Verdantix: Accruent continues its acquisition spree with Lucernex


On 9 August 2017, real estate, facilities and asset management software provider Accruent announced it has acquired Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) vendor Lucernex. Genstar Capital-backed Accruent plans to use this latest acquisition to target emerging lease accounting opportunities, as the major accounting boards FASB and IASB require organizations to bring all leases on the balance sheet in 2019. This follows a furor of acquisition activity by Accruent, with its 2016 purchases of BIGCenter, Mainspring Healthcare Solutions, and Verisae

Accruent now owns a roster of industry-specific and specialist software solutions for managing real estate and facilities. As it runs a product integration program through to 2018, it is positioned to provide a platform that is not only broad but also offers a lot of depth and industry-specific functionalities. With prominent IWMS vendors fighting to deliver the most complete software for real estate and facilities life-cycle management, all eyes should be on how well Accruent manages to integrate its various software solutions into a powerhouse IWMS platform…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about CAFM, CMMS, EAM, and IWMS competitors. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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Verdantix: Can predictive analytics work in commercial real estate?


Improving maintenance procedures through predictive analytics has recently seen many notable developments. Siemens is integrating IBM Watson Analytics into its MindSphere platform to help implement predictive maintenance schemes. Rockwell Automation recently launched its predictive analytics capability for factories and machinery. And PTC and Deloitte Digital announced that they are jointly developing predictive maintenance solutions for factory operations.

These developments are hardly surprising. Predictive analytics enables users to detect if, and when, machinery is likely to breakdown. For example, predictive analytics enabled Duke Energy to identify a slight increase in the turbine vibration of a steam turbine – after maintenance was performed. The subsequent repairs resulted in $4.1 million of potential power generation loss being prevented. Facility managers at plants and factories are therefore likely to be looking for such solutions to keep things running.

But is predictive analytics a natural sell in the world of commercial real estate? There is certainly some evidence of this. Since 2009, UK-based retailer Sainsbury’s has used software provider Verisae’s (now part of Accruent) predictive maintenance solution to reduce product loss from refrigeration failures. Since 2016, engineering firm KONE has partnered with IBM Watson to embed intelligent analytics in its elevators and escalators to improve their performance and reduce instances of unplanned maintenance.

Nevertheless, such examples are not necessarily the norm. According to our 2016 Global Energy Leaders Survey, 46% of the 250 facility managers surveyed said improving the collection, analysis and reporting of energy data from their electrical assets is a very important priority. In contrast, more granular asset-level energy management was only considered very important by 22%. And in our 2015 Green Quadrant for Building Energy Management Software, only 18% of the customer panel we interviewed considered maintenance scheduling and predictive maintenance to be a very important asset management functionality.

The average facility manager is therefore more likely to be concerned with basic data capture than advanced solutions like predictive analytics…

[Admin: This post is related to the 07.13.17 post and 03.16.17 post about IBM Watson Analytics, and the 08.01.16 post about the competitors of IBM TRIRIGA. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag.]

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