This white paper outlines how the Real Estate and Facility Management domain is expected to develop over the next three years, giving facility and property managers chance to prepare.
Lease management and lease accounting
The core functionality of any property management software is managing leases for landlords or tenants. Combining lease management for lessors and lessees into one software solution allows corporate real estate organisations to manage both their owned and rented real estate in the most efficient and effective way. In both situations all financial aspects of lease management such as lease payments, lease incomes, financial forecasting, price adjustments, price indexing and service costs calculations are managed and reported within a single integrated software solution.
Individual lease contracts can often include complex arrangements and deviations, therefore property management software is a need for any organisation that has multiple lease and rent contracts. This allows organisations to assess rental options, renew and archive contracts, monitor the resulting financial and legal obligations by automated notifications for deadlines or cancelations, and proactively align their real estate supply with future business demand – in a timely manner.
New lease accounting regulations
In lease accounting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) introduced changes to the way leases are classified and the way lease costs are defined. These changes affect the P&L and balance sheets of most organisations and the lease administration practice of corporate real estate managers, accountants and controllers. The changes include the requirement for companies to capitalise operating leases and include them as assets and liabilities on the balance sheet. It also includes a change in the definition of a lease payment, which will include certain variable rents, contractual payments and renewal rents. The scope of the changes includes leases on many types of assets and real estate related leases for companies reporting under US-GAAP (FASB) and IFRS (IASB).
Real estate management and property portfolio planning
Successfully managing properties and real estate starts with accurate data and transparency. As a part of the property management function, portfolio management software provides a clear and standardised overview of your real estate assets including information such as technical conditions, space and workplace utilisation, scenario planning, CAD visualisation and portfolio reporting. These systems ensure that the real estate strategy and portfolio is in line with your organisation’s objectives. Strategic real estate scenario planning also helps to analyse your actual portfolio’s performance against organisational goals and identify the gaps in your current strategy. It also offers tools to fill in these gaps with functionality for transaction management to acquire or dispose of properties, or to help with capital project management in planning, managing and controlling capital expenses.
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Portfolio management software
With portfolio management software, organisations can quickly and easily review the total cost of ownership (TCO) for all real estate properties and make accurate financial decisions based on facts. By presenting a holistic view of your real estate assets, these solutions provide you with the means to make strategic decisions based on the expected life cycle of your buildings. This allows executives to identify areas where significant cost savings can be made and gives the information needed to accurately project future capital flows.
A property management system that includes portfolio management, in most cases labelled as IWMS, supports organisations in standardising both data and processes to ensure reliable and compliant reporting and allows internal or external benchmarking.
Property management software and IWMS
By combining real estate and property management software in one IWMS, organisations can enjoy many advantages. All property data is registered only once in one single database and is used by many processes in real estate, maintenance, space, facility and sustainability management. This ensures high data quality and corresponding KPI reporting and portfolio analysis. By integrating these different processes, the strategic, tactical and operational handling of all building and property related activities are managed from within one integrated solution. This increases the opportunity to identify and implement improvements and can help to reduce the TCO of your portfolio.
An IWMS includes proven systems integration capabilities with important systems such as geographical information systems (GIS) for visualising portfolio mappings, Building Information Modeling (BIM) for maximising the reuse of design and as-built information during the property lifecycle, and enterprise systems like SAP to integrate with core financial processes.