Looking forward to the new year!

As time moves by

It seems like the year has just flown by since I started my new role as CEO of MainManager in March this year. In my former position as account manager I had been overseeing MainManager’s customer relationships, implementing our software and last but not least listening to you, our customers and partners, determining and understanding your needs. So far it has been both a challenge and a joy to serve the company as its new CEO, and I am looking forward to the new year and the many things that lie ahead of us.

New improved version in 2019

At MainManager our team comes to work every day driven and motivated to solve our customers’ challenges, deliver innovative solutions and create real value. Currently our experts are working on a SaaS (System as a Service) version of the system which will be using the latest web technology and  cloud infrastructure. The new web application layout will be responsive, and thus suitable for use on any device. Setup and data management will also be much simpler than in the current version. This will improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of our customers’ assets and processes.

Thank you for your trust in MainManager and our products.

The MainManager team wishes you all restful and happy holidays.
We look forward to working with you in 2019.

CEO
Guðrún Rós Jónsdóttir

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Mission statement: “Facility Management excellence for everyone”

In the beginning…

Our company has now worked on consulting and implementing Facility Management software and processes since 1994. When the company started this journey, the concept of Facility Management did not exist in the minds of its founders. The main objective at the start was the maintenance of buildings and the development of knowledge banks for durability of building parts. We were lucky to get good customers from the very beginning. Our focus was on documentation of building components, with maintenance needs as a central theme.

Champions of registration

It must be said that, that in cooperation with our customers, we probably made all the mistakes that could be made in these early years. Brave men and women were sent out to the buildings sites to measure and record every building component, ranging from windows, roofs, walls, technical systems etc. Everything was recorded with accuracy and put in a database. Photographs were taken and marked on. We were soon champions in registering and marking all building parts on photos and drawings. Soon, however, we in MainManager and our customers got our wake-up call. How could – and should – we maintain all this information, and what did the building owner gain with this detailed information? We were thinking as maintenance consultants but not of the needs of owners and operators of the buildings. All this information was good for consultants who had to prepare offerings of building maintenance every 8 years…

Finding our way

This was a good lesson for us and our customers, and it should be mentioned that they are still our customers today. It was not until we were told; “We need tools that solve our daily tasks“, that we really began to identify what kind of processes are useful in general management of real estate. Since then, we have learned that our subject has been named „Facility Management“. We have from the beginning, been keen to develop this subject further with great partners in Scandinavia and Great Britain. The journey has been extremely instructive, and now we are in a place where MainManager has developed recognized and tested solutions within the FM sector.

Our mission

We have worked with the largest and most skillful asset management companies in our market. This way we have learned which processes in Facility Management gives the most benefits. Our goal is to create FM solutions that small and medium-sized companies can use less costly. This is therefore our mission “Facility Management excellence for everyone”.

Founder
Gunnlaugur B. Hjartarson

PS! You are very welcome to write me a comment!

 

New Website

New website – we made it!

After months of intense work on our brand new website, we are now LIVE!

It’s been a really good process for me to work on this project. As a quite new member of the company, it’s been a great way to get to know MainManager and our people a little better! Our values, identity and story, clients and products. Our headquarter is in Iceland, I’m a Norwegian graphic designer, working in the Danish office, an office that sometimes fills up with Icelandic colleagues. A very nice Icelandic man runs the Norwegian office in Oslo. Needless to say, our language/communication is a bit funny at times. My Norwegian is starting to get pretty strange, and my Danish isn’t really that up to speed… Some in the Icelandic office speaks Danish, but not all, so most of the time our company language is English. Or Scandinavian… a great mix of it all.

Anyways, the first version of our new website was made in English. Then we used our combined language skills to translate it into Icelandic, Danish and Norwegian. Our certified partner in the UK is FM180.

The progress of process…

Our last webpage was dated, and a bit difficult to navigate. We wanted the new site to be more up-to-date, more crisp and clean, but most of all, we needed it to be easier to use for existing and  new customers.

As those of you working on various bigger or smaller projects out there might know; even though most of the time things are great, and everything is just working like a dream, at times you hit ‘the wall’. I have had a few bumps on the road. Nothing serious though, and mostly things that gave new knowledge to me – and to my colleagues. I believe that to be a good thing, even if it might feel frustrating at times : )

As most projects, we have been working against the ticking clock at times, trying hard to connect our tree offices, and come together to wrap this up. SO, getting to launch day is such a wonderful feeling! We’re really happy with the result and hope you all will find it easy to use.

Stay in touch

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PS! You are also very welcome to write me a comment

 

Excellent in Iceland 2018

We are proud to say that MainManager is among the few Icelandic companies that fulfill the strict conditions – set by Viðskiptablaðið (Financial Newspaper) and Keldan (information platform for the financial market) – and are on this exclusive list of successful businesses in Iceland.

In order to get listed, companies need to live up to various conditions;
The companies must have delivered a positive return in the 2017 fiscal year. Revenues must have exceeded 30 million IS krónur, assets over 80 million, and the equity ratio must have exceeded 20%. In addition, other factors, which are evaluated by the Newspaper and Kelda, are taken into account.

We are thrilled to be in the company of the approximately 3% that meets the high standards of Excellent in Iceland!

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EPD and BIM – MainManager shows the way

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has initiated an international project with the goal to make Environmental Product Declaration(EPD) data available through Building Information Modeling (BIM).

The project will be based on a joint case study conducted by MainManager in close co-operation with Standard Norway, Standard Danmark, Catenda (Norway), Framkvæmdasýslan (Iceland) and Statsbygg (Norway).

At the ISO commitee meeting for constuction (ISO/TC 59) on October 9th, the decision was made to launch a new international standardization project to make EPD data available in BIM.

An EPD is a concise document which summarizes the environmental profile of a component, a finished product or a service in a standardized manner.

The case study work was made possible by a grant from the Nordic Innovation fund. The group worked diligently for two years on theoretical proposals on how future standards can comply to the digital world within the building industry.

A particular standard was used as a pilot and our findings are now being used as a foundation for the new ISO standard by the ISO commitee.

We are really looking forward participating in the project ahead. Watch the video and learn more about the project.

 

MainManager attends the annual European Facility Management Conference.

This year the conference’s emphasis was on business and practice and on the other hand research and education. Over 400 researchers and practitioners from all over Europe came together and shared their techniques and research findings from case studies.

Gunnlaugur B. Hjartarson, director and founder of MainManager was invited to speak at the conference.  He gave a lecture on “Urban Innovation – Public FM and citizens involvement”  where he presented MainManager’s award winning concept of City Direct to the delegates in Berlin.

 

City Direct provides cities and local authorities with new options to promote local democracy, engaging residents and giving them a say in the municipal decision making process.

View Gunnlaugur’s presentation of City Direct:

 

See what City Direct is all about,  Ready, steady, Reykjavik:

MainManager welcomes a new distributor in Australia

We are extremely pleased to announce that on the 17th of February 2014  MainManager signed an agreement with IVConsultants for the distribution of MainManager in Australia and New Zealand. Subsequently, two of MainManagers employees went to Australia to conduct workshops and prepare IVConsultants employees for the Total facilities EXPO in Melbourne. After a few days of intensive training at the premises of IVConsultants, Ivo Vrozina, Brad Magee and Liam Wittert were ready and able to perform live presentations of MainManager.

MainManager was premiered on March 3rd at the Total facilities EXPO in Melbourne, which is one of the largest FM-exhibitions in Australia. This year more than 2000 people attended the EXPO which exceeded all expectations.

We are really excited about this new cooperation with our mates from Down Under and can‘t wait to see what the future brings.

Few words on IVConsultants

IVConsultants was established in 2007 and is based in Port Melbourne.

IVConsultant works closely with businesses to produce tailored facility management strategies through extensive consultation with clients and the auditing of existing activities and operations. Their goal is to maximise the use of clients facilities, reduce costs, increase productivity and improve asset conditions.

They also provide complete project management services like:

  • Feasibility analyses
  • Project management services to help implement new strategies
  • Post-implementation evaluations

In addition IVConsultants assist their clients in reducing energy consumption and costs.

For more information on IVConsultans click here :www.ivconsultants.com.au

The MainManager app

On the 29th of May, ICEconsult launched it‘s first mobile application.

The app was registered in the Google play store and is on it‘s way into the Mac App Store.

The mobile app allows users to use the mobile app to perform different business functions on site, such as inspecting properties, submitting incidents, finishing workorders, registering time spent on a job, registering energy readings etc.

The app serves as an added feature to the MainManager program and does therefore not work as a stand-alone. To use the mobile app, users need to have access to the MainManager program.

Look the app up at the Google play store

Release 10.8.1

MainManager, edition 10.8.1 was released on the 6th of May 2013.

Release additions and changes have been sorted into 4 categories in the Release Document.

1. General alterations which apply to all users.
2. Add-ons to features and modules, available to all customers who have access to these modules, subject to service fee only.
3. New features obtainable upon payment/licence fee and service fee.
4. Special solutions to meet the needs of certain customers which can be developed further for other customers subject to payment.

EFMC 2013

Again this year MainManager attended the European Facility Management Conference in Prague. More than700 hundred FM-professionals from over Europe, Asia, Middle-East and USA visited Prague to share knowledge and Ideas on Facility Management. MainManager sponsored the conference and we had a booth at the event. Our team of 5 MainManagers had the pleasure of meeting many of our existing client, but also enjoyed having the opportunity to extend our international network with in the facility management industry. We are looking forward to next years conference in Berlin.