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A complete facilities scheduling solution for the BBC

Watson is a complete scheduling solution for the BBC’s in-house training department, The BBC Academy, which delivers training courses to thousands of staff members.

Watson provides a simple interface that allow BBC staff to book thousands of rooms, trainers and resources

Using a sophisticated algorithm, it does the hard work of juggling all the key elements that go into a course – from finding rooms and equipment to checking the availability of students and identifying suitably qualified teachers.

Watson searches trillions of potential course options to find the optimal slots, saving thousands of hours work per year

“Watson took the complexity and made it simple. It delivered millions of savings by making resourcing more efficient” – Mark Steinmeyer, Product Owner, BBC

Calendars aren't the main way of booking resources, but they allow admins to get an overview of how resources are being used