FAQs

Everything you wanted to know about FigBytes but were afraid to ask is right here. These FAQs originate from FigBytes events including webinars, conferences and individual inquiries. If what you are looking for is not included within these questions, please feel free to contact info@figbytes.com and we will make sure your question gets answered.

Yes! The software was designed with this in mind. Our Strategy Mapper view is the corporate view, so the core business strategy is visualized and bring it alive. If you go into almost any office in your organization, most people can’t recite the mission statement and if you ask them if they can, to map out how the vision is implemented they can’t answer and will likely refer to a slide deck. FigBytes can show the core business strategy and be used as balanced scorecard tool. We don’t use the scorecard terminology but that really what it is in that you can view the scores in relation to the goals that were set. Integrated strategy and reporting. Can sit on top of your financial reporting system so you have a truly holistic or triple bottom line perspective. The C suite can see how the business can be future-proofed – something that resonates with goals, including the fiscal side.
Yes – there are several sets of functionality to see the impact of the sustainability performance. There are red, amber and green measures so when we look at the overall strategy, we can see how the company is performing against that strategy. We can also drill down to the metrics and see the effects of those against the targets and there is also the ability to see how the company is performing against the UN Global Goals. An executive can quickly see if they are meeting the goals to which they committed and relate that to the strategy. You can also drill down on the targets and the details about how to achieve them. If you set science-based targets, then yes you can use the calculations to understand your impact on the world and there are also custom metrics so you can set metrics like social impact as well.
The FigBytes platform is much more than a task management system. There is a huge amount of data management that goes on behind the scenes. The back end is incredibly flexible and powerful so you can get the data in to the system in several different ways such as setting up a webform, by delegation to different roles required to enter different sets of data, to uploading spreadsheets. The platform can also integrate with other management systems such as building management systems to run real time figures, or smart metering systems. It really depends on your ability to cope with getting the data into the system in real time and getting the systems talking to each other. FigBytes manages to integrate well with other systems.
Yes, if you currently have a data system that is working for you or you are struggling with it if you are in contract for a period of time, we can lay the elements of our system on top of that implementation and really bring it into that 21st century perspective, so the data management systems, if they are working for you, we can lay on top of that and be that communication and engagement layer that brings it all alive. We are happy to answer in more detail by scheduling an online meeting.
Yes it can and this is one of the big gaps in other software, which are in the EHS space so the social perspective for them is “did we avoid injury today?’ as we know social goes way beyond that. We have a totally flexible metrics builder. We have a testimonial from a client, Acwa power, a large power generation company, saying we offered a totally flexible system as opposed to other companies who only offered rigid systems. Your CSR metrics does not fit into a health & safety data sheet methodology, it’s much more subjective. For example, how many volunteer hours were spent in the community and what was the impact of those volunteer hours? Part of it will be objective and part of it will be subjective. So if you think of a metric you can build it in in FigBytes’ platform and this something our clients absolutely love. It doesn’t require a three month change request to code a new field into your backend. If you can think of something that is culturally relevant for your organization you can build it into your FigBytes platform. Cultural relevance is really important while there are 27 acronyms on the Rubiks cube, the metrics that are most important to your organization are ones that make sense for you, that make sense for your culture – not the ones that make sense for a committee in Amsterdam for the Global Reporting Initiatives. They’re robust but they’re dull, so you can link dull, systemized metrics to culturally relevant ones with an exclamation point at the end. Bring it alive – put any metrics in there that makes sense for you and then link them to the ones you have to be standardized and have your report get the right tick from the right framework.

FigBytes can interact with existing systems deployed at customers sites and pull data from these databases. This is done through APIs and/or custom connectors if APIs don’t exist. The other ways that data can get into FigBytes are:

  1. Direct reporting into the admin’s interface
  2. Distributed data capture through customized web interfaces and mobile applications
  3. Bulk ingestion of spreadsheets/CSV data
  4. Scraping of utility websites for direct feeds of utility data into FigBytes (electricity, water, waste) – limited to sites that allow scraping
  5. Integration with smart meters (database connections)
Yes. Any reporting framework or process can be quickly built into FigBytes. Typically the client will specify the frameworks they require and these will be implemented in the solution that is delivered.
FigBytes can integrate with modern ERP and other software. Typically there will be a range of data input, from direct connection to e.g. the ERP to mobile “field” data input.
Configuration can be done by the client (whether they are IT staff or not). Code modifications will always be done by FigBytes. We have a 24hr dev cycle and rapid turn around.
FigBytes has a powerful analytics capability that can be used for scenario planning. Typically, during implementation, we will learn your needs and help you to configure business process and dependancy modeling requirements.
Yes, FigBytes has built-in materiality modeling complete with survey functionality.
FigBytes structues data flows to ensure accuracy. Clients can choose data input and verification processed and structures. As an example, FigBytes contains functionality whereby the administrator can set up upper and lower limits for expected data levels – e.g. a data verifier can be notified if the data entered is more than 5% out from an expected value and can send the data back to the data enterer to check.
FigBytes contains internal emissions factors that are updated annually including a unique database of market based factors. The client has the option to override these simply.

Yes. FigBytes contains a variety of tools that stop you being the “Nag, Bag and Drag officer”.  From data input prompts to a full project management module, we’ve got you covered. 

Any carbon-causing activities can be tracked and processed in FigBytes. Typically such logistics activities will be tracked in the company’s ERP or other tool. FigBytes would take a feed from these sytems and then calculate the carbon impact.
In a typical FigBytes implementation there will be a range of data input functions. FigBytes can integrate with modern ERP and other software including .xlsx., .csv. formats. However, we often replace spreadsheets with direct input into FigBytes. FigBytes also contains mobile “field” data input functionality.
FigBytes is delivered via an annual SaaS subscription model. We also charge for implementation services. The SaaS subscription level is dictated by the complication of the implementation. We are happy to discuss this diectly with interested potential clients.
In a typical FigBytes implementation there will be a range of data input functions. FigBytes can integrate with modern ERP and other software including .xlsx., .csv. formats. However, we often replace spreadsheets with direct input into FigBytes. FigBytes also contains mobile “field” data input functionality. In every implementation, we ensure “franchised” data input, so data flow in from the operations rather than being entered by the administrator.