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Big Data – Another Perspective
January 16, 2014
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There was a recent article in WIRED magazine about the growing power of data in driving decisions. What I found of interest in the article was not the impact of big data and the ingenious use of that data to solve problems, but what happens after we come to rely on such data. There is a cautionary tale for those of us who focus on analytics in our world that I will share in the rest of this blog. The 4 Stages of Data Analytics 1. Pre-Disruption – This is the stage before algorithm-powered decision making, and the one so many of our real estate client organizations are in. Decisions...
Project Survival through the Holidays
December 12, 2013
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Jon Lee
The team is gathered in the conference room for the meeting. “We’ll start in five,” the project manager announces, “We can’t start without Tim; he’s the key player for this meeting.” “Tim’s on vacation, he’ll be back next week,” states a team member. The rest of the team is anxious, their regular day role calls, end of the year activities are backed up and need to get done. The project manager is visibly stressed, the sound of deadlines are whooshing by in her head. Dedicated project resources need decisions made before the...
Giving Thanks
November 27, 2013
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Phil Wales
I once heard it said that if a man isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Well, I am here to tell you that I am acutely aware of how blessed I am. My blessings start with my family. I know that I am lifted up by their love and the faith we share in our creator. I am also thankful for the opportunity to do what I do each and every day. I do not take it for granted that we live in a uniquely enabling country where I have been free to start an organization that has grown into the premier workplace consulting organization that...
What is Really New in the Industry?
November 15, 2013
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Steven McKissick
Enough can’t be said about how the latest and greatest technology continues to improve at an exponential rate with immediate impacts on our day-to-day life. Moving nearly as fast are technologies impacting Corporate Real Estate (CRE). Today’s CRE executives are faced with a dizzying amount of hardware and software solutions that all promise problem resolution. Throw in that these solutions also integrate with today’s easy-to-use mobile devices and offer customizable apps, then add the increased importance of corporate sustainability programs, and you can see that CRE...
Scary Software Stories
October 31, 2013
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Mark Schaffhausen
Since today is Halloween, it seems appropriate to share part of an old article I recently came across. I don't have any personal experience with any of these projects and only mean to call attention to them in the context of the story (and its title). When reading these software implementation horror stories, I am reminded of Mike Singleton's recent blog, Test Twice, Go-Live Once and Phil Wales' webinar from October 2012, Top 10 Barriers to a Successful IWMS Implementation - And How to Resolve Them. The conclusions in both of these blogs and webinar highlight the need to...
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