What we THINK about: facilities management & smart buildings

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With the new year in full swing, I have been getting many questions about our upcoming event, Think. Questions such as: Will there be a focus on facilities management and smarter buildings? Will there be real use cases around how IoT & AI make buildings smarter? Are there certification opportunities? Will the entertainment be magnificent? The answer to all of the above is, of course, yes.

Specifically, I have had several opportunities to speak with clients who are building the business case to head to IBM THINK for a week of networking, learning and sharing. I’ll share with you what I have shared with them.

40,000 new friends await you at Think

We are expecting 40,000 of the world’s most inspiring innovators, leaders, and thinkers in one place. That’s a lot of brilliance under one roof. On top of that, Ginni Rometty and our newest IoT General Manager, Kareem Yusuf, will share their thoughts about the huge changes happening in facilities, factories and other asset-intensive businesses.

A redesigned campus setting to help teach and inspire you

Buildings, asset management and industrial industries will take the center stage in the “Reimagine your Business” Campus. There will be 90+ campus theater sessions, 61 Watson IoT client & tech sessions and the Watson IoT keynote. There will also be 18+ hands-on labs and Watson IoT certifications. So much to learn, so little time.

A robust facilities management track to go deep

As track chair for IoT/ Facilities management, I have had the distinct honor of helping to curate a track that is intended to create deep insights into some innovative approaches to managing facilities. Just a few of the great facilities management topics that our clients will spotlight during the event are:

  • Smart buildings 101: How to use your buildings data to help you unlock value for your organization.
    This session, with the worldwide facilities leader for E&Y,  will be a good level-set for existing and prospective facilities management leaders. Most importantly, we will be showcasing some of the newest investments made in Tririga.
  • Driving operational excellence through smarter buildings: This session expands on the strategy that asset-intensive industries and facilities leaders are employing to create and extract value from their investments.
  • What CFOs and Financial Managers Don’t Know about Their Property, Plants and Equipment with Tony Bailey from Umpqua Bank will be a great session on how organizations are dealing with the FASB and IASB lease accounting changes, and how they are working to automate and analyze their way to compliance.
  • Don’t Fear the Dark: Using Dark Data to Make Enlightened Facilities Management Decisions with UMass Amherst and their integration of IoT data as well as GIS and other data elements to “shine a light” on new insights about the way they manage their campus of buildings.
  • The Future of Work and Its Impact on Workplace Management will showcase how next-generation technology is being put to work in the office today, and is featuring an update from ISS, as they continue to transform 25,000 buildings globally as they continue the journey to bring AI into play in their facilities, and predict and pre-empt technical issues, as well as create more engaging journeys for their occupants.
  • In Buildings 2050: The Cognitive Building and Digital Twins, we will hear from Dr. Claire Penny on the use cases that are emerging today for digital twin. The groundwork for the buildings of tomorrow is being created today. If you don’t know about digital twin and how it relates to buildings, check out this webcast.
  • Competing in retail with the “Connected Store” will showcase how the IoT is being used to improve the experiential, as well as operational environment in fast-moving retail environments, and what it might mean to the workplaces of the future as well.

If you want to go deeper on facilities management or one of our other exciting tracks, let IBM Watson help you build the perfect curriculum.

Nobody gets bored in Vegas

I would be remiss if I did not mention the receptions and networking opportunities that run continuously through the event, and an entertainment line-up that continues to grow. There will be three (!) concerts featuring Train, the Bare Naked Ladies (BNL) and the Chainsmokers. Definitely something for everyone. There is more than enough excitement to leave everyone exhausted.

Register now

I hope that helps put some of the huge investment IBM is making for you into perspective. You should now have all the ammo you need to make the case to your leadership to attend Think. I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas with me and 39,999 friends.

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