10 May '11, 12pm

How IT Tools Are Reshaping the Future of Facilities Management

The facilities and IT departments of an enterprise have historically been separate, and, much to the detriment of energy efficiency efforts, siloed divisions of a company. But a number of factors -- including economics, sustainability objectives and technological innovation -- have made facilities the last frontier in the enterprise, and the convergence of IT and facilities promises both rapid growth for the major players as well as significant improvements in the corporate carbon footprint. Because facilities organizations haven't traditionally needed to work with the IT group for solutions, the two departments have evolved their solution sets very differently. Facility pundits will question the IT industry's ability to understand their business, but this convergence has been years in the making, as traditional building automation systems (BAS) have been incorporating IP ...

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