The ENTOUCH Blog

11. 22. 2017

Why Open-Standard Infrastructure Platforms Are the Future of Facilities Management

Open-standard infrastructure platforms are key to successful integration of facilities management systems.

Establishing a smart, preventative maintenance program and keeping up with technology are challenging topics in facilities management. However, newer systems are evolving, and facilities managers must weigh the pros and cons of working with newer platforms or sticking with legacy systems. Meanwhile, newer systems are increasingly reliant on connectivity and open-standard infrastructure, leading to fears of increased costs and lengthy upgrades. Open-standard infrastructure is a relatively simple concept, and since it is projected to grow, understanding how it applies facilities management is essential to maintaining profitability in your department.

1. What Are Open-Standard Infrastructure Platforms in Facilities Management?

Open-standard infrastructure refers to systems that integrate well with other platforms, a key consideration for facilities managers looking to tap into the power of the single pane of glass management model. Although the Equifax hack brings up the topic of caution during integration and advancement, it does not negate the importance of using open-standard infrastructure to drive facilities management forward. In fact, open-standard platforms are on track to replace closed-structured platform use in facilities management, explains John Fenske of Facility Executive.

2. How Does an Open-Standard Infrastructure Enable Better Facilities Management?

An open-standard infrastructure allows facilities to move beyond the limitations of static systems. In other words, open-standard infrastructure can integrate with newer, more advanced analytics platforms, accelerating the analysis of data, driving actionable insights and taking advantage of leveraging other technologies, including machine-to-machine learning and automation. Consequently, facilities managers can effectively do more with less.

3. Open-Standard Infrastructure Increases Adoptions Rates

Open-standard infrastructure also helps to increase user adoption rates. For example, the use of facilities management systems in senior care requires systems that track the facilities census, activities taking place and more. As a result, the activities completed by nursing staff, doctors, administrators, maintenance personnel and others must feed in continuously to the facilities management system.

However, the need to maintain patient privacy and ensure unmatched continuity of care means the system must be intuitive and seamlessly integrate from patient-facing devices, like in-room thermostats to bed-tracking systems. Therefore, systems that enable open-standard infrastructure, promoting the sharing of information across systems, are more likely to be embraced by staff members, so facilities managers can put the everyday responsibilities of non-facilities management personnel to work and benefit the overall facility.

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4. It Builds Brand Value Through Information Sharing

Open-standard infrastructure also helps build brand value through information sharing. Since systems integrate with new systems and platforms as they become available, facilities managers can focus more on using information, including that gathered from external resources through big data, to increase an organization’s profitability. Furthermore, savings can materialize through information sharing and the applied use of analytics which reduces overhead expenses and increases the value of your brand. Among companies working with a third party to manage data analytics and open-standard infrastructure platforms, the potential impact on brand value is even greater, allowing a third-party to leverage co-company data to drive value in individual companies.

Open-Standard Infrastructure Restores the “Light” to Facilities Management

The digital age has the potential to radically change how facilities management functions. While traditional facilities management systems function in-house, the rise of cloud-computing and software-as-a-service open the opportunity to save even further, explains Deloitte, eliminating redundancy and creating equilibrium throughout the industry. However, taking advantage of newer, cloud-based systems and platforms is only possible through systems that integrate well with others. An open-standard infrastructure in facilities management is essential to taking advantage of the technologies and resources to improve facilities management tomorrow. Learn more about the value of an open-standard infrastructure in smart building solutions by visiting ENTOUCH online today.

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