|The INSITE Consortium of Users|
From its inception as a pilot program in 1973, the concept of sharing the INSITE technology has proven to be of great value to all participants. The INSITE Consortium has evolved to be a rich and important component in the effective use of FM information technology and space accounting techniques.
From three universities in 1973, the Consortium has grown by merely word-of-mouth into an international membership of universities, hospitals, corporations and government agencies.
Some Consortium members have been using the INSITE CAFM technology continuously for over 25 years.
The collective FM experience and expertise of the Consortium members has grown from applying common technology to common problems, to sharing strategies and techniques with all of the members. Members actively communicate amongst themselves and use
INSITE as a clearing house for ideas and information. Consortium members actively contribute ideas for the future enhancements of the INSITE products.
INSITE encourages such interchange and provides support programs geared to these Consortium activities including a private Consortium Internet Web Site.
Now, a primary mission of INSITE is to increase Consortium membership worldwide. With a larger and diversified membership, INSITE users will benefit greatly from the increased sharing of knowledge and experience, and a richer mix of benchmark data for their exclusive use.
INSITE, a nonprofit company, is unique in its method of deploying INSITE
products. There is no initial capital investment to purchase the system nor ongoing leasing costs. Consortium members are asked simply to reimburse
INSITE for the nominal costs necessary to perform start up activities and all ongoing systems, applications and business support for as long as they choose to use the INSITE systems.
Consortium members receive the full suite of INSITE CAFM products from which they can determine which to utilize. All new products and enhancements to existing systems are distributed to members free of any acquisition or upgrade charge. Within a member's organization, there are no site license restrictions on the number of users accessing either the INSITE database or Visual-FM™ floor plan system. View-FM™, a read-only floor plan query and reporting tool, is available to members of the entire organization for a nominal yearly amount to use the program and have access to a single point of support within their organization.
INSITE in turn provides support to that single point in each organization.
Consortium Membership and Agreements
The INSITE technology is available only to Consortium members. Upon agreeing to join the INSITE Consortium, an organization commits to implement and use INSITE to address their FM needs. The initial and ongoing relationship between a member and
INSITE is accomplished in the form of a signed proposal that is annualized to the organization's fiscal year. The proposal is reviewed periodically by the member and
INSITE and renewed yearly. |
In summary, the INSITE Consortium Proposal contains these provisions:
- Identifies the member's technical and operational resources and computing environment requirements
that will be committed to the INSITE effort.
- Describes the INSITE products and the method by which they will be made available to the member.
- Details the startup activities, schedule and associated costs to move a new member from their current situation to the point where they are "up and running" with INSITE.
- Describes the support activities that INSITE will perform for the consortium member.
- Identifies the time and associated costs for INSITE resources to be devoted to the Consortium member.
- Describes optional activities and services that INSITE can perform for the member upon request.