Archive for Open Standards

OBA: Prolog Issues Summary List OBA – Excel Based Prolog Manager Editor

77891_TOS_9017_Issues_SummaryList_Thumbnail v2_0Summary List OBA (Office Business Application) allows users to securely access Prolog Manager and add/edit/delete Issues data directly in the Prolog database. This Issues Summary list OBA maps to several forms in the Prolog Issues feature. For a full list of the specific fields, see the Field Mapping page in this document.

Installation Requirements

  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7 (64 bit) / Windows 8.1 (64bit)
  • Microsoft Office:
    • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2013 (64 bit)
  • Prolog Connect:
    • Prolog Connect Version 1.01.0128
  • Other Softwares:
    • Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework or higher


You can learn more about this OBA by viewing the PDF file here

This and many other OBAs are FREE to use
by logging into the OBA Store.


Office Business Applications

(OBAs) built on the Microsoft Office Business Application framework, are a great way to extend your Line of Business (LOB) applications so you can capture critical information that lives in spreadsheets and work offline without missing a beat.

Would you like to…

  • Use Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications?
  • Utilize standard forms everyone already understands?
  • Update information in minutes vs. hours?
  • Work online or offline from anywhere anytime?
  • Stop mapping fields and supporting import/export issues?

A common example of using OBAs in the AEC Industry is with Prolog (a construction project management application).  Users can work in Microsoft Excel to manage information related to submittals, punch list, and most other feature.  Using an OBA based on Excel, you can use our standard forms or base them on yours.  While OBAs work great with Prolog, OBAs can be used with any application that has web services.

The OBA Store is the online source for Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  We have standard OBAs for most features supported by Prolog and are always looking to build them for other Line of Business applications based on client demand and Vendors opening up their web service technologies.  Get a free account to access and browse to the largest catalog of OBAs for the AEC Industry!

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The OBA Cloud is the online source for hosting Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  When combined with The OBA Store there’s simply no better way to buy, manage, and deploy your OBAs.

Catalog #: 77891

CMFA 2014 Las Vegas: Wesley Smith Presentation (Powerpoint with Audio)

CMFA 2014 Las Vegas Powerpoint presentation by Wesley Smith, with audio discussing cloud hosting for the AEC industry, NIST cloud definition, Public cloud, Hybrid cloud, Private Cloud, Hensel Phelps, Unified Application Management.

Learn more about hosting your data and software on servers located outside the physical office, increasing productivity, mobility and lowering cost.

If you are thinking about moving all or part of your business to the cloud, give us a call and let us show you how to leverage the myriad benefits of cloud hosting.



The Business of Intelligence in the AEC Industry

Pardon my play on words…let’s dive into the deep pool of Business Intelligence (BI).  BI is often confused with reporting since the end result is well, a report, or looks like one.  But BI goes far beyond typical reporting.  A good BI strategy is meant to provide information that enables better decision making far beyond single projects, PCOs or RFI logs.

An example for the AEC Industry would be correlating square footage to cost of construction.  This in turn might help correlate cost per patient room or bed in a hospital.  That might be useful to look at revenue and profit per unit as well.  Clearly this can apply to any space type, but I like this example because it’s easy to see how data from Accounting, Project Management, Scheduling and Building Information Models could be used.  I also have a fair amount of experience with this from prior work with North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJ).

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Cloud Interoperability, Open Standards & Integration for the AEC Industry

So you want to work toward more interoperable, integrated, user friendly solutions? That’s a mouthful so let’s break this down a bit. When we talk interoperability, we are looking at getting several different information silos to “talk” to each other in a seamless manner. Common AEC Industry examples might be Accounting or BIM software talking to Project Management software. Another common example is getting Project Management information out to the field and various mobile devices. The reason we want to do this is to reduce double entry and deliver more real time information, thus creating more high value time for users to focus on the business of building.

This article is focused on interoperability and open standards. For more information on the process of integration and the cloud based technology utilized, see previous articles on Integration [Read More] and Web Services [Read More].

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