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2016 Conference & Trade Show Roundup

My role drives me to industry conferences all year long, but they are really grouped in two timeframes. Living in the northern hemisphere, I refer to them as the spring conference group (running between February and June) and the fall conference group (running between September and the US Thanksgiving holiday). Each group has about the same number of conferences, but the fall group packs them into about half the time frame. So while my preference might have been to provide recaps and updates along the way, it just was not happening this year.

Trimble's Innovation Experience Hits Vegas!

“Innovators make ideas manifest,” said Trimble product manager, David Willett as he engaged the attendees of Trimble’s Real Estate & Workplace Solutions Innovation Experience; preceding the 2016 Trimble Dimensions conference at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

The 'Mobile Receptionist' Comes to London Front of House Staff

I must admit, this is the only technology presentation I have ever been to where the women far outnumbered the men.  It was late afternoon in a London high rise where I had come with my colleagues to be part of a Trimble presentation on the “Mobile Receptionist”.  It was an event sponsored by FOH Recruitment for reception and room co-ordination specialists, or "front of house" personnel, in the London law offices of the US based firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges.

HoloLens Enables the Architect's Imagination for Motown Revitalization

Greg Lynn, an architect with FORM and UCLA Architecture professor, demonstrates on a YouTube video (https://youtu.be/70xDCokzAck) the new technology he was able to use to create a fantastic futuristic mixed-use project for ‘The Architecture Imagination’ Pavilion at the 15th annual Venice Architecture Biennale which recently opened in Italy.  He called his work the ‘Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge and Innovation’ which is an adaptive reuse design of the existing ruinous hi

If You Weren't at IFMA Facility Fusion Indy Last Week, You Missed a Multi-Historic Event!

What does a professional organization of 118,000 global members, a group of FM service provision executives, two Digital Workplace Gartner analysts and a group of Trimble Building Digital Workplace commandos have in common you might ask?  They all came together in the heart of the Midwest to create what are multiple historic occasions for our profession last week.  These events included:

A Bright Future for the Building Digital Workplace

An article published in the just-released March/April 2016 issue of FMJ Magazine entitled “The Dawn of the Digital Workplace,” by Nancy Johnson Sanquist, is a visionary view into the near term integration of technologies across the buildings value chain.

Gartner Alert for CIOs: Meet Your New Allies for the Digital Workplace: Real Estate and Facility Management

Today Trimble’s Real Estate & Workplace Solutions group has posted the latest important new research for our profession in a long time: The Rebirth of Office Space: What Every CIO Needs to Know and Do.” The authors, Paul Miller and Carol Rozwell, are alerting CIOs that in their efforts to establish Digital Workplaces for their organizations, along with HR , they need to align with RE and FM, something that organizations like CoreNet an

Follow Manhattan to Compliance with the New Lease Accounting Regulations

Believe it or not, Trimble’s Manhattan team has been following the global leasing standards project for more than half a decade, when one considers the first draft of the proposed Lease Accounting standard was issued for comment in 2010. After underestimating the volume and substance of responses, the Boards redeliberated and issued a second draft of the proposed standard in 2013.

Manhattan's Secret Sauce for FASB/IASB Lease Accounting Changes: The General Ledger

One of the most significant differences between Manhattan and its competitors is the leverage which it gains due to its embedded General Ledger functionality. Now that IASB is released and FASB has approved the final Lease Accounting guidance known as Topic 842, there needs to be a different mindset when evaluating the roles of Lease Administrators, Lease Accounting professionals as well as the role of the general ledger for the new regulations.

FASB Final Guidance on Lease Accounting Is Coming This Thursday, February 25!

Hot on the heels of the International Accounting Standards Board publishing its new standard in January, the Financial Accounting Standards Board met last week and determined that they would release the final guidance for lease accounting (Topic 842) on Thursday, February 25th.