CTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success

accruent Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.

7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper.

In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.

Here at Accruent, we know your time is short in supply and high on demand. That’s why we recommend ONE thing you can do in just 15 minutes to transform your facilities: read this white paper and learn seven easy ways to transform your facilities department into a strategic driver for success.

With the right software partner and processes in place, you can cut your maintenance costs by 35%. You can reduce the time spent scheduling and managing preventive maintenance procedures by 40%, not to mention cut the time required to enter PM work orders by 85%.

Eric’s Favorite Video of the Week — Joshua Foer: Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do

There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com.

Eric’s Favorite Video of The Week For Week Ending July 21, 2013

How does your business stay relevant in a world where customers have so many choices? Stromquist & Company was lucky enough work with Marshall Thurber to answer this questions. Marshall was kind enough to let us film six of his key principals for being successful. This video is the first of six videos that we posted on ControlTrends.

Many thanks to Marshall , who is one of the truly great business teachers of our time, for sharing six success secrets, from his course The Future of Business. Mentored by [Read more…]

ControlTrends Hangout: Episode Two – Using Social Media in The HVAC Industry

Ken Smyers and I continued our “hangout” discussion on how to use social media to grow and maintain your HVAC business. Anthony Bronzo from ControlPal.com and Seãn Johnson from Stromquist & Company joined us on the Hangout.
Do you want to know how to optimize your Google SEO ranking or if paid keywords are better than organic searches? The be sure to hear what Anthony and Seãn have to say.

Want to join us on a hangout? Email us at controltrends@gmail.com, we would love to have you on the show.

Eric’s Favorite Video of The Week

When was the last time you updated your learning strategy? If you are like me, you probably don’t think about how you learn.One of the key skills everyone needs to have to be successful in today’s world of constant change is the ability to learn and master new skills quickly.

Check out this video from Tim Ferriss on how to master any skill. Tim is the author of The Four Hour Body, The Four Hour Week, and The Four Hour Chef. He is one of my favorite authors. Check this guy out !!

Data.gov: Opening Government Data to Fuel Innovation and Problem-solving

Original Post by Steve VanRoekel and Todd Park on July 08, 2013 at 01:49 PM EDT

President Obama highlights innovations taking place in our government that are already making a difference:

Digitizing disaster recovery: FEMA use of data analytics and internet/mobile apps to deliver better results: In response to Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partnered with the U.S.Geological Survey, Civil Air Patrol, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to utilize imagery and data that identified inaccessible and destroyed homes, which enabled FEMA to expedite assistance funds to eligible applicants. FEMA has also succeeded in getting 304,000 survivors (57% of applicants) registered for assistance following Hurricane Sandy through internet and smartphone apps. [Read more…]

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of the Week

OX 5ControlTrends is about getting HVAC and Controls information to people who rely on relevant content, current perspectives, and knowing and seeing the driving forces that are shaping our industry. Here are this week’s TOP 5 website posts:

* Marc Petock interview with Ken Sinclair. Haystack Connect Event Review. The ability to automatically interpret the meaning of data enables best of breed applications to be implemented, quickly and at lower cost. This gives owners more choice and a faster path to financial return.

* Realcomm @ THE INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS. DigieT Award Winners. Realcomm has been handing out the “Digie” Award (short for Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards) since the first event in 1999. The main purpose of this award is to recognize those companies, real estate projects, technologies and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact our industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation. [Read more…]