The thing about your building management system and its infrastructural components is that, at some point, you will need upgrades and to implement new technology. Most companies want to have the latest tools and technology to support their operations. But, when facility managers and the people who work most closely with the building management system request these upgrades, company executives and other major decision-makers are hesitant to support these changes, much less willing to allocate sufficient corporate funds for these upgrades. Enter these strategies, after which using these tactics could be the right push to help your facility get the building management system upgrades you deserve.
Use System Performance Data
Your company leaders probably already understand how having the right building management system can continuously improve your operations. In order to convince them of the need for new equipment, your focus should be quantifying various aspects of your operational performance. From there, the data collected — or even lack thereof in some areas — should reflect the need for upgrades to your current building management system. From power monitoring systems to mechanical systems (i.e., HVAC, lighting, utilities), your building management software and equipment controls a lot. Use the insights from the collected data to show why a better system is necessary, and point out how you can fill in any missing gaps with it too.
Present The Opportunity in Terms of Business Value
How you make your case for needing upgrades to the building management system can influence executives’ decisions to grant spending. It would be best if you depicted how getting the support for a new system is an urgent matter of the company’s success. Further, these executives might not need to know the exact meaning behind the technical aspects that your facility managers or engineers rely on from the management system. Show how the relatively low buy-in cost can yield immediate benefits from a speedy implementation. Similarly, you can outline how a greater investment into your building management system now will guarantee an agreeable rate of return on the investment. Your accounting and finance department may be able to help by showing why now is the time to spend on the new equipment, or you can present how this investment aligns with other goals, such as sustainability goals.
Make the Connection to IT Needs
As mentioned, your building management system reaches nearly every facet of your operations. Most facilities have integrated devices, sensors, meters, and other equipment into several key infrastructure aspects. As a result, it would be relatively easy to make the case that the building management system upgrades for HVAC, electrical power, access control, and more should be regarded as part of your critical IT infrastructure. Making this connection to your assets and network can convince stakeholders to allocate portions of the IT budget to your equipment upgrades.
Use Future-Proof Platforms, Like EcoStruxure
When you present the value of implementing future-proof solutions, you can often remove perceived barriers to change. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform and open architecture system make it straightforward to implement upgrades and new technological components. As such, the flexibility of using EcoStruxure for your facility promises improved operations while lowering energy costs, now and in the long-term.
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