fmME Awards 2017 nominations highlight FM trends

Tech focus sheds light on changing trends

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Only weeks separate nominees from winners of the fmME Awards 2017, and the fmME team is extremely excited to host you for the event’s 10th iteration on Tuesday, 16 May, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.   More than 100 nominations have been submitted for the fmME Awards 2017, and Categories that have attracted most nominations this year include FM Executive of the Year, Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, and Overall FM Company of the Year.

Newer categories introduced over the last three years, such as Young Facilities Manager of the Year and Technology Implementation of the Year have also attracted numerous submissions (p38).

The latter category’s popularity – a combined total of 10 nominations were received during fmME Awards’ 2016 and 2015 editions – hints at a market-wide recognition of more than just the cost benefits of technology. As service providers reach for success in the UAE’s increasingly competitive FM sector, those with tech deployments on site could rapidly find demand and appreciation for their work, particularly from the procurement departments of client teams.

At a roundtable hosted by fmME in Dubai last month (p22), Faisal AbdulRahim Al Belooshi, senior director for FM at Dubai Airport Free Zone’s (DAFZA) customer relations and licensing division, observed that companies “are not investing much in technology” compared to, say, his own employer’s investments in technology. A key initiative implemented by DAFZA is its Innovation Strategy, which was launched in 2015 to pursue smarter operations across the free zone.

In response, Joanna Spruce, director of business development and marketing at Farnek Services, said that tech investments in FM are a two-way street – while service providers might spend on technology and build a proposal around it, the conversation regarding such a contract’s cost would have to be driven by open-minded clients.

She added: “Every service provider would like to be able to explain to the client how their technology investments and programmes can add value to FM.”

Quantifying these intangible benefits is a teething problem that the region’s tech-savvy service providers will look to solve in the years to come, and winning fmME Awards 2017’s Technology Implementation of the Year honours would, indeed, be a step in the right direction. I look forward to introducing you to the winners of this category – and 14 others – at the fmME Awards ceremony later this month.

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