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Networking Building Management Systems

Networking building management systems in smart buildings creates efficiencies and saves money. Organizations need multiple building management systems communicating with each other in order to deliver operational cost savings and customizable solutions. That's why – in an effort to save $24 million in rent costs, $4 million in energy costs and $12 million in operational costs annually – the General Services Administration (GSA) has networked building management systems to modernize their offices.

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Takeaways from The Agile Workplace Conference 2014

Last month AgilQuest welcomed a record number of attendees to the 4th annual Agile Workplace Conference. Twelve workplace industry experts and practitioners, in nine breakout sessions, presented on this year's theme, "The Sharing Economy: What's In It for Me?" to an engaged group of participants. Group discussions throughout the day dove deep into topics addressing challenges in the modern workplace and the mobile workforce.

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Identifying Mobility Types In The Workplace

Did you realize that understanding the different mobility types in your organization could potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate? Each different style will have different workspace needs and with strategic space planning, an organization could cut real estate and improve operational sustainability. For example, business units with 300 desks, eliminating 20% unused desks could increase profit margin by $600,000 per year.

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What To Expect At The Agile Workplace Conference

Strategy and technology must complement one another in order to achieve, and hopefully even exceed, business goals. Whether you are starting up workplace programs or have been mining 'Big Data' for years, there are always new efficiencies that ever-changing technology can reveal, and enhanced strategies to get you to your goals with more speed and accuracy.

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The Key to Successfully Adopting Office Hoteling

Any change to 'business as usual' in the workplace, such as rolling out a new office hoteling program, require careful and deliberate communication to educate workers and encourage adoption. It takes more than just technology and rhetoric to transform an organization and its work culture. Having a defined process in place is critical for workers to accept and adapt to physical and cultural workplace changes.

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Why You Need A Space Utilization Analysis

Do you know on how much unused space you're sitting on? Do you know what that's costing your organization?

Knowing how much space is actually being used on daily basis can really help you cut out a great deal of excess cost.  The goal of an actual space utilization analysis is to establish a baseline of current utilization, reveal opportunities for efficiencies, and then use that data to build a case for optimizing the use of space to maintain productivity and competitive advantage.

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Guest Blog: Space Experiments, by Naomi Stanford

Frequently asked questions about moving office space tend to fall into four categories: the IT implications, flexible working, 'results only work environment' (if you're changing traditional performance measures) and a list on the workspace itself. In the work that I'm doing at the moment it's the final list - on workspace - that we're focused on. Below are some of the questions I've collected in the various pieces of work I've done on recently that people are now asking in the current work.

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Communicating Personal ROI in the New Workplace

These days, the 'new workplace' is one where employees are asked to embrace new technology, get comfortable with unfamiliar telework practices and even give up their dedicated desk. While all these changes are ultimately beneficial to all parties involved, it's important to have a communication strategy in place that effectively helps workers understand the need for such changes and the value they receive in return.

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New York Times highlights hoteling success at GSA

Hoteling has become so popular with business and government that media like The New York Times have finally recognized this space-saving and people-pleasing technique as newsworthy. Hooray for hoteling and high-fives to the leaders at GSA, who are using AgilQuest’s OnBoard technology to make it easy!

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