Working with companies that have numerous facilities throughout the United States, we often get asked the question, “How can I get better, high-level visibility into all of our energy usage throughout our entire corporate footprint?” The answer is something we call “Centralized Facility Management.” Blue Pillar has become one of the leaders of Centralized Facility Management because we start with a template-driven approach that unlocks the power of local connectivity across multiple sites through our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. The platform has been used to connect and collect information from all of the energy assets at local facilities and bring them to a central, single corporate interface for real-time monitoring and control of Energy Things in every building connected. To get started, check out these simple assessment questions to see if a Centralized Facilities Management approach is right for your organization.
Question 1: How much do you want to centralize?
For years, multi-site corporations benefitted from the increased efficiencies that come from centralizing operations. For example, in healthcare, operations improved greatly through the centralization of patient information. The same holds true for centralized facility management.
Companies must first decide if there is a basic financial need to centralize and streamline the budgeting of local facilities up to one corporate owner to drive the best outcomes from a financial perspective.
Ask yourself if it benefits your organization to centralize facility budgets and decision-making. Would local managers support corporate level ownership? Would one central owner be able to better streamline waste and help operationalize efficiencies and savings?
Another factor could be mergers and acquisition activity. According to the Wall Street Journal, 2015 was a record year for mergers and acquisitions. For those businesses experiencing this trend, centralizing all facilities operations up to a global or corporate head might make sense.
At the end of the day, if you are looking to save money and optimize the performance of your facilities, centralized management and decision-making could be right for you.
Question 2: How is it possible to keep local facilities accountable to corporate energy benchmarks and goals?
While budgeting and decision-making may be centralized at the corporate level, that doesn’t mean local facility owners lose all power and control of their sites or facilities. Look for solutions that start with local connectivity and allow each individual facility owner to benefit from the real-time data available at their local facility. This allows local facility leaders to maintain a level of control and gain intelligence of how to make better decisions within their own site.
For example, by sharing local facility information and enabling communication between local facilities and the corporate level, it becomes possible to benchmark and validate sites against corporate energy savings goals that each local facility must achieve.
Question 3: Would you like to benchmark facilities against each other?
Operational management is primarily about providing visibility of the local workforce’s efforts up to a corporate level. With Centralized Facility Management solutions, sites can be benchmarked against each other to drive desired outcomes. This can be as simple as deciding what metrics or goals you’d like to set across your facility portfolio or as complex as score carding specific metrics and measuring them in real-time. Getting to this level of reporting is the usually the ultimate pay-off facilities look to achieve when centralizing. And, ultimately the more you can report, the more proactive your staff will be. Imagine having the real-time reporting data across your facility footprint to spend less time in break/fix mode. Or, what if you had data on issues that could be troubleshot ahead of time? The visibility centralized facility management provides starts to get organizations to this ideal state and puts and at a minimum, can put them well ahead of the current state of the way facilities are being managed.
Interested in earning more about centralized facility management? Talk to Blue Pillar.
Blue Pillar works with companies to help facilities assess their appetite for centralization and can support you as you drive new desired outcomes to streamline operations, benchmark facilities against energy savings goals or rate facilities based on compliance reporting and score-carding. All of this can now be done with the click of a button from a corporate headquarters to gain unprecedented insight into each of the facilities you manage.
For additional information on how Blue Pillar helps companies achieve Centralized Facility Management, check out our use case to learn more and give us a call.