- 1/31/2017 7:23:11 PM
Spending time troubleshooting issues or patching software can certainly take away from a productive schedule. Cost cutting on one end usually shifts the burden to another...
- 1/31/2017 7:29:55 PM
Haha! I work in a "green" certified building and I think it causes more productivity slow downs than a regular building might. Temperature control is a major pain point for most. You're never really confortable in any room.
- 2/1/2017 11:43:22 AM
In re "Never confortable in any room" in the office... Too cold year round, or the typical seasonal reversal with eco-conscious office managers: too cold in winter, too hot in summer?
- by PredictableChaos, Data Doctor
- 2/1/2017 12:01:05 PM
I can understand "too cold in the winter". Someone is saving energy.
What I experience, all too often, and don't understand in the least is "too hot in the winter, too cold in the summer" More is being spent on the utility bills and it's to make people uncomfortable. How is that still happening?
- by James Connolly, Blogger
- 2/2/2017 1:40:35 PM
@PC. The problem of too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer used to be much more common than it is today, now that many more buildings use more localized HVAC systems. Even 20 years ago the HVAC pumped out the same level of heat and cooling to every room in the building. Now more of the systems use local sensors to even out the temperature and zone systems deliver heat or cooling as a level where most people (not the really fussy ones) are comfortable.
My favorite (or least favorite to be more accurate) was how many buildings had thermostats spread throughtout the facility but they were disabled so nobody could change the temp. Some building managers went years letting employees think they actually were setting a new temperature.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 2/5/2017 10:43:46 PM
Now more of the systems use local sensors to even out the temperature and zone systems deliver heat or cooling as a level where most people (not the really fussy ones) are comfortable.
In some of my comments I've been disdainful of overuse of sensors (mainly in connection with IoT), but this seems one application where sensors defintely make a lotta sense ...
- 2/7/2017 2:36:23 AM
@James: I'm aware of at least one "Climate-Control-as-a-Service" company that uses cloud-powered IoT sensors to only charge customers for when the building is in a particular temperature range (say, 68 to 72 degrees).
On top of providing better service and having greater accountability, the company also benefits in customer satisfaction by offering savings for times of day when nobody (or almost nobody) is in the building and the building is allowed to go outside of that range overnight.
- 2/7/2017 1:16:18 PM
Electrical utilities are offering their own climate-control-as-a-service variation with the cycling of power they may do during periods of extremely high demand (usually weather related, usually the hottest parts of summer). While these aren't cloud-based per se, it wouldn't surprise me to see the utilities moving them to some sort of cloud-automation scheme in the next few years.
- 2/7/2017 2:33:16 AM
@PC: Tell me about it! This is the story of my life in downtown Boston.
On the one hand, I think it's the older buildings/infrastructure that proliferate throughout Boston.
On the other hand, I dealt with this constantly during my three years of law school -- in a building that was built in 1999.
- 2/7/2017 3:28:37 PM
I think it's actually a selling point for these "devices". You get to remind everyone of a building's "green" certification at the start of every season. :D
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- 2/6/2017 9:10:38 AM
That might be an interesting item for "Dollar Store" to stock. Put it the hands of some celebrity or feature it on a news show and you've got a hit that might have abacuses on every desk?
- 2/6/2017 4:49:46 PM
@kq4ym: If the show was still running, I could certainly imagine an episode of 30 Rock where the B story involves, say, Jack's newfound obsession with an abacus and getting back to the roots of data.
- 2/7/2017 1:19:54 PM
You've got to put an abacus in the hands of the right kind of celebrity, kq4ym... ideally, somebody from the tech sector like a Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin to telegraph the point to all the fanboys and girls.
- 2/6/2017 4:48:16 PM
Sometimes I think this sort of thing really would be for the best. A lot of analytics people and data people really do need to go back to basics (especially the ones who work in marketing or social media and spout off a bunch of buzzwords to obfuscate their own complete lack of understanding of the concept of ROI and what the heck they're supposed to be doing).
Of course, how many Millennials would even recognize an abacus? ;)
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