Facilities management can be defined as the tools and services that support the functionality, safety, and sustainability of buildings, grounds, infrastructure, and real estate.
Facilities management includes:
Types of facilities management. There are two basic areas: Hard Facilities Management (Hard FM) and Soft Facilities Management (Soft FM).
For people to do their best work and feel engaged in their environments, they need to be in buildings that are safe, welcoming, and efficient. Facilities management has a hand in everything that surrounds the people in facilities and on the grounds. Where they work, play, learn, and live should be comfortable, productive, and sustainable.
Superior facilities management will contribute to your organization’s bottom line, impacting the short- and long-term value of property, buildings, and equipment. Your efforts can be crucial to:
People spend 87% of their time in buildings. See how to improve your operations to make their lives more comfortable and maximize efficiencies.
In its first worldwide Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) MarketScape report, market research firm IDC highlights TRIRIGA for its innovation, flexibility, functionality, and industry expertise.
Real estate is the second-highest cost for an organization and effective space management can result in cost savings up to 30%.¹
The average capital project is 80% over budget and 20 months behind schedule, but adopting capital project management technology can lead to up to a 45% reduction in overall project costs.²
Employees in the U.S. waste 160 million days per year searching for desks, office rooms and colleagues. That’s a loss of USD 27.5 billion per year nationwide.³
Companies that rank high in employee engagement have 59% less turnover, 17% more productivity, and 41% less absenteeism.⁴
A smart building with integrated systems can realize 30–50% savings in existing buildings that are otherwise inefficient.⁵
The technology in facilities management includes both software and systems. Vast amounts of data are generated by built environments through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, wi-fi, meters, gauges, and smart devices. The most effective solutions enable facilities management departments to make good use of this data by infusing analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) into an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS). These technologies deliver cognitive capabilities that make computer-aided facilities management possible — so you can analyze and learn from data, enabling you to achieve real-time visibility, perform predictive facilities maintenance, and create more productive, cost-efficient environments.
Across numerous industries and company sizes, facilities managers have a wide range of important day-to-day responsibilities. These managers need to both plan ahead and also be ready for various tasks within any given day. While the manager’s responsibilities often include:
... there are also ways to improve the performance of each responsibility that will fill the manager's schedule:
In the IBM Institute for Business Value 2021 CEO Study, 56% of CEOs emphasize the need to “aggressively pursue” operational agility and flexibility over the next two to three years. One implication is that as many enterprises return to their offices, the workplace ideally becomes a destination where employees want to gather and collaborate — connecting safely with each other. And then there is already the need to create a return-to-the-workplace strategy. Learn more from the following blogs.
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With the onset of COVID-19, GRE was able to move 95% of IBM’s global employees from the office to home by using our own solutions. Now we’re preparing for the move back to the office, with the ability to monitor adherence to pandemic-related protocols, and to verify health credentials.
Deliver solutions that use data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to help clients better understand their facilities and make informed decisions.
An integrated workplace management system (IWMS) that can increase the operational, financial, and environmental performance of facilities and real estate.
Leverage data to make better-informed and data-driven decisions for intelligent real estate and facilities management.
As artificial intelligence is integrated with building management systems and IoT devices, it has the potential to improve occupant experience, increase operational efficiency, and optimize space management and asset utilization.
Explore how the workplace as a destination is changing the way facilities managers are optimizing space for safety, productivity and improved experiences.
¹ Research and Markets (Link resides outside ibm.com)
² McKinsey & Company (Link resides outside ibm.com)
³ Senion (Link resides outside ibm.com)
⁴ Gallup (Link resides outside ibm.com)
⁵ American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (PDF, 1.2 MB)