The last decade, and the new.

Hello, welcome to a new year and, perhaps more importantly, welcome to a new decade. Over the last decade, we have seen the world change, from the massive political changes brought about by Donald Trump becoming president of the United States of America and the results of the Brexit referendum in 2016, to technological advancements being made such as the explosion of availability in electric cars from Tesla, Audi and Porsche to name just three.


We’re now a week into the new decade and it hasn’t started as well as it could have done, Trump has possibly committed a war crime that has the potential to destabilise a region of the world which has existed in a state of war for the last 15 years, and I imagine that no one can miss the fact that Australia is literally on fire largely due to the impact of Anthropogenic Climate Change.


Despite this, though I think that the next decade may well bring a lot of positives, with an expansion in machine learning, increased use of VR in design and creation, the rapid improvement in 3D printing technologies, the further expansion and production of electric cars and finally the increase in communication-based technologies allowing the expansion of IOT type technologies.

 

It is with this positive eye that I intend to look at the future changes that will occur within Archibus over the next few years. Recently Archibus merged with another company called Serraview, and while this doesn’t mean much about the software itself outside of the normal improvements that the Archibus developers make, the merger does mean a change in business structure for the company and the technologies it seeks to implement.

 

Over the last couple of years, Archibus has started looking at how they would implement SaaS-based technologies within Archibus and enable users and clients to take advantage of this platform. I won’t go over the technology itself, but the essential idea is that it allows the system to be cheaper and takes the management of servers out of IT departments hands so that they don’t need to worry about it.

 

Originally this technology was approached with the concept of keeping the software and the licensing much the same, but take the server out of the Clients hands so they don’t need to have the infrastructure to make full use of the software, but this year Archibus is introducing with 24.1 and later on 25.1 an update to their licensing method.

 

This licensing method will allow for clients to make use of facets of the software and not necessarily have to pay for the full enterprise level of the software, instead, you can simply pay for specific modules and have the means to access that via a portal. This will also remove the absolute requirement that everyone who can access the system, to log/update work within the BOMS console, for example, will have to have an ACP level of access, which has at times been prohibitively expensive.
Now the new licenses will allow the client to choose basic access which can be supplied en masse for cheaper than a standard ACP license.

 

There are also further modifications to be made to other licensing and support methods, but these details will be passed down to you the client by our sales team as it is a bit too expansive and detailed to go through within a blog.

I started talking in this blog about how good things and bad things have happened throughout the world, and how the start of this year has been rather unfortunate so far. Despite this, I believe that things will get better for us all, and throughout the next decade at Mass and Archibus we look forward to tackling these problems together and moving forward into an ever bolder and hopefully brighter future.

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone again.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks Wednesday blog! If you have any questions related to this topic and would like to chat to MASS all about it, we are available on 0118 977 8560 or email us at news@mass-plc.com


Callum Doyle 

 



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