Top trends in facility management in 2015
By Lora Mays, Product Marketing Manager
Saying goodbye to 2014 in just a few short weeks has given us the opportunity to look forward to 2015 and what that year will bring for the real estate and facilities management industry.
As we saw in 2014, cloud-based facilities management software has made technology more accessible, allowing organizations of all sizes to automate their facilities management that otherwise could not afford costly on-premise solutions. More and more organizations will steer toward technology solutions to streamline their processes and automate manual tasks, such as issuing work order requests, managing their assets and preventive maintenance, and communicating with vendors.
As a result, there will be even more of a focus on Business Intelligence. Automating your processes with a software solution like 360Workplace enables you to track your data and report on it in real-time or on a regular basis. Our customers use this insight to determine how they can improve efficiencies and further cut costs.
Not surprisingly, we see that mobility will continue to be a driving force. Facility managers have always been mobile due to the nature of their jobs, and now technology has eased communication struggles and made it easier for technicians to do their jobs without having to check in at the home office. Mobility increases productivity and spurs operational efficiencies, both of which are crucial to driving profitability from the core of your business – the real estate and facilities department.
Integration of the key pillars of the real estate and facilities department will continue to transform the industry and drive operational efficiency. For instance, linking facilities and space has eased move management and space planning, while adding lease administration to the mix ensures that you know how much you are spending per occupant – a crucial number for any facilities professional.
All of these factors contribute to a holistic view of real estate and facilities, which will continue to elevate the role of facilities managers. We’ve seen industry leaders address this – the launch of Facility Executive magazine in place of Today’s Facility Manager in January is a key example of how the role of facilities managers has already, and will continue, to change.
With an increased attention on strategy in 2015, facilities management will continue to become a more prominent role within the organization – establishing them as a key executive within their organization and increasing career opportunities in the process.