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11. 27. 2017

Multi-Site Portfolio Facilities Management: Sandbox Testing Boosts Integration and Existing Systems

Sandbox testing in multi-site portfolio facilities management is essential to streamlining rollout of new systems and attaining return on investment.

Multi-site portfolio facilities management is an inherently complex topic, and the ever-growing number of devices using the Internet of Things (IoT) intensifies multi-site portfolio management complexity. Furthermore, an IoT-based building system may not fit into tradition building system categories, explains Rita Tatum of FacilitiesNet. Meanwhile, the value of building IoT options is difficult to ignore. So, multi-site facilities managers should consider using sandbox testing to abridge the process.

What Is Sandbox Testing for Multi-Site Portfolio Facilities Management?

As explained by Techopedia, sandbox testing refers to the pre-deployment testing of coding and systems in an isolated setting. In other words, sandbox testing in facilities management might include testing integration capability between systems and upgrading of facilities. Isolated testing in the “sandbox” ensures the system functions prior to taking control, including management and monitoring tasks that could be damaged during fly-by-night or poor integration measures. Moreover, sandbox testing may be applied to show potential return on investment for a given multi-site facilities management program as part of demonstration or initial energy evaluation and assessment.

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Sandbox Testing Reveals Possible Issues Before Full Implementation

Identifying potential problems is another key benefit of sandbox testing. As explained by Salesforce, sandbox testing lends itself to greater stability for an active organization and shortens cycle times, testing and trials of system implementation. This reduces operational risk by minimizing disruptions, increases productivity by preventing unnecessary delays during implementation, increases efficiency to take advantage of the newest technology platform and leads to greater satisfaction rates among users. Ultimately, these factors ensure a smooth transition to the use of a multi-site portfolio facilities management system.

Moreover, sandbox testing is essential to the successful retrofitting of systems and equipment, and it can help determine if equipment needs repair or replacement at the time of initial energy assessment and deployment. However, advanced systems, especially those spanning multiple sites, may require post-implementation data tracking and analytics to determine issues impacting overall performance. In other words, sandbox testing can help identify many potential issues, but additional deterioration of your facility assets may not be easily recognizable during sandbox testing.

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Push the “Easy Button” in Facilities Management Through Sandbox Testing in Your Single Pane of Glass Solution

An ideal solution in facilities management would be the creation of an “easy button.” An “easy button” would automatically know what to do, and if a problem arose, it could identify the top ways to overcome it. Although the “easy button” does not really exist, not yet anyway, sandbox testing of your single pane of glass solutions for facilities management is the closest you can get to ensuring your implementation has an “easy button.”

By understanding the value of sandbox testing for a single pane of glass facilities management style, including determining the interoperability of systems, explains FacilitiesNet, your organization can prevent unnecessary delays during system implementation and attain returns faster. To start on the path to your “easy button” in facilities management, contact ENTOUCH online or by phone at 1 (877) 755-1609.

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