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Extend Asset Life with Condition-Based Maintenance

By Danielle Moore
Director, Channel Marketing
SpaceIQ

Clockworks Analytics and iOFFICE + SpaceIQ Announce Integration that will Enable End-to-End Condition-Based Maintenance 

After driving significant value in the Building Analytics and Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) spaces, respectively, the companies now provide an integrated approach to identifying and resolving building maintenance issues proactively.

Clockworks Analytics, the world’s most widely utilized cloud-based building analytics company, and Archibus by iOFFICE + SpaceIQ, a widely deployed and highly trusted IWMS, have formally announced the launch of a new integration that will help facilitate a condition-based approach to maintenance by helping building management teams identify and resolve building issues based on real-time HVAC and equipment performance diagnostics.

The Clockworks Analytics Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) platform plugs into existing Building Management Systems (BMS) and metering systems and analyzes thousands of data points every five minutes to prioritize the highest impact building issues related to energy performance, indoor air quality, equipment operation, and avoidable costs. iOFFICE + SpaceIQ’s all-in-one workplace management platform Archibus empowers building professionals to manage and optimize space, operations, and maintenance—including facility management tools such as work orders, preventive maintenance scheduling, asset management, and capital planning.

The new integration will close the loop on the equipment maintenance lifecycle. BMS and equipment diagnostic data from Clockworks will be synced over to Archibus where asset information—performance history, type, and location—can be viewed alongside asset diagnostics. These insights, combined with configurable workflows in Archibus, will help facility teams quickly address the highest-priority FDD issues and automatically generate work orders that are routed to the appropriate in-house technician or outside vendor. With this combination of data, scheduled maintenance can also be completed at the same time, further optimizing the maintenance schedule.

Read the full press release, download our guide, or register for our webinar to learn more.

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SMB Facilities Management

By Devon Maresco
Marketing Coordinator
SpaceIQ

While small businesses don’t have the budgets or the resources that Fortune 500 companies do, they do have competitive advantages. Agility is one—particularly when it comes to physical workplaces. Small companies need to make the most of limited space and don’t have the luxury of allocating to X, Y, and Z. Instead, SMB facility management revolves around maximizing space through multi-purposed governance, emphasis on space utilization, and ROI-minded decision-making.

SMB facilities management is as much proactive problem-solving as it is adapting. To keep the company agile and its workplace efficient, facilities managers at smaller companies need facilities that transform based on demand. This is only possible through intelligent space planning, workflow orchestration, keen workplace governance, and technology-driven operations.

Here’s a look at how smart SMBs approach facilities management and what it takes to keep facilities aligned with a company that’s growing—often quickly and on a tight budget.

What is small and midsize business (SMB) facilities management?

The goal of facilities management is to keep the workplace functional and efficient through smart governance. Do you have the right desking concept to enable productivity? Is there proper space allocation across different business units? Are the desks, chairs, and other workplace amenities comfortable and accommodating? Facilities management touches anything that enables employees to do their best work.

For SMBs, facilities management comes down to adapting the workplace to the changing needs of the business. As it grows larger and becomes more complex, the business’ operations will change—and so will the way it utilizes space. Facility managers recognize the need for change and help growing companies adapt by ensuring the workplace supports new operational demands.

Through strategic facilities management, SMBs are able to provide a safe, functional, comfortable, accommodating workplace that enables growth by enabling productivity. It turns the workplace into a true asset, to justify the cost of overhead by increasing ROI.

Benefits of facilities management for SMBs

When approached with foresight and tact, facilities management unlocks a bevy of potential for small and growing businesses. Being proactive about facilities not only mitigates bottom-line costs, it can also raise the bar for top-line growth by enabling better productivity. Some of the most important benefits of facilities management include:

  • Safe and secure facilities that promote accessibility, yet safeguard access
  • Streamlined operations through better space efficiency and utilization
  • More affordable facilities and better budgeting for upkeep and maintenance
  • Better transparency when it comes to company operations and activities
  • Easier management, upkeep, and improvement for space across facilities
  • Better adaptability and more flexibility to accommodate business growth

To understand the complete scope of facilities benefits, companies need only to look at the focus areas of facilities management: technology, health and safety, culture, environment, maintenance, and operations support. Emphasis on strong facilities management practices equates to benefits in these areas—which ultimately serve to drive the company forward.

How does SMB facility management software help?

Facilities management has become an increasingly involved process as digital technologies connect physical workplace attributes to digital insights. The bridge between physical and digital comes in the form of SMB facility management software. Companies need a way to aggregate workplace data, cost information, maintenance and support tickets, and various other aspects of facility oversight. Software offers this centralized platform and gives administrators a window into understanding the workplace and its needs.

The chief benefit of management software is as a control dashboard. From floor plans and asset management to utilization insights and cost center monitoring, software brings facility insights together and makes them actionable. This helps not only facilitate responsiveness from facilities, it also ensures that the actions administrators take support the mission of the business in the right way.

Software also offers the added benefit of scaling with the company. As SMBs shift, evolve, and grow, their needs change just as fast. Facility management software follows this agility and allows workplace managers to act in tandem. Instead of waiting for the needs of the business to force changes in facilities, administrators can meet those needs proactively and with confidence. The result is a smoother, more stable path to growth and less time spent catching up.

Facilities management is the key to SMB growth

Used right, the workplace is a competitive advantage for any company. For small businesses especially, facilities are a foundation for growth and success, and support critical operations at-scale. To do this, they need to be as agile as the company, which takes keen emphasis on facilities management. The ability to plan for growing operations and take a cost-conscious approach to maximizing facilities is what gives SMBs an edge over larger companies.

Thankfully, facility management is becoming simpler for SMBs thanks to accessible software and a growing recognition of its importance. Any company poised for growth and reliant on facilities needs to look at their operations through the lens of facilities management and ask a simple question: how can well-managed facilities support a fast-growing company?

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