Tech Impact Awards 2012: Enterprise Computing

FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 

Apptio
225 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Employees: 200
apptio.com

Since 2007, Apptio has aimed to develop an entirely new category of software, to create what cofounder and CFO Kurt Shintaffer has called the “new IT.” Apptio’s cloud-based Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions help IT departments to track all of their costs, to identify where spending is most effective, and, as CEO Sunny Gupta has explained, to manage the business of technology as well as the technology itself. Apptio’s TBM tools enable managers to assess the cost of IT services, to communicate those costs to corporate leadership, and then to plan, budget and forecast accordingly. Rapid adoption in the financial industry—the company’s services are used by Bank of America, First American Financial and JPMorgan Chase to reduce their IT costs by 10 percent or more—brought the privately held company up to $60 million in bookings for its subscription-based services.

 

Silver Award
ExtraHop Networks
520 Pike St., Seattle
Number of employees: 50
extrahop.com

The toughest problem for ExtraHop’s Application Performance Management (APM) appliance, claims cofounder and CEO Jesse Rothstein, is not in the increasingly complex enterprise systems it monitors to help them run more smoothly. It’s the skeptical look in the eyes of IT managers who have been promised too much in the past. But an installation time of minutes to find and resolve a network’s speed bumps has helped this company, which was founded by two engineers from F5 Networks, to become a major contender in a crowded market quickly.

Sponsored

Smart Glasses Improving Workflow for HVAC Projects

Smart Glasses Improving Workflow for HVAC Projects

Wearable technology increases productivity for HVAC technicians
 
 

Sponsored by MacDonald-Miller

XOEye technologies created a smart glasses tool, built specifically for field technicians to capture real-time documentation. When MacDonald-Miller heard about the new wearable technology platform, they saw it as an opportunity to be the first mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest to implement these smart glasses into their services.

We interviewed MacDonald-Miller’s Chief Information Officer, Bradd Busick, to hear first-hand how this new technology will be integrated into services and how it will streamline HVAC projects.

What are the capabilities of the smart glasses? 

The smart glasses, MacLens, capture and stream high fidelity audio and visual content, enabling first-person point-of-view (POV). MacLens includes a camera, earpiece, and microphone — all built into a single headset, capturing real-time documentation of equipment, work performed, and recommendations being made. 

How does it work for technicians?

Once service techs arrive onsite, they put their MacLens glasses on to create an intro video communicating where they are, a brief diagnosis or repair identification, and a summary recap for the customer. After the site visit is complete, the tech then uploads the content to the call summary report on the customer portal, where customers can access it at their convenience.

What is the benefit for the end-user?

Building owners and property managers have to trust their maintenance provider is actually doing the work they claim. Most building owners will never see the work being done on their properties, but they will receive a list of recommendations for changes and a bill. It’s a relationship built on trust. MacLens adds a level of transparency and customer experience where we are able to show in real-time what is happening on roofs and in mechanical rooms. MacLens embeds audio and video content into each summary report, providing customers with the peace of mind that comes with unbridled transparency.

What is the vision behind this technology roll-out?

The goal is to enhance the customer connection to the services provided and also enable technicians to connect with each other. There are incredible operational efficiencies that enable mobility and collaboration through telepresence and increased accountability.

How will they affect the next wave of HVAC technicians?

Not only will MacLens increase workflow productivity, but it also offers training opportunities and safety benefits without adding any additional work to service technicians. This is a major educational advantage. Now expert journeyman can train apprentices simply by walking through their daily tasks, recording those sessions and sharing them in our learning management system — it’s the next evolution of training!

See MacLens in action here.

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions is a full-service, design-build, mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about MacDonald-Miller’s recent projects.