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New Technologies Advance Operations and Maintenance into the Digital Workplace World

John Sterling, as pictured here, is not your average Operations and Maintenance Technician.  He is not holding plans, nor is he using a tablet or smartphone for his work today in the field.

Deloitte CRE Management Information Roundtable in London: What Is the Right Integration Strategy?

It was less than a month ago that John Leet and I taxied from Trimble's Covent Garden office to the New Street Square Development Office Complex to attend a Deloitte meeting featuring presentations on OSCRE Standards. This is a sparkling new neighborhood in Mid-town London with a cluster of sustainably designed mixed-use buildings utilized for office, retail and restaurants around a public square.

The Great FASB/IASB Lease Accounting Debate Rages On

In a classroom in the Museum of London normally occupied by students waiting to be enlightened on the history of the this great city, sat real estate professionals attending the Manhattan CONNECTIONS User Conference last week. They were gathered to hear what Trimble is doing regarding the seemingly never ending debate on what will finally appear (hopefully at the end of this year) in the FASB and IASB lease accounting standards newly revised requirements.

European Facility Management Conference 2015, Day Two: Practitioner Sessions

David Walker from the insurance and pension fund company, Aegon, focused on the effect of the digital world on his operations which are mainly outsourced with only 3 in-house staff.  He branded Aegon Property Services and introduced an Integrated Management system (IMS) which drove both governance and compliance.  He was also go from 300 suppliers down to 20 with a 25% in cost.

European Facility Management Conference 2015, Day One: Academic Sessions

Gloomy, but friendly Glasgow was the location for this 14th annual research symposium now combined with practitioner sessions also.  The first day was devoted to research and held at the new University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Center (pictured here).

Latest News on Real Estate, Facility Management and Workplace from the UK June 2015: EFMC 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland

This is a shot of one of the Dutch students who won the “poster competition” at EFMC 2015 in Glasgow in June.  He did a brilliant study using virtual reality to study travelers’ perception in a train station based on various manipulations in lighting.  All the finalists for this competition had excellent projects and I recommend anyone attending IFMA World Workplace Denver this year to see this same event for a glimpse into how our future facility managers are thinking about the profession.

The #5 Reason to Implement IWMS in 2015: BIM and Facility Management

The integration of BIM into FM has been a long standing goal of many organizations and interest groups. There are several examples of early attempts at this integration across several existing CAFM and IWMS offerings. Despite the fact that many of these features have been available for a relatively long period of time, but adoption rates of this technology have been trivial at best. Why is this?

The #4 Reason to Implement IWMS in 2015: The Internet of Things

This couple better be careful what they say in front of what used to be an unthreatening passive product, the television. Little do they know that if they had accidently selected a voice activation option on their remote Samsung Smart TV, the set would “listen and record their conversations” which would be sent to a third party to most likely do a speech-to-text conversion for the company. As the BBC pointed out this week, this is eerily reminiscent of George Orwell’s telescreens in 1984 which listened to what people were saying in their homes.

The #2 Reason to Implement IWMS in 2015: Mobility

Sitting at my desk this morning, I am surrounded by my electronics: Two laptops (one for work and one for personal use), an iPad, an iPhone and a Kindle e-reader. In addition, there is a cordless “land line” phone. Should I leave my desk to get a snack or answer the door, you can bet that at least one of those devices will travel with me.