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You can’t spell STRATEGIC without IT
December 16, 2014
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Steven McKissick
I have done some recent blogs on CRE Strategy, particularly the importance and value of a well-defined strategy aligning a CRE organization to the overall corporate strategy. One of the critical aspects of that strategy is the Information Technology (IT) factor. Understanding, aligning, and inevitably leveraging the corporate IT strategy is key for CRE organizations going forward. Normally, we work with clients who are using a technology solution or number of solutions that were originally implemented to address a specific tactical need with little or no focus on data management, integration...
Tuning Real Estate to Business Needs
November 18, 2014
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Phil Wales
In a recent survey conducted by CFO Research entitled Working Smart: Value Management for Corporate Real Estate, 150 senior finance executives from major global corporations were asked about the role of real estate in the success of their corporate missions. Today, I want to focus on four of the salient observations that have a direct bearing on the success of our clients both in the services they offer and in the technology they deploy. OBSERVATION #1 REPORT FINDING: In the past, real estate has been treated almost as an afterthought in a company’s business planning. Today CRE...
Game Plan
October 16, 2014
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John Schaffer
The World Series is just around the corner, and my home town is quite excited about our Royals and the possibly of bringing the crown back to Kansas City. I’ve been a Royals fan for many years, and every year seems the same. We start out the season looking decent and then taper off about mid-season to the point of giving us no chance of success. Twenty-nine years is a long playoff drought, so we’re excited to see them going to the World Series and finally seeing success that this city has longed for. How did they do it? There are likely a number of things, but after years of...
You Bought It, It Can Do It, but You Can’t Make It Work?
September 30, 2014
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Steven McKissick
Every new project in a CRE organization is created to address a business need. In today’s “there’s an app for that” environment, these projects usually involve a technology solution. So why do so many technology projects struggle to deliver?  Organizations invest time and resources on these projects, so it’s disappointing when these projects don’t deliver a solution that aligns with expectations, the project delivery takes far longer than planned, or the solution implemented does not actually solve the problem. Sometimes all of the above. Again, why...
The “I” in IWMS Pertains to More than Just Technology
September 03, 2014
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Phil Wales
The dominant technology solution in the real estate and workplace management world is the Integrated Workplace Management System, or as we all know it, IWMS. There has been a lot written about the importance of the first letter in that acronym, “I.” The word integrated is the key driver for this class of software, but I want to focus on a more important aspect of IWMS – or more specifically, of successful IWMS deployments. First, a definition: Integrated is an adjective that describes its subject as: combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a...
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