As I sit in Sao Paulo Brazil and look across the city, all I see is a maze of buildings for as far as I can see. Are these buildings "Smarter"? My wager is that most (all?) of them are not. There are many ways to make a building smarter. Most articles I have read over the last few years have been around "energy consumption". While energy consumption is an important aspect for reducing the operational cost of a building, there are many additional ways to reduce costs while improving the satisfaction of their tenants.
Through's the acquisition of Tririga, IBM entered the Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) marketspace. IWMS is an industry term for the broader management of all aspects of the building, from financial, portfolio management, to basic operations such as office key management. Now we can manage our portfolio and understand how to improve it. Is a lease about to expire and we have to decide whether to renew it? Are we managing office space as efficiently as possible? And now the building energy management solution that has shown significant success at Tulane University is now part of that same solution family.
So while energy management is definitely important, its not the only way to make your buildings, and building management, smarter -- and Smarter means better --