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Can you “Hear” the Comfort?

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Ease of communication is among the chief reasons we come together in a workplace. After all, modern companies are the sum of many moving parts, and it’s only by openly sharing information that any team’s success can be realized.

 

And yet, despite the need for fluid communications, the National Institute of Building Sciences notes that “acoustic comfort” is an often unrepresented aspect of office buildings: Read more

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These are the Most Advanced Facilities to Date.


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Smart building tech, as a market, is valued well into the trillions. The potential to give facilities an artificial intelligence, to promote productivity, has already seen hard, current results. What are the best and brightest examples of these “smart buildings/facilities?” What applications, features, and platforms do these structures have that are lacking in less advanced facilities? 

 

Well, let’s jump in then, and learn about the Most Advanced Facilities to Date: Read more

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Data will lead to “Better Building”

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At CrowdComfort, we’re huge fans of data. The more, the better; give us 100,000 pieces of input, and we’ll show you a trend that’s sure to have an impact on your business. So, it might come as no surprise that we got a bit sad last week while considering how few data streams architects can currently wield to gather insights about their work. A building goes up, and the architect’s connection to that work typically ends. Read more

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The Current “CMS Culture”

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Last week, we talked about the attributes of a good CMS platform. We know that CMS has the potential to streamline content, and organize a company’s message in a variety of ways. A powerful tool, and great way to structure your voice, we need to ask ourselves this: how much is CMS worth? How much stock does it have in the eyes of other companies, and larger corporations. What personal and financial investments are we making in CMS systems? Let’s find out then.  Read more

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The Virtual Worth of the Virtual Office

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As we said last week, we are approaching the age of the “Oculus Office.” However, before we start assuming that this is truly a powerful trend, we should know how much investment is already in “Virtual Tech” and Smart Buildings right? Well, the answer can be easily found, and may shock you.

 

According to Digi-Capital,  the projected revenue of the VT and AR (Augmented Reality) markets combined is $150 billion by the year 2020. That is an 80-20 split, as AR is $120 billion dollars of the revenue. Still, that means Virtual is more likely than not to be a $30 billion industry. Of those technologies, a very large portion is going into commerce applications. Check it out below. Read more

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Facility Managers and “Digital Care”

 

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As discussed last week, we’re observing a consistent trend in business: the shift from physical spaces to digital ones. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that the office isn’t disappearing—it’s just being reformed from a wider range of building blocks (spanning both bricks and pixels). For facility managers, this means that future success will be found in adapting to better maintain both physical and digital spaces within their building. Read more

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Care for Critiques with your CMS

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CMS, or “content management systems,” are the industry standard in digital property management. The tools that CMS provide for users improves organization, responsiveness, and overall maintenance of properties.  So for you building managers, ask yourselves this: what makes for a good CMS?

 

What are the attributes that make for a good system to manage my building? There is a lot to consider, but the overarching theme when it comes to having a strong CMS is this: easy and mobile are the two most winning components. Let’s get right into it then. Read more

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Commutes gone? Welcome to the “Oculus Office”

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Fifty years ago, business was done almost exclusively via face-to-face meetings (supplemented by landlines and the postal service). Today, we harness the ability to send massive amounts of information across the globe within seconds. And, tomorrow, we’ll be more likely to sit at virtual conference tables than real ones. We are a society that may be headed into an era of the “Oculus Office.” Read more

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“Social Management” in Facilities Management: The relevance of Social Media

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Social Media is a digital phenomenon that has come a long way since it was invented in college dorm rooms, and other places, far from the corporate structures that house them today. What started as a way to create social networks, has evolved into a multi-faceted beast: a tool for enterprise, networking, and connectivity, all on a mobile device.   The explosion of social media is still, well, an explosion. The numbers at the Pew Institute don’t lie:

 

  • Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005.
  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 23% of online adults use Twitter
  • 26% use Instagram
  • 28% use Pinterest
  • 28% use LinkedIn


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Big Data, Big Results




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Regardless of your industry, it’s virtually impossible you haven’t heard someone throw out the phrase “big data” over the past few years. But, truth be told, it’s not the size of the data that really makes a difference—rather, it’s the quality of the analytics. Kristian J. Hammond of Harvard Business Review had this to say:

 

“…what you want and what you need is to turn that data into a story. A story explains the data rather than just exposing it or displaying it. A narrative that gives you context to today’s numbers by exploring the trends and comparisons that you need in order to make sense of it all.” Read more