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Frost & Sullivan participates in the discussion on IT and building technology convergence at IBcon 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 7, 2013 – The financial pressures of the past five years to contain costs and increase operating efficiencies propelled technology and automation into mainstream discussions for the commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate industry. During this period, cloud computing emerged, mobile technologies became more powerful and permeated the marketplace, big data made its way into building operations strategic planning, and technology overall matured and became less expensive. These fundamental trends contributed significantly to the accelerated pace technology is being introduced into real estate organizations today. To elucidate the implications of this convergence of facilities and IT optimization, Frost & Sullivan will participate as a Research Partner for the upcoming IBcon 2013 conference (, held June 12-13 in Orlando, Fla. 

“The built environment witnessed a tremendous amount of change in the last few years with the growing IP influence on physical systems,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy and Environment Industry Manager Konkana Khaund.  “To ensure the right technologies and practices are adopted, industry participants need to collectively address and respond to the fundamental challenges associated with converting traditional buildings into smart and responsive entities. We need a consensus-based approach to project delivery with stakeholders, collaborating from the early conceptual stages to bring the physical and IT domains closer.  With more than a decades’ worth of expertise in trying to unravel these fundamental issues, IBcon offers all of us involved in this industry a great platform to understand the complexities associated with this through practical showcases and intensive discourse.”

Khaund joins industry leaders from IBM Corporation, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Cisco Systems, CBRE, Tridium, CABA, Bank of America and others on the IBcon 2013 Advisory Council. This group is comprised of authorities on the intelligent buildings topic, as they help shape the content and direction of the conference.  IBcon – The Smart, Connected, High Performance, Intelligent Buildings Conference – will feature comprehensive education sessions focusing on all aspects of the “intelligent building,” as well as the organizational changes required to facilitate the integration of key business processes into the high performance building ecosystem. 

“We are pleased to have Frost & Sullivan participating in IBcon this year,” commented Realcomm|IBcon Co-Founder and CEO Jim Young. “This collaboration is very timely as the implementation of next generation, smart buildings technologies has jumped the adoption chasm and is becoming more mainstream.  We are pleased to partner with such a distinguished organization to educate and promote adoption of these new technologies by our industry.”

In addition, Frost & Sullivan Energy and Environment Principal Consultant Farah Saeed will participate in a panel discussion, “Industry Perspective – Smart Buildings 2020.” The panel will delve deep into the potential opportunities and pitfalls of the new generation of open, interoperable, integrated and IP centric smart buildings. 

“Alongside the continued advancements for energy management systems, building owners have the luxury and opportunity of demand response programs,” said Saeed.  “This plays a strong role in curtailing operating costs, as well as benefiting the environment, which is top of mind today.”

IBcon will begin with a General Session featuring industry leaders who will present case studies of what the next generation of smart buildings, portfolios, campuses and communities look like. The event will also include a “Smart Buildings Best Practices Showcase,” which will feature global domain experts presenting more than 25 case studies that highlight what’s next in open, interoperable, integrated, and IP-centric buildings. The IBcon will include more than 50 solutions providers with the latest technology products and services specifically for the smart, connected, high-performance industry.

For more information on IBcon 2013, please visit  For additional information on Frost & Sullivan’s Energy and Environment research, please email Britni Myers, Corporate Communications, at with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.    

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Realcomm Conference Group, LLC ( is the leading research and educational institution that produces annual conferences and expositions on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings strategies for executives in commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate. Realcomm was founded in 1999 with the goal of bringing industry leaders together each year to discuss, demonstrate and debate the latest innovations that impact the industry. Today, in addition to the annual conferences, Realcomm conducts webinars, workshops and other strategic services to educate industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management and operations.

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