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5 Automation Trends for Modern Workspaces

As a trend, automation isn’t new to the scene; however, over the next few years, technology will enable offices to automate in even more exciting and transformative ways, like never before. Automation got its foot in the door as organizations looked to automate repetitive and simplistic tasks as a brilliant way to save time, boost efficiency, and cut costs. Having proved its worth, automation is now poised to accomplish much more and have an even greater automated impact. Here are five automation trends to watch for:

  1. More Accommodations for Off-site Workers. More and more, working remotely is embraced by employers as well as employees. According to globalworkspaceanalytics.com, 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework, and 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would to like to telework at least part time. Traditionally, to help workers stay flexible, companies incorporate mobile devices, collaborative software, and other technologies to assist teleworkers with uniformity and staying connected. Automation is another tool that can be utilized to strengthen this culture. Repetitive tasks that interfere with productivity, such as transferring information from an email to a calendar, or copying and pasting information onto a spreadsheet, can be mitigated through an automation service. When simple tasks are automated, more time becomes available for tasks that require critical thinking and personal expertise. Zapier is a remarkable example of automation services that benefit off-site workers.
  2. Collaborative Communication Systems. One of the biggest factors contributing to the success of any business is whether its employees perform well together, as a team. When a group of people work together to achieve a common goal, by sharing their ideas and skills, the effects can be even more powerful by utilizing a workflow system that incorporates automation. A high-performance automation platform will provide such features as notifications, role-based access content control, dashboards and visibility, and the capability of integrating with existing business systems.  You’ve heard the saying “a lid for every pot?” And so it is with collaboration. For project management, Trello is a remarkable, collaborative task tool. GitHub would be a great recommendation for software development, and Help Scout would be most helpful for customer support. Whatever your focus, there is a collaborative system to support your team.
  3. Data Exchange. A vital part of any office automation system is the facility of electronically exchanging data. Electronic transferring of data actually means the ability to share data, information, graphics, texts, audios, videos, and more, to more than one person at a time. It’s efficient and cost effective, and in today’s world, the electronic transferring of data is simple and user-friendly. The demand for this capability illustrates the collaborative nature of many businesses and the level to which they value the exchange of information.
    Advancements in these data exchange systems also feature the instantaneous electronic sharing of information, simultaneously, between individuals or teams – whether they are in the same building, or on opposite ends of the globe. This kind of collaboration software is essentially an electronic meeting system, allowing participants spread throughout the building, city, or world, to instantaneously exchange information in real-time. Currently, the market demands  that these exchanges take place without conflicts or technical difficulties. As a result, companies like Teem who offer meeting tools to support groupware are being lauded by companies who value data exchange.
  4. Customer Relationship Management. The trend with CRM automation is this: what was once desirable is now considered mandatory. Automated CRM platforms are invaluable tools for informing both when and how to reach out to your customers. Essentially, they track interactions with current and potential clients, and allow for customized communication with customers. Depending on the platform, some functions may include sending automated messages, streamlining workflows, and providing data to assist with strategic decisions in allocating resources. Tuned in to automation and what should be included in CRM software, Salesforce is a knowledgeable leader in the game of managing your company’s relationships and interactions with current and prospective customers. Upping their game, Salesforce has recently increased its strength in the market by partnering with IBM Watson, the leading AI platform for doing business, globally. This partnership will allow for increased customer insights and provide a powerful, heightened level of intelligent customer engagement across such areas as sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more.
  5. From here to eternity, as we live and conduct business online, Internet security is only going to be of greater and more significant priority. Your favorite apps, access to various SaaS, consumer and business spending – they are similar in that they are all password protected. Managing numerous passwords can be overwhelming, even time consuming. Watch for companies like 1Password who will serve as a one-stop password shop – allowing you to remember just the one password, which then automates the app to generate the rest and safely stores all passwords for a swift retrieval.

This article originally appeared on the Teem website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Impact of Music on Workplace Productivity

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About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Five Ways Drones are Changing Real Estate

It seems that every commercial, office or ranch property is marketed with a beautiful video collected by flying a drone. Changes to Federal Aviation Administration flight rules, increased affordability and simpler data processing make drones more affordable than ever. There’s so much more that can be done than simple videos – a world of new possibilities that many companies are yet to discover.

No longer just for video shoots

The digital imagery and pictures captured by drones offer much more than panoramic video footage. Today’s drones come with GPS, autopilot facilities, flightpath planning software, distance sensing and simple-to-use data processing applications. Recreational drones typically use remote control joysticks where the operator controls all the movements. Commercial-use drones, and increasingly mid-price drones, have automated flight planning tools which use GPS and waypoints to define specific drone paths, heights and camera views. Even novices can program drones to fly specific routes taking hundreds or thousands of photographs and/or video which has hundreds of applications across many industries.

Here’s the top 5 ways drones are changing real estate:

  1. Better maps and immersive 3D scenes
    Drones capture images at very high resolution compared to aerial survey and satellites. For low level flights an individual pixel could be measuring an area as small as one inch square or less; many times more accurate than other sources. Using only still imagery and GPS data, analysis software can stitch the photos together to produce full color, photo realistic 3D datasets that provide immersive visualization and powerful analytics. You get a video game-like visualization experience that allows the viewer to fly around the model, exploring any part of it from any angle and the ability to measure any part of it.The same data also produces 2D maps that can be superimposed on existing views, allowing organizations and individuals to get the most up-to-date and accurate view of the real world on demand.
  1. Site planning, modeling, and survey
    Drone flight post processing and mapping software lets operators calculate lengths, heights, areas and volumes without resorting to expensive and complicated ground surveys. A drone with suitable cameras, can survey a building or site in under an hour producing a terrain surface from which you can calculate and measure cut and fill volumes, slopes and aspect. This lets you estimate potential engineer work requirements and costs and see the impact using the same 3D visualizations described above.Drone surveys can even detect hidden landscape features which are not obvious on the ground due to vegetation or ground cover. In the image below the walls of an abandoned building can be seen which were not visible on the ground due to unmown grass. Drones can also cover more ground than a survey, easily capturing nearby features and surveying hard to access features like streams and culverts.
  1. Safer and remote inspections
    Inspecting roofs, warehouses, industrial building, bridges and other assets can be a difficult and dangerous task. Many risk their lives every day to perform roof and building inspections.Why not send a drone to take pictures instead? Autonomous drones let you plan and control the images collected so you can see the assets from all angles and distances, especially in situations that are too risky to get to in person.

    Thermal cameras and other sensors let you look at how separate parts of a building gather and shed heat during the day and a night. Differences show up as variation in color identifying places that are losing heat, potentially due to inadequate insulation, or are colder. Nighttime and early morning surveys can easily be conducted by drones without endangering lives. Scheduling regular inspections using the same flightpath will identify wear and tear, highlight change and help with preventative maintenance.

  1. Security and protection
    Many companies rely on physical, electronic and human security protection. Not only can drones go where humans can’t but they can do it more consistently, in any weather condition, any time of day or night. The same cameras which are used for inspection can provide real-time security monitoring and improved coverage. Drones can be continually scheduled to patrol the skies above and around buildings while the operators remain safe and at a distance. Thermal cameras provide coverage in the dark, rain or fog and change detection analysis can show differences between two flights, highlighting potential security breaches or risks.
  2. Indoors and more
    Small drones are now flying indoors. They deliver similar inspection and security services as their big brothers outside. Indoor drones can provide 360-degree monitoring, cover areas that security cameras cannot and can easily be tasked with different roles at different times of the day or year. Thermal cameras, change detection, surveys and volumetric monitoring have applications as broad as compliance and security, to theft prevention, health and safety and stock control.

Real applications, right now
The full impact of the drones is only just beginning to be recognized. Improved simplicity and sophistication in both the drones and supporting software are providing huge improvements in the usability and usefulness of drones. Behind the hype of package delivery and flying warehouses are simple applications that are driving real innovation and financial benefit – from improved building security and reliability to keeping staff safe.

This story originally appeared on the BizJournals website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Optical Illusions: How Our Eyes Play Tricks on Your Mind

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About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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