Our unique point of difference is a credible background in the fields of architecture, planning, design and technology.
There are very few companies in the industry that have the depth of knowledge and experience to coherently deal with the diverse skill sets of both technology and property development.
Our uniqueness is our capability for innovative design thinking based on a centralised, comprehensive and holistic view of technology.
Our perspective is that of a designer and as part of the design team. We consider the project requirements from all angles and various stakeholders perspectives. We carefully balance these various design inputs with the capabilities of technologies to support an integrated design solution.
Meld brings a lot of knowledge to the table that supports the process of innovative project thinking. Our knowledge is based upon 20+ years of property industry experience across every aspect of software and web applications, technology infrastructure, telecommunications, mobile computing and automation.
We fundamentally understand the intersection of technology and property and are able to provide a balanced view of your technology needs based upon an understanding of your business requirements in two key areas: Competitive Necessity and Competitive Differentiation.
With our diverse technical and design backgrounds, Meld is able to facilitate fluent, plain language discussions with all project stakeholders on how to achieve the best building technology strategy to achieve highly successful, innovative and valuable property outcomes.
We plan for now and the future by addressing the following questions.
What technology is essential for your building to stay competitive in today’s market?
What technology can you integrate into your building that will differentiate you from your competitors?
We understand many people are fearful of technology.
80% PEOPLE 20% TECHNOLOGY
We recognise that human behaviour is the variable that affects innovation. More often than not it is human behaviour that affects the successful adoption of new technologies. Too often, however, the technology industry itself contributes to the problem in the following ways:
- A traditional, conservative and slow moving property industry.
- A lack of awareness within the property industry of available technology solutions.
- A lack of general technology skills.
- A language barrier between technology and property.
- Risk-averse behaviours.
- A desire to differentiate, but not to be different
- An aversion to complexities.
- A desire for ultra simplification.
- A technology industry accelerating at the pace of Moore’s Law.
- Confusing technology choices.
- Conflicting standards.
- Complex concepts.
- Abstract obscure terminologies.
- A tendency for rapid obsolescence.
- Confusing vendor descriptions of products.
In a nutshell. Global Internet adoption has changed everything.
Traditional design and engineering disciplines have operated in a similarly structured way for up to a century. However, technology is now disrupting many aspects of the industry.
For many people, the colliding worlds of technology and property are simultaneously exciting and terrifying.
The old world is having to adjust its comprehension of new technologies and project design delivery techniques in a way that is unfathomable to many people without the confidence or experience in delivering IT related projects.
A NEW WAVE EMERGES
In the last five years, however, there has been the emergence of two key topics that are changing the face of the property industry: sustainability and technology.
Sustainability has been a driver to address the fact that buildings contribute to 40 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions. As a result, new specialised sustainability-focussed engineering disciplines have emerged to holistically address the way in which buildings need to be designed, constructed and operated. Technology supports many of these outcomes.
Information technology has been rapidly affecting every industry and now it is property’s turn. An increasing reliance on information technology based solutions is emerging to support requirements as diverse as engineering systems, energy monitoring systems, building networks, building automation, security systems, telecommunications, web sites, intranets, way-finding, mobile applications and more.
Ultimately, great property development is about vision and innovation combined with an ability to understand current and future market needs.
The approach that Meld Strategies undertakes considers the change process method of innovation:
- We listen to your needs.
- We thoroughly research solutions.
- We work as part of your project team.
- We think like a designer.
- We facilitate innovative design.
- We facilitate plain English technology discussions with your management teams.
- We facilitate educative technology discussions with your design team.
- We address the topic of risk.
- We address the topic of cost.
- We are structured in our approach but think outside the box.
- We collaborate with like-minded partners.
- We develop winning technology strategies and solutions in a collaborative and design driven process.