7 Must-Have Facility Management Software Integrations for 2020
Your facility management software may be pretty impressive already. But it could be even better. You might not even realize all the other ways you could be using it to enhance the employee experience, optimize energy usage and get a better handle on your real estate costs, for instance.
If you want to get the most out of your solution, here are seven facility management software integrations that will enhance functionality in the coming year without adding to your tech stack.
7 Must-Have Facility Management Software Integrations
1. Digital Signage
Digital signage is a network of electronic displays placed in strategic locations throughout a workplace that provide the workforce and visitors important information. This includes company updates, local news and weather, upcoming events, and employee directories.
Digital signage can also be used as a medium for wayfinding and room reservation. Employees can see a list of available meeting rooms, reserve one and then get step-by-step directions to the location. With digital room scheduling panels that work with your reservation software, they can even reserve a space as they’re walking by. Digital signage is an integral part of successfully implementing flexible work arrangements, such as hot-desking and office hoteling.
2. Energy Management Software
Energy conservation and waste reduction should be high on your organization’s priority list, especially if you want to attract new investors and new talent. Both of these groups (and the general public) place a lot of value on your commitment to the environment. As a result, energy management software is one of the most important facility management software integrations.
Energy management solutions like Aquicore and Current, powered by GE collect data from various building systems, such as HVAC and lighting, and communicate this data to your facility management software. You can then analyze this data and identify opportunities to reduce operating expenses and optimize energy use.
3. Internet of Things (IoT) Sensors
Internet of Things (IoT) sensors passively collect data about the workplace and the workforce, such as space utilization, traffic patterns and occupancy levels throughout the day. This technology gives you objective insight into how your workplace is being used and enables you to make smarter decisions.
IoT sensors enable companies to simultaneously make the workplace more efficient and improve the employee experience. In other words, IoT sensors allow you to execute predictive maintenance, utilize smart lighting schedules and create a more efficient, comfortable workplace.
iOFFICE’s facility management software integrates with many IoT sensors, including:
4. Lease Management Software
Lease management software provides on-demand access to important information about every property in your organization’s real estate portfolio. This includes monthly and yearly lease obligations as well as contract start and end dates. In addition, lease management software can be used for multiple types of lease agreements, including those for assets, insurance and utilities.
By integrating lease management software with facility management software, your organization gains full visibility into the true cost of ownership of every building and asset. You can determine which properties and equipment are no longer generating a positive ROI and find opportunities to optimize your real estate portfolio.
5. Occupancy Planning
Real estate is the second largest expense for most companies, so it makes sense to take advantage of any opportunity to optimize space utilization.
But to effectively reduce wasted space without negatively impacting the employee experience, your organization must understand how occupancy levels fluctuate throughout the day, week, month and year. To gain this insight, you need to integrate strategic occupancy planning and forecasting software with your facility management software.
Occupancy planning software like SpaceTrak automates data capture and analysis, reducing the risk for human error and, in turn, empowering organizations to make smarter, more confident real estate decisions.
6. Project Management Software
Your company’s opportunities may be endless, but your resources are not. That means the ability to stay organized and prioritize tasks is essential.
Project management software helps your team see the big picture and take a deep dive into the requirements of every step in a long-term project, from initial budget planning to the one-year post-mortem. And by integrating project management software with facility management software, your organization gains even greater visibility into costs, capital and resources.
7. An Employee Experience App
As more companies move away from assigned seats, they're recognizing the need to help their employees find each other, find space and find the resources they need. For that reason, 59% of workplace leaders say they plan to add mobile apps that help employees better navigate the environment. An employee experience app eliminates common frustrations, improving engagement, collaboration and productivity.
Finding the Right Facility Management Software Integrations
Connecting your facility management software to other trusted solutions can offer significant benefits to your organization, such as eliminating redundancies, reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving decision-making.
But sometimes it can be difficult to find the right integrations in a seemingly endless marketplace. Fortunately, if you’re using iOFFICE’s facility management software, our team has done the vetting so you don’t have to.
To learn more about our facility management software integrations, explore the iOFFICE Marketplace.