What is it with jargon?

In the early days of computing the growth of the technology was down to the engineers and scientists and table stakes for a meeting was the ability to navigate the TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms). Needless to say there were many who felt that knowledge and education shouldn’t get in the way of them getting involved and ‘making things happen’.


So, over fifty years later … not a lot has changed. Engineers and scientists use acronyms to make discussions between each other more concise and comprehensive, and wannabe’s continue to try to blag their way misusing the language till they are corrected enough or eventually get there themselves.


It’s not just computing though, government, economics, medicine, etc. no area is safe from malapropisms and the misuse of acronyms and associated concepts.






















The point is, there are companies claiming functionality that fully conforms to their own meaning and not necessarily to the industry standard. By repeating any statement (true or false) often enough then it more often than not becomes the new ‘truth’.

A classic example of this is in Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’, where everyone agreed the Emperor was the picture of sartorial elegance while he was in fact naked. More recently the shenanigans of governments that are happy to lie and mislead in any way, so long as it’s there way, and are content to lie knowing there is no comeback … but that’s another story.


IWMS (Integrated Workflow Management System) technology has been around for more than one-and-a-half decades and when some suppliers can’t deliver, they try to change the rules rather than make their product/software perform to the standard.

An integrated workplace management system (IWMS) is a software platform that helps organisations optimise the use of workplace resources, including the management of their estate portfolio, infrastructure and facilities assets.


IWMS integrates five core functional areas within an enterprise which were organisationally and operationally independent and showed minimal interdisciplinary synergy, prior to the advent of IWMS:


  • Estate management

Activities associated with the acquisition (including purchase and lease), financial management and disposition of real property assets. Common IWMS features that support Estate Management include strategic planning, transaction management, request for proposal (RFP) analysis, lease analysis, portfolio management, tax management, lease management, and lease accounting.


  • Capital project management

The management associated with the design and development of new facilities and the remodeling or enhancement of existing facilities, including their reconfiguration and expansion.[ Common IWMS features that support capital project management include - capital planning, design, funding, bidding, procurement, cost and resource management, project documentation and drawing management, scheduling, and critical path analysis.


  • Facilities management

This area covers activities related to the operation and optimized utilization of facilities. Common IWMS features that support facility management include strategic facilities planning (including scenario modeling and analysis), CAD and BIM, space management, site and employee service management, resource scheduling, and move management.


  • Maintenance management

These activities are related to the corrective and preventive maintenance and operation of facilities and assets. Common IWMS features that support maintenance management include asset management, work requests, preventative maintenance, work order administration, warranty tracking, inventory management, vendor management and condition assessment.


  • Sustainability and energy management

Included are methods related to the measurement and reduction of resource consumption (including energy and water) and waste production (including greenhouse gas emissions) within facilities. Common IWMS features that support sustainability and energy management include integration with BMS (Building Management Systems), sustainability performance metrics, energy benchmarking, carbon emissions tracking, and energy efficiency project analysis.


ARCHIBUS is fully IWMS compliant according to this definition. The reason I brought it up is that in the next blog I want to revisit EIM, its place in IWMS and how its software architecture ensures the widest integration and future-proofing.



Mass have been delivering ARCHIBUS solutions for over twenty years across the UK and Scandinavia and can demonstrate how integration can deliver lower errors, costs and increased productivity and Value For Money (VFM).

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