Facilities Friday - An integrated solution for smarter buildings, part 2: The Value of an integrated solution
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  environment energy-management tivoli space-management sustainability maximo-asset-management facilities-management green ibm-energy-management smarter-buildings meo energy energy-optimization energy-monitoring energy-efficiency space-planning
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An integrated smarter buildings solution, simply stated, should integrate with your building management system(s) & monitor facilities/building assets in real-time, capturing data that can be used to improve energy efficiency, asset performance, and ultimately reduce operating costs and environmental impact. You really need to be able to collect such data into a central repository, which, in turn, will enable greater analytical and optimization capabilities that can help increase overall building management effectiveness, reliability and productivity. Let's review the benefits by throwing them into a list to make it a little easier on the eyes:
- Increased building management effectiveness and productivity
- Increased building energy efficiency
- Increased building occupant satisfaction
- Reduced facilities operating labor cost
- Condition-based maintenance
- Single view of building data
What about space?
There's so much more to this already compelling smarter buildings story...it unfolds almost daily, and our next Facilities Friday blog, scheduled for June, will certainly add a few missing pieces to our puzzle... please, stay tuned :)On the space side, building owners and managers need to understand the usage of the buildings they operate, the occupancy level of the facility, the occupancy cost and the ability of the building space to serve the type of business conducted in the building. With occupancy often being one of an organization's largest costs, and new increased employee mobility trends, facilities managers are faced with an ongoing need to reduce costs around space and better utilize existing space. Having information such as floor plans and assets within a facility or building readily available can help space planners better manage their utilized and available or unused space.
Additionally, and equally important for both facilities and data center managers, the ability to inventory and trace cabling, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure provides users with access to critical information during maintenance activities that will minimize impact and down-times and help with moves, adds and changes. I think we can spend an entire blog on this, so let's do that somewhere down the line (just didn't want to leave it out of our "conversation" today.)
Let's talk TRIRIGA
Our recent acquisition of TRIRIGA, a company rated by Gartner as the leader in Integrated Workplace Management Software (IWMS), contributes unique capabilities to smarter buildings. TRIRIGA software helps clients make strategic decisions regarding space usage, evaluate alternative real estate initiatives, generate higher returns from capital projects, and assess environmental impact investments. With TRIRIGA, we’ve added 3 major capabilities to our Maximo portfolio, namely Real Estate portfolio management, capital project management and Energy & Environment Sustainability.
Together IBM and TRIRIGA will help customers improve building operations, reduce operating costs, lower energy consumption and enhance occupant satisfaction, helping organizations improve their ability to:
-- manage their facilities and facility infrastructure covering the breadth of operations and maintenance
- forecast future real estate requirements, evaluate and prioritize among alternative real estate investments, manage capital projects and assess environmental initiatives
- unite departmental silos, creating one consistent view of information, and employ seamless business processes that connect multiple functions with a single enterprise-wide solution
I'd like to leave you with a little light reading... here is the latest case study, hot off the presses, that highlights our headquarters in Armonk, NY:
IBM’s headquarters showcases solutions for Smarter Buildings