In the past week or so, engineering document control and computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) software provider, McLaren Software, has made two announcements regarding web-based access to its platforms.
First, it added web access to McLaren Enterprise, its enterprise-scale document control suite, via an HTML5 user interface so that authenticated users can securely access, search and view documentation from any supported mobile, tablet, desktop or laptop devices without the need to install or update software. It said this approach laid the foundation for a simpler unified user experience across all McLaren products.
Developed using HTML 5 technology, McLaren CAFM Web provides access for help desk and property management users, again via any web enabled desktop, laptop or tablet. According to the news release, CAFM Web frees a user to log a work order, review property details and run reports at or away from their desk, on their own or any available supported device. Specific access rights can be assigned to contractors, engineers, help desk users and administrators according to their roles and responsibilities maintaining facility information security and integrity. The solution provides a consistent interface whether the user logs into a touch screen iPad, Android or Surface tablet, desktop or laptop browser with a mouse. McLaren Software CEO Paul Muir says:
“The introduction of CAFM Web complements our recent release of the cloud-hosted McLaren CAFM Explorer OnAir providing more deployment options, ease of use and user accessibility. In common with all McLaren Software solutions we place emphasis on usability while ensuring integrity of information for the organization. Customer input and reaction to this first release of CAFM Web has been very positive and just the start of many new features to come.”
There has been no similar announcement regarding HTML5 mobile support for FusionLive, McLaren’s SaaS-based construction collaboration platform, but this sequence of news releases suggests it’s perhaps just a matter of time.