Recommended Reading for the Weekend

by CoyDavidson on March 31, 2012

Six Articles and a Video I Liked this Week

The Brilliant Economics of Green Buildings
Say what you will about the benefits of clean energy or the costs of pollution, the jury has returned an unambiguous verdict on the greening of the commercial real-estate market. Forbes covers the explosive growth in Green buildings.

Hewlett Packard Techies Now Rethinking its Global Real Estate Footprint
With new CEO and ‘CIO’ officers at the helm, Hewlett Packard (HP) is realigning its organizational structure – a portion of which has it taking global real estate decision-making away from its financial managers and putting it into the hands of its techies. CoStar Group reports on HP’s redefined approach to brick & mortar decisions.

Silicon Hills
The downtown Austin office market has been changed with the onset of  tech companies in the last five years. The dynamics of downtown Austin draw the 24-34 year old demographic as the “live-play-work” concept is realized. REDNews covers the Biznow – Austin Tech Real Estate & Data Center Summit

The iPad’s Impact on IT Organizations
BYOD lately? That’s “Bring Your Own Device” if you’re unfamiliar with the term, which refers to the workforce using their own mobile devices to perform any work functions.  As the mobile workplace continues to evolve and technology innovation continues to accommodate our mobile work preferences, BYOD is an increasing trend that is having an adverse effect on corporate networks. EBUSINESS STRATEGIES asks who takes the lead in enabling a mobile workforce in your organization.

Is Your Workplace Ready for Interconnectedness?
The world has changed. Disruptive technology and globalization has created an increasingly interconnectedness and a complex business environment. More than ever, business is a team sport that leverages technology to cross borders and time zones. At the same time, resources are stretched from downsizing and the struggling economy. Business issues are more complex than they were just a few short years ago. Work Awesome explains how workplaces must be flexible and adaptable in order to survive and thrive in today’s interconnected and complex business environment.

Five Ways to Make Corporate Space More Creative
“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” The places we work and the ways we think are inextricably linked: a few changes to one inform the other. It’s possible to shape an environment to encourage creativity and collaboration. Harvard Business Review examines five tactics you can use to improve a less-than-ideal work environment.

Tech Check: Silicon Valley’s Hot Rental Market
Silicon Valley’s tech titans are driving an office leasing boom. Colliers International professional Jim Beeger is interviewed on CNBC’s Tech Check regarding the hot Silicon Valley commercial real estate market.

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