Room booking and timetabling: two sides of the same space utilisation challenge.
Here’s a conundrum that frustrates many facility, estate or building managers: The cost of meeting and training rooms in real estate terms is expensive, especially if they are furnished with costly equipment like large displays, conference phones, lecture capture etc. and, like any resource, organisations need to make best use of them to deliver a […] Read More
Planner: the journey so far
EventMAP’s CTO Dr. Paul McMullan discusses the evolution of EventMAP’s new activity and resource planning tool. At a packed ARC conference last May in King’s College London, I presented an outline vision for a proposed software tool (Planner) which would aim to provide a one-stop application to allow university administrators, timetabling staff and academics to […] Read More
What does ‘quality’ really mean in the context of software delivery?
No-one working in software development should underestimate the importance of building in quality into your delivery processes. But what do we actually mean by ‘quality’? EventMAP’s Chris Thornhill discusses. Quality is often a misunderstood concept that’s usually considered to be a boring subject – but if you are trying to grow your business it is […] Read More
Living PIDs and Project Charters: the beating heart of successful software projects
One of the biggest failures in a software project is to write a PID or Project Charter and then move on. EventMAP’s Chris Thornhill explains why it’s so important to get them right at the start and why they need to stay as ‘living documents’. The percentage of software projects that ‘fail’ – as in […] Read More
Room for improvement: the top nine challenges for Room Managers
EventMAP’s Chris Thornhill looks at some of the main room booking challenges faced by Room Managers. Room Managers (or administration staff who manage meeting rooms) often, through no fault of their own, are faced with many difficult challenges when it comes to managing rooms. Usually when there is a problem, the Room Manager gets the […] Read More
Timetabling software 101: It’s now everything from simple spreadsheets to highly automated, artificial intelligence-enhanced master planners.
EventMAP’s MD Dr. Barry McCollum runs through the current state of play with timetabling software. It’s now 2018 and there can’t be many university or training institutions on Earth that haven’t installed some form of computerised timetabling system. Leaving aside the laborious horrors of timetabling using a spreadsheet, most will have bought into the notion […] Read More
Computerised timetabling: where do the benefits really lie when moving beyond the spreadsheet?
EventMAP’s Vernon Chapman takes a dive into the wider advantages. A lot of the initial benefit in computerising the process of timetabling is seen as improving speed, responsiveness and, hopefully, saving time and money. Does it achieve these objectives? To some degree, yes – some practitioners have suggested that up to 60% of their time […] Read More
EventMAP and GDPR
With the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming in to force from 25th May 2018, you may have some questions about what EventMAP is doing to prepare for this important regulation. Below, we have provided answers to questions that we think our customers and key stakeholders will be asking. We will be contacting all […] Read More