When was the last time you sat and thought about how much facilities management has evolved over the previous 50 or even a mere five years? Here's the kicker; facilities management has changed more within the last year, at least in respect to data use, than the entirety of data gathered before the advent of computers. Ninety percent of all data in existence was generated over the last two years, notes Bernard Marr of Forbes. Moreover, that is only a fraction of the advancements in today's level of technology for use in enterprise integrated facilities management.
Challenges Within Enterprise Integrated Facilities Management
Implementing enterprise, integrated facilities management initiatives is a difficult project to undertake. An organization may have a multi-site portfolio, worked with hundreds of potential vendors, lack access into meaningful data regarding its assets, and face a mounting maintenance backlog. However, modern facilities management is about much more than just ensuring customers are safe in today's world. Modern facilities management involves building on customer experiences through the best possible facilities and keeping costs at infinitesimally small levels. Unfortunately, real challenges to implementing integrated facilities management services exist, including:
- Facilities continue operating with disparate systems. Disparate systems may reflect the existing maintenance backlog, substandard energy monitoring, and more.
- Existing assets are out of date and require more energy use than reasonable. Simply running an outdated HVAC unit can cost thousands of dollars annually.
- Shareholder support for new processes and technologies is minimal. Shareholders expect results, which is commonly interpreted to mean lower costs deriving from maintenance and facilities management.
- Implementing enterprise integrated facilities management will require an upfront investment. Demand for cost avoidance savings leads to budget cuts, and implementing new approaches, especially integrating enterprise facility services, will incur a slight increase and change to budget management in short-term facilities spend.
Technologies Power the Smart Building up Today
The technology responsible for the increased level of intelligence used in today's facilities include:
- Smart, Internet of Things-enabled sensors, sub- load energy monitoring on meters, materials in use, automated systems.
- Integration of sensors and information-gathering components with an overarching facility management system.
- Implementation of an advanced computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).
- Big data analytics that comes through mountains of data to identify correlations and patterns within existing operations and help Facilities Managers understand what went wrong (descriptive), what is going to happen if conditions remain unchanged (predictive) and what needs to happen to achieve an optimal result (prescriptive).
Why Enterprise Integrated Technologies Are Valuable
Humanity is on track to generate more data than anyone can imagine, and the state has great potential, especially for organizations and departments that operate within shrinking budgets, namely facilities management and maintenance management. At the same time, enterprises are growing, and everyone is looking for the best way to stay competitive with Amazon. Thus, more companies are looking to understand their existing operations through the technologies that empower enterprise integrated facilities management.
Consider Enterprise Integrated Facilities Management for Your Organization
Each of the technologies has a similar component. They rely on the latest generation software and hardware to empower Facilities Managers with more knowledge and information to make informed decisions. Also, the connected ability of these assets and systems allows Facilities Managers to expand the reach beyond their immediate physical location, taking advantage of remote monitoring capabilities, working with third-party resource providers and gaining real end-to-end visibility.