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fmME 10th Anniversary: What lies ahead for GCC FM?

Is regional FM ready for a new reality?

COMMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, Business, Facilities Management, Apple, Bee'ah, Dubai, Fm middle east, Gcc, Imdaad, INOC

If consumer technology giant Apple is to be believed, then wired earphones are a thing of the past, with its Airpod earphones already being touted as the future of music. Meanwhile, transport company Uber has launched its first driverless car in the US; a product that is expected to extend the company’s global services miles beyond its domestic transit competitors.

These developments might currently have little to do with FM in the Middle East, but their long-term implications will impact the region’s facilities managers. Ten years from now, your organisation might migrate to an iOS-based CRM or self-driving waste trucks; for employees and C-level executives alike, these will be tectonic changes to contend with.

It is with such considerations that fmME’s 10th Anniversary issue has been prepared this month. Over the course of 120 issues, fmME has emerged as the regional FM industry’s most reliable and influential representative. For the fmME team, this issue is a happy reminder of regional FM’s growth since the magazine’s first issue found its way to your office in October 2006.

Take the example of technology and sustainability, the viability – and efficiencies – of which were broadly untested in the region at the time. For instance, remote maintenance or temperature control through sensors embedded within a BMS framework were plausible operational arrangements, but were yet to fully capture organisational resources or attention.

I’m immensely proud to say that these once-abstract concepts are rapidly finding their feet in the Middle East. Imdaad’s Imtedaad – formerly known as INOC – and Bee’ah’s sensor-based waste bins prove that the vast breadth of technology can be fused with the nuances of regional FM.

Of course, there are many organisations contributing to smarter – and therefore, more sustainable and efficient – FM practices around the region, and I hope we’ll see more companies overcome the financial and psychological barriers that hinder the implementation of such initiatives.

It is remarkable to think that by the time fmME’s 20th anniversary comes along, you might be on your way to work in a driverless car, or working with a hologramatic iPad from home. With enough proactivity, technology and sustainability might be the norm – rather than the exception – by then.

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