Tech providers can drive the transformation of smart buildings
From remote working to critical cloud infrastructure and security, the impact of technology has totally transformed the workplace. Front and centre for high tech businesses with a global footprint is the need to stay connected, using smart digital solutions to increase security whilst reducing inefficiencies and cost.
There is a growing need for smarter building technology, that enables firms to monitor their global operations and control these centrally. The key to this is utilising master system integration to get your local IT infrastructure sending data to the cloud, and collaborating with a partner who has engineers to help develop this functionality.
Smarter tech also brings benefits in terms of people. Technology has changed our expectations about what the workspace should be – and what it should offer. Not only can your estate become more efficient, but so can your people, whilst also providing improvements to wellbeing.
One thing we do know, as the technologically enabled world of work continues to move at great speed, it is important to leverage technology to empower your people and your business to work as effectively as possible.
Innovation takes collaboration
Digital transformation is accelerating at a speed of knots. But no sector is better poised or more experienced than the tech sector at driving positive disruption. World’s leaders of innovation across their products, tech providers have the gift to also be at the forefront of smart buildings.
With advancements in AI and cloud infrastructure, businesses are now looking to integrate building management systems that enable pan global visibility and centralised controls that records the quality of their facilities from air flows to water circulation.
Developing these solutions requires teamwork, and a partner that truly understands your needs and can deliver on your ambition. A build partner who has MEP engineers to help develop the AI functionality, provide training and allow internal facilities teams time for testing and commissioning to ensure a smooth interface between all involved.
The tech sector has been one of few industries that has seen some protection from the recent crisis as green shoots of opportunity have arisen to help other industries adapt to new ways of working. Nevertheless, for some there has been a contraction in traditional revenue streams as companies and consumers have cut back on planned investment.
As businesses evaluate the impact crisis has made to their bottom lines, the long-term thinking required to emerge from the current challenges will be the ability to do more with less. Property portfolios need to work more efficiently from the use of space to the running costs, as do the people that occupy them.
Our findings show that over 77% of employees in Malaysia believe they would be more productive at work if their employer invested in a higher quality workspace. As businesses plan their future spaces, they should consider how to incorporate the tools that will enable their people to be most productive in the workplace, whilst leveraging remote technology to help optimise their running costs.
When it comes to wellbeing, space is equally important. In Malaysia, those in good working conditions are more optimistic about their working lives; they are more likely to feel positive about their work than those in poor conditions, with 82% agreeing they frequently meet their objectives.
Many companies may be asking their employees to stay home for longer as they redesign their spaces to adhere to social distancing guidelines but as we look to the future, the best employers will be looking to understand what their people really want from their workplace and how to create a sense of belonging.
Our research shows that aside from flexible working practices, the availability of plenty of fresh air was most important to people, being rated of importance by 54% of employees, with natural light being rated a priority for 46% of respondents. This highlights the significance of MEP as employers look at enhancing their estates to better serve their people and their wellbeing.
Organisations that find ways to leverage smarter use of technology to create environments built around people rather than business functions, will find this has a significant role to play in empowering their people as well as their business.