Alister Maple-Brown

Alister Maple-Brown is the CEO of leading property management software provider Rockend. For more information visit rockend.com.au.
  • The 2018 Voice of Australian Property Management report found that property management is suffering from a high level of disillusionment and defection from the industry, with the bulk of those employed in the sector passive about their roles. Here’s what needs to change in 2019: 1 How we work needs to change The data revealed that while most property managers…

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  • While it can’t magically give you more time, the right technology can help you do more and provide your customers with a valuable and personalised experience. But there’s no point simply using technology for technology’s sake. The value of implementing the right technology lies in its ability to save everyone time, over and over again. Here are three ways technology…

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  • Being a leader often meant you had to be the smartest person in the room or the person with the most grey hairs. But things have changed. Importantly, strong leadership can be the difference between a thriving and successful business, and one that suffers under the pressures of disruptive change. So what does it take to be a successful leader…

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  • Here are five things you can do to ease the EOFY burden. 1:  PAY OUTSTANDING INVOICES The EOFY tends to see phones running hot and inboxes overflowing. Owners want the peace of mind of knowing that any outstanding invoices relating to their property are paid before the clock ticks over to a new financial year. When you receive a request…

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  • Today’s world is filled with technology; so much so that many feel it’s making us ‘less human’. Our mobile devices are never far from reach. We sit at the family dinner table using one hand to eat and the other to tap away on our iPad. We go to our kids’ soccer game on the weekend with our smartphone pinging…

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  • What can we learn from past performance? Often when looking forward we forget to take the lessons from the past. Reviewing your people, processes and systems is a great way to understand what does and doesn’t work for you, and will put you in a strong position for growth in the year ahead. Here’s are my eight simple steps to review…

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  • While you can’t lean on the latest app to set your goals for you, it’s possible to use some clever tech to track your progress. Alister Maple-Brown from Rockend offers five steps you can follow to keep motivated and on track in the New Year. While technology isn’t a wand you can wave to magically achieve your goals, it can…

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  • Technology can help you to create the best possible experience for your clients. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding on the right technology to elevate the client experience and effectively position your business for the future. 1. DOES IT MAKE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE? You don’t need to control every bit of information that flows to your clients.…

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  • Since its explosion in the 90s, technology has become central to everything we do in property management, and in business today. Completely changing the game was the iPhone, invented 10 years ago, which gave us access to the world in our back pockets. But will technology ever completely replace property managers? Absolutely not. The rate of change when it comes…

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  • Pokémon Go gave us a sneak peek into augmented reality, but the technology still has a long way to go before it will be adopted on a large scale, says Alister Maple-Brown. Thanks to Pokémon Go, 2016 was the year the world paid attention to augmented reality. Men, women and children rushed to download it to their smartphones and started…

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  • What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Am I using the cloud? These are all questions you’ve probably asked yourself at some point when you think about ‘cloud computing’. In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the…

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  • As consumers, we are never really satisfied with customer service. In fact, business reviews today are showing that this is one of the few areas of differentiation between competitors. Alister Maple-Brown looks at the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in improving customer service and whether it means the end of the ‘human touch’. There’s just something about picking up a…

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    The way we work today is so very different to the way we worked even a short number of years ago – and one of the key drivers of this change has been consumer technology. Alister Maple-Brown  shares two cloud-based tools that are gaining traction in the workplace. Traditionally, businesses have kept a tight rein on the devices their employees use…

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  • Introducing Insights #1From Alister Maple-Brown, CEO, Rockend. It has been a privilege for Rockend to be a part of the inaugural Transform PM program this year. This program provided four agencies with the opportunity to take a step back and analyse their business with the guidance and coaching of industry professionals. Over the nine weeks it has been fascinating to…

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