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Automate Your Business With an Internet-Based Information System 

For years the commercial real estate industry has relied on archaic business systems to generate revenues. Traditionally, transaction related information is duplicated on paper and filed in multiple locations. But today's more sophisticated clients demand greater speed and accountability from

Digital Cameras Are an Essential Tool for Today's Broker 

Due to their ability to communicate a vast amount of information about a property at a glance, photographs have been a critical element in the marketing of commercial real estate properties for decades. For many years, traditional film cameras were

E-Brokerage Revolution Promises to Re-Engineer the Industry 

Although the commercial real estate market is one of the major sectors of the U.S. and world economies, it has been one of the last to embrace technology. The insurance, financial services, accounting, legal, retail, and manufacturing sectors long have

Internet-Based Information Systems Improve Company Efficiency 

In the last 10 years, personal computers and PC networks have wreaked havoc on centralized, structured information management systems. Instead of being organized into specific databases, company information often is scattered in various software programs such as Act , Access,

Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan to Protect Against the Unexpected 

In light of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, disaster recovery planning has taken on a serious, new meaning. A carefully designed disaster management plan can help businesses rebound and continue operations if the unexpected occurs. Whether it is a

Increased Connectivity Defines Tomorrow's Smart Buildings 

Looking at the typical life cycle of a commercial property, a building developed today has a projected life expectancy of at least 30 years. If owners have financial goals reflecting that life span, they must understand the next generation of

Industry Conference Highlights Technology's Role in Brokerage Evolution 

Technology products and systems showcased at this year's Realcomm conference in Chicago affect how commercial real estate professionals develop, lease, manage, buy, and sell property. Of all the industry segments, brokerage in particular benefits from these technological advances. The following

Online Video Transmissions Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative 

In today's fast paced world, businesses require up to the minute information from all over the world. Spending hours flying to remote locations for meetings is not always an option. And telephone conferences, while helpful, lack the personal touch often

Digital Transformation Requires a Multifaceted Approach 

If they haven't done so already, many commercial real estate companies are considering the transition from a paper based operation to a digital process. However, creating a digital office entails more than implementing new technology it means evaluating all business

Digital Aerial Photography Is Looking Up 

During the last 18 months, aerial photography has advanced greatly, mainly because it has gone digital and hit the Internet Yet few people know about it, and that may be the most amazing thing about this technology. Many commercial real

Commercial Brokers Use Tech-Savvy Strategies to Boost Their Business 

The 2002 Realcomm conference, held in Las Vegas in June, examined how technology is gaining a foothold in the commercial real estate industry and evaluated the latest tools brokers need to embrace it. In the conference session &ldquo Who Is

Online Tools Help Brokers Effectively Manage Time and Communications 

Brokers constantly are on the go — visiting sites, researching properties, preparing documents, and meeting with clients. To successfully accomplish all of these tasks, communication and time management skills are essential. Yet sometimes even seasoned real estate pros struggle to

Survey Gauges How Commercial Real Estate Companies Use Technology 

Last December, CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management conducted an online member survey to gauge how much commercial real estate companies invest in technology. The survey's main goal was to understand the correlation between companies' technology investments

Mobile Internet Access Opens Business Doors From Anywhere 

Mobile Internet access is an important strategy for commercial real estate professionals to consider in an increasingly technological world. Hundreds of different devices that access the Internet now exist, freeing people from their desks. This not only has profound implications

Wireless Technology Will Improve Buildings' Functionality 

The technology that commercial properties use to control their energy, security, facilities, and management systems is ever changing. This year, advances in combining wireless local area networks with the use of Internet appliances signals a quantum leap in the property

Rev Up Your Business With High-Speed Internet Access 

It wasn't so long ago that 14.4 kilobytes per second modems were the norm. However, speeds quickly have progressed past 28.8 kps and 56 kps to integrated services digital network &mdash or ISDN &mdash lines, digital subscriber lines, cable modems,

Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Products Improve Business Efficiency 

Technology moves at lightning speed and, to some extent, surpasses consumers' needs and expectations. However, it also becomes more quickly affordable, allowing those with fewer resources to invest in basic versions of today's top innovations sooner than they may think