Real Estate IT Strategies: IWMS, Point Solutions, And Everything In Between

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Executive Summary

Firms planning to invest in a new facilities and real estate management software solution face many technology choices. One critical decision is whether to invest in a single software platform, leverage multiple point solutions or use a mix of the two. This report analyses four major real estate IT strategies that buyers should consider and sets out the long-term implications for firms pursuing each of them. CIOs, facilities and real estate executives should use this report to inform their future IT strategy and real estate software purchases.

Table of contents

An Age-Old Question In Technology Planning: Platforms Or Point Solutions? 
There Is No Single Vision For Real Estate IT: Firms Are Leveraging Four Key Strategies  
The Rise Of APIs And Platform Modernization Programmes Are Creating New Opportunities  
Key Questions Real Estate Executives Should Ask When Setting Out Their IT Strategy 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Real Estate Executives Are Pursuing Different IT Visions Over The Next Five Years 
Figure 2. Four Real Estate IT Strategies Buyers Should Consider 
Figure 3. The Short-Term and Long-Term Implications From Deploying Point Solutions Or An IWMS 
Figure 4. 
Various Priorities In Real Estate IT Push Firms Towards Different Strategies

About the authors

Susan Clarke

Research Director

Susan leads the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on software solutions for real estate management including integrated workplace management systems and IoT platforms for buildings. Her research expertise also includes a broad range of energy management technologies and energy services. Susan has eight years of experience in technology research. She holds a MSc from the University of London in Sustainable Development.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

Managing Director & Global Head of Research

Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. He also leads the Environment, Health & Safety practice on an interim basis. Rodolphe has over twenty years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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