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 a chance to prepare.
Property management software & lease management
Core functionality of any property management software is managing leases for landlords or tenants. Combining lease management for lessors and lessees in one software solution allows corporate real estate organizations 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 cost calculations are managed and reported with a single integrated software solution.
As individual lease contracts can include complex arrangements and deviations, property management software is needed by any organization that has multiple lease and rent contracts. This allows organizations 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.
Property management software & lease accounting standards
In lease accounting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) introduced changes in the way leases will be classified and the way lease costs are defined. These changes affect the balance sheets of most organizations and the lease administration practice of corporate real estate managers, accountants, and controllers. The changes include the requirement for companies to capitalize 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 include leases on many types of assets and real-estate-related leases for companies reporting under US-GAAP (FASB), GASB 87 (GASB), and IFRS (IASB).
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Portfolio management and real estate 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 standardized overview of your real estate assets including information like technical conditions, space and workplace utilizations, scenario planning, CAD visualizations and portfolio reporting. These systems ensure that the real estate strategy and portfolio is in line with your organization’s objectives. Strategic real estate scenario planning also helps you to analyze the actual performance of your portfolio against organizational goals and identify the gaps in your current strategy. In addition, it offers the tools to close these gaps with functionality for transaction management to acquire or dispose properties, or to help with capital project management in planning, managing, and controlling capital expenses.
Find out more in our Capital Project Management white paper.
With portfolio management software, organizations can quickly and easily review the total costs of ownership (TCO) for all real estate properties and make sound 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 lifecycle of your buildings. This allows executives to identify areas where significant cost savings can be realized and gives the information needed to accurately project future capital flows.
In many cases, property management system that also includes portfolio management is labeled as an integrated workplace management system (IWMS), and supports organizations in standardizing both data and processes to ensure reliable and compliant reporting and allows internal or external benchmarking.
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Property management software and IWMS
When combining real estate asset management and property management software in one IWMS solution, organizations can benefit from 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 analyses. 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 reduce the TCO of your portfolio.
An IWMS includes proven systems integration capabilities with important systems such as geographical information systems (GIS) for visualizing portfolio mappings, Building Information Modeling (BIM) for maximizing the reuse of design and as-built information during the property lifecycle, and enterprise systems like SAP to integrate with core financial processes.