The New Landscape Of Energy Management Software

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Executive Summary

There has been a resurgence in demand for energy management software (EMS) in commercial real estate, as firms grapple with rocketing energy prices, net zero pressures and regulations, and changing workplace requirements. New technological advances, such as the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI, have reshaped EMS into a multi-dimensional solution providing value in a range of areas. Smart building technology providers from increasingly diverse backgrounds are converging on energy management and leveraging their expertise to help customers increase operating efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate risk. An expanding ecosystem of innovative start-up firms is being fuelled by cash-rich incumbents searching for their next acquisition target, generating a new stage of innovation, investment and intense competition.

This report provides an overview of the energy management landscape. The major advances in functionality are outlined and mapped against the types of vendors operating in the space. Buyers of EMS can use this analysis to understand market developments and identify which solution types are best placed to improve their own operations. Technology vendors should use this research to interpret customer requirements and to establish their place in the market. 

Table of contents

Energy Management: A Convergence Point For Smart Building Technology 
The Resurgence In Energy Management Has Multiple Causes 

Energy Management Software Is Entering A New Era 
The Energy Management Software Vendor Landscape 

What’s Next In The EMS Market: Innovation, Investment And Intense Competition 

Table of figures

Figure 1. The Factors Triggering A Rethink In Energy Management Software 
Figure 2. Key EMS Functionality And Noteworthy Developments 
Figure 3. Smart Building Technology Vendors Offering Energy Management Functionality 

About the authors

Justine Bornstein

Research Director, Smart Buildings
Justine is the Research Director of the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focusses on digitisation, decarbonisation and optimisation across the built environment. Prior to joining Verdantix, Justine worked at Deloitte as the research lead covering transport, energy, industrial and public sectors. Justine holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Nagoya University in Japan. 

Ben Hext

Industry Analyst

Ben is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. His current agenda covers hardware and software solutions for energy management, on-site power generation, and COVID-19 mitigation management. He holds an M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Durham University,

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

MD and Global Head of Research
Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over 20 years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

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