Dr. Armin Liebchen, Jens Lorentz, Directors
It is one of the comforting ideas that software ages faster than we do. But for many medium and large-scale real estate companies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland this fact turns out to be a major challenge in portfolio management and strategic planning. Evidently, the time has come to migrate from old-school tools and Excel asset management to dedicated solutions for greater accountability and flexibility. Germany-based ASSETCONTROLLER Solutions addresses main IT-challenges in the real-estate industry: Provide a modern, web-based, integrated technology platform that can easily be adapted to change-requests. Topics like changing regulatory environments, ESG requirements, demographic dynamics need to be addressed. Investing in real estate requires risk-sensitive approaches, and thus strong planning and scenario capabilities to support profound decision making. Portfolio teamsclearly see the need for a change: Fast analytical reaction, fast responses to constraints, consistently managed with a flexible reporting.
“Dealing with portfolio-management and strategic planning, one of the major challenges is to ease and integrate processes that usually take a lot of time. Our aim is to create more valuable time. We can help to quickly and easily break downstrategic planning from the balance sheets into single assets or clusters. Or vice versa: support the budgeting-process bottom-up, by cumulating the specific asset-planning and analyze the portfolio-effects, taking risks into account. To discover hidden facts and valuable questions is more than just to produce calculations” says Armin Liebchen, Director at ASSETCONTROLLER.
The company’s platform allows the inclusion of external statistical and empirical data as well as financial accounting data. Additionally, since the platform is web-based, it can be run in the cloud or on premise. The ASSETCONTROLLER’s business intelligence (BI) technology greatly supplements Excel tools by making them adaptable, databaseoriented, audit-proof, rights-controlled, and multiuser-capable.
At this juncture, the ASSETCONTROLLER platform meets the requirements of modern working environments and facilitates transparent reporting—thereby increasing employee acceptance and reducing burdens on the IT department.
ASSETCONTROLLER’s tools empower clients with the capability to analyze assets from a strategic bird’s eye view down to their details. While similar existing solutions in the German market are known to be competitive but inflexible, ASSETCONTROLLER’s solutions can customize and seamlessly adjust the platform with BI features such that their reports and analyses are configured cost-effectively to what is truly needed. ASSETCONTROLLER consists of different modules that handle asset portfolios in best practice for base data, financing, cash flow, investments, risk analysis, data-mining, KPI reporting, profit and loss balance sheetsand more, at a corporate level.
“Our USP is the flexibility and user intuitiveness of our platform. With a few clicks, users can define short, detailed, personal reports which can be saved and reused at different levels of the organization, or easily create planning versions” states Jens Lorentz. The team at ASSETCONTROLLER also trains customers on building their reports and provides PoCs to demonstrate the capabilities of the asset management solution.
ASSETCONTROLLER works preferentially with medium and large enterprises than with smaller real-estate companies. For example, one of the clients it partnered with an asset portfolio of 60,000 flats under management. ASSETCONTROLLER harmonised different data flows and business logics from the client’s numerous Excel sheets into the platform. Moreover, since the real estate market in Germany is constantly under regulatory and political pressure, organisations need to adapt to sudden changes in regulations. In such scenarios, ASSETCONTROLLER stands apart from contemporary solutions yet again by giving clients the flexibility to react quickly to the ever-shifting regulatory frameworks. With robust BI interoperability, transparent portfolio management, Excel-friendly analysis capabilities, and high application flexibility packed into a lean package, ASSETCONTROLLER has earned its spot as one of the best solutions in the European real estate industry.