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Partnering Is a Critical Component of Building Technology Market Evolution
Commercial building technology providers should place a high priority on developing a cohesive and comprehensive partnering strategy to capitalize on growing opportunities in today’s commercial building technology markets. The rationale for this is simple. Provide more value and complete end-to-end solutions to end use customers including building owners and operators, building occupants, and even the community at large. This strategy also benefits the vendors themselves. New building technologies, business models, and unique solution sets are helping to expand the overall market while allowing vendors of all sizes and ages to participate. Partnering allows both large and small vendors to grow market share and market opportunities while broadening their offerings into new areas.
Smaller Companies Need to Be Clever and Flexible
Incumbent building technology vendors such as Trane, Schneider Electric, Honeywell, and others enjoy strong branding and market presence that have endured for many decades. These companies have vast resources available to them to serve the markets that they target. Startups and smaller companies in the commercial building technology markets may not have the depth of resources and experience that these larger players have. They can, however, be nimbler in devising unique product, software, and service solutions, or they can quickly pivot into areas where they find a new market niche. For example, First Fuel, originally a virtual energy audit company selling direct to end users, pivoted to become a successful utility customer engagement platform. This nimbleness, along with the prospect of greater returns on invested capital, help to ensure that building technologies continue to evolve on a curve that is steeper than the incumbents would normally drive on their own.