Welcome to 2012

Quarter 1 always seems to disappear so quickly. Maybe it's the things we put off in December which combine to make the first months of the year race by frenetically.

We have some lofty strategies in place for 2012 including:
  • The introduction of our .NET System (more below)
  • Deployment of extended Training options (Details in next edition)
  • A Getting Closer to Clients initiative (Creating more opportunities to communicate)
Last year was a period of growth and learning for us, with significant additions to the team, enhancing the professional management of our expanding client portfolio.

The part you have played in our growth and development is greatly appreciated and we look forward to an exciting and hugely progressive year working alongside you.

We would like to thank those clients who have acted as reference sites for us, hosting visits from potential new Tabs clients and express our gratitude for the numerous referrals we receive.


Fantastic Product News

We are pleased to announce the new .NET Tabs System.

CAFM software screen shot
After much research and intensive development we have started to deploy the excellent .Net version of Tabs Systems for new Tabs Clients. The main system user interface, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), replaces the MS Access user forms.

The official launch to existing clients will be in June of this year through a number of dedicated Forum Sessions here at our Woolwich Arsenal offices. Further information on these sessions will be communicated to you in the very near future.

We are extremely pleased with every aspect of our new solution and know you will enjoy the form and function of this technically advanced and easy to navigate system.

The response to the new product has been very positive to date and the benefits to our client base will be numerous:

  • High level data security
  • Great flexibility and opportunity for our development team to initiate new functionality and respond to specific client needs
  • Improved version control
  • Simplified upgrade procedures
  • More options around deployment
User Perspective
  • Concise, intuitive display forms
  • Advanced search facilities
  • Improved associated document management
  • Contemporary, familiar look and feel
We will be pleased to discuss any aspects of our .NET System with you in advance of the June launch and look forward to sharing the new product with you.

Please contact sales@tabsfm.com for more information.

New Development

Data Import Utility

The manual entry of stock items is often a laborious and time consuming task, especially when there are many thousands of items across multiple stores locations to import. Based on the experience of one of our major clients, we have developed a new import routine for our import utility. The new routine allows the creation of Stock Items and associated Location and Quantity levels direct from an Excel Template. Once populated the template is validated and imported directly into the system.

We've also added additional fields to the data import utility, allowing for Regions and Sub Regions to be imported along with properties. Regions have also been added to the client import routine.

Intranet Works Diary

A few new developments have taken place on our intranet systems, including the ability to hide selected workers/users from the Works Diary on Intranet. Also, on the Intranet Works Diary, we have included a new filter option which provides the ability to filter jobs to regions.

Social Media

We realise the importance of communicating with our client base. It's one of the key aspects that make Tabs Systems one of the top CAFM products within the UK. Our organic product growth has derived from a combination of client-driven development and industry knowledge. It is the communication between these sections which has helped shape the product. Over the past year or so, we've been actively involved in expanding our reach across social networks. You'll often find us sharing advice on CAFM technology, development and implementation on several industry specific forums and LinkedIn groups.

Keeping a close eye on the market, we've begun to share much more than just product and Tabs FM development via our social media campaigns. Today, on our new look Twitter or Facebook pages; you can receive regular updates from across the industry which we feel are relevant to our clients. We research many websites, articles, emails, forums etc. to bring you latest developments from across the industry.

Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

Dates for your diary

17 ­ 18 April ­FM and Property Event

17 ­ 19 April ­ Plant and Asset Management Expo

15 ­ 17 May ­ The Facilities Show

18 June ­ ThinkFM

25 ­ 26 June ­ Facilities Management Forum

28 June ­ World FM Day

18 ­ 19 September ­ Service Management Expo

9 ­ 10 October ­ Total Workplace Management

9 ­ 10 October ­ Healthcare Estates Expo

19 ­ 20 November ­ Education Facilities Forum

28 ­ 29 January 2013 ­ Facilities Management Forum

Microsoft Service Pack 2010 Update

The busy bees at the Microsoft hive have released a service pack update for Office 2010. Following initial beta testing, the new pack hasn't affected Tabs Systems. There were a few minor abnormalities which have been identified and rectified. Should any clients experience any complications following a service pack update, please contact our support desk for assistance.

New Clients

We welcome the following new clients and appreciate the good will and referrals generated by existing Tabs user.

Hospice in the Weald
The Kings School Canterbury
Total Building Maintenance
Repton School
Statutory Support Services
Dove House Hospice

Website Adjustments

We've made some minor adjustments to our website www.tabsfm.com to make space for the new product updates we hope to release very soon. More information will follow in future newsletters, but it may be worth visiting our website to see some new features and screen shots of the .Net platform.

Tip of the Month

Did you know...you can select which landing page all users arrive at when logging on to the intranet system making one step quicker to book a room or request a maintenance job.

This process can be performed quite easily by changing the setting in the Intranet System. Contact our support desk for help configuring your desired landing page.

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." Jim Rohn

"Doing nothing is very hard to do...you never know when you're finished." Leslie Nielsen

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Unit 9 |The io Centre
The Royal Arsenal
Skeffington ST
Woolwich | London
SE18 6SR
0844 556 0488
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