The highlight of the week for our Estate Management team was attending the Smart Asset & Estate Management conference in person at the QEII Centre, London. Hosted by GovNet, the focus was on ‘Transforming the Public Estate for a Greener and Smarter Future’. Joined by public sector property professionals, we listened to an array of keynote speakers and discussed the latest policy updates and thought leadership around Estate Management. We learned about initiatives to support the need for sustainable buildings, the challenge of reaching net zero and the different technology solutions that enables a greener future.
A core focus was also the need to support smarter and more collaborative ways of working. For me, the highlight of the day was hearing from the Office for Government Property(OGP) and the Government Property Agency (GPA), about what the future holds as they try to create great workplaces for their people and embrace the new hybrid way of working which is expected by employees. We discussed how using the right technology is essential to drive collaboration and talked about the importance of extracting insights from data to make better decisions, all whilst working towards net zero.
The importance of data has never been clearer, and was reinforced by Stephen Boyd, CEO of the GPA who commented that “you can’t make the right decisions without the right data”. At Sopra Steria, we believe that a technology enabled solution can unleash the value of an organisation’s data to develop a data driven property and people strategy. We do this with our digital transformation and integration expertise, to help customers optimise their physical estates through the use of Customer, Dynamic and Strategic insights.
I am really excited to lead the team as we embark on this journey, working alongside our customers to help them balance these demanding ambitions whilst achieving positive business outcomes for a greener, smarter future.