In our “Thought Leader Interviews” series interviews all important Thought Leaders from the IWMS industry. In our eighth interview we have interviewed John T. Anderson, CEO of PeopleCube.

1. Please introduce yourself to our readers

John T. Anderson My name is John Anderson, and I am the president and CEO of PeopleCube, which is headquartered in Framingham MA. During my time at PeopleCube, I have been continuously energized by the fact that we are helping to make a difference in the environment through the deployment of our products and services to companies across the globe.It is through the use of our technology that we are able to help companies reduce their carbon footprint in a cost-effective fashion.

It is my belief that through awareness, each person and organization can collectively make the earth a better place to live for generations to come.

2. Can you explain a bit about your background and your career?

I have been involved in the cutting edge of technology throughout my entire 30+ year career. From the deployment of integrated card readers for self-service fueling, to retail checkout scanning systems, to leading resource management systems, I am never far from “the next big thing.” I am always looking for new and innovative ways to help organizations maximize their return on technology investments and, throughout my career, I have focused on solutions that make a big impact.

3. Can you elaborate a bit more about your organization? What makes your organization unique?

PeopleCube’s roots are based on the fundamentals of scheduling. We have been innovators in the scheduling and collaboration market, beginning with group scheduling technology in the mid 1980s. As we continue to move into new areas of the markets we serve, we must be more creative than ever.

For example, most companies think about their physical real estate and facilities costs. In my mind you must change the thinking from “outside the box” to how to expand “inside the box.” To PeopleCube, this is all about maximizing the value of your people.

It is essential to deliver solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of the many different people who exist inside the loosely defined parameters of a company. In business today, almost every company needs to implement a program for mobile workers. This is critical to attracting and retaining talent in the marketplace, while simultaneously helping to keep soaring real-estate costs down.

Here at PeopleCube, we deliver solutions that help organizations deploy and manage physical as well as personnel assets efficiently and effectively.

4. What motivates you as a person?

Making a difference has always been a big personal driver of mine. I have always been focused on taking things to the next level, and I tend go by the mantra that one shouldn’t be satisfied with “good enough.” I enjoy being creative and finding new solutions to grow personally and professionally, while leading a team to achieve more than they dreamed they could—all the while having fun doing it.

5. How do you want to be seen by the IWMS Community?

In an entrepreneurial-driven company such as PeopleCube, I believe every employee makes a difference. We truly value the contributions of all our employees. We support this commitment within our company’s culture by acknowledging the unique contributions that people make every day. I think our low turnover demonstrates that we offer a work environment that rewards hard work and creativity, and supports personal and professional growth.

Outside the organization, I want PeopleCube to be known as a company that delivers value in all aspects of our relationship with customers and partners. The bottom line is, when you partner with PeopleCube, it will lead to incredible success for the people and the company.

6. What does the term Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) mean to you?

IWMS means a completely integrated operations system that helps reduce costs and increase efficiencies throughout the workplace. PeopleCube’s strategy is to integrate our workspace and real-estate management solutions into the existing infrastructure of a business today to help them achieve even greater efficiency and cost reductions going forward.

In today’s economy, organizations must leverage their existing investments in technology, from Exchange and Notes to other CAFM products currently in use. PeopleCube is uniquely positioned to leverage these investments, as we have established many partnerships with organizations in the IWMS industry to provide an integrated solution without duplicating information or requiring someone to displace existing applications.

By using industry standards, we are able to accomplish this effort in days—not months—so companies can realize a substantial ROI almost immediately after deploying our solutions.

7. What do you think of the Credit Crunch? What impact does it have on FM and RE?

We are in an environment where everyone is looking for a payback on their investment in less than one year. The solutions PeopleCube offers provide a very strong return on investment, where organizations can save millions of dollars in real-estate and energy costs.

At a time when everyone must manage their pennies, having a better understanding about how space is being utilized is essential. Our Workplace BI solution brings together the various data sources that exist inside an organization to form a dashboard that allows an executive and facility manager to measure and better manage how their real estate is being used, based on the various trends being reported.

8. What is your opinion about Sustainability and IWMS?

In prior years, many organizations were interested in being perceived as environmentally friendly, but were not committed to making the proper investments to achieve improved sustainability. Today these goals are mutually compatible. Companies can reduce, and are reducing, their carbon footprint, while lowering their costs and improving operating efficiencies by using the right IWMS for their business and the environment.

For example, many organizations have building management systems that keep the temperature of their facilities at a certain level. However, what often goes unnoticed is whether the space being heated or cooled is actually being used. If there are ten conference rooms, are they all being used simultaneously? If not, why heat/cool them at the same level as occupied space? Using scheduling technology integrated with these building management systems, organizations can manage their energy consumption based on scheduled occupancy, helping to reduce unnecessary carbon emissions and energy costs.

Taking this example one step further, as companies move towards a mobile workforce, the need for available workspace is reduced. Using the same type of scheduling technology to facilitate an alternative workspace “hoteling” environment—a practice where remote workers reserve shared workspace as needed—companies can consolidate the available workspace and “hibernate” certain areas. By doing so, and only making the hibernated space available as an overflow option, companies are able to adjust the climate of that space, further reducing their costs and carbon footprint.

9. How do you see IWMS in the year 2015?

In 2015, there will be a greater emphasis placed on consolidation. Companies that continue to run disparate workplace management systems and work within those information “silos” will simply not have the holistic view that provides a clear picture of how to manage their business today and tomorrow. Without a clear and accurate representation of operational expenses, companies will have a hard time achieving long-term success.

I think there are some very interesting partnership opportunities for companies in this space to help facilitate a consolidated approach, and those who take advantage of these opportunities will be propelled into a leadership position.

10. What would be your Million Dollar Tip for our readers?

Do not accept the status quo. Everyone can make a difference, if they put their mind to it. Make a commitment to make the people and the environment around you better each day.

Next interview

In our next “Thought Leader Interview” Jack Thompson, CEO of Tango Management Consulting, will be interviewed.