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Report from the Digital Disruption Down Under: The 4th Industrial Revolution Hits Australia

I am here in Melbourne and Sydney this week with my colleague Joe Poskie to do a future visioning presentation at a Brookfield Global Integrated Services (BGIS) internal meeting and connect with some of my colleagues in these two wonderful cities.  Joe and I are here to speak about the digital era we find ourselves working in and how Trimble’s Real Estate and Workplace Solutions group is experimenting and piloting some interesting new technologies, that when combined with the

Super Bowl 50: An Experience Enhanced by Silicon Valley Technologies

Omar Soubra, Trimble’s star in the maker community, made us aware of a fascinating innovative geospatial cleanup app for sprucing up San Jose for its influx of visitors for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl in newly opened Levi Stadium in Santa Clara.  All sorts of events were planned for Sunday in San Jose from the Opening Night at SAP center, to hosting one of the teams staying downtown and practicing at San Jose State to many people involved in all sorts of activities during this past weekend.

Observations on Superforecasters, Hollywood, Virtual Reality and the Automobile Industry

Since it is the third full week of the new year, we are all still in the prediction mode. We will release our predictions today for the CRE/FM world (click here to download), but after I wrote them, I was fascinated by a series of three articles that appeared in the Financial Times the weekend of January 16.

Facility Management, Architecture and Wine in Vienna, Part 2

Post Kongress – MA in Architecture Student Exhibit, FM Masters Students and Wine Tasting

Facility Management, Architecture and Wine in Vienna

Each of the last three years in November, I have had the privilege, along with three other IFMA leaders, of lecturing at the IFM-Kongress at the Vienna University of Technology. As the guests of Dr. Alexander Redlein, who heads a Masters program in FM in the Business School, we all gave lectures at the Kongress and this year as well as teaching two courses for the FM Masters students on the weekend. The Kongress this year focused on new ways of working, corporate social responsibility, wellness and performance.

Trading Places – A Reflection on the Tradeline Space Strategies 2015 Conference

I had the expected pleasure of attending Tradeline’s Space Strategies Conference held in San Diego earlier this week. Having never attended a Tradeline conference before, I still had high expectations for this event in based on the agenda, the roster of presentations, the list of attending organizations and of course the venue, San Diego. The latter turned out to be the one disappointment. The high ocean winds turned the hotel into a never ending whistle making it difficult to sleep.

How Much of the $2 Trillion Dollars of Leases Will FASB Shift to Your Company's Balance Sheet?

Finally, we are closer to the final countdown for changes in the US and international lease accounting standards. On Wednesday of last week the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) gave us an idea of the timing of the final version of the regulations to be issued in the early part of next year. For public businesses, these changes will likely go into effect in Q1 2016, and for private companies, one year later.

Silo-Busting in the Era of Digital Business

Mike “Schrep” Schroepfer is the CTO of Facebook, a company immersed in digital business, or the blur between the physical and the virtual worlds.

The Top 5 Benefits of a Capital Program Management Solution to Owner Builders

With a capital program management solution, owners are considerably more engaged in the day-to-day management of their capital program portfolios. Engaged owners use the technology to track the progress of projects and programs within their portfolio from a single centralized resource, allowing for real-time insight and information for accurate and timely decisions.

Right Space. Right Place. Right Time.

Achieve a Lower Total Cost of Occupancy with Space Management

By David Willett and Nancy Johnson Sanquist