Here at Trimble Real Estate we’re committed to developing new and improved features to solve the challenges our Manhattan customers face every day – as well as helping them to improve the performance of their real estate portfolio.
In this first of two product articles we focus on five new and improved platform-level features designed to enhance the capability of all Manhattan modules. In the second article, we’ll be looking at must-have Manhattan lease accounting features developed to increase efficiency and productivity in today’s lease management process by automating labour-intensive tasks.
Five Manhattan Features:
(1) New Interactive Visualization Tools for Improved Planning and Decision Making
Trimble places a heavy emphasis on developing sophisticated real estate and portfolio management reporting tools to deliver key insights that can help identify cost savings, improve efficiencies and deliver a more engaged workplace.
Manhattan users can already store, segment, analyze and package vital, real-time data in easily digestible forms. We’ve now gone one step further by launching two unique interactive visualization tools that allow them to turn important data from existing reports into impactful charts and graphs to help manage the future of their corporate facilities.
Turn important data from existing reports into impactful charts and graphs
Interactive Chart Creation Tool
This new feature enables users to visualize components of an existing report in order to drive home important data from the report. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
The charting tool provides a wide choice of visualization options – including pie charts, line charts, graphs, bar charts and spider diagrams. Users can click on a report and easily create a chart showing, for example, their organization’s “Top 10 properties by capacity”, or they could produce a pie chart displaying all outstanding work order tasks for a specific building.
If users want to concentrate on a specific part of a report, the tool allows them to zoom in on the relevant section. As they zoom in and focus their attention, the charts or graphs automatically respond to those actions.
Significantly, all visualization outputs from the same report are automatically linked together – allowing all of the content to be brought together in a dedicated dashboard.
Enhanced Pivot Chart Reporting
This new visualization tool has been designed to add even greater flexibility to Business Intelligence (BI) reporting.
Every Manhattan customer’s system holds a vast amount of vital data that can assist in real estate decision making. This new tool enables BI analysts to make this valuable data ‘talk’ in the form of interactive pivot charts.
Instead of producing a fixed report, analysts can now create a series of pivot charts based on different “what if?” scenarios. The tool allows them to quickly adjust the data and instantly see the results in real time.
Analysts can drag and drop specific fields, group them accordingly, and then summarize the data in the form of heat maps, charts or graphs. This allows them to model large amounts of data held within the Manhattan system to support real estate decisions.
(2) New Interactive GIS Mapping Delivers On-demand Map-based Reporting
With organizations increasingly seeking a better understanding of the nature and physicality of each building or parcel of land they occupy or own, our new interactive GIS mapping feature will help meet the growing requirement for on-demand map-based reporting.
Manhattan already comes with Trimble Maps as an ‘out of the box’ mapping solution (although, because the system is highly configurable, third-party products, such as Google Maps, can also be used to provide a map layer). Now, our new GIS mapping functionality enables real estate teams to zoom in and drill down to different levels of detail on maps, just as they can with management reports.
New Interactive GIS Mapping Delivers On-demand Map-based Reporting
Manhattan GIS mapping uniquely allows users to draw polylines on the map itself. Poly line representations of components of an organization’s real estate portfolio at specific locations on the map (such as properties, land or other assets) can then be connected directly to the appropriate records for those components in Manhattan.
In effect, this innovative feature enhances map-based reporting by bridging the gap between a map and all of a client’s real estate data held in Manhattan.
Enhanced platform-level messaging has been designed to foster collaborative conversations between end-users and groups inside the Manhattan system, streamlining the data-driven responses.
Historically, collaborative conversations have tended to happen outside the system via email or chat platforms. This messaging feature aims to reduce risk by allowing tasks and messages to be created in-system so that responses and action can be enforced – while keeping the collaboration, and the resulting content, within Manhattan. For example, in a situation where a large number of lease changes require subsequent remeasurement, the ‘To Do’ messaging functionality allows a lease administrator to communicate in-system with the lease accountant to make sure nothing is overlooked.
(4) Seamless Integration with Exchange Resources and Multipoint Booking in Outlook
In a significant change to our Outlook integration strategy, we’ve introduced a unique alignment between Exchange Room Resource accounts and Space Scheduling rooms. With full two-way integration, bookings made in one system are now seamlessly replicated in the other.
This means third-party products which utilize Exchange resources – such as collaboration tools like Skype for Business and video-conferencing systems – can now leverage booking data originating from Manhattan.
As a result, creating and managing video conference or audio conference bookings has never been easier because our enhanced Outlook Integration capabilities now allow users to make more than one room booking within their Outlook appointment.
Users can either book across time-zones via the Outlook COM Add-in or O365 Web Add-in, or simply invite the room resources directly to their appointment. Any subsequent changes made in Space Scheduling or Outlook will automatically update all endpoints.
(5) Open APIs Easily Connect with Third-party Software and IoT Devices
Manhattan has been designed to support digital real estate management strategies. Last year we released our updated Application Programming Interface (API) framework which exposes our published API endpoints – all of which have built-in syntax examples and advice on how to use API correctly. Endpoints are clearly a very important aspect of being able to interact with our expansive API framework. That’s why we introduced more than 20 new API endpoints last year and we’ll aim to continue to add more in 2020. Improving interaction with third-party software and IoT devices ensures Manhattan customers have access to a modern, open IWMS platform.
We hope you found this article interesting. Please make sure you read our next article on new features to help you manage your lease accounting in 2020 and beyond.
In the meantime, if your organization is seeking a leading vendor to meet your real estate management needs, contact our team for more information or book a demo of our Manhattan solution.
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