Posted by: Lee Elliott, Corporate Research, Jones Lang LaSalle EMEA Research
Its 8pm on a barmy (as opposed to balmy) July evening in London. As the rain hits the office window at a near 90 degree angle, I exit the first in a series of webinars being hosted by CoreNet Global to promote the findings of their CRE 2020 project. The project, which Jones Lang LaSalle sponsors, aims to provide insight into the future direction of the corporate real estate function and follows on from a similar study undertaken a decade or so ago. It’s an impressive and substantial piece of work, covering a broad range of themes, each with its own detailed report of findings. You can find out more here.
Today’s first webinar instalment focused on the inter-relationship between corporate real estate and other business support services, such as HR, IT and finance. The notion of greater collaboration between these functions has been a theme in the industry for a while now – indeed it was part of the findings from the previous study. Such collaboration has become a reality for many particularly given the intense focus on workplace transformation and the obvious intersections with IT and HR teams this generates. Yet till now most corporations have stopped short of a formal, merged organisation in which corporate real estate becomes but one essential component.
The key statement from today’s webinar is that this will change irreversibly over the next decade. To find out more about how this trend will impact your role in the future, visit the Jones Lang LaSalle ‘From the Roof’ Blog to read my full blog post along with other real estate insights from across EMEA.