Facilities Management Meets the Cloud

Submitted by P. Barry The digital age has ushered in a fully integrated era, everything from HVAC controls to service requests are centralized in the ‘Cloud.’ What this means for facilities management is efficiency. The impact of the Cloud is far reaching: 1) Data Center Consolidation Before, each business required on-site mainframes for their data. Now, the Cloud is ubiquitous; server spaces across the globe host all the companies’ information. This clears up office space and reduces fixed overhead. 2)Monitoring and Management Improvements in computing and data collection have facilitated…

Apartment Industry – Improving or Declining?

Submitted by J. Debes Many economists and industry leaders worry that oversupply and increasing costs of living indicate a cooling of the recently hot apartment industry.  Rents throughout the US are rising faster than incomes by about a $1.75 for every dollar earned according to the Center for Housing Policy.  The combined cost of living for housing and transportation in the 25 largest metro areas increased by 44% since 2000 while household incomes have only increased by 25%.  Census Bureau data on income and poverty showed that a middle classed family’s…