World Workplace 2017 FM:Systems has been attending IFMA’s World Workplace conference and expo for the past 31 years and I am honored to have just attended my 6th.

World Workplace is one of the biggest shows we attend each year and is the best place to network with facility and real estate professionals, learn how they are managing their facility space and get insight into new trends and innovations in the facility management industry.

FM Academic Awards and Foundation Celebration Fundraiser

On Tuesday night we attended the FM Academic Awards which recognizes scholarship recipients who are presented with their awards and also highlights new Accredited Degree Programs. I manage the FM:Systems Educational Grant Program—a 6 hour offering for colleges and universities that is designed to give students an overview of the capabilities of facility management software—and enjoy seeing the professors I’ve worked with over the years at this event. The entire evening consists of networking, a silent auction and games that benefit making FM a career of choice.

Announcing the launch of FM:Interact bookME

FM:Interact bookMEWe recently launched bookME, interactive digital signage that is placed outside of meeting rooms that gives employees the ability to reserve conference room space on the fly. bookME extends the functionality of FM:Interact’s industry leading Space Management solution to the entire organization by enabling employees to view room availability and reserve spaces with a user-friendly mobile interface. It was great to see the interest around bookME throughout the show first hand.

Flexible Workspace for the Mobile Employee

Almost every conversation I had tied back into how mobile today’s employees are and how organizations are in need of a solution that will support today’s new approaches to working, including the requirements for flexible workspace, the ability to quickly support cross-functional teams and more collaborative areas that break away from the traditional practice of one employee assigned to one workstation.

FM:Systems Space Reservation module supports these new ways of working and allows organizations to provide their employees with the flexibility of reserving as-needed space when they need it—whether it be reserving a workstation for the day, a meeting space with specific amenities or walking up and reserving a conference room on the fly for an ad-hoc meeting.
The configurability of our product allows organizations to meet these rapidly changing demands and help them realize new business value—all while providing their employees with a flexible workplace.

Presenting on “The Future of Utilization”

Brian Haines, our Vice President of Marketing, had a Solutions Arena presentation on, “The Future of Utilization– Do you know how your employees are interacting with your space?” This presentation explored emerging new technologies such as the FM:Systems FMx remote sensing platform, employee facing kiosks and mobile devices that are enabling organizations to better understand how their employees are interacting with their space. He also discussed the benefits and limitations of different occupancy utilization tracking methods, tools and workflows which can help you better understand the concept of real-time utilization and how your space is really being used.