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Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch

Adam Siegelbaum

Posted by Adam Siegelbaum
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

These are the major changes and technology transformations that are influencing the construction and property management industry.

The construction and property management industry has been experiencing strong growth and expansion, with additional growth anticipated in the coming years — and with growth comes transformation.

There are a handful of technology trends influencing the construction and property management sector that are important for organizations in these fields to be aware of.

By gaining an understanding of the shifts that are taking place, they will be better positioned to recognize which organizational adjustments and operational strategy changes they need to make to prepare for the future and gain a competitive advantage.

In this post, I'll expand on a few notable trends I've noticed or been asked about in my dealings with clients in this field, including:

  1. Increased emphasis on collaboration
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Virtual and augmented realities (AR and VR)
  4. Telepresence and automated receptionist systems
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An Overlooked Threat to Network Security: Don't forget about your printers

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Fringe devices, such as printers, can pose some of the biggest security risks, if not properly managed.

When it comes to IT security, most business professionals today think about their desktop computers — as they should. But our smartphones, tablets and PCs are not the only devices on our networks that can compromise critical infrastructure.

A few months ago, the Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDOS) attack on Dyn Inc.'s Domain Name Server marked an unprecedented level of cyber intrusion, causing widespread website availability issues throughout the East Coast. This disruption shed light on some of the major vulnerabilities within Internet-of-Things devices, including those that we tend to overlook, such as printers. 

Keep reading for:

  • a quick video on why you should care about printer security, courtesy of Christian Slater and HP Studios
  • key factors that come into play for the overlooked threat of printer security
  • what you can do to overcome the risk and secure your printers
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The Future Office is Now: What used to be for play is now for work

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

New trends in tech can reshape the purposes of some office devices.

With new advancements in the workplace, businesses may need to rethink the way they view many technologies.

That can mean taking something commonly associated with recreation — such as augmented or virtual reality (VR), originally made popular by gaming platforms like Oculus Rift — and incorporating it into the standard workday.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will likely play a big role in this transformation. Since it's fundamentally based on putting technology to productive, connected use, the change can make employees more aware of different kinds of data.

Read on to learn more about the following implications:

  • Blurring the lines between departments, such as IT and FM (facility management)
  • Impact on the way employees communicate
  • Getting down to (social) business
  • How you can keep up and get ahead
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3 Business IT Trends to Watch in 2017

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

"If you don’t think about and plan for the future of work, then your organization has no future.” — Jacob Morgan argues in Forbes

Although we still have a few months until the end of 2016, many smart businesses are already looking forward to possible changes and developments in business technology. Since tech typically disrupts several areas at once, companies may need to take a holistic approach and implement comprehensive measures to fully adapt. In terms of staffing and skilled IT personnel, businesses can anticipate the future changes by enhancing their existing infrastructure in advance. 

While no one can predict the future with certainty, here are some basic trends to consider as the year comes to a close. Each of these could have widespread effects, impacting many different industries, functions and types of companies:

  1. "Digital Twins"
  2. Touchscreen growth
  3. Internet without a browser

Read on to learn more about each of these trends and how they might impact you.

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