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Facilities systems

Facilities systems

When it comes to data and implementing facilities systems, there are key decisions to be made. Big data and the exponential price performance growth in processing capacity are changing every aspect of our commercial and social lives. And with the Internet of Things (IoT) beginning to make real impacts on the built environment, ever-increasing amounts

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Integrated Workplace Management Systems

Integrated Workplace Management Systems

10 mistakes when it comes to implementing workplace management systems in the FM and property industries – and how to avoid making them! Property and facilities management are data-rich operating worlds. This is becoming even more complex as the Internet of Things (IoT) provides the capability to imbed sensors and diagnostic tools to monitor the

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Are you ready for new lease reporting?

New lease accounting standards are on their way – the scouts’ motto of ‘be prepared’ is apt. From January 2019, all leased assets, including those covering property, are required to be reported differently in financial statements. Coming into effect for the beginning of next year, this means that financial planning and budgeting for the financial

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Facility managers’ survival on the line?

With the ongoing financial meltdown after the global financial crisis, impending global environmental catastrophes and increasing world conflict, companies are thinking about their ongoing sustainability. In many cases, companies are also being driven by their stakeholders to report on their contribution to environmental and community causes. Corporate sustainability is far more than regular profit reporting.

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Why is whole-of-life asset management not working?

Facility managers with large portfolios of assets all aspire to implement life cycle maintenance planning to reduce overall maintenance expenditure and improve asset performance. Yet this seldom seems to occur. Client organisations, which expect industry professionalism and more predictable asset outcomes, are usually underwhelmed by substandard, reactive facilities performance levels. The engineering logic is sound,

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How creative should a facilities manager be?

Too often facilities managers within an organisation are seen as a necessary evil. Often they are perceived as a bunch of administrators keeping control of the facilities’ budget as the executive management gatekeepers. And their value is measured in their ability to somehow manage to accommodate changes to meet the ongoing dynamics of business unit

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Facilities Management – Earning the right to drive strategy

All too often, management fails to be convinced that facilities managers can provide more value than merely making sure facilities operate adequately, are serviced appropriately and cost as little as is possible. Acknowledgment that well-structured facilities strategies can provide strategic advantages to an organisation is seldom recognised. Why are facilities managers struggling to build this

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Communication Chaos

Business communication strategies are complex – with messages targeted at customers, team members, management, directors and ultimately to corporate or organisational shareholders. From marketing gurus we learn that successful product or service communication revolves around brand clarity and consistency. As an industry serving the needs of the users of property, we seem to be specialising

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The connected building: FM it or die!

The world of work has changed dramatically. Last decade if you asked people ‘Where do you work?’ most would have pointed to a building. Today most people would respond by explaining what they do. And they are likely to be working on a distributed model in various locations such as home, airport lounges, hotels and

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