OSCRE PIE-X Standard For Portfolios

Posted by Anne Cosgrove

Simpler, more cost effective sharing of portfolio information is the mark of OSCRE’s new Portfolio Information Exchange Standard (PIE-X). Whether end-users are expanding their real estate investment portfolio, changing service providers, acquiring or divesting properties, or getting updates on portfolio status, the PIE-X Standard facilitates and improves the quality of data critical to the exchange of real estate portfolio information between buyers, sellers and their business partners.

OSCRE (Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate) International is a membership-based, not-for-profit consortium focused on the collaborative development and implementation of global real estate data standards.

“The OSCRE PIE-X Standard offers real estate institutional investors a valuable framework to leverage in the complex world of real estate data integration and interfacing between disparate data sources and application capabilities,” said Andrew P. Miller, Managing Director, Asset Management Technology, Private Real Estate & Alternative Investments at TIAA-CREF.PIE-X_Standard

PIE-X is a direct response to significant trends in the real estate industry – an increasing number and complexity of portfolio transactions both corporate and investment, continued growth of outsourcing, high demand for quality information from multiple sources and systems, and increasing rigor around data governance.

“There are massive portfolios being acquired as a result of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, especially in the multi-unit retailer and corporate occupier segments of the real estate industry right now,” said Brad Sill, Director of Real Foundations and a member of the workgroup that developed the standard. “PIE-X provides tremendous benefit from the due diligence phase through the final portfolio exchange. Without using PIE-X, these transactions are painful and labor intensive to exchange portfolio and lease information at any level,” he added.

PIE-X has applications for many industry stakeholders, including corporate end-users, investment companies, service providers, software firms, and consultants and system integrators.

How It Works
The standard is built around a core set of property data that is considered critical for understanding the composition and status of a portfolio at the due diligence and final transfer stages of a portfolio transaction, as well as for continuing portfolio management. Starting with this core data set, users have the flexibility to implement the standard in a number of ways, depending on their needs. The standard also has applications across the entire range of business processes over the life of a portfolio. For example, organizations can use the PIE-X standard to assemble data from multiple sources and service firms around the world, enabling them to effectively benchmark against competitors in areas such as costs, portfolio mix and space utilization.

Applications For CRE Stakeholders

For Corporate End-Users: PIE–X provides the basis for portfolio transactions and portfolio management in coordination with their global service providers. The data elements include the occupier’s perspective either as a tenant or an owner, including rents, operating costs, leases and utilization, and supports international transactions and operations.

For Investment Companies: The standard provides the key data needed to assess the quality of a portfolio. PIE–X encompasses property income, expenses, and occupancy information; details on leases, tenants; and supports international transactions and operations.

For Service Providers: Portfolio information exchanges are critical when transitioning major accounts and are the core of fulfilling an increasingly frequent integrator role. Shared clients are much more common, requiring the frequent exchange of portfolio information between service providers and their clients. Standards like PIE–X become central to data management requirements of outsourcing contracts.

For Software Firms: Software firms now have the opportunity to implement PIE–X in their core products in response to high market demand for exchanging portfolio information.

For Consultants and Systems Integrators: The new PIE–X Standard comes packaged with a methodology and guidance on how to implement standards as part of their client services, and provides a starting point in building a common data model for the major systems projects they lead for their clients.

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 Diagram of core processes for OSCRE PIE-X Standard