The Facilities Show is at the NEC in Birmingham, UK this week (last day today) – a good place for firms to make announcements to their FM audiences. This week, for example, McLaren Software – describing itself as a provider of “engineering document control, project collaboration and CAFM (computer aided facilities management) solutions” – has announced the availability of CAFM Explorer OnAir.
McLaren acquired CAFM Explorer’s developer FMx last October for £5.6m, and in December I wrote about the company’s plans to expand the system’s web-based functionality and create a comprehensive hosted FM capability that also supports mobile working. Earlier last October, McLaren launched an ‘OnAir’ web-hosted version of its Enterprise engineering document system (post), and this week’s news is similar. According to the news release:
“McLaren CAFM Explorer ‘OnAir’ enables facility managers take full advantage of CAFM Explorer … without the need to procure, maintain or support internal IT systems.
“… The addition of CAFM Explorer to the McLaren ‘OnAir” service offers customers a choice of installing CAFM Explorer either on in house IT systems or on the McLaren’s OnAir cloud infrastructure for a single monthly fee. CAFM Explorer ‘OnAir’ users simply log onto the secure service via any supported desktop, laptop or mobile web browser.
“McLaren are also previewing McLaren CAFM Web at the Facilities Show 2013 at the NEC. CAFM Web, due for release later this year, is a new HTML 5 based interface for CAFM Explorer providing support for desktop, laptop and mobile devices.”
Environmental Resources Management (ERM), “a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services”, has been the first company to adopt CAFM Explorer OnAir.