Overlaying FM knowledge with the latest digital technology can produce excellent results, and will be an important tool for FMs in reimagining the workplace, predicted the experts at Facilities Show Connect (8 -10 June). This was itself an immersive digital experience that included product demonstrations, insightful webinars and opportunities to network.
The week featured a series of product demos and tech talks focusing on the latest innovations from a range of software specialists. They were on hand to demonstrate how their systems can help support the new hybrid workplace environment, by offering a range of applications, ranging from visitor and access management in a building to supporting people based at home.
Alongside this were demos of the latest technologies that help automate FM’s ability to collect, store, analyse and distribute vast amounts of data. These innovations mean that facilities managers can monitor and control assets more easily and can use the data gathered to improve business processes that result in cost savings based on real time facts and figures.
Throughout the week there were online demonstrations on a wide range of products; plus the opportunity to put questions to the vendors following the presentations.
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The interactive product sessions were interspersed with insightful webinars on the Future of the Workplace, ways digital FM can accelerate your cost saving, compliance and engagement strategies, and the benefits of data driven decision making.
The Future of the Workplace – A Global Perspective, focused on research by MRI Software in partnership with CoreNet Global. With both tenants and landlords considering or implementing physical changes in the office to address social distancing and hygiene concerns, both parties intended to increase the use of technology to help them manage the challenges.
But as Paul Bullard of FSI noted during the session on digital FM, when we look at the latest tech it’s about taking the data it provides and applying that with ‘people’ factors. This view was echoed by Alan Rose of CadM who advised that the office needs to be repurposed as a destination – where people visit to do something specific.
One of the important things to consider when repurposing the workplace, he said will be adaptability and it is technology that will help us understand whether we’ve got the new look office right.
During the FMJ hosted session, Data Driven Decision Making, which concentrated on how the data gathered is properly utilised, Hazel Bedson, Strategy Director of Service Work Group offered some valuable advice on getting buy-in from the senior management team.
Mark Griffiths, Founder & MD of MSc warned that it’s important to consider that organisations will use data in different ways and the key is to determine what works for you and not to be overwhelmed with the choices on hand.
Offering a valuable snapshot of a real user experience, Edward Payne Chief Engineer, Kettering Hospital described how a series of basic software systems were upgraded into one seamless data-based solution which means that everyone utilising the system has access to real time data.
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