On 12th March the inaugural Engineering Special Interest group was held at Balfour Beatty Services in Sheffield. It was a really productive day, showcasing new Triaster features which are being used to support particular engineering industry requirements. It was great to have a day focused on engineering specific discussions; a lot of value was achieved from discussing best practise. The idea of having guest speakers from experts in the engineering field at subsequent events was aired, as this could bring even more value to the sessions. All customers who attended the event (as well as Triaster) are looking forward to the next Engineering Special Interest meeting being held at Skanska, in Maple Cross on 13th November.
Please see Linda's presentation slides (available on the User Group Secure page) for further information.
The question of which properties people use now, especially now that many are using the Alerts and Approvals features was a pertinent discussion point. Many customers still collect a number of different date information, so it was good to consider what is most important. There were several people who advised that the last review date is important to them, in order to see when other authors have worked on specific maps. Victoria pointed out that certain properties can be removed, but they will return/show in the list. If customers want to be able to fully delete them they should put this in as a feature request which Victoria will support.
Victoria explained that the essential properties are:
It is no longer a requirement to update the last revised date, but it needs to stay available for now, for customers who haven't upgraded yet or aren't using approvals functionality.
In terms of Reports, the 'Change History' report replaces 'Revision History', as it includes the same information as well as the approver name and date.
In terms of general property use, Julie Mack pointed out how she feels that they should have captured more at the original process discovery stage. However, as Q pointed out, adding data is now much easier to do, by using the Data Manager - allowing process owners to simply add data into a spreadsheet which can be pushed back into the Process maps.
Jo Dolton ran through a general update on upcoming events and advised that the Feature Prioritisation exercise was postponed from March to May, but the results will still be discussed at the next Focus day on 25th June.
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