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WBT Interviews... Stephen Verhoeff President and CEO CSI Wireless A Canadian's passion for technology leads to a new generation of GPS-wireless products for improved communications throughout the Americas. WBT: I understand your entry into the wireless space was from real estate. Isn't that rather unusual? SV: I graduated from the University of Calgary in 1986 and thought it would be fun to get involved in commercial real estate. Back then Calgary's real estate market was heavily dependent on crude oil prices, because the Alberta economy was made up primarily of petroleum producers, refiners, marketers, and service companies. Every time crude prices slumped, so did Alberta real estate prices. After a while, I saw a trend: technology companies were starting up - some led by former oil industry personnel - and gradually reducing Alberta's economic dependence on petrole... (more)

Austin Area Commercial Real Estate Portal Launched

The Austin Business Journal and Xceligent today announced the launch of Austin bizspace, a powerful new commercial real estate site for brokers, owners and related professionals to market services and assets to Austin area decision makers. Traditionally, the marketing of commercial real estate services and properties has largely been through print-based media. Now, via the Austin Business Journal website with nearly 300,000 monthly page views, Austin bizspace will deliver a comprehensive online vehicle for commercial real estate professionals to target local and national business decision makers. "Commercial real estate is a key sector for readers of the Austin Business Journal, and a key economic segment for the Central Texas economy," Austin Business Journal Publisher Lyn Chasteen said. "Through our collaboration with Xceligent, we will be able to offer another la... (more)

ARGUS Software Launches the Next Generation of ARGUS Enterprise and ARGUS Valuation DCF

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/12/13 -- ARGUS Software Inc. ("ARGUS"), a division of Altus Group Limited ("Altus Group") (TSX:AIF) and the leading global provider of software solutions for the commercial real estate industry, today unveiled ARGUS Enterprise 9.5® (AE 9.5), the latest and most advanced version of the industry standard asset and investment management software platform. ARGUS also unveiled ARGUS Valuation DCF 16® (DCF 16) as a module of the ARGUS Enterprise platform, again setting the standard for the world's most widely used application for discounted cash flow based commercial real estate valuation. With over 80 clients now using ARGUS Enterprise across the globe, AE 9.5 significantly advances user productivity, risk management and decision-making for asset managers, portfolio managers, investors, lenders and other real estate professionals.... (more)

Commercial Real Estate Goes Wireless

By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real-estate owners can achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties. Whoever said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," didn't know much about commercial real estate. The process ain't broke. It works, but it's clunky. For example, most commercial real estate service requests involve a handwritten/phone/fax method for initiating and responding to service requests. But the inefficiencies - brought on by poor communications and way too much paperwork along the chain - reduce service levels and, consequently, occupancy rates. By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real estate owners can achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties. Other in... (more)

Intelligent Infrastructure: Clouds for Commercial Real Estate

If they plan to remain viable in today's markets, now is the time for real estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities in their commercial properties. How do we prop up our dying shopping center? How do we develop and maintain more business for our stadium? How do we raise our commercial properties' occupancy from 45% to 85%? These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations. Many executives are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working. In addition, assessments and property appraisals that overlook or discount technology within the property's infrastructure are inadequate at best, and totally erroneous at worse. Cloud Computing Real Estate A downtown office building appraises out at $230,000,000 and the buyer thinks they ... (more)

SAP Puts Money in Alteryx

SAP's Venture Fund has tucked $6 million in A Series money into so-called geographic business intelligence software developer Alteryx Inc to support its infrastructure build-out, go-to-market execution and possible acquisitions. Alteryx targets Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the automotive, retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, cable, manufacturing and finance industries as well as government and university customers. Its technology is delivered in desktop, server and public/private cloud computing environments. The 14-year-old California company claims a quarter of a million users worldwide including 30% year-over-year growth and record customer acquisition in 2010. SAP Ventures get a board seat. ... (more)

Wi-Fi, DAS and Entertainment Complexes

The combination of Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antennae Systems) communications technology is becoming a new intelligent amenity in many sports stadiums for enhancing the fan experience by having apps like Stadium VIP and others providing new services available at your fingertips through your Smartphone. Just as we have next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) and Intelligent Industrial Parks being developed and occupied worldwide, another segment of commercial real estate is starting to evolve to its next generation utilizing intelligent amenities: the Intelligent Retail/Entertainment/Convention (IRECs) Complexes. The IREC Complex is the next-generation campus that provides a layer of broadband connectivity as a shared intelligent amenity that the campus can provide to sophisticated consumers who want a richer experience using their smartphone applicat... (more)

SyndicIT Services Corporation Chooses DocuSign Electronic Signature Service for Signing Leases and Contracts in the Multihousing Industry

Austin, TX, February 01, 2011 --(PR.com)-- “Syndi” the Desktop Electronic Avatar and Virtual Property Assistant Now Offers Electronic Signature Services SyndicIT’s Integration with DocuSign Enables Users to Seamlessly Move Online Documents for Electronic Signature SyndicIT Services Corporation today announced that its digital document and content management service, designed specifically for use in the multihousing and commercial real estate markets, has completed a seamless integration with DocuSign’s electronic signature service. With DocuSign, the SyndicIT system, designed for property leasing offices and for enterprise-wide use across corporate business departments such as legal, vendor and supplier management and human resources, now provides end-to-end document processing from creation to signature to digital storage. “SyndicIT and ... (more)

LoopNet Ranks Among the Nation's Fastest-Growing Technology Companies, According to Deloitte & Touche

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LoopNet, Inc. , which operates the largest online commercial real estate marketplace, ranks among the nation's fastest-growing technology companies based on revenue growth, according to Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. Each year, the accounting and consulting firm ranks U.S. companies based on five-year revenue growth. For the period from 2002 through 2006, LoopNet recorded revenue growth of 590%, earning the company the 265th spot on Deloitte's 2007 Technology Fast 500 list. LoopNet also ranks 22nd on Deloitte & Touche's Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 (Internet, Media & Entertainment and Communication category), which is based on revenue growth during the same five-year period. LoopNet has been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list for three consecutive years. "We are honored to be recognized by Deloitte & Touc... (more)

Avison Young Expands Into Florida, 30 members Join From Flagler

Pike Rowley becomes Managing Director, South Florida; expansion adds 3.4 million square feet to Avison Young's property management portfolio TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company, announced today that it has expanded its operations into Florida. Effective immediately, 30 members from South Florida's leading brokerage and property management firm Flagler Real Estate Services, LLC (FRES) join Avison Young, forming the nucleus for Avison Young's entry into the Florida commercial real estate markets. The move further expands Avison Young's market coverage in the Southeast U.S. Avison Young's new Florida operations will be headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with branch offices in Boca Raton and Miami. The newest American offices collectively represent Av... (more)

Examples of a Good LinkedIn Summary

You know how you go on LinkedIn to check out your prospect’s profile? Well, guess what? They’re checking you out too. If all they see is a bare-bones resume listing your previous work experience, they’re not going to be one bit impressed. Nor will they get excited about meeting you if you describe yourself as a high energy, tenacious sales hunter. That’ll scare ‘em off good. Instead, you want them to say, “This person sounds really sharp. She gets my challenges. It’d be worth meeting with her." One of the best ways to make that happen is to craft a customer-focused summary that makes you come alive. Let me give you a couple examples. Dave sells commercial real estate. In his LinkedIn summary he says, “I help people make high quality business decisions that involve real estate. I do everything I can to help them maximize their returns by minimizing risk.” Then he tell... (more)