As JLL points out, whether we realize it or not, we have all come into contact with the Internet of Things (IoT). From smart phones and watches to cars and homes, this interconnected ecosystem of devices that is constantly sending and receiving data has radically altered life as we know it. Soon, it will be changing work as we know it. That’s where Dmitri Gerchikov comes in.
As the new senior vice president of IoT and Analytics at JLL, Gerchikov works closely with companies to devise data-driven strategies that enhance occupier experience, improve workplace utilization, and aid organizations in managing their office space more effectively.
This involves everything from easing the pain of finding a meeting room to empowering employees with their selection of work space to ensuring the right environmental settings are in place to sustain highest level of productivity. The same technology can also be used to measure utilization of different spaces and understand people’s behaviors, preferences and trends.
Stephan Cloitre, senior vice president of JLL Technology Solutions (formerly BRG), said:
Dmitri has amassed a wealth of knowledge about corporate real estate technology and knows how to apply the right tools to solve a variety of issues. Part of what makes him so successful is his unique ability to simplify complex information and present clear solutions.
According to JLL, billions of gigabytes of new data is created every day. In less than five years, the number of devices connected to the Internet is expected to reach 20 billion. During that same time, almost half of the world’s Internet traffic is expected to come from sensors, many of which are now being embedded into the fiber of buildings.
That begs the question: what does a company do with all of this new information?
Gerchikov pointed out:
The integration of mass data sources is relatively new for many organizations, but it’s vitally important for shaping how they work today and in the future. Sensor data contains a significant amount of information required to support informed decision-making. It can show you how to improve workplace utilization, encourage workplace mobility, or even enhance productivity. My role is to use that technology to create strategies that improve the human experience within a building and enable corporate real estate organizations to manage their real estate portfolio in [a] more efficient and effective manner.
Prior to joining JLL, Gerchikov was global director of Strategic Solutions for Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions. In this role, he successfully developed and established the company’s Strategic Workplace Solutions practice to provide services ranging from real estate business strategy to drawing management. Previously, he worked for the City of Toronto and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Gerchikov earned a Computer Programming diploma from the Central Statistical Administration Office of the USSR and holds an advanced degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto. He is a graduate of CoreNet MCR and SLCR programs and an active member of CoreNet Global and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).