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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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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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Smarter Working Conditions for Smarter Facility Managers

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Facility managers’ effectiveness has always been limited to things they hear and see around their buildings—whether first-hand, or through tenants’ reports. But, what about the things they can’t see?

 

In many cases, invisible issues ultimately end up becoming visible only once they develop into a full-scale problem (such as when a corroding pipe finally starts to leak on those below). And, while many problems are as simple as a mop and a repairman, others—such as faulty electrical systems—can potentially create life-threatening danger. Read more

A Personalized Touch

Smarter facility management starts with having the right data points.

 

Today’s world is one in which watches count steps, phones track traffic, and lights automatically dim or brighten upon our arrival home. Unsurprisingly, this “Internet of Things” is redefining the way that people live—streamlining everyday actions for greater efficiency, improved health, and financial savings. Read more

Woman vs. Machine

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Sometimes, there’s no substitute for the things that make us human.

 

Each day, we fall further and further behind our machine counterparts in a wide spectrum of skills. We’ll almost certainly never catch up in math, information retention, or data processing speed. And, while we’re creating new categories of jobs as a result of technology, there’s still no getting around one simple fact: machines are replacing human labor at a faster rate than we ever anticipated.

 

Luckily, the growing irrelevance of our left brain is only creating more opportunities for our right brain to thrive.

 

In fact, according to a July 2015 Fortune article, we’re still lightyears ahead of computers in a number of skills crucial to success in the workplace—including items such as empathy, storytelling, and social collaboration. What’s more, we’re increasingly finding that women tend to excel in these arenas:

“On average, women are better at many of these increasingly valuable skills than men are. Overall, they reliably score higher on tests of empathy and social sensitivity than men do. Since research shows that the best-performing groups tend to be those whose members are best at those skills, it follows that groups with a higher proportion of women tend to do better. In fact, some research shows that groups consisting entirely of women are more effective than groups that include even one man.” –Geoff Colvin, 2015

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How the Changing Work Environment is Affecting Facility Management

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The work environment as we know it is changing by the day. The disappearance of isolated cubicles and the “lone wolf” mentality of the 80’s are ushering in a new office environment with fewer partitions, open collaboration areas, and engagement with employees to drive productivity while reducing costs. Read more

The Five Myths of Facility Management Software

Untitled design(3)Given that facilities management is such a rapidly changing industry, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of misconceptions out there. In the spirit of clearing some of these up, we’ve put together a list of the 5 most common myths about facility management software that we’ve come across—along with explanations for why they are more fiction than fact. Read more

The Changing Face of the Workplace: A Move to Human-Centered Tools

Untitled design(2)Millennials will make up 50% of the work place in 5 years and 75% in ten years. Unlike previous generations, these digital natives are not satisfied with traditional corporate structure or rules.

 

According to a recent Deloitte report, millennials are searching for companies that foster innovative thinking, nurture emerging leaders, foster innovative thinking and let them make a positive impact on the world.

 

Now, that’s all well and good – but what does it mean? Read more

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