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Knight FM Transforms Efficiency and Growth

Knight FM and Urbanise FM Case Study
Naveen Radhappan, CEO Knight FM

Executive Summary

This case study explores Knight FM's successful transition to Urbanise FM, an innovative technology solution specialising in property and facility management. Knight FM, a prominent IFM provider, faced challenges with their previous accounting software, which lacked a robust computerised maintenance management system (CMMS). In 2017, Knight FM adopted Urbanise FM, which enabled substantial improvements in efficiency, client satisfaction, and business growth..

Challenges Faced by Knight FM

  1. Limited Functionality: The accounting platform previously used by Knight FM, did not offer the comprehensive CMMS capabilities needed for effective facilities management. This limitation affected their ability to manage work orders, asset maintenance, and service requests efficiently.

  2. Scalability Issues: The existing software was inadequate for scaling operations to meet diverse client needs and hindered business development. As Knight FM grew and acquired new clients, they needed a solution that could handle increased demand without compromising performance.

  3. Client Onboarding Challenges: The lack of a user-friendly platform made the process of onboarding new clients cumbersome and inefficient. The onboarding process was time-consuming, leading to delays and dissatisfaction among new clients.

Why Knight FM Chose Urbanise

  1. Scalability and Feature Richness: The platform offered a wide array of features, addressing various client requirements and facilitating efficient service delivery. Features such as automated work order management, asset tracking, and preventive maintenance schedules were particularly beneficial.

  2. Local Support and Development: With a local development team based in Melbourne, Urbanise ensured continuous innovation and responsiveness to Knight FM’s needs. The proximity allowed for quick resolution of issues and customisation of the platform to meet specific client requirements.

  3. Cost-Effectiveness: Urbanise's pricing model was aligned with Knight FM’s budget, making it a cost-effective solution. The affordability of the platform allowed Knight FM to invest in other areas of their business, such as staff training and development.

  4. Cloud-Based Flexibility: Urbanise's cloud-based platform provided the accessibility and flexibility necessary for remote work and real-time collaboration. This flexibility was crucial for Knight FM's geographically dispersed teams, enabling seamless coordination and communication.

Key Benefits Achieved with Urbanise

  1. 30% Reduction in Work Order Processing Time: Streamlined workflows through Urbanise led to a significant decrease in administrative workload. Automated processes replaced manual tasks, reducing errors and increasing productivity.

  2. Enhanced Client Satisfaction: The implementation of client portals and mobile apps improved communication and transparency, boosting client satisfaction. Clients could easily access real-time information about their service requests and maintenance activities.

  3. Improved Operational Efficiency: Advanced data analytics and reporting tools facilitated data-driven decision-making and optimal resource allocation. Knight FM could track key performance indicators (KPIs) and identify areas for improvement.

  4. Seamless Client Acquisition: Urbanise’s user-friendly interface made the onboarding of new clients, especially those acquired through mergers and acquisitions, smoother. The platform's intuitive design reduced the learning curve for new users, enabling faster adoption.

  5. ISO 55001 Certification Maintenance: Urbanise supported Knight FM in maintaining their asset management certification, ensuring compliance with industry standards. The platform's robust asset management capabilities helped in adhering to best practices and regulatory requirements.

Naveen Radhappen, CEO of Knight FM, shared his insights on the partnership:
"Urbanise has been a game-changer for us. The flexibility and scalability of the platform have allowed us to expand our services and cater to a more diverse client base. Our ability to manage complex facilities has improved significantly."
"The local support from the Urbanise team in Melbourne has been invaluable. Their responsiveness and commitment to continuous improvement have significantly contributed to our operational efficiency and client satisfaction. We now have a system that not only meets our current needs but also grows with us."

Overall Impact

Knight FM's transition to Urbanise demonstrates the transformative impact of a robust FM platform. The strategic partnership resulted in significant enhancements in efficiency, cost savings, client satisfaction, and business growth. Knight FM attributes their success to Urbanise’s scalability, affordability, local support, and comprehensive functionalities. This case study highlights Urbanise as an essential tool for FM companies aiming to optimise operations, elevate client service, and achieve sustainable growth.

By leveraging Urbanise, Knight FM not only overcame the limitations of their previous system but also positioned themselves as a leader in the facilities management industry. The platform's comprehensive features and user-friendly design have empowered Knight FM to deliver superior service, retain satisfied clients, and continuously improve their operational processes.

If you're interested in learning more about Urbanise FM, book a demo with one of our team today.


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