3 things to consider before choosing a map for your desk booking solution

In the era of hybrid work, where employees split their time between the office and remote locations, desk booking solutions have become indispensable tools for modern workplaces. 

However, equally vital to the success of these booking solutions are indoor maps. Indoor maps serve as the visual interface that seamlessly connects employees to available workspaces, making the desk booking process intuitive and hassle-free.

Implementing an indoor map into your solution involves an investment of time, money, and potentially development efforts. So, you do not want to discover two years down the line that your map no longer aligns with your requirements. 

In this article, we will delve deeper into the importance of indoor maps and explore three key considerations for choosing the right one to complement your desk booking solution.

#1: Scalability

Unless you have no ambitions of growing your company, scalability is crucial.

You might have 100 customers today, but how many will you have in two years? Moreover, what if your existing customers expand their businesses, adding more floors or even entire buildings to their offices?

Choosing a scalable mapping platform for your desk booking solution is like futureproofing your solution. If your mapping provider cannot deliver maps at scale, your customers may have a below-average experience with your solution, potentially leading them to explore alternatives.

At MapsPeople we use intelligent automation technology to create maps. This enables us to deliver accurate maps at scale fast. One of our partners had an urgent request for a map for one of their most important customers. Two hours after they made the request, we delivered the map.

#2: Design

Creating indoor maps is a complex and time-consuming process that involves careful detailing, including seating arrangements, desks, walls, doors, and much more. Consequently, the creation of these maps can be costly, and you may be tempted to go with a more budget-friendly version that gets the job done without delivering that 'wow' factor associated with pricier alternatives.

However, before making such a compromise, you need to consider how the design of the indoor map impacts your overall solution and its competitive edge.

Why? Because design sells! A well-thought-out design not only looks good; it also gets users more engaged, meaning that end-users are more likely to frequently use your solution if the design captivates their attention.

MapsIndoors offers 3D maps that both look good but also give an improved overview of large spaces and make it easier to navigate them. 

#3: Easy integrations

Desk booking may be your core product today, but maybe you have plans to expand your solution to include room booking or incorporate occupancy sensors in the future.

Selecting a map solution that seamlessly integrates with third-party data systems, IoT devices, and sensors paves the way for adding more features to your solution down the road. This flexibility not only increases the value of your offering but also opens up the possibility of generating additional revenue by offering these features as optional add-ons to your standard solution.

As MapsIndoors is a mapping platform with SDKs and APIs, it offers great flexibility in integration with other systems and devices. This means that the map can be customized to show all the real-time data you want to show in your solution.

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern workplaces, the right indoor map can be the cornerstone to a seamless and efficient desk booking solution. By considering scalability, design, and easy integrations, you can ensure that your solution not only meets the needs of today but also prepares you for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

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