Highlights and Thoughts: ARCHIBUS Nexus 2019

French Quarter, New Orleans

Recently, RSC attended the 2019 ARCHIBUS Nexus Conference in New Orleans. The trip was filled with lots of good food and beautiful accommodations from the Chophouse steakhouse and the InterContinental hotel. The conference week itself was full of catching up with old friends and colleagues and intriguing discussions about the facilities world’s present and future. Below are some of RSC’s favorite highlights from the speakers at the conference.

Where is the facilities world currently?

Dr. Sarel Lavy, from Texas A&M, talked about the current state of the facilities world to demonstrate how using data can drive performance. Lavy had conducted much of his own research concerning how the facilities world is being most utilized and the importance of facilities in today’s economy.

For example, did you know that the global facilities economy circulates $1.1 trillion? Did you also know that 20% of the U.S. GDP is contributed to by the facilities field? This is great news for facilities as we grow and look for future expansion opportunities.

Lavy was also able to narrow down the most important KPI’s in the facilities world—out of almost 200 KPI’s found in literature on the subject— to four main categories:

  • Financial (Cost)
  • Physical (Condition Assessment)
  • Functional (Occupancy / Utilization)
  • Survey (Satisfaction)

Knowing that these four KPI’s are given the most attention helps the facilities world immensely. Measuring performance in general allows facilities managers and IWMS providers to know what clients are looking for in terms of output from their IWMS system, and deliver the best, customized product to companies looking to track assets. In turn, the big data that companies gain from IWMS systems can drive and inform their own strategic decisions in an array of areas.

ARCHIBUS Serraview Merger

Last year in December, ARCHIBUS and the Australia-centered IWMS company, Serraview, merged and are now working on merging products. New products will incorporate ARCHIBUS’s wide range of modules and capabilities with Serraview’s cloud-based, IoT-powered platform. Read more about this in our later article, ARCHIBUS and Serraview Merger, and ARCHIBUS’s article on the subject.

ARCHIBUS Workplace

ARCHIBUS is currently working on a light-weight, responsively designed, quick-responding user interface called ARCHIBUS Workplace. This application will allow employees within a company to find other employees, find work and meeting spaces, and request moves through their phones, tablets, and other devices. This mobility is an exciting step forward for the facilities world.

Sustainability and Resiliency

Another fascinating speaker was Dr. Sarah Slaughter, who talked about making buildings more sustainable. As the president of the Built Environment Coalition, she focused her discussion around two key words: resilience and sustainability. According to the Built Environment Coalition, resilience is “the ability to accommodate changes and disruptions over time and maintain critical functions of all interdependent systems”1 and sustainability is “the improvement of social systems to better provide social justice, economic opportunity, and environmental regeneration”1.

Dr. Slaughter indicated that oftentimes people may perceive sustainability as only possible when a building is first being constructed. This is, in fact, not the case. There are many ways to make a building sustainable once it has been built and established, and there are standards for determining how to do this, like the ISO 55000. Some of the tips Dr. Slaughter gave on how to make a building more sustainable and resilient are:

  • look to data, like weather, to help plan for emergencies.
  • observe traffic and construction data to see how a building may be affected by another project.
  • use routine maintenance as an upgrade opportunity to install sustainable systems.
  • think about how energy can be shared, like partnering with another town or building.

Take-aways

All in all, there are many changes that are happening in the facilities world, both on  global and granular scales. There will be many opportunities in this industry within the coming years for growth and development, which will ultimately change the direction of the facilities world to adapt to the ever-changing tech world.


Sources:

1Built Environment Coalition: What is Sustainability? What is Resilience?


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Why ARCHIBUS is here to stay!

As you know, I just returned from the ARCHIBUS Nexus conference at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego.  Being curious about the direction of the company, I listened and observed, secretly looking for the flaws in the direction of ARCHIBUS. This was not because I had lost faith in the product. The skepticism came from the passing of Bruce Forbes the founder and late CEO of ARCHIBUS.

It had been 4 months since his passing.  Watching the new CEO, Wise Cho, listening to Steve Segarra the CTO, and seeing Sean Benson step up as a spokesperson, my concerns turned from being concerns to interest and fascination. The conference moved forward as if nothing had changed.

Don’t get me wrong – there were moments of silence for Bruce, testimonials about his leadership and humanity, presentations of his legacy and history; these were needed and appreciated as we all healed from this loss.

As the conference transitioned from commemorating a great leader to presenting the next generation of ARCHIBUS leadership, I was once again impressed with the thought that ARCHIBUS is not going to disappear.

The following are just 3 reasons ARCHIBUS will continue to lead the industry:

1) Bruce Forbes – Benevolent Leader

We all know the unique style that Bruce Forbes had; ranging from using his own rearrangement of words in the English dictionary, to showing the gifts he had received from various parts of the world at conferences.

I reflected on Bruce’s legacy during the slide presentation of his life.  There were several quotes within the video that helped me to reflect a little better on how Bruce had managed ARCHIBUS to success. Quotes like, “Each of you have the same DaVinci in you. We are all genetically related. It relates to how we manage people, processes, and places.”, and, “One of the things we are all trying to do is to make things better for ourselves and our families. If we can work ourselves to personal needs and organizational needs, we all win.” widened my perspective on Bruce’s style and led me to conclude that I had overlooked his great leadership.

“It’s not about the money, but what you can impact on the world, what you can provide for future generations. God gives us a very short time here on earth, let’s make the most of it.”

Not only did he care about his exponentially growing business, but he cared about other’s lives as well:

“Success begins with you. Every one of you have your own careers, your own families, your own organizations, your own departments, you own vision for the future. The opportunity that we have together is to take the visions that you individually have, compile them with other visions, and become the remarkable.”

He created an environment in which the worker could thrive by being supported by others.

“The ARCHIBUS community basically recommends each other to become recipients of awards. There are many categories. These [people that have received awards] are heroes.”

2) Wise Cho – Filling Big Shoes

Now, in direct juxtaposition to Forbes’s style, Cho is quiet, pensive, and not at all similar in public style to Bruce.

I saw Wise take his own style and combine it with the genius that Bruce Forbes had put into the company previously. Though maybe not as vivacious as Bruce, Wise has his own aura that fills his position perfectly.

In the very first meeting that he had with the business partners, he outlined the mission statement of ARCHIBUS, the culture, and the vision to go forward, then stepped aside and let other people within the company present.

As a CEO myself, I was very impressed. This tactic combined a continuation of what Bruce had already established with a vision of the future growth of ARCHIBUS. This mix could not have been more perfect. Cho kept to what he knew and did not try to change himself nor ARCHIBUS.

3) Stability – Continuing Without a Hitch

I came to realize that ARCHIBUS is a company that has great internal stability. The conference had the exact same format as it had for the past 18 years.

Even more impressive is the fact that none of the staff at ARCHIBUS left nor vied for other positions. Bruce Forbes built a legacy and a company that could continue to work without him. That energizes and excites me to continue in my line of work.ARCHIBUS will continue to run strongly and smoothly. It is evident that Bruce Forbes built a company that is self dependent and stable. He has chosen people that will continue his legacy like Wise Cho, and make sure that ARCHIBUS will be strong in leading the industry.

ARCHIBUS is here to stay.


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ARCHIBUS NEXUS Business Partner Meeting

RSC has had an amazing time last week at the Business Partner portion of the Nexus Conference. We’ve been refreshed and refueled as we’ve listened to seminars and attended trainings by the best of the best at ARCHIBUS.

Click on an image to navigate the gallery and see the amazing experience RSC had.


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3 Reasons to Attend the Next ARCHIBUS Conference

While standing in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis San Diego with a few of my clients and employees, we were discussing the merits of the ARCHIBUS  Nexus conference we just attended.  We reminisced about the training we took and the tricks we learned and continued with kudos to companies that had wowed us with their foresight and implementation. There was also the overall excitement of the next Nexus to be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, not to mention the awesome social events we attended in the evenings.

As usual, I expressed my thoughts on why to attend these conferences.  To provide credence, I do come with some expertise to this subject.  I’ve
attended 17 consecutive ARCHIBUS conferences.  I said, “One, you come to see the new innovations of ARCHIBUS and client installations, two, to validate that you are on the right track, and three, to determine what you have neglected and can improve.” One of my employees immediately
concurred and my clients nodded.
Reflecting on these thoughts, here are the 3 Vs of ARCHIBUS Nexus attendance.

Vision

Steve Segarra, CTO @ ARCHIBUS

It is fascinating to watch Steve Segarra, CTO of ARCHIBUS, present the road-map for the product.  The new functionality presented always creates two emotions, 1) that is totally cool, and 2) I need to begin learning, right now, what it will take to get these features to my clients.

While ARCHIBUS is already in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IWMS it is clear that with a seasoned veteran, as Steve is, ARCHIBUS is here stay.

Additionally, a transportation agency in Asia Pacific presented an awesome presentation of connecting live cameras, transportation sensors, and live dashboards that not only helps report on the assets but allows for real-time management of the subway systems.

Validation

Often what we do for our clients, while completely valid, is done somewhat in a vacuum. We listen to their requirements and implement them. The conference allows us to share and discuss these successes and compare notes, the opportunities and the constraints.
These discussions often provide validation of our direction. This is comforting and reassuring. Some examples of these moments are:
  1. Identifying that our synchronization process is rock solid and continues to provide the most current data for our clients to report on.
  2. That the dashboards are as strong as we’ve seen.
  3. The Energy Management system recently implemented at our client’s site is in keeping with other implementations.
  4. The direction of mobile installations are still valid and strong.

These validations always energize our clients and staff.

Velocity

Usually at these conferences we see something that was overlooked by our organization.  They are valid business processes and technology implementations that are needed.  So why do I call this velocity?  Well simply put, we need to speed up in certain areas of our deployments.
When identified we immediately begin to mobilize to play a
bit of a catch up game.  Or we reach out to the Business Partner to create a relationship and provide services for our clients. These moments keep us humble and cause reflection.  Over the years I have noticed that our clients have the same experiences. Almost every conference one of our clients asks, “When can we implement that idea?”
Regardless of your seniority in your company I strongly recommend attending the ARCHIBUS Nexus conferences.  Perhaps the 3 Vs of ARCHIBUS Nexus can be applied to your next conference experience.

 


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ARCHIBUS Nexus Business Partner Meetings

RSC has had an amazing time last week at the Business Partner portion of the Nexus Conference. We’ve been refreshed and refueled as we’ve listened to seminars and attended trainings by the best of the best at ARCHIBUS.

 

Sunday – Bar from ARCHIBUS teaching Strategic Space Planning training
Greg Alevaras, Michael Willette, Ian Gelling, & Brad Peterson panel about working with other Partners and with ARCHIBUS to better serve Partners.
Greg Alevaras, Brad Peterson, and Some European Dude talk about Industry Trends – More Government clients are asking for Asset Management, we are seeing the need to deal with / integrate with more Cloud Applications

 

Above Right:
Nick Stephanadakis talks about BP-created Add-Ins to ARCHIBUS, leads a discussion on ARCHIBUS customization standards (not surprisingly, RSC ARCHIBUS customization standards comply with the industry standard)
Above Left:
Steve Segarra talks about ARCHIBUS V23 – Integrated Revit 3D models, optional Numeric Keys, Financial Analytics Module.
Sean Benson doing Enterprise Asset Management Training

Stay tuned for more about the ARCHIBUS Nexus Conference!


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