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Realcomm Edge Magazine features McKesson’s use of tech in their CRE strategy success

November 7, 2017

By Ralf VonSosen

In the October/November 2017 issue of Realcomm Edge Magazine — a leading publication for professionals combining commercial and corporate real estate with innovative technology — McKesson was featured alongside Google as part of the cover story on combining corporate real estate and technology.

McKesson is one of the largest medical and pharmaceutical companies in the world. With over 1,200 facilities across 6 different business units, it’s no surprise that they chose to use BuildingOS for their enterprise-level energy management platform.

Magazine Interview Highlights

Mike Huaco, Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at McKesson was interviewed for this article. While he discussed quite a few topics in great detail, here are some of the highlights.

  • Over the past 12 months, Huaco has had a great opportunity to change the role of real estate within McKesson’s portfolio at an enterprise level.
  • The biggest challenge Huaco has faced in the past 12 months on the job has been the task of centralizing facilities management, like maintenance, energy management, and really anything to do with touching a building.
  • For the next 12-18 months, McKesson is focused on doing some really groundbreaking work, which includes standardizing smart building technology across their portfolio. They already have remote monitoring available via BuildingOS energy dashboards, but Huaco wants to optimize the technology in all their buildings.
  • Lastly, the biggest trend Huaco sees that will impact the future of real estate and technology is the development of a ubiquitous technology that’s easy to use. Huaco calls that a “vital” need, and went on to say, “I emphasize the word easy, as the data it produces should be actionable by a layman and not necessarily an engineer.”

McKesson and Lucid

Lucid and McKesson have worked together for several years now to create a successful relationship that’s driving innovation in corporate real estate and technology management. From a technology integration standpoint, Lucid has helped McKesson accomplish the following:

  • Compile data and make it easily-accessible for reporting and communicating across teams
  • Automate data collection to one platform, so they don’t have to manually compile data into one location
  • Institute building performance management across their entire building portfolio

What do those integrations look like in terms of ROI? Well, McKesson is currently looking at a 7% expected year-over-year savings across their entire portfolio. That savings wouldn’t be possible without the use of BuildingOS to help McKesson make high-level decisions on building investments and day-to-day management practices.

As both companies work together in the future, McKesson looks to add fault detection, lighting control, occupancy, and other performance data from every building in their portfolio to their central dashboard. This will enable McKesson to develop refined, targeted KPIs to increase the efficiency of their energy portfolio.

To learn more about McKesson and Lucid, and to see how Lucid has helped other companies succeed in energy management, take a look at some of our case studies.

Ralf VonSosen

As Lucid’s VP of Marketing, Ralf VonSosen leads product marketing, demand generation, branding, and communication activities. With almost 20 years in the technology space, Ralf brings leadership experience from small startups, as well as large companies such as SAP and LinkedIn. He was instrumental in establishing the energy/utilities vertical at Siebel/Oracle CRM, and most recently was a founding member of LinkedIn’s sales solutions business unit. Ralf holds a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University, and a MBA from the University of Utah.