Monday, July 04, 2016

UniPhi 12 - Assets come to resources

Once again, UniPhi 12 has been driven by the needs of a new client in the property development sector. This major government agency required expanded and streamlined management of the developments they have from cradle to grave with this life span being as long as 40 years! This included the management of the status of their as built assets and the sub-division of them. UniPhi's resources module was easily adapted to allow for a new type of resource - Assets to be added.

The current target of this assets resource type are land and building assets and their sub-division into lots for eventual sale. However, I'm sure once this functionality in in the marketplace, there will be additional uses like plane hire management (linked to our timesheet module) and product builds for manufacturers.

In the meantime, we'll focus on supporting our current property development client with the asset management support they need. This includes the ability to add unlimited custom fields of various data types to classify and then search for assets, allocating assets to projects (ready for sale), assigning assets to a revenue contract and then reporting on the status of an asset.

Another new feature in UniPhi 12 that we needed to support the role out of assets as a resource is expanded resource custom fields. The brilliance of +Gunawan Herman can be seen through all this work. Resource custom fields can now be assigned at the organisation, site, contact and asset level. They have all relevant data types and are dynamically added to the particular type of resource's details page. They can be categorised and added in bulk. Probably the neatest feature is that they can be searched for and are returned dynamically as part of the results set. Finally, they are dynamically included in the template variable tool set for documentation. As can be seen from this, Gunawan is king of the dynamic interface design and implementation.

UniPhi users can now tailor their resource information to the data sets they need and then extract that information into "mail merged" documents, reports and dashboards. This represent an exiting expansion of the UniPhi feature set and we look forward to customer feedback on it.

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