Jan 03, 2017 in Viewpoint

The trends of 2017

2017. Mapiq is positioned right in the middle of the thrilling smart building playing field… The predictions say that smart buildings global facility services revenue will grow from $625 million in 2015 to more than $8 billion in 2021. What are going to be the trends in the smart Bbuilding world?

Anne Wernand
by Anne Wernand
Trend report
Trend report 2017

All about the people

No matter what the benefits and challenges are, the future of smart buildings is all about the people inside. The key metric companies use to measure space—cost per square foot—is focused on efficiency. Few companies measure whether a space’s design helps or harms performance, but they should. They have the resources. The same sensors, activity trackers and smartphones that they eagerly enforce on emplyees to reveal their habits and behavior can be used to benefit the workforce.

As data shows face-to-face interactions are by far the most important activity in an office. Employees belonging to a small, tight-knit group of co-workers who spoke frequently with one another were not only happier in their jobs, they also got more work done, shared ideas faster and divided up tasks more efficiently. Just by tracking how face-to-face encounters within a group changed from one week to the next could predict changes in the employee’s job satisfaction with up to 60 percent accuracy.

We believe that in the upcoming year it is not the building but rather the people who are going to be the central figure in the smart building story. Smart software is going to evolve around the connection between people and buildings. The best smart building solutions know how to support face-to-face interaction and ad hoc encounters between colleagues at the office.

"It will not be the building, but rather the people who will play a central role in the smart building story"

Mapiq trend report 2017

Creating an eco-system architecture

The era of command and control is over. Organizations are searching for a new way of organizing. The workplace transforms; the organization is organically built around collaboration. This change in organizational structures generates a new time where the workplace works as a feature. Rather than creating a collection of individual, single purpose apps, we must start thinking in terms of an app ecosystem that takes real advantage of this new paradigm. Right now, the smart buildings market hurts from a fragmented ecosystem. This year it is time for change. Companies who set up a reliable ecosystem of specialist who work together to create the best projects will become the frontrunners in the smart building technology.

Smart software during the construction phase

Ambitious sustainability goals will continue to drive adoption of smart building technology. This is rather a given than a choice. Related to this trend we see a change in instigator of a smart building project. In the past, tenants often commissioned for purchasing Mapiq. Nowadays more and more the real-estate owners together with property developers start to implement smart software at the construction phase. Sharing over join systems makes moving in, moving out, renting more or less square easier. We believe this is the backbone of the flexible building movement alias the Mapiq Mindset.

"Workplace-as-a-service is going to be part of a package that an office building offerss"

Mapiq trend report 2017

Sharing data

Data sharing and the use of web and IT standards are of vital importance to be able to cross application borders and prevent a technology lock-in. The apps in this ecosystem can range across an entire business. They are cloud-based and sold as a service. Many of these tools can be used “out-of-the-box” without major installations, simplifying technical audits. Cloud-based B2B organizations, like Mapiq, often have extensible APIs, which allows them to run smoothly alongside the software already being used. The rich information generated and shared across apps is what makes the difference between allowing people to make decisions, and empowering them to make the right decisions and provide them with the best support.

HR upgrades its game through smart buildings

2017 is going to be the year human resources transforms itself. Companies are starting to realize that one of the biggest risks to their employees’ health is stress at work, which is why many are striving to create a more pleasant environment. After yoga classes at the office, fruit baskets and personal budgets it is time for software to get in to the game.

Although we assume flexibility is reached his limits we will not see personal desk returning to the office any time soon. Having private place gives workers a sense of quiet and dependability. Flex desks worsen stress among a huge part of the employees. To attract the best talent, companies need to adapt their employee benefits packages to the individual counting the software. Smart Building software has the potential to decrease this problem by giving them insight in the building again and knowing what employees need so they waste no time searching. Besides, they employees can again create their own space in their IT environment. Software companies enable end-users to select interface elements in the software they are using individually.

Asset optimization

Another trend within sustainable impulse is the optimization of buildings instead of construct new. Increasing operational efficiency of buildings will be a major focus. Instead of taking a costly “rip and replace” approach to upgrading legacy building systems and assets, building managers can improve operations with technology solutions that enable them to retrofit existing systems with sensors, securely delivering asset data to the cloud.

"In 2017 organisations are going to realize that the rich information generated is most valuable when it is shared"

Mapiq trend report 2017

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