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Smart Workplace Tech Allows Small & Medium Sized Commercial Real Estate To Thrive

Smart workplace technology is often associated with the biggest commercial buildings, housing the most high profile organizations - epitomized by buildings like The Edge in Amsterdam. While many managers of small to medium sized commercial real estate (CRE) discount smart technology adoption all together, assuming they do not have the capital or scale to achieve a good return on investment. The reality, however, is quite different. Smart workplace tech may be the best way for smaller commercial buildings to survive and even thrive. Jon Bolen, COO at smart building solutions provider ENTOUCH, equates this contradiction to the story of Oakland Athletics, a relatively small major league baseball team who defied all the odds by using technical innovation to overcome bigger, richer opposition. Oakland had the third lowest payroll in baseball when they pioneered a high-tech approach to scouting analytics, but it resulted in an incredible 103-59 win-loss record against the much richer teams. Oakland’s approach […]

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