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  • Ensuring Digital Accessibility in Multifamily Housing: Upholding ADA and Fair Housing Act Standards

    With the advent of technology permeating every aspect of our lives, ensuring that digital platforms and services are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities, is crucial. This holds particularly true in the realm of multifamily housing, where with the growth of PropTech, residents are increasingly interacting with digital tools for communication, management, and access to essential services. Understanding the Legal Framework Two primary laws govern accessibility in multifamily housing: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Enacted in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Title III of the ADA specifically addresses accessibility requirements for places of public accommodation, which include multifamily housing properties. While the ADA was initially designed with physical spaces in mind, its principles have been interpreted to include digital accessibility as technology has advanced. Fair Housing Act (FHA) The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. It mandates that multifamily housing providers must make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This includes ensuring that all aspects of housing, including digital services and communications, are accessible to people with disabilities. The Importance of Digital Accessibility in Multifamily Housing Digital accessibility refers to the design and development of websites, mobile applications, and other digital platforms in a way that ensures equal access and usability for people with disabilities. In the context of multifamily housing, this encompasses several key areas: Communication:  Websites and mobile apps used for leasing, communication with management, and accessing community resources must be accessible. This ensures that individuals with disabilities can obtain information and communicate effectively, without barriers. Management Systems:  Many multifamily housing complexes utilize digital platforms for rent payment, maintenance requests, and community updates. These systems must be designed to accommodate various disabilities, including visual impairments and mobility limitations. Online Leasing:  The ability to search for available units, submit applications, and sign leases online has become commonplace. These processes must be accessible to individuals with disabilities, allowing them to independently complete these tasks. Emergency Information:  Providing accessible emergency notifications and evacuation procedures through digital platforms ensures the safety and inclusion of all residents, including those with disabilities. Ensuring Compliance and Best Practices To meet ADA and FHA standards regarding digital accessibility, multifamily housing providers and Property Managers should consider the following best practices: Accessibility Standards:  Adhere to recognized accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 to ensure that digital content and platforms are accessible. Training and Awareness:  Train staff on accessibility requirements and best practices to ensure ongoing compliance and understanding of residents' needs. User Testing:  Conduct regular accessibility audits and usability testing with individuals with disabilities to identify and address accessibility barriers. Vendor Compliance:  Ensure that third-party vendors providing digital services also comply with accessibility standards, as these services often interact closely with residents. The Path Forward As technology continues to evolve, so too must our commitment to digital accessibility in multifamily housing. By embracing inclusive design principles and adhering to legal standards set forth by the ADA and FHA, housing providers and Property Managers not only fulfill their legal obligations but also foster a more inclusive and welcoming community for all residents. Digital accessibility in multifamily housing is not just about compliance; it's about ensuring equal access, independence, and dignity for individuals with disabilities. By integrating accessibility into every facet of digital interactions within multifamily housing, we create environments where everyone can thrive and participate fully in community life. As a leader in both property management staffing  and IT consulting services , BGSF is uniquely positioned to help you design, implement, and maintain your PropTech strategies. Find out more!

  • The Evolving Role of AI in Human Capital Management

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the way organizations manage many of their processes and operations, as well as their most valuable asset: their people. Human Capital Management (HCM) is experiencing a paradigm shift as AI-driven technologies transform recruitment, employee engagement, training, and workforce planning. Here’s a closer look at how AI is transforming HCM and the impact it's having on major ERP platforms, such as Workday, SAP, and Oracle. AI in Human Capital Management Enhancing Recruitment Processes AI is streamlining the recruitment process by automating repetitive tasks and providing deeper insights into candidate profiles. Traditional recruitment methods often involve manually sifting through hundreds of resumes, which is time-consuming and prone to human error. AI-powered tools can quickly scan resumes, match qualifications to job requirements, and rank candidates based on their suitability. Additionally, AI algorithms can analyze social media profiles and other online data to build a more comprehensive view of potential hires. Moreover, AI-driven chatbots are enhancing the candidate experience by providing instant responses to inquiries, scheduling interviews, and even conducting preliminary assessments. This not only speeds up the recruitment process but also ensures a more engaging and personalized experience for candidates. Personalizing Employee Engagement Maintaining high levels of employee engagement is crucial for organizational success. AI helps create a more personalized and meaningful experience for employees by analyzing data from various sources, such as employee surveys, performance metrics, and social interactions. This analysis can identify patterns and trends that may indicate disengagement or dissatisfaction. With these insights, HR teams can implement targeted interventions to improve engagement, such as personalized development plans, recognition programs, and wellness initiatives. AI-driven platforms can also provide real-time feedback to employees, helping them understand their strengths and areas for improvement, fostering a culture of continuous development. Revolutionizing Training and Development AI is transforming training and development by making it more personalized and adaptive. Traditional training programs often follow a one-size-fits-all approach, which may not address the unique needs of every employee. AI-powered learning platforms can analyze an individual’s performance, learning style, and career goals to create customized training programs. These platforms use machine learning algorithms to adapt the content and pace of training based on the learner’s progress, ensuring a more effective and engaging learning experience. Additionally, AI can identify skill gaps within the organization and recommend relevant training programs to bridge these gaps, helping to build a more competent and agile workforce. Optimizing Workforce Planning Workforce planning involves anticipating future staffing needs and ensuring that the organization has the right people in the right roles at the right time. AI enhances workforce planning by providing predictive analytics that forecast future talent needs based on historical data and market trends. AI can analyze various factors, such as employee turnover rates, retirement projections, and market conditions, to predict potential talent shortages or surpluses. This allows HR teams to proactively develop strategies to address these challenges, such as targeted recruitment campaigns, succession planning, workforce development programs, and outsourcing. AI and HCM Across ERP Platforms Major ERP platforms are increasingly integrating AI into their Human Capital Management (HCM) modules to enhance efficiency, decision-making, and employee experience. Workday leverages AI for predictive analytics, providing insights into workforce trends and automating routine tasks like resume screening and interview scheduling. SAP's SuccessFactors employs machine learning algorithms to improve talent management processes, such as performance reviews and career development planning, offering personalized learning recommendations and predicting employee turnover. Oracle HCM Cloud utilizes AI to streamline recruitment, optimize workforce planning, and personalize employee engagement through advanced data analysis and intelligent automation. These AI-driven enhancements across Workday, SAP, and Oracle's HCM solutions help organizations manage their human resources more effectively, reduce administrative burdens, and foster a more dynamic and responsive work environment. The Future of AI in HCM AI is profoundly transforming Human Capital Management by enhancing recruitment, personalizing employee engagement, and optimizing workforce planning. As organizations and major ERP players continue to embrace AI, they will be better equipped to attract, develop, and retain top talent, ultimately driving long-term success and growth. The journey of AI in HCM is just beginning, and the possibilities are limitless. BGSF can help you transform your HCM platform by supporting new implementations, enhancements, or maintenance of your system. Click here to talk to an expert today!

  • Honoring Juneteenth: How We Celebrated

    Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day when all enslaved people were freed. Our leadership has recognized the significance of Juneteenth  since 2020 by closing our offices on June 19th so that team members can take this opportunity to rest, reflect, share, learn, and act. We have taken steps to educate ourselves about Juneteenth and enhance our understanding to provide better support and engage in meaningful dialogue. Black Voices & Allies Connect Group We have also leaned on our Black Voices & Allies Connect Group to share important facts and resources with our team members across the globe, creating opportunities for conversations and continuing our lifelong learning journey. Throughout the month, they shared the following: Historical "Did you know..." facts Juneteenth celebrations across the US History of the Juneteenth Flag A new conversation starter was shared each day leading up to June 19th, connecting our teams and creating more inclusive communities. Juneteenth Soul Food Celebration Team members in our Dallas Hub celebrated Freedom Day with the traditional foods  of Juneteenth, enjoying collard greens, mac and cheese, cornbread, red velvet cupcakes, red drinks, and other delicious foods to honor the holiday's history and recognize its communal significance. They also created a presentation shared throughout the office to educate one another and create opportunities for conversation and celebration! InSpire - Juneteenth Campaign We partnered with our Communications & Culture and Learning & Development teams to create an informative campaign on our internal engagement platform, Inspire, powered by WeSpire . This campaign honored the history of emancipation and encouraged us to use our voices to uplift others and combat racism. Some of the topics and actions within this campaign included: Juneteenth's Global Significance Juneteenth 2024: Links to Events in the communities we serve Commit to using updated language when discussing slavery Show up for racial justice in your community Identify your own privilege Celebrate Juneteenth with your coworkers The goal was to engage our team members, ignite conversation, and educate ourselves to create more inclusive communities for all. We value those who lead with compassion and inclusivity and are committed to challenging our way of doing things, intentionally and often. Juneteenth Blogs Click below to read about our Juneteenth - Virtual Empower Hour in 2023: Check out our blog, Embracing Juneteenth: Reflect, Learn, and Act – Our Commitment Continues , by clicking below: Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, and reopen at 8 AM your local time on Thursday, June 20th. As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us reaffirm our commitment to a society free from racial injustices and inequalities. Together, we can create a better future where equality and justice prevail.

  • Driving Digital Transformation: Our Key Takeaways from SAP Sapphire 2024

    SAP Sapphire 2024, one of the most anticipated events in the enterprise software industry, was a resounding success, drawing thousands of professionals, executives, and thought leaders from around the globe. The event, held in Orlando, Florida, showcased the latest advancements in SAP technologies and provided a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and innovation. Keynote Highlights The keynote sessions were the cornerstone of SAP Sapphire 2024, featuring insights from SAP's top executives and industry leaders. Christian Klein, CEO of SAP, kicked off the event with a visionary address focusing on the future of intelligent enterprises. He emphasized SAP's commitment to sustainability, digital transformation, and customer success. Klein also unveiled several new product enhancements and strategic partnerships aimed at accelerating business innovation. BGSF's Key Takeaways SAP S/4Hana BGSF's own Beth Feaster, Client Services Manager, attended the event and noted that a majority of the sessions and her conversations related to SAP S/4HANA. According to Beth: SAP has extended the support deadline of ECC from 2027 to 2029. Organizations need to start with the migration by 2027, or they will be lacking ECC support, which will make it almost impossible for a successful transition. There is still a very large number of organizations on ECC. The Rise of RISE with SAP The RISE with SAP offering is a comprehensive, AI-powered cloud ERP solution managed and optimized by SAP. It provides a suite of services and tools built on SAP's clean core approach, enabling businesses to: Migrate on-premise systems to the cloud efficiently. Transform and modernize business processes. Drive continuous innovation. Unlock the agility and scalability of the cloud. RISE with SAP represents a significant step forward in helping businesses transition to cloud environments while maintaining operational excellence and embracing innovative AI capabilities. SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) SAP BTP is an integrated innovation platform optimized for SAP applications in the cloud. It brings together application development and automation, data and analytics, integration, and AI capabilities into a single, unified environment. This platform enables businesses to: Develop and automate applications seamlessly. Harness the power of data analytics to gain actionable insights. Integrate various processes and systems effortlessly. Leverage AI to enhance operational efficiency and decision-making. BTP's unified environment ensures that all these capabilities work harmoniously, offering a robust foundation for digital transformation and innovation. AI at the Forefront Both RISE with SAP and SAP BTP heavily utilize AI, underscoring the pivotal role of artificial intelligence in modern enterprise solutions. At the conference, there were numerous discussions around the practical applications of AI, including the generation of ABAP code using AI, which demonstrates the growing sophistication and utility of AI in SAP's offerings. Buzz and Insights from the Conference This year's SAP Sapphire was buzzing with excitement and innovation. Beth's discussions with direct SAP representatives were particularly enlightening, providing deeper insights into the strategic direction and customer expectations. A significant emphasis was placed on RISE with SAP, with expectations of a major shift from customers towards adopting an SAP-managed cloud environment. However, a recurring theme in these conversations was the challenge of resource availability. Multiple SAP account representatives highlighted a shortage of skilled resources required to kickstart new projects, indicating a potential bottleneck in the rapid adoption and implementation of these advanced solutions. The Future of SAP SAP Sapphire 2024 provided a comprehensive look into the future of enterprise technology, with a strong focus on AI-driven innovations and cloud solutions like RISE with SAP and SAP BTP. The event underscored SAP's commitment to driving digital transformation and continuous innovation, while also highlighting the challenges that lie ahead in terms of resource allocation and project initiation. As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of digital transformation, the insights and advancements showcased at SAP Sapphire 2024 will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping their journey. BGSF is uniquely positioned to assist businesses in maximizing the value of their SAP solutions. With a deep understanding of SAP's comprehensive suite of products, BGSF offers expert consulting services to streamline implementation, optimize system performance, and drive digital transformation. Our team of seasoned SAP professionals provides end-to-end support, from strategic planning and system migration to ongoing management and innovation. By partnering with BGSF, businesses can leverage cutting-edge SAP technologies to enhance efficiency, achieve greater agility, and unlock new growth opportunities, ensuring they stay ahead in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Contact us today!

  • Top PropTech Platforms to Watch in 2024

    The real estate industry has always been a cornerstone of the global economy, and with the advent of technology, it has seen a significant transformation. Property Technology, or PropTech, is revolutionizing how real estate is managed, bought, sold, and leased. Among the plethora of platforms available, Yardi, Entrata, and MRI Software stand out as leaders in this space. Here’s a closer look at these top PropTech platforms that you should keep an eye on in 2024. Yardi: Comprehensive Real Estate Management Yardi is a pioneer in real estate management software, offering a broad spectrum of solutions that cater to various aspects of the real estate industry. Whether it's residential, commercial, or investment management, Yardi has it covered. Key Features: Yardi Voyager:  This cloud-based property management and accounting platform is the backbone of Yardi's offerings. It supports a range of real estate verticals and integrates seamlessly with other Yardi solutions. Yardi Breeze:  Designed for small to mid-sized Property Managers, Breeze offers an easy-to-use interface for managing residential and commercial properties, complete with accounting and marketing tools. Advanced Analytics:  Yardi's platforms come with robust analytics capabilities, allowing users to generate comprehensive reports and gain insights into their operations. Why Yardi?  Yardi stands out due to its scalability and comprehensive suite of tools that address the needs of properties of all sizes. Its ability to integrate various aspects of property management into one platform makes it a preferred choice for many in the industry. Entrata: Unified Property Management Entrata is known for its unified property management software that brings together all the necessary tools for efficient property management into a single platform. Its innovative approach has made it a popular choice among Property Managers. Key Features: Entrata Core:  The core offering provides solutions for accounting, facilities management, leasing, and resident management. The platform is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. ResidentPortal:  This feature enhances the resident experience by offering a platform for rent payments, maintenance requests, and community engagement. Lead Management:  Entrata offers robust marketing and lead management tools, helping Property Managers attract and retain tenants more effectively. Why Entrata?   Entrata's strength lies in its integrated platform that simplifies property management processes. The focus on user experience, both for Property Managers and residents, sets it apart from other solutions in the market. MRI Software: Versatile and Innovative MRI Software has been a key player in the PropTech industry, offering a wide range of solutions that cater to various real estate sectors. Its flexibility and innovation make it a go-to platform for many property professionals. Key Features: MRI Property Management:  This platform offers comprehensive property management solutions that include accounting, lease administration, and tenant services. MRI Investment Management:  For those involved in real estate investments, MRI provides tools for asset management, investment accounting, and portfolio analysis. Open and Connected:  MRI’s solutions are designed to be open and connected, allowing for integration with third-party applications, giving users the flexibility to customize their systems according to their needs. Why MRI?  MRI’s commitment to innovation and flexibility makes it a standout in the PropTech landscape. Its open architecture allows for extensive customization and integration, which is crucial for real estate professionals looking for tailored solutions. BGSF Knows PropTech As the PropTech industry continues to evolve, platforms like Yardi, Entrata, and MRI Software are leading the charge with their innovative solutions. Each of these platforms offers unique features and benefits that cater to different aspects of property management and investment. Whether you manage a small property or are a large real estate investor, these PropTech platforms are worth considering to streamline your operations and enhance your business efficiency in 2024. Keep an eye on these industry leaders as they continue to shape the future of real estate technology. As a leader in both property management staffing  and IT consulting services , BGSF is uniquely positioned to help you design, implement, and maintain your PropTech strategies. Find out more!

  • Transforming University Operations: The Power of Workday

    In higher education, administrative efficiency is crucial for institutions that are striving to optimize their operations, so they can focus on their primary mission of education and research. Workday, a premier cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, provides comprehensive solutions that streamline a range of administrative functions across many industries, including higher ed. By integrating tasks such as payroll, human resources, and financial management into a single platform, Workday significantly enhances the operational efficiency of higher education institutions and enhances the user experiences for faculty, staff, and student workers. Let's explore some of the main benefits. Transforming University Operations Simplifying Payroll Management Managing payroll in higher education can be a complex and time-consuming task due to the diversity of roles and pay structures. Workday simplifies this process through automation. The platform handles calculations, tax withholdings, and payments, ensuring accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements. With real-time updates, errors are minimized, and employees can access their pay information, manage personal details, and handle tax documents via a user-friendly self-service portal. This reduces the administrative burden on HR departments, allowing them to focus on more strategic tasks. Enhancing Financial Operations Financial management is a critical area where Workday excels, providing tools for budget management, grant administration, and expenditure tracking. The platform offers a real-time, comprehensive view of the institution's financial health, enabling informed decision-making. Workday’s budget planning capabilities facilitate accurate forecasting and resource allocation, while its grant management features ensure compliance and simplify reporting. By consolidating financial data into one system, Workday eliminates redundancies, improves transparency, and enhances operational efficiency. Transforming HR Management Human resources management in universities involves recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and employee development. Workday revolutionizes HR processes by integrating these functions into a single, cohesive system. Its intuitive interface and robust analytics empower HR professionals to make informed, data-driven decisions. Routine tasks like benefits enrollment and leave management are automated, freeing up HR staff to engage in activities that enhance institutional culture and workforce development. This comprehensive approach ensures that HR operations are efficient, transparent, and aligned with the institution's strategic goals. Integrating Academic and Administrative Functions Workday's ability to integrate academic and administrative functions is a standout feature. This integration ensures seamless data flow across the institution, promoting a collaborative environment. Workday’s student information system (SIS) integrates with HR and financial modules, providing a unified view of student and faculty data. This facilitates efficient scheduling, resource allocation, and student services. Faculty members can access real-time information on their courses, research funding, and departmental budgets, improving their ability to manage academic responsibilities effectively. Supporting Strategic Decision-Making In an increasingly competitive and scrutinized educational landscape, agility, and responsiveness are vital. Workday’s advanced analytics and reporting tools provide leaders with critical insights to support strategic decision-making. By leveraging comprehensive data, administrators can identify trends, assess risks, and capitalize on opportunities. Whether optimizing enrollment strategies, enhancing student retention, or improving operational efficiency, Workday equips higher education leaders with the tools necessary to navigate complexities and drive institutional success. Embracing the Future of Higher Education As higher education institutions evolve, the need for efficient, integrated administrative systems becomes more pressing. Workday's cloud-based solutions offer a robust, scalable platform tailored to the unique needs of colleges and universities. By streamlining tasks such as payroll, HR management, and finance, Workday allows institutions to concentrate on their core mission: providing quality education and fostering innovation. Adopting Workday is not just about improving administrative efficiency; it’s about empowering institutions to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. For universities and colleges aiming to streamline their operations and better serve their communities, Workday is an invaluable partner on the path to administrative excellence and educational success. As a certified Workday Partner, BGSF has Workday experts readily available to boost feature adoptions and maximize your ROI. Through our extensive network of highly specialized talent, we can provide the consulting and expertise you need to make the most of your Workday investment. Click here  to learn more!

  • BGSF Jobs Report: May 2024 Shows Continued Strength in Labor Market

    The May 2024 Jobs Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals another month of robust job growth, with nonfarm payroll employment increasing by 272,000. The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.0 percent, highlighting a resilient labor market across several key sectors. Highlights for Employers: Total Nonfarm Payrolls: Increased by 272,000 jobs Unemployment Rate: Stable at 4.0% Number of Unemployed Persons: 6.6 million Sector-Specific Insights: Government: Jobs Added: 43,000 Government employment continued its upward trend, aligning with the average monthly growth rate observed over the prior 12 months. This indicates consistent public sector hiring to meet community needs. Professional and Business Services: Jobs Added: 33,000 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: +32,000 Computer Systems and Design: +2,400 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: +14,000 This sector experienced significant growth, particularly in technical consulting and engineering services, reflecting the ongoing demand for specialized expertise in an increasingly complex market. Finance and Accounting: Jobs Added: 10,000 Employment in finance and accounting showed steady growth, underscoring the sector's resilience and the ongoing need for financial management and expertise. Implications for Job Seekers and Employers: The steady unemployment rate of 4.0 percent, with 6.6 million people unemployed, indicates a stable job market. This stability, coupled with significant job additions in key sectors, presents numerous opportunities for job seekers and signals a competitive landscape for employers aiming to attract top talent. "May's job report reflects the underlying strength of the labor market, with significant gains across key industries," commented Eric Peters, President of BGSF Professional Division. "Employers should take note of the ongoing demand in professional services and finance, while job seekers can find numerous opportunities in these expanding fields." May 2024 continues to showcase positive trends in employment, reinforcing the resilience of the U.S. job market. For employers, this growth highlights the importance of staying competitive in attracting and retaining talent. For job seekers, expanding opportunities across diverse sectors present a promising landscape for career advancement. BGSF is a leading provider of professional and property management staffing and workforce solutions, with a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we are proud to have a team of experienced and dedicated workforce professionals passionate about helping our clients succeed. If you are looking for a professional or managed services partner that can help you achieve your business goals, contact BGSF today.

  • Returning to the Office: The Impact on Commercial Real Estate Property Management

    The pandemic-induced shift to remote work brought a significant transformation to the commercial real estate (CRE) sector. However, as businesses gradually return to the office, Property Managers are once again facing changes. This transition back to traditional workspaces is reshaping the landscape of commercial real estate property management in several profound ways. The Impact on Commercial Real Estate Property Management Increased Demand for Office Spaces After an extended period of remote work, many companies are eager to bring employees back to the office to foster collaboration, culture, and productivity. This resurgence in demand for office spaces is a positive signal for Property Managers. They are now tasked with accommodating new tenant requirements and managing increased occupancy levels. This shift necessitates a reevaluation of space utilization, staffing, and amenities to attract and retain tenants. Flexibility and Adaptability The hybrid work model, combining remote and in-office work, has gained popularity. Property Managers must offer flexible lease terms and adaptable spaces to accommodate this trend. Co-working spaces and shared office environments are becoming more prevalent, requiring Property Managers to rethink traditional leasing strategies. Providing versatile workspaces that can be easily reconfigured to meet diverse tenant needs is now a competitive advantage. Technological Integration Technology has become an integral part of modern office environments. Property Managers are investing in advanced building management systems (BMS) to enhance operational efficiency and tenant experiences. These systems enable remote monitoring and control of various building functions, such as lighting, HVAC, and security. Additionally, Property Managers are leveraging data analytics to gain insights into space utilization, energy consumption, and tenant preferences, allowing for more informed decision-making. Enhanced Tenant Engagement With the return to the office, fostering a strong sense of community and engagement among tenants is crucial. Property Managers are focusing on creating vibrant, amenity-rich environments that promote collaboration and well-being. This includes offering fitness centers, outdoor spaces, wellness programs, and social events. Effective tenant engagement not only enhances satisfaction but also strengthens tenant retention rates. Sustainability and ESG Initiatives Sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations are gaining prominence in the commercial real estate sector. Tenants are increasingly seeking spaces in environmentally responsible buildings. Property Managers are responding by implementing green building practices, such as energy-efficient systems, renewable energy sources, and waste reduction programs. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability not only attracts environmentally conscious tenants but also aligns with broader corporate social responsibility goals. Financial Implications The return to the office brings both opportunities and challenges from a financial perspective. While increased occupancy can boost rental income, Property Managers must also navigate potential costs associated with staffing needs, technological investments, and amenity enhancements. Strategic financial planning and effective cost management are essential to balance these expenditures and maximize profitability. BGSF can alleviate some of these challenges with our customized staffing solutions, allowing Property Managers to adapt the staff to accommodate higher occupancies. The Return to the Office The return to the office is revitalizing the commercial real estate sector, presenting Property Managers with new opportunities and challenges. By embracing flexibility, integrating technology, enhancing tenant engagement, and committing to sustainability, Property Managers can navigate this transition successfully. As the landscape continues to evolve, those who adapt and innovate will be well-positioned to thrive in the post-pandemic era of commercial real estate. As you and your team adapt to the future of commercial real estate, consider the invaluable support BGSF can provide to your team. From saving time and money in the hiring process to accessing a diverse talent pool, the benefits are numerous. Face the future confidently, knowing that you have a dedicated partner committed to helping you build a team to drive success. Contact us to request top talent today!

  • Navigating the AI Talent Challenge: How BGSF Can Support Your AI Solutions

    In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), securing skilled talent is becoming increasingly challenging and costly for companies worldwide. A recent report by General Assembly highlights the escalating costs and difficulties associated with hiring AI talent. According to the report, over half of the companies surveyed spend at least $10,000 to fill roles requiring AI skills, and 69% of HR leaders find it more challenging to hire individuals with adequate AI skills compared to traditionally hard-to-fill roles such as data analytics, data science, software engineering, and UX design. Key Findings on AI Hiring Trends Cost of Hiring AI Talent: 52% of companies report spending at least $10,000 to fill roles requiring AI skills. Difficulty in Hiring AI Talent: 69% of HR leaders find hiring AI-skilled individuals more challenging than hiring for other hard-to-fill tech roles. Salary Demands: 66% of companies agree to meet the salary demands of job candidates. Educational Requirements: 53% of companies are lowering traditional educational requirements for their open positions. HR Staffing: 52% of companies are increasing their HR staff to better acquire talent. Companies are entering a new era where mastering AI tools and swiftly adapting to the advancements in generative AI is essential. Staying ahead requires adopting new, flexible methods for hiring, retaining, and upskilling workers, along with seeking partners to help implement AI solutions. Companies that embrace these innovative approaches will succeed in this dynamic market. How BGSF Can Support You in Finding Top AI Talent AI Roles of the Future There are eight types of engineers that AI trends will require. Some of the roles below are already known in the market, while others are relatively new: Machine Learning Engineers Data Scientists Data Engineers Software Engineers AI Engineers Data Analysts Business Intelligence Engineers Computer Vision Engineers Finding AI Talent In this challenging environment, BGSF can play a pivotal role in helping companies find and retain top AI talent. BGSF has already defined and validated the technical and soft skills (at junior, middle, and senior levels) related to the eight profiles above. Interview questions and technical challenges are also ready to be applied to each profile evaluation. In other words, we are prepared for the hiring process. Expert Talent Acquisition: BGSF specializes in recruiting skilled professionals across various industries, including AI and technology. With a deep understanding of market demands and an extensive network, BGSF can connect companies with highly qualified AI experts. Customized Workforce Solutions: BGSF offers tailored workforce solutions to meet the specific needs of businesses. Whether companies need contract-based employees for short-term projects or permanent staff for long-term roles, BGSF can provide flexible options. Focus on Skill Over Credentials: Reflecting the trend of reducing traditional educational requirements, BGSF emphasizes skills and experience over formal education. This approach ensures that companies get candidates who are proficient in AI technologies, regardless of their academic background. Adapting to Market Trends: BGSF stays ahead of industry trends and understands the rapidly changing AI landscape. This knowledge allows us to advise companies on competitive salary packages, necessary skill sets, and effective talent retention strategies. Enhanced HR Support: With many companies hiring additional HR staff to manage talent acquisition, BGSF can provide outsourced HR services. This support can streamline the hiring process, making it more efficient and less burdensome for in-house HR teams. BGSF's AI Capabilities BGSF's Managed Solutions team can also support cutting-edge machine learning (ML) solutions for accelerated business transformation. We help our clients leverage machine learning technologies to provide powerful analytics tools, valuable insights, and breakthrough products to optimize and supercharge their business processes. With technology developing at the speed of light, our team is committed to delivering maximum impact by leveraging the latest breakthroughs and identifying unique use cases. Our AI/ML capabilities include: Generative AI: Crafted fresh content by understanding patterns from existing data. AI agents and chatbots AI app development AI API integration AI model development Data annotation and labeling Data mining and cleaning Knowledge representation Cognitive AI technologies: Replicating human-like cognitive processes and using decision-making algorithms. Deep learning Natural Language Processing (NLP) Computer vision Machine learning Robotics Internet of Things (IoT) Expert systems Cognitive computing Document digitalization and data extraction Pattern recognition and automation The Race for AI The race for AI is intensifying, and companies must adapt to the new demands of the market. BGSF’s expertise in talent acquisition, flexible hiring solutions, and our own AI capabilities make us an invaluable partner for businesses looking to thrive in the age of AI. By leveraging BGSF’s services, companies can overcome the challenges of hiring AI talent and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive landscape. Contact us to learn more:

  • Building Next-Generation Digital Experiences with the PROS Platform: A Recap of Outperform 2024

    BGSF was very proud to be a Premier Sponsor at PROS Outperform 2024! This electrifying event allowed attendees to explore the transformational power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications across a variety of industries and familiarize themselves with one of the top Profit & Revenue Optimization Software platforms today. Building Next-Generation Digital Experiences with PROS In the rapidly changing B2B landscape, traditional sales software is often hampered by outdated, monolithic structures and rigid user experiences. At this year's Outperform with PROS, BGSF's Eric Peters and Hitesh Talati, along with Brian Goonan and Kunal Kothari from EY, led a panel on "Building Next-Generation Digital Experiences with the PROS Platform," moderated by Lyndsey Valin from PROS. This session explored strategies and shared client and market experiences on how PROS can drive business innovation, customer acquisition, retention, and growth. It also highlighted the latest trends in AI technologies and the benefits of a global sourcing model. Check out our top takeaways from the panel: Rapid Implementation Needs Traditional long-cycle software implementations are becoming obsolete as businesses increasingly demand rapid, agile solutions that deliver quick time to value (typically within 10 weeks). The focus is now on building and iterating quickly to meet the fast-paced needs of the market. Convincing Traditionalists Managing profitability in today's competitive landscape requires a "land and expand" strategy. Implementing pilot programs that demonstrate value quickly is essential to gaining further expansion. Sharing data points that highlight improved customer experiences can help convince skeptics of the benefits of new approaches. Innovative Examples of Composability Companies are leveraging composability to streamline technology expansions, drive value, and enhance the customer experience. This includes both examples from PROS and anonymized cases from non-PROS customers, illustrating the wide-reaching benefits of this approach. Trends in Technology Solutions There is a notable shift towards platforms that are extensible and composable. Technology integration has moved from vertical to horizontal, enabling interconnected solutions. BGSF connectors, for instance, showcase the advantages of this extensibility. Delivering Desired Customer Experiences In B2B contexts, delivering an "Amazon-like" experience is becoming increasingly important. Modern, composable approaches are key to achieving the high level of customer satisfaction that this standard entails. Overcoming Challenges in Digital Transformation Digital transformation efforts often face significant challenges such as legacy processes, change management, and siloed teams. Successful initiatives should be driven by business pain points rather than siloed technologies. Understanding decision-makers and developing effective change management strategies are crucial to overcoming these obstacles. Navigating Internal Dynamics for Better CX Balancing the goal of improving customer experiences with the challenges of internal change is a significant obstacle. Effective change management and a thorough understanding of organizational dynamics are essential for navigating these complexities and achieving success. AI Integration Leveraging AI to enhance digital experiences is crucial in today's business environment. AI can personalize customer interactions, predict trends, and automate routine tasks, resulting in more efficient operations and improved customer satisfaction. By implementing AI-driven analytics, businesses can gain deeper insights into customer behavior and market trends, enabling more informed decision-making and strategic planning. Global Nearshore Strategy Another major takeaway the team noted is that adopting a nearshore software development strategy offers numerous advantages, including proximity, cultural alignment, and time zone compatibility with development teams. This approach can lead to faster development cycles, improved communication, and cost efficiencies while maintaining high-quality standards. Our team's recent trip to Colombia highlighted the excitement and opportunities within the Latin American markets, showcasing the potential for growth and innovation in this region. Luis Fernando Sanchez, President of Arroyo Consulting, also shared some key success stories and discussed how we are helping Latin American companies enhance their performance through the PROS platform, spotlighting our growing partnership. BGSF and PROS The BGSF team was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and discuss the future of AI and PROS with top business leaders across a variety of industries. We explored the necessity of delivering exceptional customer experiences in B2B contexts, overcoming the challenges of digital transformation, and navigating internal dynamics for better customer outcomes. The integration of AI and the adoption of a global nearshore strategy also emerged as critical components for future success. BGSF and PROS remain dedicated to leading the journey toward a brighter future for businesses through AI. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our AI capabilities, ask questions, and discover how we can support you in your AI journey. Together, we can shape the next generation of digital experiences and achieve remarkable growth and success. Contact us today!

  • Must-Have Amenities: What Renters Prioritize When Choosing a Property

    Renting a multifamily property can be a significant decision for many individuals and families, influencing their lifestyle, convenience, and overall happiness. As the rental market becomes increasingly competitive, landlords and Property Managers need to understand what amenities and features are most valuable to renters to remain competitive and ensure resident satisfaction. Here, we dive into the must-have amenities that renters prioritize when choosing a property. Must-Have Amenities for Renters Technology Support In our increasingly digital world, reliable technology support is a top priority for renters. This includes high-speed internet, which is essential for everything from remote work to streaming entertainment. Properties equipped with fiber-optic connections or offering gigabit internet speeds stand out in the market. Additionally, smart home technology is becoming more desirable. Features like smart thermostats, lighting systems, and security cameras provide convenience and control, allowing renters to manage their home environment from their smartphones. Properties that offer USB charging outlets and pre-installed cable or satellite TV options further cater to the tech-savvy renter. Responsive Maintenance Services Efficient and responsive maintenance services are crucial for renter satisfaction. Renters want assurance that any issues, from a leaky faucet to a malfunctioning appliance, will be addressed promptly and professionally. Offering a 24/7 maintenance hotline or an online portal for service requests can significantly enhance the renter experience. Regular property upkeep, including groundskeeping and common area cleaning, also plays a vital role. Well-maintained properties not only look appealing but also reflect a commitment to providing a quality living environment. Safety and Security Features Safety is a non-negotiable priority for renters. Properties that invest in robust security features tend to attract and retain residents more effectively. Essential safety features include: Gated Access: Controlled entry points that restrict unauthorized access. Security Cameras: Surveillance systems in common areas and entry points. Smart Locks: Keyless entry systems that enhance security and convenience. Well-Lit Areas: Adequate lighting in parking lots, walkways, and common areas to deter crime and improve visibility. Renters are more likely to choose and stay in properties where they feel secure, making these features indispensable. Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Features As environmental awareness grows, so does the demand for sustainable living options. Renters are increasingly prioritizing properties with green features that reduce their carbon footprint and utility costs. Key sustainable amenities include: Energy-Efficient Appliances: Refrigerators, washers, dryers, and HVAC systems that consume less energy. Solar Panels: Renewable energy sources that lower electricity bills. Water-Saving Fixtures: Low-flow toilets and showerheads that conserve water. Recycling Programs: On-site facilities for recycling and composting. Properties that implement these features not only appeal to environmentally conscious renters but also offer long-term cost savings. On-Site Amenities and Services Convenience is a major factor in rental decisions, and on-site amenities can significantly enhance the living experience. Renters look for properties that offer a range of services and recreational options, such as: Fitness Centers: On-site gyms save renters the cost and time of commuting to external fitness facilities. Swimming Pools and Recreation Areas: Spaces for relaxation and socializing. Package Delivery Lockers: Secure and convenient package retrieval systems. Co-Working Spaces: Dedicated areas for remote work or study, particularly important for freelancers and remote workers. Communal Lounges: Social spaces where tenants can interact and build a sense of community. Concierge Services: Assistance with tasks like dry cleaning, reservations, and more. These amenities not only add value but also create a more vibrant and cohesive community. Staying Competitive in the Market To attract and retain renters in today’s competitive market, Property Owners and Managers must focus on providing amenities that align with modern needs and lifestyles. Technology support, responsive maintenance, robust safety features, sustainable living options, and comprehensive on-site amenities are no longer optional but essential. By prioritizing these features, landlords can enhance the desirability of their properties, ensuring tenant satisfaction and long-term occupancy. Partnering with BGSF is not just about filling positions; it's about building communities and ensuring the satisfaction and safety of every resident. Contact us to learn how we can support your property’s success.

  • The M&A Resurgence: How BGSF Can Support Businesses in Transition

    Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, recently shed light on the resurgence of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, signaling a promising outlook for companies in the market's "Sweet Spot." As 2024 unfolds, this uptick in buyer interest presents both challenges and opportunities for businesses navigating transitions. Let's explore this exciting trend as well as how businesses can leverage BGSF's services for a smooth and successful transformation. The "Sweet Spot" of the M&A Resurgence What exactly is this “Sweet Spot” Roberts refers to? It's the domain of companies boasting consistent growth, healthy margins, a strong team, operating in buoyant markets, and of a size that mitigates risk while still attracting a broad spectrum of potential acquirers. These are the firms that are capturing the attention of buyers, and interestingly, they often do not necessitate buyers to take on substantial debt, even amidst an environment of elevated interest rates. How BGSF Can Support Businesses in Transition As M&A activity continues to gain momentum, businesses must effectively manage transitions to maximize value and mitigate risks. This is where BGSF, with our comprehensive suite of services, plays a pivotal role. Talent Acquisition and Management: During M&A transactions, maintaining a talented workforce is crucial for continuity and growth. BGSF specializes in talent acquisition and management solutions, helping companies identify, attract, and retain top talent throughout the transition process. Strategic Consulting: Navigating the complexities of M&A requires strategic foresight and expertise. BGSF offers strategic consulting services to help businesses develop comprehensive transition plans, assess market opportunities, and optimize operations for post-merger success. Workforce Flexibility: Flexibility is key in adapting to changing market dynamics post-M&A. BGSF's workforce solutions, including specialized staffing, managed services, and workforce optimization, provide companies with the agility needed to scale operations and manage fluctuations in demand. Compliance and Risk Management: Regulatory compliance and risk mitigation are paramount in M&A transactions. BGSF offers tailored compliance and risk management solutions, ensuring companies adhere to legal requirements and minimize potential liabilities throughout the transition process. Technology Integration: Seamless integration of technology systems is essential for operational efficiency and collaboration post-merger. BGSF's technology integration services streamline the transition process, enabling businesses to leverage synergies and optimize performance. Finance & Accounting Support: Our Five-Step Approach Our team has been assisting organizations with negotiated transactions for over three decades. Members of our team are former industry Chief Financial Officers, Controllers, Financial Reporting Directors, and staff members in all key functional areas (Revenue, JIB, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Pipeline and Marketing Accounting, Risk Advisory, and Internal Audit). Recognizing the complexities inherent in mergers and acquisitions, we are dedicated to steering you through each phase of the process, maximizing value through our five-step approach: The M&A Resurgence As Roberts anticipates continued M&A activity throughout 2024, businesses must proactively address the challenges and opportunities associated with transitions to capitalize on growth opportunities and mitigate risks. BGSF stands ready to support companies throughout the M&A journey, empowering them to achieve their strategic objectives and drive sustainable success in a dynamic business environment. By partnering with BGSF, companies can access the expertise, resources, and support needed to navigate M&A transactions successfully and emerge stronger in the evolving market landscape. Contact us today!

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