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Job scheduling, mobile working and physical asset management
Job scheduling, mobile working and physical asset management

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We attended the @UtilityWeek awards last night, and had a great time. From our side our attendees were Stuart Atkins (Engineering Director), Paul Clarkson (Sales Director), Olga Jones (Project Manager), Craig Edge (Principle Consultant) and Cathy Schofield (Programme Manager). Our guests included representatives of @ElectraLink, @SGNgas, Utility Funding and Morrison Utility Services. A BIG thank you to them for attending and making the event so special for us.

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It is with great pleasure that Wheatley welcomes two new employees to the fold: Simon Murray and Dominik Drouet. Simon joins as our Water Solutions Manager after 20 years experience in the water industry. He has successfully undertaken a variety of roles in the utility sector and for the past few years has worked for one of the leading companies providing smart water metering solutions. Dom is our new Business Analyst. He has a background in business process design and improvement with experience in Capita plc and BT’s product and technology design and delivery business.
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Wheatley are pleased to welcome our very special new recruits: Sapna Thomas, Brian Boyle (right) and Rob Black (left). Sapna has over 11 years of experience as a QA analyst, more than 10 of that being in BT with a year in the smart metering field. Brian has 20 years of testing experience in the financial, travel and government sectors while Rob has 15 years commercial web development experience and more than five in enterprise software development. He has mostly worked at digital agencies for household names such as Multiyork, Sega, Mitsubishi and Sony.
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Wheatley's 25th anniversary party - from bouncy castles to helicopter rides. A great day.
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We are delighted to welcome to our team Andrea Jelley and Pete Gibbins. Andrea has worked in Leisure, Recruitment, Telecoms and Health . A large part of Andrea’s career was at BT where she was a project manager.

Pete was looking for a company which has a culture of change. “I’ve picked the right place, using my Agile experience I’ve been coaching my colleagues through the BCS Agile exam, running retrospectives & workshops on Agile planning and estimating. All this and doing my day job as a C# developer – there’s a real thirst for innovation here.

We welcome them both to Wheatley
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Wheatley are proud to announce that they have attained ISO 27001 certification. This is a security management systems standard used to manage information security and the associated risks within an organisation. “As a supplier of software solutions to many major UK companies, security is of the highest importance to our customers and to us. The quality of products and services and the rigour of the processes used to deliver them is a strategic focus of our business to stay ahead of the competition.” said Jeremy Goulding, CEO of Wheatley. “International standards demonstrate that we will continue to offer our clients robust, quality solutions through a culture of improvement, best practice and a high calibre team of industry leading professionals”.

Attaining ISO 27001 complements Wheatley’s existing ISO 9001 certification and demonstrates the continuing delivery of high quality, industry compliant solutions to the utility sector.

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We have just released our FREE TO USE browser based work planning solution Glide. Glide comprises of two free tools called Glide Plan and Glide Route. Glide Plan enables users to plan their team’s workload. It keeps track of what jobs have been assigned to your operatives so you can keep track on how well they are being utilised. Glide Route enables users to plan the most efficient routes for appointments which have been assigned to their mobile operatives. The routes are displayed on a map so users can easily see operatives’ routes and destinations. Both tools allow the completed schedules to be printed by users and distributed as need be. 

These solutions are free to use and are backed up by our deep understanding of work planning applications going back 25 years.

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We have just released our FREE TO USE browser based work planning solution Glide. Glide comprises of two free tools called Glide Plan and Glide Route. Glide Plan enables users to plan their team’s workload. It keeps track of what jobs have been assigned to your operatives so you can keep track on how well they are being utilised. Glide Route enables users to plan the most efficient routes for appointments which have been assigned to their mobile operatives. The routes are displayed on a map so users can easily see operatives’ routes and destinations. Both tools allow the completed schedules to be printed by users and distributed as need be. 

These solutions are free to use and are backed up by our deep understanding of work planning applications going back 25 years.

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SMALL-SIDED South American-style football is coming to Suffolk in 2016 – and Wheatley are to sponsor this fast-paced version of the beautiful game.
Read more at http://www.suffolkfa.com/news/2016/jan/wheatley-to-sponsor-all-suffolk-fa-futsal#OtkBsoJvaljoeWx4.99

Here at Wheatley we develop our products through iterative change to make sure we offer our customers the best available solution. There are some techniques we have found that really work for us, so we thought we’d share some of our thoughts over the next few months. 

Previously we talked about the closed world principle, multiplication, division, subtraction, task unification and attribute dependency and sensing. This new technique is called the path of most resistance.

The best innovations often arise by following the path of most resistance, not least resistance. As Amnon Levav at the Singapore Institute of Technology writes, "In nature, water cascading down a mountain follows the path of least resistance, the easiest route to arrive at its final destination. In thinking, too, our minds tend to take the path of least resistance, those avenues that are familiar to us. So doing, it is difficult to arrive at ideas that are new to us or to our competitors."

Let’s take the example of taking the path of most resistance. Think of a pen. Now think of ways that you can make this pen worse. What if we put smelly ink into the pen, really really foul smelling ink? That would certainly make it worse. 

If you were to suggest such a thing you may find that people would laugh. The easiest thing in the world when faced with ridicule is to fall in with the crowd and accept the idea is obviously a dead end. However, laughter is a signal that people have stopped being creative, not wanting to waste effort on absurdity. They have in fact stopped searching their mental database and slipped into what psychologists call “being cognitively efficient”. In other words they are being pulled back into business as usual. 

If you have the courage to stick with the absurd (the path of most resistance), or the facilitator insists you do, interesting things may begin to happen. What else could smelly ink do for instance? Could smelly ink have a serious application? Now we can begin to conjure up new ideas for conveying messages with smells or maybe even emotions or difficulty levels.  Could such a pen have a use? Well maybe; how about for writing letters to people you really don’t like, or filling out tax forms. Or nice smelling ink for romantic letters.

We have stopped thinking about the pen and are now focusing on new ways ink can be used. At this point you may find any laughter has subsided because at this point the absurd has become useful. The absurd has turned into “why has no one done this before”. The path of most resistance, the path of laughter, has become the path to innovation.

Why not give it a go and if you would like run some ideas past us here at Wheatley we’ll be more than happy to help out.
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