Even though MB&A has been in the inspections, audits and compliance space for the past 10years, we’ve stuck to our core principles throughout. By maximizing the flexibility of our data collection engine, we have ensured that all our customers have seen great benefits from the advances that we’ve made on key use cases. From the moment we rolled out our “assess anything” functionality, we realized that our enterprise customers often have significant investments tied up in their existing infrastructure.
Now, after 10 years’ worth of managing similar implementations for a variety of customers, we’ve decided to depart from our origin story, or at least take a side-step. On September 15th, we released an “Extension Package” tailored to the specific needs of our inspections customers.
It’s a package, component, or set of components that adds to the functionality of a managed package. As the word implies, an “extension” is added to an organization’s base-managed package. So if you have our ExAM data collection package, the ExAM4Inspections extension includes components that you can use to perform specific functions around inspections, management of deficiencies, and sampling. Allow me to explain below.
The “inspection object” consolidates all the information surrounding a particular inspection. For years, our customers have leveraged our “assignments object” for this purpose. While this is effective, the inspection object we enable:
The “deficiency object” shines during complex inspections, because it enables users to maintain a slice in time record of an assessment separately from the lifecycle of the deficiency that was noted. With a standardized deficiency object, customers can address these kinds of scenarios out of the box. An added bonus is that it enables standard interfaces to other capabilities we offer around managing work orders and resolving deficiencies.
The top three benefits to having this in the extension package are:
Almost all of our enterprise inspection customers use some form of sampling to determine how they inspect or audit their portfolio, support sampling of the inspections they’ve performed to ensure their quality, or both.
By including national standards for inspection sampling, as well as base sampling functionality, we can make many of these use cases turnkey. In the case of complex standards – like Uniform Physical Condition Sampling – we take some pretty complex math and make it accessible for our customers.
Sample Sampling Math
The ExAM4Inspections extension package sampling tools will include:
We released the ExAM4Inspections extension package this month (September 2021), with several customers. In the near term, we will focus on building out additional turnkey sampling standards and approaches, as well as more integration with our assets and inventory products and work order capabilities. Interested in learning more? Reach out at info@exam4Inspections.com.