Digital Information versus Traditional Information in Facility Management Services

Around the globe, consumers and businesses are turning to technology and digital information to improve their lives and operations. Smart devices like Nest thermostats, energy-efficient lighting and connected appliances are commonplace; furthermore, this unprecedented explosion of technology is ripe for the taking in improving facility management services, reports the Areo Blog. In fact, digital information and facility management services can improve your business in several ways.

Integrated Facility Management Services Isolate Spending Inefficiencies

Take your existing computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). Web-based platforms enable integrated facility management services like proactive, maintenance scheduling and the information within can be analyzed through advanced algorithms to identify spending inefficiencies. If maintenance of your HVAC system require excess costs, repairs could be inefficient. However, your organization cannot act on this until the information is consolidated; moreover, the digital age makes connecting different points in facilities management easier than ever before.

Digital Information and Solutions Encourage User Adoption

Let’s face it, digital is ‘in’. Digital information and solutions in facilities management services encourage user adoption. While tracking things manually with pen and paper may work, it is extremely inefficient. More so, who wants to spend their afternoons at work digging through a filing cabinet? Since it is easy to search digital systems with a click of a mouse or the command of a digital assistant, users, partners and staff members are more likely to use and enjoy the system.   

Digital Facility Management Services Are Scalable

Facility management also faces immense pressures to cut costs even in instances where the business is expanding. Rather than cutting maintenance budgets, which could stymie future growth, companies may roll out digital services across the entire enterprise at a fraction of the cost to establish and manage in-house solutions and systems in each location. Scalability enables expansion of facility management services without high investments of maintaining in-house systems. Some businesses will want to leverage their investment they've already made in existing systems, so integration into new technology will allow for scalability and continued use of existing systems.

New Sensors and Technology Enable Retrofitting of Equipment to Track Usage

New business does not necessarily mean the building is new, but modern technology and smart devices can be adapted and retrofitted to any building system, enabling proactive maintenance tracking too.

In fact, a past QSI partnership with a major wireless service provider was able to identify excess redundancy in the company’s energy management system (EMS). The provider’s system was simply too expansive, filled with unused capabilities and lost opportunities.

QSI pioneered an out-of-the-box product that met the provider’s core needs, installed it and saved thousands. In addition, QSI went a step further by installing the new system in hundreds of stores, eliminating the headache and simplifying the retrofitting and rightsizing process, thus improving  automation.

Other applications of retrofits may include installing smart thermostats to control HVAC system operation and lighting sensors to control lighting circuits.

Tracking more operational aspects results in better control over your assets and information gathered from such devices can be leveraged to improve efficiency and reduce the costs associated with traditional data management in your facility, explains Charles E. Miles of Health Facilities Management.

Think about how long it takes to turn off a HVAC unit. Now, reflect on how long it would take to shut down the system for each unit of a 100-unit building. Multiply that by 100, reflecting a business with 100 locations. The simple act of adjusting the thermostat could encompass one employee’s full-time day, so automation directly cuts costs and improves visibility as well.

Data-based decision-making also helps to reduce risk in your business by eliminating the assumption risk factor. People make mistakes, and while your organization can learn from its mistakes, how much could you save by avoiding them altogether? The solution lies in leveraging digital information in facilities management services through tracking key performance indicators, compiling metrics, integrating solutions to reduce such risks, scheduling service in advance, nationwide deployment, on-demand services and emergency services. Through a continuous improvement process, QSI leverages lean Six Sigma principles to track, manage and deliver on all services, resulting in guaranteed cost savings for your company.

High-Capital Investments in Your Business Demand Better Asset Management through Digital Technology

Your business relies on assets, which may value into the millions of dollars, so you need a way to ensure high-capital investments like smart devices and automated HVAC systems benefit your enterprise. The key to gaining control over your assets and facilities management costs lies in knowing where costs arise through digital information. Leverage the power of digital technology and intelligence with QSI integrated solutions by visiting us online or calling 1 (877) 283-8177 today.

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