Enterprise Managing Consultant David Srour Talks RPA and AI With LEVERTON in Latest Podcast

Enterprise Managing Consultant David Srour Talks RPA and AI With LEVERTON in Latest Podcast

September 18, 2018 | Dallas, TX - In the latest LEVERTON Podcast released today, RealFoundations Enterprise Managing Consultant David Srour speaks with Abhinav "Abe" Somani, CEO at LEVERTON, about RealFoundations’ r3 BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) platform powered by Yardi, and the benefits of a single supplier solution.

In this ~20-minute, informative conversation, David and Abe discuss Robotic Process Automation (RPA),  one of the fastest growing areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and one that represents a tremendous opportunity for commercial real estate, an industry heavily reliant on data. David walks you through the RPA landscape and how automation helps to manage the real estate transformation more efficiently.

Click the image below to tune-in and learn more about the fascinating world of automation and how RealFoundations provides value to clients through the deployment of RPA.

About LEVERTON
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About RealFoundations
RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. To learn more about how We Make Real Estate Run Better visit www.realfoundations.net.

RealFoundations Drives One of the First PropTech Hackathons in Hong Kong

RealFoundations Drives One of the First PropTech Hackathons in Hong Kong

August 2018 | Hong Kong - On August 17th & 18th, RealFoundations sponsored the first ever 'Asia PropTech Innovathon - Hong Kong Round', hosted by Asia PropTech. Similar to a hackathon, the event brought fifteen teams from local universities together to create innovated solutions and present their ideas to over 100 audience members with a chance to win monetary prizes and mentorships from sponsors.

Each team's business model pitch incorporated blockchain, AI, VR and other technologies that would solve common real estate challenges in Hong Kong like optimizing retail operations and enhancing the customer experience in the residential rental process.

ReVita was the winner of the RealFoundations PropTech Innovators Award, granted for their model which focused on housing affordability/availability by providing a collaborative platform for the development approval process for government, brokers, investors, contractors, lawyers, etc.

Two university teams were awarded with RealFoundations Mentorships, sponsored by the RealFoundations Hong Kong Office.  Lead Managing Consultant Paul Chen, Head of RF Asia, will drive this engagement over the next six months in an effort to help refine the students’ business models for future implementation.

“RealFoundations’ deep understanding of operating models in the dynamic Asian business environment will be valuable for the student teams”, states Paul Chen. “The RealFoundations Hong Kong office also appreciates this exciting opportunity to give back to the community.”

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About RealFoundations
RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. To learn more about how We Make Real Estate Run Better visit www.realfoundations.net.

RealFoundations Featured in Case Study for Launch of rfAcademy, powered by LMS365

RealFoundations Featured in Case Study for Launch of rfAcademy, powered by LMS365

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August 2018 | Dallas, TX — Immersion Technology Services has released a case study about the launch of RealFoundations’ structured, virtual learning platform, rfAcademy, which leverages the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem (O365) and LMS365 integration. Since the release of O365 six years ago, as a Microsoft Silver Partner, RealFoundations has been an early adopter of the product-line for project and service delivery, incorporating Teams, Yammer, Delve, Stream, Sharepoint. and other products into our day-to-day functioning.

The use of Teams enabled RF to collaboratively create structured learning content for the enterprise in LMS365, paving the way for the launch of rfAcadamy in September 2017.   rfAcadamy now encompasses over 60 full courses and hundreds of lessons intended to expand the knowledge and capabilities of RF colleagues.

The LMS365 add-in for Microsoft Teams has proven extremely helpful to us for both deploying and accessing learning content. As an enterprise, we embraced Teams to aid in delivering our services and project-oriented work. It was an extremely pleasant surprise when I discovered that LMS365 developed what has proven to be an intuitive and useful add-in for the platform.
— Alex Cross - Knowledge Manager, RealFoundations

To learn more about RealFoundations' use of Teams and LMS365 integration, please contact Alex Cross at Alex.Cross@realfoundations.net or +1 214 292 7068.  Click here for the full case study.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. To learn more about how We Make Real Estate Run Better visit www.realfoundations.net.

About Immersion Technology Services Immersion Technology Services is a technology solutions company focused on creating solutions that enable people to work more efficiently through technology. As a Microsoft Gold partner, they have created a collaborative eLearning solution fully integrated with the Microsoft Office 365 platform. With an emphasis on simplicity and safety, ITS helps companies expand their knowledge by leveraging the technology they already use.

 

RealFoundations Elevates Three Real Estate Industry Veterans to Serve as Senior Managing Consultants

RealFoundations Elevates Three Real Estate Industry Veterans to Serve as Senior Managing Consultants

Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire /Dallas - RealFoundations, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting and managed services for the real estate industry, today announced the promotion of Alan Baron, Brian Daugherty and Brad Sill to Senior Managing Consultants.  

With more than half a century of collective industry experience, these seasoned practitioners have deep expertise in real estate strategy, technology and business process improvement.  At RealFoundations, they work with a wide range of organizations that develop, own, operate, service, occupy or invest in a significant amount of real estate. The firm’s clients include more than half of the top 25 largest global property managers, a majority of the top 25 largest global office, retail, industrial and multi-family owners, and also multinational corporations in retail, finance and entertainment.

The promotion of Alan, Brian and Brad to this senior role at RF is the result of their ability to deliver increasingly complex and strategic projects for our clients, combined with their proven track record of successful outcomes. We look forward to the value they will continue to add to our firm and our clients.
— Dan Sterk, Enterprise Managing Consultant, RealFoundations
 RealFoundations Elevates Three Practitioners to Senior Managing Consultant.

RealFoundations Elevates Three Practitioners to Senior Managing Consultant.

Alan Baron joined RealFoundations in 2013, adding 20 years of industry expertise to the firm.  Baron’s background in property management and accounting solution design, spanning the homebuilding, construction, development and property management market sectors, empowers him to deliver high-value results to clients with complicated technology or strategy challenges. Baron currently is managing the first HomebuilderONE implementation for a public Top 10 homebuilder in North America. The ongoing project, one of the largest at RealFoundations, covers many functional areas and includes extensive customizations, new software development and complex integrations.

Brian Daugherty joined the firm in 2012 and has 15 years' experience providing solutions to real estate companies, further expanding RF's ever growing pool of knowledge and capabilities.   Daugherty is an accomplished accounting and financial systems expert and well versed in designing and implementing effective operational, organizational and technical strategies for some of RF’s largest commercial and residential clients.  Most recently, he led RealFoundations’ largest client in the single family homes sector through a post-merger systems integration project that consolidated both legacy operating portfolios into a single environment. This transition provided redesigned processes, procedures, and technology to accommodate operational effectiveness and future scalability as a unified organization.

Brad Sill, a member of the RealFoundations team since 2014 and two-decade industry veteran, leads projects for large-scale retail, corporate, office and multifamily clients with complex operational, financial and technological challenges.  Sill was the recipient of Realcomm’s prestigious 'Digie' award, which is given annually to outstanding companies, real estate projects, technologies and people who have gone above and beyond to positively impact the industry through the intelligent application of technology, automation and innovation. On his most recent engagement, Sill led RealFoundations’ consulting team in the largest multifamily REIT merger, transforming property management and accounting systems for scalability to support both current operations and future growth. 

For more information about careers at RealFoundations, visit our website at www.realfoundations.net/careers or contact Tony Dodder, Director of People Services | (646) 825 7962 | tony.dodder@realfoundations.net.  

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

RealFoundations Named 'World Leader of Best Practices for Yammer' by SWOOP Analytics

RealFoundations Named 'World Leader of Best Practices for Yammer' by SWOOP Analytics

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August 2018 | Dallas, TX —  RealFoundations has once again been recognized as a 'World Leader of Best Practices for Yammer', according to a recent Case Study published by SWOOP Analytics. SWOOP'S soon-to-be-released 2018 benchmarking report is the world’s largest analysis of Yammer networks, representing more than 1.4 million users and more than 12 million Yammer interactions.  RealFoundations was recognized by SWOOP in 2017 as a world leader in enterprise social networking adoption.

Click here to read SWOOP Analytics' full Case Study on how RF delivers better outcomes for clients via rf(x).

In 2014, RealFoundations began using Microsoft's Yammer as the platform for virtual collaboration,  sharing industry news, lessons learned and client/project information amongst practitioners. This use of Yammer and now Teams, to engage and share information across the globe or  'Working Out Loud', has become the heart of RealFoundations' everyday culture.

Working Out Loud is what differentiates RealFoundations from our competitors and we are proud to share our insight and approach with the industry, reinforcing our mission of helping real estate companies run better. To learn more about how RealFoundations can help create a culture of collaboration and transparency in your company, please contact Naomi Souza at  naomi.souza@realfoundations.net or +1 214 292 7086.

About RealFoundations
RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. To learn more about how We Make Real Estate Run Better visit www.realfoundations.net.

About Swoop Analytics
SWOOP Analytics is an Australian company based in Sydney with people on the ground in the UK and US. They passionately believe in the power of collaboration and people networks to get work done. By analysing data from a variety of sources they provide employees and management with unique insights to make informed and evidence-based decisions about collaboration and the health of companies' social networks. http://www.swoopanalytics.com

 

Inaugural 'RealFoundations Renee Moorad Memorial MBA Scholarship' Awarded to Oklahoma University Graduate Student Daniel C. Sloat

Inaugural 'RealFoundations Renee Moorad Memorial MBA Scholarship' Awarded to Oklahoma University Graduate Student Daniel C. Sloat

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July 2018 | Norman, OK — Daniel C. Sloat, a dual degree JD / MBA candidate at the Price College of Business and the OU College of Law, was awarded the inaugural RealFoundations Renée Moorad Memorial MBA Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.

RealFoundations established the Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2016 to honor former co-worker and OU Sooner Renée Moorad, a dedicated student, loyal employee, and an American-Arab activist with a passion for justice and equality. A legal scholar, she was a champion for civil rights as a member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. 

Dan also exhibits a passion for justice and equality: he is a research analyst for the Center for International Business & Human Rights, a vocal advocate for establishing a Certificate in International Law and a co-founder of the International Law section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Before returning to school, Dan served as a Captain in the United States Air Force with three deployments abroad. Captain Sloat worked as a Liaison Officer helping to orchestrate the first Humanitarian relief mission of Operation Inherent Resolve. The team provided food, water, and shelter to thousands of religious-minority refugees who had been ousted from their homes in Syria. It was during this exact same time and on these very people’s behalf that Renee was fighting for religious tolerance and freedom from persecution.

Although I never had the opportunity to meet Renee Moorad, I am deeply honored to be selected as the recipient of a scholarship in her name. From what I have learned about Renee, she was truly committed to human rights issues. Her selfless devotion to such important causes is an inspiration to myself and countless others.
— Dan Sloat, MBA Scholarship recipient

Two University of Oklahoma alumni, striving to make a real and positive impact on the world around them. Upon graduation in May of 2019, Dan plans to pursue a career in Corporate Social Responsibility for a Fortune 10 company. Read Dan's Stewardship Report for the 2017/2018 year here. More information about Renée Moorad and the Endowed Scholarship at http://www.realfoundations.net/news/reneemooradscholarship.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

"How Solid is Your Cybersecurity Plan?" <br>by Lauren Stokes

"How Solid is Your Cybersecurity Plan?"
by Lauren Stokes

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Click here for the full article.

July 2018 | Dallas, TX — Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats facing nearly every organization worldwide. Up to now the CRE sector has not been a primary target of cyber-terrorism, although the industry is becoming more susceptible to sophisticated and dangerous attacks as the increased use of digital technologies exposes secure information through data proliferation, online transactions and the Internet of Things.  RealFoundations Director Lauren Stokes' recent article 'How Solid is Your Cybersecurity Plan' provides examples of the most common types of cyber-attacks and how to secure your organization’s data through leading technology practices, policies, procedures and governance. Click the image to the right for the full article.

Despite recurring news headlines of massive fallouts from data breaches, many CRE companies are still ill-equipped at protecting themselves from potential attacks, moreover they are unprepared for timely detection, containment and mitigation. In the event of such an incident, these organizations are almost certain to suffer highly disruptive and costly impacts as well reputational damage.

It is no longer a question of ‘if’ your business will be victimized, but rather ‘when’. Safeguarding your business from cybercrime is a demanding, ongoing function.
— Lauren Stokes - Director, RealFoundations

Not only is technology continuously changing but so are the tactics employed by cyber-thieves. There is a great deal of new information to keep up with and leading practices are constantly evolving.  To learn more about how RealFoundations can help with your cybersecurity needs, please contact Lauren Stokes, Director of RealFoundations Managed Services Technology, at (214) 292-7036 or Lauren.Stokes@realfoundations.net.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

RealFoundations' r3 Managed Services Platform, Powered by Yardi, Helps Real Estate Companies Run Better

RealFoundations' r3 Managed Services Platform, Powered by Yardi, Helps Real Estate Companies Run Better

June 2018 | Dallas, TX —  On June 5th 2018, RealFoundations ('RF'), one of the world's foremost providers of consulting and managed services for the real estate industry, issued a press release announcing the rollout of its r3 Managed Services platform, which will enable clients to achieve better back office outcomes.

 RealFoundations' Business Process as a Service Platform.

RealFoundations' Business Process as a Service Platform.

The platform is powered by Yardi, a global leader in technology for real estate companies across all property sectors.  The addition of Yardi's industry leading software, Voyager, strengthens RealFoundations' growing Business Process as a Service ('BPaaS') platform – which today includes MicrosoftLeverton, Blackline, and ServiceNow – and continues to widen its technology alliance portfolio.  This gives RealFoundations' larger clients more agile back office solutions in the cloud, and for smaller enterprises, it provides the power of best-of-breed tool infrastructure – with no implementation risks or hiring costs – along with the benefit of a single supplier relationship.  R3 provides clients Reliable, Responsive Results. 

RealFoundations Managed Services offer a range of leading solutions to enable real estate companies to transition components of their business processes using our world-class on/off shore delivery model.  RealFoundations' BPaaS solution furthers its mission of helping real estate companies run better.   The solution includes services – Accounting, Lease Abstraction and Administration, Technology, Data and Energy, processes, applications and infrastructure.  This single vendor approach helps clients reduce costs and minimize risk while leveraging RealFoundations' decades of experience helping clients source and scale their real estate operations.

To meet the growing demand for BPaaS within the Real Estate space, RealFoundations is excited to add Yardi as the core Investment & Property Management and Accounting tool in our r3 platform. This solution allows us to strengthen our flexible delivery model that can start small and expand as needed. And we believe that Yardi Voyager is the platform to best suit our residential and commercial clients based on the product’s broad coverage of the work map of a real estate company.
— Mark Callin, Founder and Enterprise Managing Consultant at RealFoundations

For more information or to see whether our Business Process as a Service and R3 platform are a good fit for your organization, please contact Ron Christy at services@realfoundations.net or +1 214 292 7090. 

Click here for a link to the Press Release published by PR Newswire.

About RealFoundations
RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. To learn more about how We Make Real Estate Run Better visit www.realfoundations.net.

About Yardi
Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide. For more information on how Yardi is Energized for Tomorrow, visit www.yardi.com.

"The Impact of Emerging Technologies on European Listed Real Estate" <br>by Irina Lenchuk

"The Impact of Emerging Technologies on European Listed Real Estate"
by Irina Lenchuk

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Click here for the full report.

June 2018 | London, UK — In May 2018, RealFoundations Consultant Irina Lenchuk's latest research paper, The Impact of Emerging Technologies on European Listed Real Estate,  was published for industry consumption by EPRA, European Public Real Estate Association.

Supported by EPRA and contributed by industry leading practitioners across the globe, the paper describes how technological advancements in real estate are currently impacting how we work, where we work and the work that we do in the Office, Retail and Industrial market sectors.  

The impact that technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Virtual Reality and others pose on real estate demand, asset value and the real estate lifecycle as a whole are explored with cited sources and highlighted concepts in this thought-provoking artifact. Click the link above to read the full report.

RealFoundations’ comprehensive report provides a timely roadmap for listed real estate companies assessing how they navigate the fast-developing world of emerging technologies and their potentially profound impact on our markets.
— Dominique Moerenhout, CEO of EPRA

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

About the Author Irina Lenchuk is a Consultant with RealFoundations with over 10 years experience working in construction and real estate industries. Throughout her career she contributed to the successful delivery of diverse projects ranging from technology strategy analysis, data architecture design and IT systems implementations for leading international real estate organizations to large construction and refurbishment projects for high-end property developers.

"The $500 Billion Disruption" <br>by Ed Lubieniecki & Barry Faulkner

"The $500 Billion Disruption"
by Ed Lubieniecki & Barry Faulkner

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Click here to read full article.

May 2018 | Dallas, TX — Published in the Spring 2018 issue of NAREIM Dialogues, Ed Lubieniecki and Barry Faulkner's latest article "The $500 Billion Disruption" strives to amplify the impact of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) new lease accounting standard, requiring tenants to give users of financial statements, like investors and creditors, a more transparent view of the company’s financial health by including lease obligations as liabilities on  balance sheets. 

As a result of the new standard, the topic of leased space has taken on new importance in the C-suites and boardrooms of the world’s largest companies. CRE veterans predict tenants will change the rules of engagement and anticipate new marketplace dynamics like shorter leases, a surge in co-working, and volatility in asset valuations.

The convergence of these developments could materially influence property valuations and returns. Investment managers should discuss the ramifications of these changes with their clients, manage their expectations and help them avoid surprises.
— Ed Lubieniecki & Barry Faulkner, RealFoundations

Knowledgeable and proactive advice on this topic will ease the transition for investors.  Click the icon above to read the full article and suggestions on how to begin communicating with investors to avoid blindsiding.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

Click here for more information on the cited Inaugural Global Lease Count Study.