Keeping a lookout for technology, regulatory and industry trends can help you identify opportunities and problems for your own organization. This type of information can also provide valuable insights for better asset, facility and maintenance management.
This monthly brief will share some of the articles and tips (including our own) that may influence your organization’s asset, facility and maintenance management decision making.
Top Asset Management, Facility and Maintenance News
September was sort of a slow month asset management news but it was a good month to examine water infrastructure and the problems it is creating especially in hard hit drought areas such as California and Texas.
- Is a USA Water Mafia Nearer Than We Think?: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS., looks at the dark side approaching Cities and States with a poorly managed water system. It turns out I was right on the mark (see article below).
- The Emergence of the Water Mafia U.S.A. Style: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS., is an I told you so article but urges lawmakers and law enforcement to step up and start investing in the fix before things get out of control.
- Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500: By Mike Adams, reports that strict water rationing is imminent, crops yields are near a state of collapse and lawmakers are trying to avoid the word rationing (which is just downright stupid in my opinion).
- OSHA’s Top 10: Announced by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. The final report is to be published in December 2014.
- Key changes to NFPA 13’s sprinkler system codes: By Tony Lamell, AIA, NCARB gives a list and a short description of the significant changes for NFPA 13: Standard for the installation of sprinkler systems that can affect construction if adopted by States.
Cable, Lodging, and Other Industry Stories
Cable Industry News
This month the trend continues to be the battle over net neutrality but also about how innovation is slowing due to legacy type systems similar to the problem facing the hospitality industry.
- ISPs Top U.S. Investment Heroes Ranking: By John Solit, compares ISP investments to other industries showing that Telecom/cable is leading all other industries.
- Net neutrality: Netflix continues fight for ‘strong’ rules, responds to Comcast accusation of extortion: By Samantha Bookman, looks at the accusations flying from sides about Net Neutrality between two of the more vested parties.
- Distributed NFV Will Depend on Adaptable Orchestration Framework for Seamless Service Fulfillment : By Heavy Reading, we hear a lot about infrastructure investment by the cable MSOs but the real roadblock to innovation is not net neutrality or legislation rather it is the growing complexity of Enterprise Architecture in trying to manager legacy systems and innovation at the same time.
Lodging and Other Industries
Technology can be a double-edged sword. This is because technology or lack of can either help you or hurt you. This month’s articles reflect how technology is impacting hotels and hotel marketing.
- Examining the US hotel industry: 1995 to 2014: By Carter Wilson, The past five years have seen occupancy go from 61% to 72% which is a mark only bested 3 times. But high occupancy rates and slow supply are not driving prices due to changes brought about by the Internet.
- The world’s most hi-tech hotels: By Victoria Monk, discovers how hotels are adapting new technology to enhance the guest experience. Nice article covering robots, huge touch screens and more.
- Why the hotel industry needs Google, Amazon or Priceline to clean up the mess it has created: By Lennert de Jong, discusses how technology is failing the hospitality industry as a result of outdated legacy systems that are opening the doors to new technology and companies to replace some of the household names we currently know. I like this article.
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