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IT and Facilities Management
Why communication between IT and Facilities Management is more important than you think.
Trend Controls UK.
a BEMS (Building Energy Management System) over an IT system can be a
very appealing option for Facilities Managers (FMs) and Systems
Integrators; with benefits like overall network cost reduction, and
However for BEMS deployment to be successful and run smoothly, communication, understanding and collaboration needs to exist between IT departments, FMs, and Systems Integrators.
Why do the two need to communicate?
Convincing all parties involved that
collaboration is a positive can be
a challenge. For example, many IT professionals may view BEMS
integration as an imposition on the network infrastructures they are
responsible for specifying, configuring and maintaining; often rightly
so as integration can influence a number of network factors.
From a BEMS perspective, an ever increasing number of Internet Protocol (IP) based systems need to run over the LAN, or Local Area Network. But for IT managers, who must ensure that all applications work correctly, this can cause headaches. From legitimate worries regarding network security and access, to performance and accountability in the case of problems; FMs and Systems Integrators may not be aware of why IT sometimes consider BEMS to be an unnecessary use of bandwidth.
For both parties responsible, communication and understanding is vital to ensure a BEMS can operate without impacting the integrity of the network.
The advantages of integrating BEMS into IT networks
To address the challenge, stressing the importance of integrating BEMS
into IT networks can form a solution.
Integrating BEMS into IT network offers multiple benefits:
Enhancing your organisation’s communication and integration
From installation to everyday usage and operation, BEMS requires a
certain amount of crossover and clear communication between
departments. The extent of involvement and specific requirements will
of course vary between different organisations, but as long as
responsibilities are defined and discussed – such as deciding where a
Facilities Managers duties end, and IT’s begin, the process can be
smooth, constructive and productive.
There is no universal solution, but willingness, understanding, and flexibility in collaboration will go a long way in ensuring a BEMS network can function effectively over an IT network.
All information courtesy of Trend Controls UK
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