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IWFM And Microsoft Partner In Smart Buildings Research

25 October 2019 | Updated 21 November 2019

The IWFM has begun a research and development collaboration with Microsoft to explore a shared vision for the role of technology in high performing workplaces.

A new programme themed around connected and smart workplaces will see the two organisations collaborate on new research that could influence workplace performance.

Advancements such as the Internet of Things, AI and big data, combined with existing technologies such as building information modelling, analytics and workplace design can contribute to improved building and business outcomes, said the two partners.

Exploring the theme of workplace transformation in the technological age, the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and Microsoft will jointly introduce new research intended to equip workplace and business leaders with tools and insights that could to transform their organisations into connected high performers.


Embracing Technology

Research published last year by IWFM, Embracing Technology to move FM forward explored the disruption and opportunities presented by technology and highlighted the opportunity cost of missing out on the digital upgrade.  It suggested that the opportunities to be derived from creatively combining existing and new technologies to support better outcomes leave workplace professionals well placed to help businesses to stay competitive and efficient.


Smart Buildings

IWFM’s collaboration with Microsoft across this research builds on the challenges identified by the Institute’s research and will help organisations to create connected and successful workplaces. The alliance will combine the know-how of IWFM’s industry experts with the cutting-edge capability of Microsoft’s Smart Buildings team to explore the opportunities and challenges facing technology and workplace development. The programme will generate further insights to help individuals and organisations understand and navigate the technology and experience matters which can combine to create people centred workplaces capable of driving better outcomes.

The programme will run for an initial 12-month period. IWFM is developing partnerships with other organisations to deliver insight and perspective from across the industry.



Chris Moriarty, IWFM’s Director of Insight and Engagement said: “We are taking, shaping and making future-ready the workplace technology conversation so its relevant to today’s businesses environment. The collaboration with Microsoft Smart Buildings team will harness our knowledge and resources to offer workplace optimising insights for the future, building on IWFM’s established research base. Working with Microsoft will not only speed that up, it can help us to understand the innovation most relevant for workplace leaders whose businesses will need a tech transformation to compete effectively”.

David Williams, Innovation Architect - Microsoft Digital, Smart Buildings Worldwide Community Lead said: “Technology innovation is a game changer to drive new models and transform today’s businesses and workplaces. Working with IWFM, we have an opportunity to increase awareness of technology within the workplace. This partnership will enable us to empower workplace leaders to elevate the workplace conversation to senior levels and do more with the technology and innovation available.



The programme collaboration will be launched during Workplace Week on November 14 with an industry event, with ongoing research, insights and guidance content being shared throughout 2020.

Picture: The IWFM has begun a research and development collaboration with Microsoft

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 25 October 2019


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