Building Engines Blog | Real Estate Technology | Mobility
While many of us use our mobile devices to stay upstream of the latest viral news and videos, the idea of mobility itself is becoming a viral concept. With the latest technology that mobile providers and mobile engineers are now bringing to the table, or perhaps tablet, the definition of “empowered” is being redefined for workers on the move. Standard mobility is not without its limitations however. In order to create true unity between a mobile device and an organization’s workflow, the technology must support it – at all times. The key? Seamless data synchronization.
Work today is much more an action as opposed to a place – you’re not chained to a desk anymore. You don’t have to go to your desktop computer in order to complete work that you do. Instead, you’re out working with your constituents, customers or tenants. Questions come up in real time, issues come up in real time, and you deal with them in real time – without a stack of paper or through a tethered computer.
With Apple stock hovering around $700 and already the most valuable company in the world, they probably don’t need much additional help from the real estate industry. But I think they’re going to get it anyway.
Building Engines today announced the upcoming release of a next generation mobile app (BE Mobile) as an extension to its Property and Tenant Management Platform. Leveraging new and powerful mobile technology, Building Engines’ enhanced mobility platform combines the independence and power of an “onboard” mobile application with the depth and flexibility of its core operations management solution.
According to Michael Crowley in his article Handheld Computing Devices Improve Managing Work-Order Data, what businesses were not planning for, however, was for handhelds to merely speed up the collection of poor-quality work-order and asset data collection. Even then, data was only coming to the companies who were using handhelds regularly.
On June 29, 2007, Apple released the first iPhone to the public. People gawked over the innovative touchscreen interface and quickly became mesmerized by the ever-growing number of apps that work to ease everyday tasks… or help procrastinate from them.
When you think of social media, do you picture Facebook, Twitter and millions of young people posting updates on their lives such as: “Score! Just watched my 15th episode of SVU in a row…” While this obviously happens more often than not, social media is also a constant supplier of the latest and greatest in the world of CRE. Don’t believe me? Here’s three examples of CRE masters who whipped up social media tools into a lasso for tenants and investors:
Learn how building operations teams are picking up the “phone” to improve service, equipment maintenance, worker efficiency and response time with our latest and greatest in mobility resources to improve building operations.
HTML5 is to mobile applications what Jackson 5 was to Motown – pretty jazzy. Web applications have been written in HTML or derivatives of HTML for years now, but HTML5 is busting onto the scene as the latest and greatest in development standards.
What’s so great about it? Its enhancements allow web applications to look, act and behave more like a native application than ever before. Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you, but don’t Blame it on the Brogie: we recently spoke with MobilityCIO’s Matt Brogie to get the breakdown of why HTML5 matters to CRE professionals.
There is an endless limit (oxymoron?) to the specific mobile capabilities that you can bring into the building management space. However, you can’t just drop a piece of technology into someones hands, say: “faster, better!” and expect optimal results. A better approach is to consider the role perspectives and how mobility can solve your problems based on the business need and the business function. Yes, the goal of a mobile strategy is to make teams and workers more efficient and effective with their operations, but before you start yelling Kanye’s “Stronger” lyrics at your team, think about how mobility will specifically impact the different areas of business operations.
In this free webinar for senior management and operations executives, our panelists will share how to utilize mobile technologies to:
-Alleviate key business pressures: reduce costs, maximize worker efficiency, and increase the longevity of capital assets
-Improve tenant service by proactively monitoring tenant needs and addressing them quickly through mobile technology
In order for a response time report to be truly representative of what is happening in the field, the engineer overseeing the work order needs to be updating it in close proximity to their actions. Unfortunately, teleportation still hasn’t been invented [NASA, what have you been up too??] and in the real world, property managers frequently bear witness to a complex work order progressing from new to complete in a matter of minutes. This should raise a flag redder than Turkey’s.
Changes in society are often most clearly manifested in those with the least experience in it. If you want to benchmark how the world has changed, just watch a baby.
People are busy, and not only their lifestyle, but their workstyle reflects that. A client, tenant, prospect, colleague are “on” so long as their phone is. Today, that is how you should expect to reach them. Illustrating the trends of a mobile workstyle, here’s an infographic from Gist:
The CRE workforce is increasingly accepting this concept: work is an action, not a place. “Work” is now often joined with terms like “on-the-go” and “in the field.” The rise of mobile and other technologies is changing the image of professional space.