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EVENTS: Technology Trends 2012 (by UNWIRED) 20/21 March, London, UK

I’d like to thank my friends at Unwired for their kind invitation to attend “Technology Trends 2012” next week. I believe that some of the sessions are now sold out, but if you have yet to book, check it out. Here is the full PDF. (contacts – see below. Speak to Isabel).

These short sessions, at breakfast, or at lunch, really seem to work for busy professional diaries. If, like me, you don’t actually live in London, then of course the lunchtime slot is favourite. I’ll be there on Wed 21st at 12.30, if you are going. And £99+vat is good value for a jam-packed high tech briefing session.

The strapline is, “What will new technologies hold for the workplace in 2012, and how could these innovations affect your business – A condensed review of the latest technology and innovations from CES, ISE and CeBIT 2012”

And there is the clue to this event’s value – it is a round up of what Unwired’s experts noted from these three key events:

CES is “the major US consumer electronics show, held in Las Vegas (100,000 visitors!!), including manufacturers, developers and suppliers, of consumer technology hardware, content, technology, delivery systems and related products and services….”

ISE is the “Top European event for professional AV and electronic systems integration”, held in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) with 25,000 visitors, and according to Unwired is an “industry defining event”

CeBITis “The world’s largest electronic tradeshow” held in Hannover (Germany) this month, with 480,000 (!!) visitors….OK, rather them than me…. but now you don’t have to go, just listen to the Unwired guys instead, who say the event is “the showcase for digital IT and telecommunication solutions and launch pad for new technologies and innovations”.

This is what Unwired says about the event:

 This key briefing will summarise the new technology and trends for 2012. Book now and join companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays, HSBC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Catlin Group, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Foster + Partners, Nokia, Lloyd’s and Severn Trent Water.

This is a must attend event for anyone involved in creating effective working environment. Learn about technology enablers and drivers of change. What are the key technologies being adopted by organisations to enable workplace innovation and how can you future proof your workplace strategies?

Our expert commentators will be covering three of the world’s biggest technology exhibitions and will present you with an enjoyable review of the latest innovations together with an analysis of their impact on work, the work process and workplace (or other markets such as home, retail, education or healthcare).

And here is a bit of advertising, but worth noting….

UNWIRED is the knowledge division of Cordless Group. It provides a range of resources to allow our clients to predict the impact of new technology on business, people and the built environment.

UNWIRED publishes a range of reports, guides, white papers and a monthly newsletter. It also holds regular executive briefings, workshops, thinktanks, training and technology demonstrations.

For information and further details please contact Isabel Dewhurst-Marks by phone on +44 (0)20 8977 8920 or email: isabel.marks@unwired.eu.com

The TSK Business Engagement Centre at Sheffield Hallam University – “a living research project”

I was invited to an interesting event at Sheffield-Hallam University business school (Sheffield, UK) on 15th March this week, which sadly I now cannot attend. But it is worthy of note, and a brief blog, especially as a “living research project”.

It is also worthy of note as it is sponsored by industry – the “TSK Business Engagement Centre”, in a partnership between TSK Group and the CFMD at Sheffield-Hallam. The facility was covered in FM World recently, and the full article is on TSK’s website. This extract explains the partnership:

The partnership between Sheffield Business School CFMD and TSK set out to produce a home for the business school’s executive, a facility for the CFMD and a living research area for TSK to test innovative ideas and new thinking and to understand the needs of the people that work in activity-based work settings to make them more intuitive and comfortable to use.

Therefore the consultation process is ongoing and no doubt the space will continue to evolve as the teams feed back their views.”

This is a great concept – why not? It makes sense for service providers in the industry to engage academia in real-world projects, where they can monitor the evidence and statistics.

Professor If Price( Linkedin ) is the leading academic and thinker at CFMD, and was named as one of BIFM’s 20 most influential pioneers of FM in 2008. He brings the scientific approach of a Cambridge-educated Geologist to the work of understanding the relationship between organisations, people and their spatial environments.

Look out for his new book, out soon (and I hope he send me a signed copy!): Managing Organizational Ecologies: Space, Management and Organizations, Routledge, New York comes out on 18th April

A Facilities Manager’s Life in Angola, Southern Africa (by Simon Beck)

Simon Beck recently connected with me, and shared his “FM story”. I asked Simon if I could share what he told me, below. Some things sound remarkably similar, whereas others couldn’t be more different!

After a successful career in the British Army, and some time in the UK FM industry, Simon looked further afield and moved to Saudi Arabia….

“….Obviously quite a daunting prospect of a complete change in scenery, life style and working practices the followed but with my attitude forged from years in the army of being very flexible, acceptable to changes at sometimes very short notice and adaptable I thought ‘why not’; I [no longer] had directly attached family to think or worry about. After a year working in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, for SAAD specialist hospital I decided to accept an offer from MACE Macro, the FM management and Consultancy Company. I was based in Dubai, but worked on the commissioning and initial operations of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). I was in Abu Dhabi for just over a year when the consultancy period ended, after which I was based out of MACE Macro’s Head Office in Dubai.”

“Just under two years ago the opportunity to work in Angola came up….

“Currently I am working as a The Senior Business Development manager for SG Services, LDA, a Facilities Management and Maintenance company based in Luanda, Angola.  Developing both internal and external business, such as finding and procuring new external clients, and advising on internal policies and procedures such as ISO9001, 14 and 18001, Health and Safety, Estate and asset management, and advising on both Hard and Soft service provision.

I am also responsible for the current commercial side of the business, making contact and development of new clients and business streams; responsible for finding and responding to RFIs and putting bids together from RFPs (when I was working for Mace Macro I helped work on bids, for Sky Courts Dubai, Al Rahba Hospital Abu Dhabi, Aldar, Emirates national Schools, Etisalat, Mushrif Palace, Ominyat, TDIC, Al Ain Wildlife Park, the Lusail project in Qatar, and Alshaya International Trading in Saudi Arabia).

For SG Services, I have written and submitted bids for BP Angola, LNG Angola, BAI Bank (15 branches), BAI Teaching Academy, and just recently TOTAL. With a total value of just under $60m.

With a NEBOSH qualification, I am also the Companies Health and Safety Director responsible for the Health and Safety of all of the company’s employees, contractors and clients that come in contact or have dealings with SG Services.  Responsible for implementing and directing the company according to Angolan Health and Safety law, and advising on best practises, following European and British legislation. I am also responsible for the Companies Environmental management and Quality management systems and implementation.”

In all of the places I have lived and worked, each one is slightly different in the way it does things, even the most usual of things of like going shopping for instant, in Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive and even ex pats have to wear the hibiya…..  So that I was usually asked to drive some of the female members of SAAD staff on shopping trips just down to the super markets.  Angola is no different.  Yes women can drive here but there are very few what I would call European standard shopping, establishments to go too.  It is extremely expensive place to live with most things except vegetables have to be imported.  This makes Angola one of the most expensive places on the plant to live and work.”

“The country’s economic income is based on the off shore oil and LNG reserves, diamonds and other natural resources’ found in the country, but it has very limited industrial manufacturing base, again highlighting the cost of imports.  With the revenue from the Oil, and all of the major oil companies represented, such as BP; Chevron, TOTAL, etc has seen the increase in construction and infrastructure projects, mainly being carried out mainly by the Chinese (CITIC construction), in return for the oil reserves.  With the country Portuguese speaking a lot of influence comes from Portugal, also an ex colony, and Brazil.  With the country mainly speaking Portuguese there is also a number of Portuguese owned companies’ represented t here, such as Sores de Costa and Lisboa and the FM software providing company, Navaltik.”

“The UK has not been entirely left out, with ATKINS providing consultancy services to a number of projects mainly being the huge Welfare housing projects based just outside of Luanda.  All of this new construction and infrastructure work has seen a knock on affect for the FM market.  However with FM very much in its infancy here, but with influence from world and European based companies the teaching curve is very much ongoing.  I would say that it is a few years behind the Middle East but is fast catching up.”

“SG Services is the leading Property management and Maintenance Company in Angola.  With its senior management coming from Portugal, and the UK, bring to the company European business ethics, procedures and policies, but with about 97% of the remaining work force being Angolan, has made the company being able to bring to its ever increasing International and local clients, European based standards with Local knowledge, education and experience.  SG Services current portfolio includes the Presidential Palaces, buildings and villas, a 263 bed hospital, a five star Hotel, a university and an 18 floor Tower block (HQ Sonangol, Angola’s oil Company).  With this diversity of a portfolio has made SG Services the leading FM Company in Luanda and an obvious first choice for any future or potential new clients.”

“It is not all work and no play…..There is a vibrant ex pat community, Americans, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Brazilian, mainly based around the embassy’s and some Ex pat run organisations such as the Luanda British Women’s Association and the TICA, with someone holding a get together one week to the next.”

“With the country only coming out of a civil war in the past 20 years some areas of the Luanda have yet to be re developed so there are areas that do seem to be very run down.  These areas you tend to avoid but generally you have to be a bit more aware of your surroundings’ and who is around you.  If you have a chance to leave the city and go out into the country side then you must take it.”

“There are some wonderful scenery in central Angola, but go with someone who knows the areas.  Tourism is not yet a major income earner as there is limited number of decent and affordable hotels.”

“……..looking to the future, where can I retire to, and what will I do when I don’t really want to work anymore? Angola is not that place… I haven’t as yet worked in the Far East such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, or the Americas, etc.  I’m flexible, adaptable and willing to accept changes at short notice, so I am willing to be on the move again….”

How Simon got there….

“…In May of 2003, I left the Army and did the BIFM Part two course as a resettlement course.  Immediately I picked up a job working for Interserve on their Network rail contract in Manchester.  After a year i was promoted and moved to full FM on the same contract but in York.  With my military background I was asked to join the Defense division of Interserve as they were just completing the PFI construction stage on the New Welbeck College in Leicestershire.  Then after a short stint with the CITB and Inspace Maintain based in Birmingham I looked further afield….” You know the rest!

Thanks to Simon for this interesting career story.

‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#4 ; 2nd March 2012)

Just over a month (being a slightly short one!), we are tantalizingly close to 2,000 members on our new Linkedin Group (formed on 24th January) called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106 . You can read more on the first week’s blog: http://alturl.com/qmsso

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here are this week’s new recruiters (new to us anyway) in the order in which they posted. The full list is at the END.

Melissa Baxter http://www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-baxter/18/555/b64 London, UK

Meghan Blankenship http://www.linkedin.com/pub/meghan-blankenship/5/9a5/634 Austin, TX, USA

Rick Morales http://www.linkedin.com/in/rickmoraleshrexpert New York, NY, USA

Merrick Morris http://www.linkedin.com/in/merrickmorris Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Claire Marchant http://www.linkedin.com/in/clairemarchant Manchester, UK

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is, as always, final :-)  This week it goes to Rebecca Worley, AGAIN!, mentioned above, who posted 7 job discussions this week..thanks again Rebecca! A Hat-trick….!

However, special mention must go to Nikki Dallas , owner of Talent FM (based in London, UK), as Nikki has also posted 5 roles in the last week and a bit.  As I have mentioned Maxwell Stephens over the last two blogs, this week I’ll quote Nikki’s website:

The Talent FM “Sourcing Stars” is a team of experienced consultants who really understand all aspects of the facilities management recruitment market.   We are totally committed to raising the standards of facilities management recruitment, both in the UK and internationally.  Our sector knowledge is unrivalled and we are passionate about making every stage of the recruitment process as easy as possible for our clients and candidates.  We have over 30 years recruitment experience between us and we love solving your staffing needs

Top jobs this week

I didn’t blog last week, as I left it too late on Friday! So this is ‘best of 2 weeks’ I guess. But, it is unanimous I’m afraid – the rest of you didnlt have a look in. Claire Marchant got straight in with her first post, for a property & facilities role in the Caribbean: http://lnkd.in/tmz42Y . So far, it has run to about 12 comments (if you discount mine!).

There have been many others Jobs posted over the last three weeks, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in month2…? Looking for our first job posting in Brazil…it is also a rapidly emerging market for real estate operations and FM roles.

Top Discussions:

We had some interesting ‘Discussions’ (see the Discussions tab) over the last two weeks. I don’t have time to cover them all, but here are a couple:

Maxwell Stephens have started a new Public Sector dedicated service: http://lnkd.in/mFZR2C

Nathalie Erwin has posted a few useful (I hope) links to interviews and resumes, etc.

Working @

I seem to have cracked the launch of a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Manager’s Choice this week; Marc Thompson for his careers article on “There no business, like snow business!”: http://lnkd.in/ptJ6wg . Marc describes his role as Facilities Director at the Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado. This time of the year especially, a busy job indeed, but so interesting again to see the breadth of FM roles out in the marketplace. Thanks Marc, great article.

If you would like to write a similar article, for Working @ your company, drop me a line at the email below. Thanks.

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

Twitter @occupiers and @paulcarder

RECRUITERS (alphabetically)

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Douglas Carrick: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-carrick/41/886/630 , London, UK

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Jaime Cheng: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jaime-cheng/38/568/230 , Hong Kong

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Bob DiSanto, Detroit, US

Kristin Erdmann: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinerdmann4hr , Minneapolis, USA

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Raint Tang: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rainy-tang/3b/280/12 , China

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Impacts of Lease Accounting changes on occupiers & CRE teams

Richard Drake, former Property Finance Director for Barclays,  discusses the likely impacts of Lease Accounting changes on occupiers and CRE teams.  He can be contacted via LinkedIn or direct: richdrake@yahoo.co.uk

Lease Accounting changes

Although the new Lease Accounting changes are taking a long time to develop, they are still coming and will affect anyone dealing with Corporate Real Estate (CRE).  This is a great opportunity for CRE teams to engage, proactively, with their businesses, to add value to business planning.

What are the main accounting impacts?

  • The value of leasehold commitments will go on Balance Sheet with a matching “right of use” asset.
  • It is likely that rental payments will be split between interest and capital repayments, resulting in an increased P&L cost at the beginning of leases.

What are the likely impacts for Corporate Real Estate?

  • Pressure from Finance and Treasury to reduce the length of leases
  • Freeholds become more attractive
  • Incentive to reduce cost of fit-outs to reduce depreciation over shorter leases
  • Real need to understand and document business occupation requirements

What are the timescales?

  • A revised Exposure Draft will be published in Q2 2012
  • A new Standard to be published late 2012/early 2013
  • To apply from 2015/6 but comparatives required from 2014

What do you need to do?

  • Make sure you know your real estate portfolio
  • Engage with your business, finance department and treasury
  • Watch out for the new Exposure Draft and respond to it (the IASB welcome comments)
  • Don’t panic!

Want to know more?

Drop Richard an email:  richdrake@yahoo.co.uk

Also:

The IASB have their own site for the Leasing Project: www.ifrs.org/Current+Projects/IASB+Projects/Leases/Leases.htm

Jones Lang LaSalle have produced a dedicated site that is also helpful: www.leaseaccountingchanges.com

The Occupiers Journal is now a website….

This blog has changed a bit now, but it’s still me 🙂

It was the Occupiers Journal, which existed only in the ‘ether’ for two years…on free resources such as this, and LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2861904 …and on Twitter http://twitter.com/occupiers

I’m pleased to say that it is now a website: http://occupiersjournal.com/ , and is owned by our new company Occupiers Journal Limited, directed by a small team of great people: http://occupiersjournal.com/our-directors/

It’s aim is as it always was: to generate discussion, and to share useful material and advice, for and about the world of occupiers –  the users of real estate (property) and workplace/facilities in any sort of organization that is not in the real estate business per se. I.e., real estate and facilities are part of the infrastructure that is owned, leased and managed as part of the core operations of a business, government department or any other organization.

We hope that you subscribe to the Occupiers Journal, follow its own blog and continue to join our various ‘threads’ of discussion.

This blog paulcarder.com will continue, just for my various musings on the world around us….I don’t know why, I just like writing…! If you enjoy reading it, you are very welcome.

And if I can do anything to help you, or your organisation, don’t hesitate to contact me…and do let’s connect on Linkedin:

Paul Carder: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/paulcarder

Skype: paul.carder.uk

‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#3 ; 17th Feb 2012)

We started a new Linkedin Group on 24th January, called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106

The Group has over 1,800 members so far (in 3 weeks!) – read more on the first week’s blog: http://alturl.com/qmsso

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here is this weeks list, in the order in which they posted:

Raint Tang: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rainy-tang/3b/280/12 , China

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Bob DiSanto, Detroit, US

Jaime Cheng: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jaime-cheng/38/568/230 , Hong Kong

(Last 2 weeks also included the following, alphabetically)

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Douglas Carrick: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-carrick/41/886/630 , London, UK

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Kristin Erdmann: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinerdmann4hr , Minneapolis, USA

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is, as always, final :-)  This week it goes to Rebecca Worley, AGAIN!, mentioned above, who posted 5 job discussions this week..thanks again Rebecca!

So I’m giving Rebecca a little ‘plug’ again for helping to get our new Linkedin group off to a good start. If you want to know more about Rebecca’s firm, in London and Co. Durham, see the website here: Maxwell Stephens. To quote their website:

Maxwell Stephens specialises in senior appointments within facilities management, both for permanent positions and for short or long-term contracts. In the current highly competitive global marketplace, we are committed to delivering a comprehensive facilities management recruitment service, stripping away unnecessary complications to offer unparalleled customer support and feedback throughout the process

Top jobs this week

Again, just a personal choice…

Jaime Cheng advertised three senior roles for a “global service provider” based in Hong Kong: http://lnkd.in/m3CMqP . The Asian market is not untouched by our economic woes, but remains more active than the West, in my opinion.

There have been many others Jobs posted over the last three weeks, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in week 4….! Looking for our first job posting in Brazil…it is also a rapidly emerging market for real estate operations and FM roles.

Top Discussions:

We had some interesting ‘Discussions’ (see the Discussions tab), starting with Michael Carr from Dallas, TX, asking “how flexible a hiring manager are you?“, and referring to a book called “Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure” by Paul J Schoemaker.

Later, we had to have at lest one Valentines related post, by Stephen Viscusi, referring to a NY Post article on office romance (do’s and don’ts…!)

Ali Green, a Facility Manager with Amazon.com, has become a regular! This week she posted a piece about making sure you have a good interview, saying “Be honest because an interview is the time to find out if you are a good fit for the company and if they are a good fit you”….very true.

Working @

I have been trying to launch a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Manager’s Choice this week; Richard Neuman @OwnersRepNY for his careers article on “A Broadcast Career in Facilities Management”: http://lnkd.in/2SwCSe . He describes the challenges of running a live television broadcast studio facility, analogous to “changing the tires on a moving car”…. Thanks Richard, great article.

If you would like to write a similar article, for Working @ your company, drop me a line at the email below. Thanks.

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

Twitter @occupiers