Addressing the Talent Tug of War Within the Mission Critical Market

Those who work in the Mission Critical industry are already aware of its tremendous year-over-year growth. The demand for cloud services is reaching an all-time high and it is estimated that global spending on data center systems will grow to $226 billion in 2022! Though this rapid growth shines light on an exciting future to come, … Read more

Hyperscale Data Centers

Why Technology Consultants Are Needed in Hyperscale Data Centers

Shaun Barnes CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Tim Kuhlman PE, RCDD, CDT contributed to this article. Technology systems are the backbone of an entire hyperscale data center. They are not just the core network, but the telecom systems that support the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, the security systems that protect the facility, and the distributed antenna … Read more

Security vulnerabilities

Are These Security Vulnerabilities Putting Your Company at Risk?

Companies face many security vulnerabilities from external and internal threats with potentially severe consequences and financial costs, to loss of life, to disclosure of intellectual property. A data breach is one of the vulnerabilities we hear about most often. According to a 2020 study from IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data … Read more

A Successful Project Starts With A Constructible Budget

National and global companies that expand their real estate footprint frequently and follow well-established standards are familiar with the true costs of implementing technology systems. They are willing to spend this money without a second thought. Companies building projects less frequently or for the first time often will not develop a detailed technology budget, presuming that … Read more

When Are Consultants More Beneficial Than Full-Time Staff?

While some Owners choose to hire consultants, others prefer to rely on in-house teams to perform much of the technology design and project management for their building programs. Owners might have previously had negative experiences with consultants and may believe they can ensure quality and cost-effectiveness by hiring their own staff. All of this is understandable, … Read more

9 Principles of the Digital Workplace Strategy

As we work with companies to identify and address the technology needs associated with their shifts to hybrid working, we have formulated nine principles that should guide a digital workplace strategy. We share them as food for thought for anyone pondering how the digital workplace should work. 1. Empathize With Employees When designing a hybrid workplace, … Read more

How Data Center Security is Evolving Beyond Cameras and Card Readers

Justin King also contributed to this article. Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of … Read more

Occupancy Measurement Enables Digital Workplace Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought strong demand for occupancy measurement systems — an emerging technology that, prior to the pandemic, seemed limited by privacy concerns. Privacy is a legitimate concern and one that calls for careful governance. Furthermore, as the concern may relate more to the perception of these systems, it calls for transparent communication and … Read more

Building Within an Existing Hospital: Integrating Technology Systems

This article is co-authored by Mark Latz. When a healthcare provider adds a new building to an existing hospital, integrating the new building’s technology systems with the existing buildings’ systems presents a complex set of challenges, decisions, and sequences. The systems that must be integrated can include nurse call, security, distributed antenna (DAS), Wi-Fi, data network, … Read more

Technology Consultant Versus MEP-T: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEP-T” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEP-T firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEP-Ts will often claim a client is getting the same service at a lower price … Read more