ju·gaad /ˌjo͞oˈɡäd/noun  Hindi
a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.

Welcome to Jugaad Innovation!

JI was formed to develop and adopt open source software for municipalities with a goal to dramatically reduce cost thereby increasing access for rural, remote and disadvantaged municipalities and to increase public ownership of valuable data and information.

We have developed an open source asset management platform for Ashcroft, BC, overcoming a lack of resources through a cloud based Asset Management, GIS and Business Intelligence at nominal cost. This allows resources to be redirected to hiring a shared specialist in AM & GIS. It overcomes the hurdle of sourcing specialised skills and time in small rural municipalities with a limited staff.

Advantages of open source

Open source incorporates innumerable advantages for public sector development including:

  1. Freedom from vendor lock-in: Open source prevents vendor lock-in in the vendor’s specific technologies. Vendor lock-in exposes municipalities to price increases and lack of flexibility in addressing emergent needs.
  2. Freedom to be responsive & flexible: The open code allows the flexibility to easily and freely modify code and to add features.
  3. Software transparency & reliability: Open source code means just that—you get full visibility into the code base, as well as all discussions about how the community develops features and addresses bugs. Because there are more eyes on it, the reliability of open source code tends to be superior as well. 
  4. Access & Inclusion: Due to its lower cost and access to shared expertise through a cloud based platform, small rural municipalities & first nations can now access sophisticated platforms and provide a level of service previously only accessible to larger and wealthier municipalities who could afford to hire technical staff.
  5. Frugality: Ability to save taxpayers tens of thousands per municipality by leveraging open source & using the cloud to develop shared services.
  6. Reporting transparency: By using open source BI frameworks which are not limited in distribution by the cost of licenses, we provide the ability to transparently share data and reports with the public & enhance understanding for council.
  7. Strengthening Municipal Commons: Encouraged public ownership of extremely valuable data & information.

Value Proposition – Redirect what would be spent on software licenses to a skilled Asset, GIS & BI manager.

Redirect resources from software licensing to provision of services. Our intent is to provision the SaaS at nominal cost so that the rest of the funds can be directed to a shared staff member with relevant expertise and focus. The annual cost of software licensing ranges from $20k to $30K even for the smallest municipalities. This can effectively pay for shared expertise in Asset Management, GIS and BI as long as the licence fees are eliminated. This eliminates the need to hire in-house staff while not compromising on a higher level of service.

The annual savings in software licences alone can easily add up to $30k which typically includes:

  1. GIS Software (ArcGIS EULA) ~$10k to $20k
  2. Asset Management Software Licence ~$10k+
  3. Web mapping software licence ~$10k

Furthermore, savings in setup & consulting typically range between $50K to $60K.

Benefits: Our solution will empower you to

  1. Easily meet grant funding requirements for asset management.
  2. Effortlessly gather capital asset stats for reports & surveys including the new LGDE requirements, UBCM reporting requirements, Stat Canada surveys etc.
  3. Manage assets proactively
  4. Visualize and map assets and parcels on GIS for internal use and for the public.
  5. Analyze and report on BI with full ability to customize
  6. Capture data in the field
  7. Share unlimited maps with unlimited usage with the public at no additional cost
  8. Manage multimedia, docs & spreadsheets tied to assets
  9. Create interactive BI reports for council & the public
  10. Create amortization reports with ease for your audits
  11. And much more…


We’ve successfully eliminated the financial and technical barrier for small municipalities to implement a sophisticated asset management solution through a shared service model. Our model is open source driven, so there is no restrictions on the number of copies or users that can utilize the system.

The reporting uses PowerBI from Microsoft whose desktop download is free while pro edition is reasonably priced. Alternative open source BI solutions are also in development using R, Superset and Metabase as we move towards offering a full open-source stack.

Software Stack

GIS software
Asset Management Software
Web mapping software
App Server Admin & updates
Database Server Admin & updates
BI software
Analytics software

SaaS Service

You can implement the open source stack on your own by accessing the github repository and provisioning your own servers or take advantage of the cost effective SaaS model

Shared Expertise

A municipality lacking resources to hire dedicated asset manager/GIS professional can also avail itself of our shared expertise The shared expertise helps provide:

  1. BI expertise for financial statements & asset reports for council & for public
  2. GIS expertise and support
  3. Quarterly/monthly or more frequent parcel downloads and integration
  4. Annual tax & utility uploads and integration with mapping
  5. Year end financial uploads
  6. Database administration, updates and backup
  7. Data uploads & maintenance
  8. Support for BI, GIS, Data Collect App & Asset Management
  9. Training & public works field application support

Features & Benefits

Business Intelligence for Financials & Asset Management Shared Service
Financial& AM App or web reports for councilIncl.
Public BI Financial reportsIncl.
Live Asset Management PlansIncl.
Cloud hosted, multi-year financial cubeIncl.
Amortization report & working paper exportIncl.
New LGDE Report & Stat Can reportsIncl.
Setup & TrainingIncl.
AM, GIS, Web Mapping Shared Service
Financial uploadsIncl.
Public GIS MapsIncl.
Field data collect appIncl.
QGIS SupportIncl.
Tourism & Trails Interactive MapIncl.
Setup & TrainingIncl.
Cadaster & Utility Integration Shared ServiceIncl.
Parcel Map BC IntegrationIncl.
Quarterly PMBC downloads & ETLIncl.
Tax & Utility data integrationIncl.
Planning draw toolIncl.
Supplementary Apps
Cemetery Mgmt App
More frequent monthly or weekly cadaster updates
Museum Mgmt App

Grassroots Innovation

How were we able to build a solution that costs tens of thousands less?

We built on open source platform leveraging the cloud to provide a standards based tightly integrated solution. The integration makes database management simpler and cloud hosting eliminates worries about software updates & administration. Our data frameworks reflect our philosophy to keep things frugal and practical. Your outside crew will appreciate the simplicity of our field app which won’t get in the way of doing their job. We emphasize decisions base on factual information and not on dubious and costly optimizations .

This social venture was born of necessity of enabling access for small rural and disadvantaged municipalities access to practical and sophisticated asset management with minimal cost. If you are a municipality struggling to implement and effective AM program, come visit Ashcroft and have a look at our implementation and see if it can benefit you.

Portfolio & Resources




Ability to utilize powerful features of Qgis with a seamlessly integrated dataset


Full featured web application to view and update inventory on the cell phone, web or other devices.


Asset management policy, strategy and plan.

Starting the Asset Management Journey

I have often observed vendors overwhelm municipal employees with information, data and graphs in order to sell their software. Although software has its place in helping you organize your assets in the latter stages of your journey, I would strongly advise against immediately purchasing software. Focus initially on your governance, draft your policy and strategy. Organize your data in a simple excel spreadsheet which lists your assets and components. Once your organization has advanced to a point you’re ready to look at software, consider JI solution as a avenue to redirect your resources to staffing rather than licences. The standards based, SaaS service provided by JI at nominal cost is more than adequate for most municipalities wishing to implement a sophisticated and complete asset management system (look at the solutions page for details).


We’re working for the following goals:

  • Inclusion: Create a sophisticated platform specifically for small municipalities & first nations providing level of service on par or better than the larger, wealthier municipalities using expensive commercial software.
  • Frugality: Save taxpayers tens of thousands by leveraging open source software & using the cloud to develop shared services.
  • Transparency: Use cutting-edge tools and BI frameworks to transparently share data with the public & enhance understanding for council.
  • Strengthen Municipal Commons: Encouraged public ownership of valuable data & information.

Unique Perspective

Working as a CFO in Ashcroft for a number of years I have become intimately familiar with challenges unique to small municipalities. Averse to spending tens of thousands on software and then on consulting with an end result that was neither simple or practical, I applied insights and innovative ideas from science and academia that could allow small municipalities to level the playing field compared to their larger counterparts. The end result is a shared -service model predicated on the cloud using open source to eliminate license costs which can then be applied to the provision of services.

Fostering Innovation

JI was created to foster innovation for small municipalities. Small municipalities face greater financial & HR constraints and are unable to afford additional technical staff. They need solutions that are  specifically tailored for them to be simple, effective & most importantly, frugal.

JI has developed an innovative platform to hide complexity and handle data warehousing, ETL, semantics and analytics while providing frugal, effective solutions optimized for small municipalities. We enable the use of free and open source software to drastically cut costs and provide a common platform to share expertise and resources.

Solutions vs Software

Our focus has been to develop solutions and as opposed to just software. Solutions that are practical, realistic and flexible enough to incorporate conditions unique to each municipality.

Data Ownership

If data is the new oil, feedback data is gold dust (paraphrased).

Prof. Ajay Agrawal, founder of the Creative Destruction Lab and co-founder of the AI/robotics company Kindred

The advent of AI and IoT has increased the volume and importance of data. Most municipalities are not structuring their contracts appropriately to retain ownership of their data. This leaves them dependent and reliant on service providers. JI was formed to address this gap and we explicitly assign ownership of data to the municipality thereby retaining public ownership of this increasingly valuable asset.

Knowledge Sharing

I am an enthusiastic supporter of our community of learning and often conduct workshops & seminars and believe in sharing knowledge openly and helping colleagues succeed. My focus is on encouraging adoption of open source to improve collaboration and cut IT costs drastically.

Future Possibilities

This work is opening up possibilities in development of shared infrastructure allowing handling of big data. Apart from the innumerable advantages of having shared infrastructure across municipalities, the ability to handle big data allows application of sensor networks, advanced analytics and AI predicated on a shared platform. I see huge potential in low-cost IoT sensor networks alongside burgeoning AI field. I believe were are at an inflection point with AI much like prior revolutions in semiconductors and internet and I am committed to helping municipalities realize the benefits.

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Cheers! Yogi