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The Network of Space Newsletter

The Newsletter is the one place you can count on to hear about the latest industry news, AgilQuest product and services updates, upcoming events like webinars, as well as tips, hints and guides for managing your workplace. Sign up for the Newsletter Here to have the latest news sent straight to your inbox.

Deep Green!

There's more to greening the commercial real estate sector than double-paned windows and curly light bulbs. George Bouri, a Principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP, calls for a wholesale transformation of the workplace.

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George Bouri leads the Capital & Real Estate Transformation practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP. With 18 years professional experience, he has become a thought leader in aligning business and real estate strategies, particularly in articulating how “green” practices can boost ROI and generate shareholder value. His client roster includes multiple members of the Fortune 50. Network of Space tracked him down in late March to chat about the greening of American and global real estate.

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Demand-Based Building Operations

Adopting a Demand-Based Workplace Model can slash capital outlays, boost productivity and reduce your carbon footprint - a real triple play.

by John H. Vivadelli, President
AgilQuest Corporation

The process called “telework” (sometimes referred to as telecommuting, workforce mobility or other terms) employs technology to separate the activity called “work” from the physical location called “work.” With telework, work is something you do, not a place you go. Telework uses technology to move work to people, reducing the need to move people to work.

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Visioning Your Workplace

A key management challenge in transforming traditional office space into a flexible work environment is minimizing risk.

Today’s employees demand a flexible work environment that keeps pace with their constantly changing needs. Technology has untethered them from their fixed desks and freed them to work from anywhere. Many organizations have found that redesigning their workplace systems can lead to enhanced employee satisfaction, improved collaboration and higher productivity, and reduced capital outlays for office space.

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Measure Actual Use of Space for Corporate Real Estate

Corporate Real Estate (CRE) executives need an effective way to measure and understand the actual use of their office real estate portfolio.

Executives need to know where, when, and how users actually interact with the work environment so they can provide their fellow employees with a highly effective workplace tuned to the changing needs of the organization.

Real time, or near real time, “Actual Use of Space” data enables corporate real estate managers to deliver a highly productive, optimally-sized work environment that gives workers the space they need whenever, and wherever they need to work.

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Cisco's Building 14

 The crucible of innovation in corporate real estate is a non-descript office building in San Jose, Calif. Inside, Mark Golan is redefining the relationship between worker and work space.

A chat with Mark Golan, Vice President of workwide Real Estate and workplace Resources for Cisco Systems, and Chairman of Board of CoreNet Global.

Mark Golan is a thought leader in re-envisioning the workplace. A vice president of worldwide real estate and workplace resources for Cisco Systems, he was recently appointed chairman of CoreNet Global, a professional association of corporate real estate executives. At Cisco, he manages about 160 employees and oversees 17 million square feet around the world. His objectives: cut costs, enhance productivity and boost employee satisfaction. Cisco’s renowned Building 14, in San Jose, Calif., functions not only as Golan’s center of operations but a living lab for his ideas. “Network of Space” spoke to him in early December.

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Yippee for IPPI

 Interface turns your Cisco VoIP telephone into a workplace managment tool.

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Interface turns your Cisco VoIP telephone into a workplace management tool

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Had your alphabet soup today? Here are two acronyms for you: VoIP and IPPI.

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London-Based Companies Waste £1.58 Billion in last 12 Months on Office Space

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Companies in London are paying for empty desks that occupy some of the most expensive commercial real estate in the world.

 With the increasing impact of wireless technology and flexible working, more and more executives are working out of the office for longer periods as City-based companies embrace flexible working strategies to get the most productivity from their workforce. This means their workspace is unused and left empty, but still needs to be managed and paid for.

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Lean, Mean Realty

 

Four employees in Hartford, CT manage the globe-spanning real estate assets of United Technologies Corp. Ron Zappile, Director, Global Real Estate Operations, tells us how.

Ron Zappile is Director, Global Real Estate Operations for United Technologies Corporation, the 42nd largest corporation in the United States last year. He and his tiny staff at United Technologies Realty manage billions of dollars of assets that house 215,000 employees in over 4,800 locations in 62 countries. UTC’s diverse divisions, engaged in businesses ranging from helicopters and air conditioners, elevators and fire protection systems, don’t fit easily into any single real estate template. “Network of Space” chatted with Ron the other day to uncover his management secrets.

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Space Utilization - It's about the People, not the Space!

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Today, it is insufficient to only know your inventory of space and how it is allocated.

Many facilities managers use Space Management Systems (CAFM, IWMS, etc.) to track space inventory and define how each space is allocated. They use these systems to search for "vacant space", or rooms which may be allocated to a department, but not assigned to anyone.

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Rush Hour Will Never Be the Same!

Technology is liberating workers from the tyranny of the central workplace, scrambling commuting patterns in the process.

By James A. Bacon
Capital One is conducting one of the more interesting experiments in organizational management today. In its "Future of Work" pilot project, the credit card giant is lavishing funds on a radical rethinking of the relationship between workers and the workplace. If successful, the program will make Capital One more competitive by boosting productivity, giving employees more control over their home/work balance and cutting real estate overhead - all but guaranteeing that the "Future of Work" model will replicate faster than a bird flu virus in a Petri dish.

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Telework, the Network of Space and Continuity of Operations (COOP)

After 15 years of pilot programs, presidential directives and legislative mandates, the time for telework is now.

By John H. Vivadelli
Telework is a viable strategy for ensuring continuity of federal operations during a disaster. So says the report, "Making Telework a Federal Priority: Security is Not the Issue", issued by the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) [demo text only] Need to insert PDF. A dispersed workforce minimizes the negative effect of a single point of failure on the operation of the organization.

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AgilQuest Announces OnBoard Version 3.1.2

In mid-December AgilQuest released version 3.1.2 of its OnBoard Workplace Management System. OnBoard provides organizations with a means for measuring the actual use of workspaces, for scheduling shared workspaces and conference rooms, and for routing telephone extensions on a scheduled or event-driven basis. This new release adds several new capabilities:

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The United States as Margaritaville

Interview with Jim Young Chief Executive Officer, Realcomm

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Jim Young, the CEO of RealComm is a man on a mission. He puts on trade shows, seminars and best-practice tours devoted to the application of technology to the commercial real estate sector. The United States, he warns, is losing the race for technological supremacy, and nowhere is the decline more evident than in commercial real estate. “Network of Space” caught up with him earlier this month, and he gave us an earful. If you’re looking for happy talk, skip this interview and move to the next story.

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Accounting for Empty Offices

The accounting profession needs to re-think the way it accounts for chronically under-utilized real estate.

By James A. Bacon

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Matt Fahy remembers a vivid case study from business school, a scandal involving a man who had convinced savvy Wall Street investors that he owned a portfolio of buildings under construction in New York City. Somehow, the con man finagled a way to get onto the construction sites and show people around as if they were his buildings. Appearances were deceiving: The man owned nothing but people thought he was worth millions.

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The Agile Workplace: Why Now?

Read about a Real Estate strategy that increases worker productivity and workplace satisfaction while creating dramatic cost savings at the same time. Find out how The Agile Workplace works.
By AgilQuest

This whitepaper covers the important questions and issues:

  • Thinking Strategically
  • Technology Advances
  • The Changing Work Group
  • Changing Business Conditions
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Government Initiatives
  • Changing Demographics
  • Commute Issues
  • The need for sustainability
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Working in a "Network of Space"

 

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Federal Telework Accelerating, Still Needs Attention

The federal government has made phenomenal strides in implementing telework in just the past year, demonstrating that it is possible to increase employee satisfaction and take commuters off the road while addressing management concerns about security and productivity. According to a recently released 2006 survey of 542 federal employees by CDW Government, Inc.:

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What’s Not to Like?

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by James A. Bacon

Improved morale, higher productivity and dramatic savings in real estate costs... TIGTA is executing a telework/hoteling strategy that shows how government agencies can save millions. Ken Carlson was delighted when his employer, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), implemented a telework program. As a senior auditor checking on the Internal Revenue Service, he had spent most of his time poring over electronic documents on his PC or traveling to far-flung cities to review files on-site. A physical presence at his office in Atlanta was not necessary to do either.

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The Guru of Gridlock

 

Tim Lomax, co-author of the 2005 Urban Mobility Study, says there’s no simple remedy for traffic congestion -- Americans need to try a wide range of strategies. His thinking could pave the way for the Network of Space.

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A Chat with Andy Fuhrman

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AgilQuest recently chatted with Andy Fuhrman, executive director of OSCRE, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate. Here`s what we found out.


Q. First of all, Andy, what is OSCRE? It`s not to be confused with the Academy Award Oscars, I take it? Or Oscar the Grouch.

A. I hope no one confuses us! The Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the real estate industry. We take a fairly broad approach in defining "real estate industry" and include all supply chain stakeholders who deal with land, buildings, structures or infrastructure.

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AgilQuest Helps Lockheed Martin Move the Office to the Worker

AgilQuest Helps Lockheed Martin Move the Office to the Worker

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Where is it better to work, at home or at the office? Before you answer, consider that maybe there is a third choice that combines the best advantages of the two.

The third choice is called a Telework Center. It`s very near home, but it has all the benefits of an office. All that`s missing is the long commute.

"Technology now makes it possible to book your office on demand," says Darryl Dobberfuhl, Program Manager of Telework Services for Lockheed Martin, an organization that, with George Mason University, runs telework centers in the Washington DC area for the General Services Administration. Dobberfuhl says that on any given day hundreds of commuters choose to work at one of the GSA-sponsored centers, each one saving the time and expense involved with commuting to their normal “downtown” office.

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Take the AgilQuest Challenge

How much can your organization save?

Have some fun and take the AgilQuest Challenge. Here it is….

  • Walk around your office area and count out 50 assigned workspaces.
  • Count how many are actually occupied and how many are empty.
  • Do this a couple of times on different days and at different times, but use the same 50 spaces.

What was your actual use? A friendly bet: You’ll find that the overall use is below 50 percent!

If we’re right, you have an opportunity to save a lot of money.

If we’re wrong, we won’t be far off – and you still could save some money.

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Vivadelli Contributes to Book of Software Thought Leaders

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John Vivadelli, president and founder of AgilQuest Corporation, has contributed a chapter to "Software Leadership Strategies" a book featuring CEOs of some of the nation`s leading software companies. Vivadelli was selected by the editorial board of the Inside the Minds book series as a thought leader in the software industry.

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Redefining the Workplace

To fulfill the promise of the mobile workforce, we need to invest less in asphalt and more in bandwidth.

by James A Bacon

Technology is transforming the relationship between people and where they work. To fulfill the promise of the mobile workforce, we need to invest less in asphalt and more in bandwidth.

John Vivadelli, the CEO of AgilQuest Corporation, propounds a vision for the workplace of the future. Gone are the days when people, in lemming-like masses, all hop in their cars at the same time, drive to their offices along the same congested thoroughfares, do their jobs at central office complexes, then repeat the grueling commute on the way home …. day after mind-numbing day.

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John Vivadelli to Help Set e-Business Standards for Real Estate Industry

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Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate
OSCRE Workgroup to Define Key Industry Metrics

John Vivadelli, president and founder of AgilQuest Corporation, has been elected to chair a key workgroup of OSCRE, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate. A non-profit organization of industry leaders, OSCRE works toward the adoption of e-business standards that will facilitate coordination along the real estate supply chain.

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A Chat with John Vivadelli, President of AgilQuest

Q: John, you’ve argued that enterprises are investing billions of dollars making their workers mobile but fail to reap the full savings from that investment. Can you elaborate?

A: You have to realize that People/Process, Technology, and Facility are interconnected. Each of these impacts the other two. So, anytime we speak of higher bandwidth, telework or mobility, we need to think about how these impact people`s work processes and the facilities in which they conduct these processes. Technology enables mobility, and mobility strongly implies - in fact, demands - that people, work from multiple locations during their business day. Yet, many managers still assume that one person requires one office to get things done. People get assigned an office, regardless of how they actually use it. We spend millions on laptops, PDAs, cell phones, and high-speed and wireless networks to increase mobility -- and then we assign a person to one desk! This is ridiculously expensive.

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