise to build new functionality that solves their problems while improving ease of use."
With the real-time workplace information provided by OnBoard real estate managers can make better invest/divest decisions, optimize the design of their workplace, and identify their mobile worker population. OnBoard users have documented real estate savings or cost avoidance that range in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
About AgilQuest Corporation
AgilQuest provides systematic business solutions that help organizations maximize the use of their facilities and workspaces while enabling people to work whenever and wherever they need to work. AgilQuest products and services identify the workers who are the most mobile and have the least need for dedicated office space which can then be divested or used for expansion. AgilQuest customers have the information they need to make real estate and facility decisions that result in tens of millions of dollars in cost savings or avoidance while providing a work environment that attracts and retains the best talent. Please visit the AgilQuest web site at www.agilquest.com.