The modern workspace has changed a lot over the past few years. Offices layouts have changed, timetables have become more flexible, and technology has become so well integrated into business that it feels impossible to imagine the time before the cloud existed.
You can’t be a CRE blogger and not talk about Amazon. They have single-handedly impacted not only the way the entire retail space operates, but the physical structures of commercial real estate, as well.
These days, all you hear about is how millennials are settling into urban areas that are central to their work and entertainment options. While this is true, for the most part, the decline in suburban office real estate is mostly fear mongering and misguided speculation.
Ever since we became swept up in the smartphone revolution, it’s been hard to pry ourselves away from the internet. Having around-the-clock access to information in the form of a handheld device is, without a doubt, transformative, but it can also be a massive time drain and waste, if not used with discipline.
Technology disruption is a common theme that comes up when we talk about the labor market and the future for businesses across the world. To the average person, words like technology disruption and automation elicit images of factories and warehouses being staffed with robots instead of manpower.
Times are changing. Sure, that’s something that every generation says when they start becoming the old ones, but this time it’s for real. The way technology like the Internet of Things and social media have become part of our everyday lives, things are changing quicker than ever. Just think about how much of a novelty smartphones were at the beginning of the decade, and how they’ve now become an essential part of our everyday lives.
Business is changing at a rapid pace. So much so, that it’s almost hard to stay on top of the ways real estate is evolving. Figuring out how to keep current with the industry without sinking all of your time into reading publications and tweets is a challenge. This is why I’ve come up with a list of resources to follow for all of my day-to-day information. This way, I don’t have to spend too much time reading through information that doesn’t apply to me so that I can dive right into the relevant content.
There’s nothing worse than finding yourself on the wrong side of a tech trend. The commercial real estate industry has seen itself in that position more than a time or two, but I believe we’ve finally turned a corner where we’re actively focusing on new and emerging tech trends to keep the industry moving forward.