Growth in Facility Management Technology
Since being recognised as an industry in the early 1980s when the International Facilities Management Association was established, facilities management services (FM) have swiftly developed. FM will increasingly be focused on customer service and better results in the future rather than on assets, buildings, and plants as it once did.
Some of the areas which experienced this growth are as follows:
Facilities management software, smartphone apps, and linked devices are currently used across a wide range of industries in 2022. These technological tools will continue to be a part of regular operating procedures for facilities management services.
However, the combination of robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) will produce environments where nearly every component—including doors, windows, lighting, HVAC systems, and CCTV—has a unique identification and is fully connected.
Technological developments from the space era will continue to influence FM, particularly in terms of preventive maintenance management techniques. With the help of sensors, almost any facility component can be monitored without the involvement of a human. Organizations can shift away from preventative maintenance duties and toward more predictive maintenance strategies thanks to this real-time data and tracking.
Wellness and Health
The trend toward more flexible space is complemented by the growing attention to the health and happiness of both tenants and employees. There are two key ways that facilities management services must handle this problem.
Focusing on health and wellness has advantages beyond simply improving inhabitants’ moods. Employees in green buildings scored higher on cognitive function than while they were breathing the air in conventional buildings, which shows that healthier workplaces decrease the cost of absence and boost productivity.
Although outsourcing is nothing new, more and more businesses will rely on its flexibility to free up their internal staff to work on other projects while saving money.
Facilities management services that are outsourced offer knowledge, assistance, and resources that work as a strategic partner without the expense and inconvenience.
Integrated Facilities Management (IFM)
Many businesses that are looking to outsource their FM will choose a supplier that offers integrated facilities management (IFM). As previously mentioned, facilities management is rapidly changing and becoming more sophisticated at a never-before-seen rate.
IFM providers, who fill the gap and provide businesses streamlined processes to boost their company productivity, will proliferate in the future of facility management. This decreases the number of suppliers a company needs to manage and provides a single point of contact, improving responsibility and control.