Peace of Mind Technology (POMT) is the Microsoft partner behind the design of the technology implemented in the new offices of Australia’s commercial property owners and managers Investa.
A rigorous analysis, engineering and testing of potential technologies was conducted which resulted in the choice for Microsoft.
“Our goal was to design the technology to provide users with flexibility, simplicity and consistency,” said Jeremy Pollak, director of strategy and development at POMT. "We wanted Investa’s users to have the same experience in meeting rooms and all other functional spaces that they have at their desktop."
Microsoft passed the test and Investa now has a fully integrated technology ecosystem of hardware and software supporting more than 140 staff with Microsoft 365 as its cloud foundation.
Before moving to the new headquarters, Investa's employees were experiencing challenges with an inconsistent work ecosystem in terms of devices, desktop configuration, meetings and office technologies.
There were also mobility limitations that didn’t meet its modern or agile workplace expectations.
Investa did a research with its employees finding that more than half of the work Investa staff performed was very collaborative; there was a very focused component to individual work; and there was a range of working styles across the business.
So it was looking for a solution that would solve all of those needs.
Some of the technology needed to be wireless, some teams would communicate from the hubs using Skype, while others would use the Crestron Mercury video conferencing system deployed in some rooms.
Both Surface Pro and Surface Books have been rolled out to support both individual and team efforts. Surface charging docks, requiring just one cable, were installed on all desks and in meeting rooms.
Investa now offers an open and flexible environment, complemented by integrated technology.
Investa is now using its experience as a template to support clients operating from Investa-managed workplaces and is also updating its Melbourne, Brisbane and other national offices in line with the Sydney HQ overhaul.
“The new collaborative technologies provide a simple and direct user experience, allowing our team to focus on the ‘what’ that they were working on, rather than the ‘how’ they were trying to work," said Sally Franklin, group executive, real estate services and business operations at Investa.
"The result is a truly modern and Australian work environment, which perfectly reflects who Investa is as a business and how we like to work.”
As previously reported by ComputerWorld, in an exclusive tour of the premises, Investa moved its headquarters in early 2018 to offices across two floors of 420 George Street in Sydney.
The move of 144 staff had been some 18 months in the making.