As anyone involved in the world of facilities management knows, this is not a static industry. As corporate strategies change, consumer preferences evolve and everyone's expectations grow, the modern facilities manager needs to adapt as well. Are you ready? Are you sure?
One of the more recent trends is the growing importance, if not outright requirement, to systematically capture and store data from an FM program into a modern FM software system. Only by knowing what's happening across a range of locations (e.g. stores, restaurants, buildings, facilities) can anyone truly gain transparency and understand performance of all the elements involved in maintaining operations and brand standards.
Facilities managers with true visibility into their program can gain actionable data, identify problems and deliver superior performance. However, as pressures continue to increase, transforming facilities management into a more strategic domain that can drive substantive business impact will be an imperative.
Ready To Be A 2020 FM?
Within the next few years, there will be real opportunities to "get a seat at the table" and demonstrate how the FM function can deliver shareholder value. But to do this will require a forward thinking approach, collaboration with both internal peers and external partners, and most importantly, creative and unique ideas on how to tie repair and maintenance (R&M) operations into an organization’s broader based strategy.
So, what is the facilities manager of the future planning for and learning about today to position his/her career - and company - for the highest likelihood of success? There's one place to find out. Check out this brand new comprehensive ebook - What You Need to Know to Succeed in Facilities Management in 2020. It's already become the 'go-to' handbook for those focused on advances in the facilities management field.
In it, you'll find the specific ways to start thinking about your business now to get yourself ahead of the curve. We cover a range of topics, such as:
- Smart sensors and self-monitoring equipment
- Internet of Things
- Integrated R&M, revenue, traffic and even weather data
- Eco-friendly practices
- RFID, drones/UAVs, BIM, biometric systems
- Omnipresent mobile technologies
It's imperative that any facilities management professional, or in fact, anyone responsible for ensuring quality customer experience and exemplary brand standards become knowledgeable on all these topics because the future's coming up fast - and it's not waiting for you.