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New white paper: The 5 Vital Roles

January 17, 2023

This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by SkySpark and Jaros, Baum & Bolles.

Hey friends,

More and more building owners are recognizing the importance of specialist roles—either on their staff or outsourced as members of their team of service providers.Our latest white paper summarizes the five vital roles that every smart building program needs on the team. We talk a lot about the flashy new technology required for smart buildings. But we must always remember that when we're changing how things are done, it's people that make it happen.

Here are the five vital roles we can't do without:

  1. The Smart Building Champion
  2. The Design Consultant
  3. The Master Systems Integrator
  4. The Network Manager
  5. The Commissioning Agent

We dive into a summary of each role, how it overlaps with other roles, a checklist for finding the right expert, and when each expert should get involved.

This version of this paper is just the beginning and your feedback can help take it to the next level. We’d love to hear from you: are you playing one of these roles? What are your keys for success?

Let us know on LinkedIn.

—James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs

P.S. This whitepaper is the perfect compliment to our 2022 whitepaper on the evolving technology stack for creating smarter buildings: Nexus Lore. Tech + Humans is the dream team.

️️🏢 A message from our sponsor, Jaros, Baum & Bolles 🏢

Building intelligence engineering allows OT and IT systems to seamlessly and securely integrate with each other and onto common platforms. Creating a successful building intelligence strategy entails translating the owner’s goals to outcomes, use cases, intelligent building technologies, and enhanced MEP systems.

To learn more about what JB&B is calling “MEP 3.0” and the value of building intelligence design, as well as the difference between smart and intelligent buildings, listen to JB&B’s Division Lead’s conversation with the global certification company WiredScore.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

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★ PODCAST: 🎧 #133: How the building automation supply chain works (and when it doesn't)Episode 133 is a conversation and history lesson with Leroy Walden, a veteran of the building automation system integrator ecosystem in Atlanta, Georgia.

We unpacked how the building automation supply chain functions, including the roles of the manufacturers, distributors, and integrators responsible for controlling HVAC systems in major metropolitan areas. And of course, we talked about the downsides and opportunities of that status quo when it comes to implementing smart building technologies. And as we’ve talked about in the past HVAC controls are one silo in the building that operates similarly to the other silos, so the insights in this conversation are applicable to access control, lighting, electrical products, etc.

One word of warning, if you think this conversation doesn’t concern you, yet you want to use data from the building in smart building applications or control systems better to save energy, please think again.

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★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop: Pro Member and Industry Analyst at Verdantix, Joy Trinquet, was our expert on an Introduction to The IWMS Tech Category.
  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, will host an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community. January 17 @ 9am MT
  • Member Gathering: Real Estate Technology Leader, Charlie Miller, will provide a deep dive into Brookfield Properties' Smart Buildings Program. January 25th @ 9am MT

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

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★ ON LINKEDIN: Every smart building pro should study...

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★ JOBS: Are you hiring? Searching for a job in smart buildings?—Check out the Nexus Labs Jobs Board.

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio is searching for an Enterprise Account Executive. Facilio is rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

👉Gridium is looking for a US-based Technical Product Manager to manage their data services and design new product offerings as they expand geographically. They are also seeking a full-time Sales Executive based in California for their energy efficiency project development offering, Gridium Alpha.

️️☁️ A message from our sponsor, SkySpark ☁️

SkySpark is a comprehensive software platform for connecting, storing, analyzing and visualizing data from smart devices and equipment systems. SkySpark’s automated analytics, KPIs, Energy and GhG Apps, turn your data into actionable intelligence providing improved performance, reduced downtime, and operational savings.

Head over to SkyFoundry.com for insightful white papers, case studies, and blog posts, as well as a link to sign up for a free demo.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (300 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (400 members and counting)

3. (NEW) Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 5k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by SkySpark and Jaros, Baum & Bolles.

Hey friends,

More and more building owners are recognizing the importance of specialist roles—either on their staff or outsourced as members of their team of service providers.Our latest white paper summarizes the five vital roles that every smart building program needs on the team. We talk a lot about the flashy new technology required for smart buildings. But we must always remember that when we're changing how things are done, it's people that make it happen.

Here are the five vital roles we can't do without:

  1. The Smart Building Champion
  2. The Design Consultant
  3. The Master Systems Integrator
  4. The Network Manager
  5. The Commissioning Agent

We dive into a summary of each role, how it overlaps with other roles, a checklist for finding the right expert, and when each expert should get involved.

This version of this paper is just the beginning and your feedback can help take it to the next level. We’d love to hear from you: are you playing one of these roles? What are your keys for success?

Let us know on LinkedIn.

—James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs

P.S. This whitepaper is the perfect compliment to our 2022 whitepaper on the evolving technology stack for creating smarter buildings: Nexus Lore. Tech + Humans is the dream team.

️️🏢 A message from our sponsor, Jaros, Baum & Bolles 🏢

Building intelligence engineering allows OT and IT systems to seamlessly and securely integrate with each other and onto common platforms. Creating a successful building intelligence strategy entails translating the owner’s goals to outcomes, use cases, intelligent building technologies, and enhanced MEP systems.

To learn more about what JB&B is calling “MEP 3.0” and the value of building intelligence design, as well as the difference between smart and intelligent buildings, listen to JB&B’s Division Lead’s conversation with the global certification company WiredScore.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

---

★ PODCAST: 🎧 #133: How the building automation supply chain works (and when it doesn't)Episode 133 is a conversation and history lesson with Leroy Walden, a veteran of the building automation system integrator ecosystem in Atlanta, Georgia.

We unpacked how the building automation supply chain functions, including the roles of the manufacturers, distributors, and integrators responsible for controlling HVAC systems in major metropolitan areas. And of course, we talked about the downsides and opportunities of that status quo when it comes to implementing smart building technologies. And as we’ve talked about in the past HVAC controls are one silo in the building that operates similarly to the other silos, so the insights in this conversation are applicable to access control, lighting, electrical products, etc.

One word of warning, if you think this conversation doesn’t concern you, yet you want to use data from the building in smart building applications or control systems better to save energy, please think again.

---

★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop: Pro Member and Industry Analyst at Verdantix, Joy Trinquet, was our expert on an Introduction to The IWMS Tech Category.
  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, will host an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community. January 17 @ 9am MT
  • Member Gathering: Real Estate Technology Leader, Charlie Miller, will provide a deep dive into Brookfield Properties' Smart Buildings Program. January 25th @ 9am MT

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

---

★ ON LINKEDIN: Every smart building pro should study...

---

★ JOBS: Are you hiring? Searching for a job in smart buildings?—Check out the Nexus Labs Jobs Board.

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio is searching for an Enterprise Account Executive. Facilio is rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

👉Gridium is looking for a US-based Technical Product Manager to manage their data services and design new product offerings as they expand geographically. They are also seeking a full-time Sales Executive based in California for their energy efficiency project development offering, Gridium Alpha.

️️☁️ A message from our sponsor, SkySpark ☁️

SkySpark is a comprehensive software platform for connecting, storing, analyzing and visualizing data from smart devices and equipment systems. SkySpark’s automated analytics, KPIs, Energy and GhG Apps, turn your data into actionable intelligence providing improved performance, reduced downtime, and operational savings.

Head over to SkyFoundry.com for insightful white papers, case studies, and blog posts, as well as a link to sign up for a free demo.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (300 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (400 members and counting)

3. (NEW) Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 5k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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