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7th Smart Office India Summit 2019: Scaling, Designing & Retaining: Adapting Alternative Workplace Strategies

7th Smart Office India Summit 2019: Scaling, Designing & Retaining: Adapting Alternative Workplace Strategies

The session was moderated by Khurshed Gandhi, MD, Consulting Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Smart office summit india 2019, Panel discussions, CBRE India, M Moser Associates, Knight Frank India, Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, Marsh Risk Consulting, Welspun Flooring

Panel members:

• Sumit Arora, senior director, head – National Operations, Consulting, CBRE India
• Nirmal Mangal, country head India, M Moser Associates
• Deben Moza, executive director, head of Project Management Services, Knight Frank India
• Ashish Puri, head of Fitout Design and associate director, Colliers International
• Abasaheb P Kale, VP, Marsh Risk Consulting
• Associate from Welspun Flooring

By defining the topics of consideration for the panel, Gandhi established the base of the dialogue. From a service provider point of view, Arora pointed out three cardinal considerations in setting up and operating a facility: “The right strategy in putting up the facility, the right change-management system and the right operational sustenance system.” Considering design professionals as thought leaders, Mangal shared the basic idea of a smart office: “A smart office is based on the availability and analysis of data. An ideal workplace should not only integrate technology, IoT, AI, sustainability and wellness at large but also make room for various social, physical and external elements.”

“With businesses becoming dynamic,” shared Moza, “We, the facility designers and managers, should always respond to the latest innovations and trends in the industry and cater to the diverse fraternity with hybrid and agile solutions.” On the other hand, Puri gave a glimpse of the strategy adopted by Colliers when designing and building workspaces. “We follow a 360 degree, user centric approach. Experience, congregation and adaptability factors are addressed at a blueprint level to devise a system that is future-proof and apt,” he declared.

Kale shared, “Although workplace design strategy, trends and technology are improving, the after effects of global warming are not sufficiently considered. Additionally, loss prevention and human safety is often overlooked in design. We need to bring experts in the sector together to create environments that are futuristic, safe and secure.”

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