Japan’s Fujitsu has been reported to have said in the press that it would halve its office space in three years as it rewrites the way employees work under a “new normal”.

That’s a big change and in any organization, particularly in times of contraction when it can lead to difficult decisions.

In a recent article by our resident writer, Nancy Sanquist, she explored the 5 Ps of data-driven decision-making every leader should focus on for overhauling their work and welfare frameworks, and be able to measure the impact during these accelerated times of change.

Read full article ‘Resilient Decision Making in Times of Change’

With work patterns and employee attitudes changing as a result of the COVID pandemic, it is clear organization’s will need access to accurate and reliable data to underpin the critical decisions they’ll have to make about the size, shape, healthiness, and new business requirements of their portfolio for the more ‘elastic’ workplace of the future.

Tracking performance and metrics for the following five categories will help businesses shape the future of their real estate.

  1. People: Health and safety of employees returning to the workplace. 
  2. Profit. Costs of providing both physical and digital workspaces. 
  3. Place. Value of investing in ‘healthy buildings’.
  4. Planet. Energy consumption and efficiency.
  5. Programs. Corporate social responsibility.

Nancy highlighted that the real value in data from the five Ps lies in analyzing key performance indicators across time. This will enable organizations to establish benchmarks that uncover patterns and yield deep insights into changes that will best benefit their business in the long-term, such as, whether to downsize or transform office space to meet the changing demands of their workforce.

Read full article ‘Resilient Decision Making in Times of Change’

Gathering and analyzing all of this valuable data requires collaboration between FM, CRE, HR, IT, and Finance teams. And they’ll need a centralized place to store the data—such as a flexible and secure real estate management system like Trimble’s ManhattanONE.

ManhattanONE can bring building, workforce, and workspace information together into a single source of truth—then serve the data back to decision-makers in various formats for a real-time, comprehensive view of utilization, capacity, lease expirations, energy consumption, and total cost of occupancy of each building.

It can do this because ManhattanONE is a truly holistic integrated decision platform that has been designed to deliver the deep operational and financial insights organizations need to allow them to innovate more freely and define new ways to work.To learn more about how you can leverage our ManhattanONE technology for operational and strategic real estate portfolio management, please contact us to book a demo or post your questions to us here.

As businesses all over the world face the challenge of getting back to work, Trimble Real Estate is busy helping real estate and facility management leaders gain complete visibility and control over their entire portfolio so they can make informed decisions about their future workplace requirements — decisions that will surely shape the future of real estate.

Work patterns and employee attitudes have already begun to change as a result of the COVID pandemic and Trimble has recognized that this shift presents a unique opportunity for organizations to REthink their approach to real estate and plan for the future. 

Nobody yet knows what the ‘new normal’ will look like, of course, but the future of corporate real estate (CRE) is unlikely to look anything like its past.

Many organizations are expected to develop a hybrid model that will combine office and home working. This will require some elasticity, strong communication and greater transparency to ensure everyone in these different workplaces is kept productive and safe.

We recognize the dedication and perseverance of real estate and facility management professionals to make sure their real estate truly works for their organization. Which is why we believe your real estate should work as hard as you do. We believe that technology can play a crucial part in helping businesses embrace this new method of working while also optimizing efficiency and the employee experience.

Recently we conducted research into the increasingly complex real estate scenarios that organizations are likely to face in the coming years. We had in-depth discussions with customers, external partners and other stakeholders. We’ve held a series of customer focused round tables. We’ve hosted return-to-office webinars supported by members of our global alliance program, such as PwC, HOK and Deloitte. We’ve listened. And we gained deep insights into the issues organizations will have to confront on a short- and long-term basis — from workspace bookings and cleaning to making transformational lease and transaction decisions to optimizing maintenance in a vastly different CRE landscape.

What became clear from our research is the important role that data and process will play in helping businesses adapt to this new ‘elastic’ workplace. Organizations will need accurate and reliable data to underpin the critical decisions they’ll have to make about their portfolio, otherwise how will they know if they’re making the right decision?

Shape the future of real estate

We’re passionate about the workplace, helping customers’ get back into their offices safely and we see significant value in leveraging ManhattanONE — our flexible, next-generation real estate management technology — to help businesses shape the future of their real estate portfolio.

ManhattanONE is an all-in-one, integrated decision platform that has been designed to deliver the deep operational and financial insights organizations need to allow them to innovate more freely and define new ways to work — something that will be vital when tackling the potential challenges ahead. The ManhattanONE suite delivers 360-degree enterprise visibility, enabling businesses to gain the foresight to anticipate and prevent problems and also identify and mitigate potential risks.

Above all, our promise is to help make ManhattanONE customers’ real estate work as hard as they do by simplifying the complexities of managing a diverse portfolio in these dynamic times.

Customers can use our proven technology to help create the new work environments that inspire and engage employees while improving productivity and ensuring operational continuity — environments where employees feel safe and are more motivated, properties are more valuable, and new ideas thrive.

If you are as excited as we are about the way technology can be used to help shape the future of real estate, contact us here for a discussion or book a personalized software demo.

With businesses facing entirely new utilization and wellness challenges in the aftermath of Covid-19, next-generation technology will play a significant role in the ‘new workplace’—not just in keeping employees engaged and safe by maintaining social distancing and creating a productive environment, but also in maintaining buildings, maximizing space, and analyzing costs.

For years, increasingly sophisticated workplace management technology has been helping organizations to streamline processes and maximize workspace utilization. In the Covid-threatened workplace, that same technology is now being used to safely return employees to the workplace.

Next-generation Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS)—such as Trimble’s ManhattanONE software suite—make it easier for CRE and facility management professionals to gain a clear understanding of the optimum workspace capacity for each setting. Integrated space planning tools enable users to model different scenarios—from setting safe physical distancing limits between desks to splitting common functions between different floors and/or buildings to reduce risk.

Before the pandemic, some organizations were turning their premises into “smart buildings”, using different types of sensors to provide accurate, real-time data for improved automation and control.

Today, sensors can also be used to support a safe, phased return to work for employees. When combined with an IMWS solution, organizations can leverage sensors to collect and report on key data for monitoring and planning workspace occupancy, usage, and cleaning.

With combined IWMS and sensor technology in place, companies can analyze data to plan and deploy a successful back-to-the-office strategy and optimize safety in a pre-vaccine workplace.

Sensors can deliver information about sound, light, temperature, humidity levels, air quality, when and how space is occupied, and how people interact in specific spaces. The latest advanced sensors use optical technologies that allow for artificial intelligence (AI), including image recognition and machine learning technology. For example, an advanced sensor with AI can distinguish how many employees are using a set of desks. If the organization’s seating density and safe distancing protocols are not being met, space managers can be alerted.

Adding sensor technology to the mix can help organizations to understand, in real-time, which areas have been occupied and need to remain unoccupied until they are cleaned and sanitized. This data can be used to auto-request cleaning and will provide cleaning staff with a clear indication of where people have been working.

Sensors can also track evolving usage and utilization, monitor policy versus culture, and highlight hotspots.

The risk of Covid-19 transmission is highest in non-assigned common areas which may have a greater density of people—such as lobbies, elevators, washrooms, kitchens and break rooms. The tracking capability and powerful analytical tools of ManhattanONE, for example, can monitor adherence to an organization’s safe distancing policy in these hot spots. The system automatically captures the data through integration with sensors or other indoor location technology.

Sensors can also deliver accurate, real-time data and usage that interfaces with the system’s space scheduling module. Space booking tools that rely on sensor data—like mobile apps—give employees the ability to find an available space quickly—or book a safe desk in the same area as a colleague with whom they need to collaborate.

To find out more about how ManhattanONE can support your return-to-the-office strategies, book a demo or post your questions to us here.

I’m excited to announce that Retransform—a global leader in real estate business management services with over two decades of specialized expertise— has partnered with Trimble Real Estate to initiate technology solutions designed to help businesses through the challenging transition to the post-Covid workplace.

Retransform is one of many leading organizations to join our growing Global Alliance Program—a community of industry experts who have joined forces with us to provide implementation services and business strategy to customers around the world.

“We are happy to be one of Trimble’s partners to offer implementation services for their real estate suite of products,” said Pinkesh Shroff, Retransform’s Vice President, Digital Transformation and Technology. “We continuously learn and innovate to improve our customers’ businesses. We never stop looking for solutions to optimize real estate portfolios and enable digital workspaces, as well as options for customers’ return-to-the-office business plans.”

As a result of their desire to innovate, Retransform will now be an implementation partner for ManhattanONE – our next generation, flexible IWMS solution for centralizing key real estate functions and data analyses essential for optimizing real estate performance, improving decision-making, and enhancing employee experience.

“The ManhattanONE product is a platform which truly provides customers with the required flexibility to automate their business processes using the powerful workflow engine and also secure the application by defining hierarchies and role-based security,” said Retransform’s Pinkesh Shroff. “It also provides an inbuilt reporting tool—with pre-built reports—and an ability to connect with other applications using their open APIs.”

He added: “Trimble’s room booking and ‘business continuity’ modules provide features such as automated physical distancing, workspace management and staggered scheduling to help organizations to reconfigure and manage their workplace to help return employees to the office and safeguard their well-being.”

“With the suggestion of more hybrid workplace strategy models on the horizon, the need to enhance flexibility into leasing contracts as well as staying on top of breaks and options has never been more important.” said Simon Blenkiron, Trimble Real Estate. “By building on our relationship with Retransform we can deliver joint initiatives that help customers adopt best practises with technology as the enabler; where data robustness, process adoption and analytics will help business leaders innovate more freely and define new ways to work.”

For more information about Retransform, visit: www.retransform.com

For more information about our  Global Alliance Program, visit: realestate.trimble.com/partners

When we were planning our 2020 Trimble Manhattan User Conference venue and agenda, little did we know what was around the corner.

This week we should have been in Denver meeting our customers face-to-face, sharing best practices and enjoying a cocktail or two, but the global covid-19 pandemic changed all of that.

The good news is we took the conference digital, with over 1000 delegates attending our re imagined online event of live daily sessions related to the ‘new normal’, continuous improvement, and guidance for helping organizations reopen offices with confidence.

Connections Live kicked off with a keynote on exploring the link between truth and data, given by Vik Bangia, a corporate real estate leader and CEO of Verum Consulting.

In his keynote address, Vik spoke about the inherent biases that can get in the way of making informed decisions and how the combination of truth and data can help achieve business success, especially in a post Covid workplace environment.

“Truth and data will be absolutely necessary to power business resilience in the workplace.” said Vik. “When truth and data are combined one reinforces the other. The presence of evidence or truth based information helps to build trust and it helps leaders employ sound business judgments when developing and modifying their office reopening plans.”

On the following day, we held a live discussion titled ‘What keeps CRE leaders up at night’. We were joined by an expert set of panelists starting with Francisco Acoba of Deloitte, Holly Law Eve from Commonwealth of Virginia, Murad Bhatti from Royal Bank of Canada and last and certainly not least Nestor Rindone from Morgan Stanley. Some of the questions answered by the panel included:

  • As you prepare to reopen your physical workspaces and buildings, what are your main priorities?
  • Decommissioning excess space will be a huge undertaking. What are some tips you can offer to our audience members?
  • What sources of truth will you implement so every employee builds trust and confidence in the company’s plan? How will these be rolled out and communicated across the enterprise?

Watch the recording to hear our panels answers to these questions and more

On Day 3, we were excited to announce the availability of our next-generation Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) with the launch of ManhattanONE™ – a comprehensive software solution for organizations looking to optimize their real estate portfolios and use integrated technology to enable their return-to-the-office initiatives.

“We are transforming what we do and how we work with our customers and partners.” said Suresh Sundaram, Trimble Real Estate, GM. “We are transforming our products so that they solve your critical business problems. We are transforming our implementations so that they are faster and easier so that you can reach value more quickly. And finally, we are transforming how we engage with you from a sales services and support perspective.”

We ended Connections Live with a dedicated advisory session by Deloitte. Titled ‘The Journey to Transform the Workplace’, this popular presentation delivered key insights and guidance on the new challenges facing real estate and key considerations as organizations return to work.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our industry friends and presenters for making Connections Live a success and for helping produce our latest series of real estate and workplace thought leadership content.

Don’t forget you can watch all of the recorded sessions on our ‘Power Business Resilience’ webinar hub page here: go.trimble.com/powering-business-resilience