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Hello and welcome to the first Asckey e-newsletter for 2012!
Welcome to our first news update for 2012 with the first edition of our new look Asckey e-newsletter. Previously we have issued separate newsletters for Asckey Data Services Ltd, VDF and Eclipse- fm. These have now been combined to provide a one-stop newsletter for all your Asckey news and system updates.
Business Award for Innovation Asckey were proud finalists for the Hunts Post Innovation Award at the 2011 annual business awards. Innovation is the foundation for our on-going system development which aims to improve the user experience. The award, which celebrates the best business initiatives, is much appreciated recognition of our achievements to date.
New staff The new year has brought some new faces to the Asckey team. Following the retirement of Chris Hibbert last year, Paula Charnock is now working on marketing communications and will provide valuable support for the Sales and Marketing team. Following previous employment with us as a Contractor, Ian Smith has now joined our development team on a full-time basis to assist with the on-going development of current and future products.
Show time The Health +In4matics Conference and Exhibition taking place at the ICC, Birmingham on 9 and 10 May, is where we will be displaying our:
- 3rd party NHS N3 hosting service - offering speed and security
- Eclipse-fm® - the NHS facilities management system
- Dynamic AI - the web-based business intelligence tool
The AHCP Exhibition in Telford on the 11-13 June is where our new cleaning audit management system, fmfirst-cleaning will be showcased (see below for details).
On-going changes within the Healthcare sector require fully flexible and adaptable software solutions. With the benefit of more than 20+ years experience working with NHS Facilities and Estates management, including Eclipse-fm®, our highly successful Hard FM solution, Asckey now bring you fmfirst-cleaningTM.
Compliance to National Cleaning Standards
Developed to include the latest technologies and benefiting from streamlined, user-friendly windows based functionality; this new innovative system has been developed to satisfy both the current National Cleaning Standards and the recommendations of PAS 5748:2011. The system is fully flexible and able to accommodate inevitable changes in future cleaning/audit requirements.
Dedicated user and system support
A full time Help-Desk staffed by in-house, NHS specialist programmers, provides you with proven, first-line application support. Our on-line user forum and ongoing user feedback groups further ensure that functionality truly reflects the needs and realities of the NHS.
Our support provision is covered by full, current, ISO accreditation and is therefore subject to regular independent audit. Our IGSoC accredited NHS N3 connection - the only one in use by suppliers of cleaning audit systems, provides a fast, secure data connection and also emliminates the need for local IT support or costly on-site visits - offering true value for money and peace of mind.
For further information or to arrange a free fmfirst-cleaning demonstration, call us today on 0845 270 7747. Have your say - register today to access the new FmFirst Product Group Discussion Board - containing news and updates relating to our fmfirst product suite including Eclipse-fm®. We look forward to seeing you there!
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|Dynamic AI - an Asckey case study
We are often asked if we use the Dynamic AI system in our own business and the answer is most definitely a yes! See below for the what, how and why - it may give you food for thought for your own organisation.
"One of those things I wasnt sure I needed and now wouldnt be without.
I am often asked what I use this flexible Business Intelligence tool for - and the easy answer is everything!
A simple definition is that Dynamic AI is a report tool, except that once the report is set up, it changes as the base data changes so that its not a static report but one that yields real-time information at the touch of a button. It can pull data from numerous sources to produce really meaningful reports with the right information that is essential for keeping your finger on the pulse of the organisation and is bang up-to-date to allow for accurate decision making. You can easily access historic data too, by using simple drop-down selections.
My reports are easily extended to others who might also need access and cover such things as: time recording information for billing, productivity analysis, asset analysis and renewals, contracts data, overtime, financial analysis, project management, sales forecast and order pipeline. The only limit on what is reported is your desire and the extent of the data you have available.
Better still, I have a Dashboard. You have probably heard the term before. This is an area that displays a selection of reports so you can choose the areas important to you on display as often as you want - for easy access to that essential information.
I would definitely not be without it - it is a truly dynamic system!"
Jill Pincott, MD, Asckey Data Services Ltd
Find out how Dynamic AI can help you to manage your key business data.
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EDUC (European Dataflex Users Conference) - registration is now open!
When? 31 May & 1 June, 2012
Where? Parador de Baiona, 36300 Baiona, Pontevedra, Spain
EDUC is the conference for DataFlex Developers in the European region. This year, expect to see how Visual DataFlex will revolutionise your Web development and increase your productivity. Find information relating to seminars and speakers and register your interest via the conference website.
Our flagship product, Eclipse-fm® continues to develop. The latest release, v6.1 and has two brand new features: Project Management and Mobile Asset Survey Module for PDAs.
Project Management Module
This new module brings project management, planning and tracking to Eclipse-fm®.
Designed for small schemes, e.g. re-furbishing a ward, this new module manages all tasks, meetings, accounts, assets, purchases and staff related to a project. A multi-tabbed view provides:
Easy access for viewing a projects "state" e.g. cost and duration, budget information and review of project progress vs costs, are also included. The Calendar facility shows the project timeline, including drill-down access into any of the timeline elements to view and edit details. Eclipse-fm® v6.1 additional highlights include improved access speeds for Staff Management and Task Management modules.
Mobile Asset Survey Module
One problem with mobile computing can be "What happens when you lose connection?" The answer is often "You stop working until you get connected again", but not when you are using the Eclipse-fm® Mobile solution.
This new mobile module allows for a full "walk around" equipment condition survey process, regardless of whether your PDA is within connection range or not.
When out of range, the new or changed records can still be entered and stored then automatically synchronised with the Eclipse-fm® database when connection is re-established.
Eclipse-fm® keeps on growing...
More and more Trusts are discovering that Eclipse-fm® provides the ultimate solution for their FM needs. Latest examples include:
Eclipse-fm® expansion across combined Trusts The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been formed following the merger of Basingstoke North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust. The current Eclipse-fm® installation at the Basingstoke site is expanding to cover all sites within the enlarged Trust.
Glasgow expansion The current Eclipse-fm® installation at Glasgow Royal Infirmary is being extended to cover further major sites within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. The initial extention takes in the laboratory block at the new Southern General Hospital with further coverage as the site grows and the various building phases are completed.
Dudley expands mobile usage Dudley PCT has recently ordered a 25 user licence for Eclipse-fms® new Android-based Mobile Task Management (MTM) module. The expansion is part of a process to expand use of their Eclipse-fm® installation to allow remote access for both Estates and EBME trades staff to speed-up operations, reduce user error/duplication and increase efficiency.
Ipswich license expansion The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust have recently expanded their Eclipse-fm® license usage. By increasing their installation to a 25 concurrent user system, they are now able to facilitate wider use of the system across the Trust.
How could expansion help your organisation? Call us today on 0845 270 7747 to find out more.
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|Hosting (N3 and WWW)
NHS N3 hosting for 3rd party suppliers
Asckey have over 10 years experience within the NHS. Our secure
N3 network can provide NHS application providers with a fully secure, flexible 3rd party hosting service. With full IGSoC accreditation, we provide both the physical and virtual environment within our datacentre.
In addition, we can provide secure two-factor authenticated VPN access for both users logging on from outside the N3 cloud as well as for application support staff who require access. In addition to the IGSoC accreditation, our ISO 9001 provision incorporates our N3 Hosting provision ensuring you a high quality, professional, award winning service.
Current contracts include the National Ophthalmology Database and the National Cancer Registry (ECRIC*), as well as commercial applications such as the Odyssey clinical management system from The Plain Software Co and IDCs SHERPA system, designed for the sexual health sector. We have also developed partnerships with organisations such as Cloud 2 who also provide N3 hosting for their own clients using our infrastructure.
* Eastern Cancer Registration and Information Centre
ECRIC is one of eight regional cancer registries in England and covers the East of England, including the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. They create a joint registry hosted in partnership with Asckey Data Services. The combined registry utilises Asckeys NHS N3 connection to provide a powerful data system for the delivery of timely, comparable and high-quality cancer statistics. Data collected by the registry has directly led to improved patient care and supported publications and websites from several high-profile research studies over the last year.
ECRIC - hosting case study
WWW Hosting Capacity
In order to accommodate the increasing use of online access by our non-N3 and non-NHS customers, we have recently increased the capacity of our Internet optical fibre connection to 20Mbps. In addition to providing extra resource for our support, we now have extra capacity to host your web applications. If you are looking for a secure hosting environment for your application, where support and reliability are key and where services such as basic monitoring and backup services are tailored to your organisation, then please contact us on 0845 270 7747 to discuss your requirements.
For all specialist business web and windows application development, hosting and FM requirements call Asckey
today on 0845 270 7747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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