New Business Intelligence Capabilities in VFA.facility 9.0 Enable Users to Put Facility Data into Action

BURNABY, BC– April 27, 2009 –VFA Canada Corporation, the leading Canadian provider of solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the release of version 9.0 of its flagship software product, VFA.facility® for May distribution in the Canadian market. The latest release includes business intelligence capabilities enabled by embedded tools from IBM Cognos, including new reports and dashboards that allow users to view key performance indicators about their capital assets and easily access additional detail.

VFA.facility provides a central source of facilities information along with sophisticated tools for capital planning and budgeting. The latest release builds on these capabilities to provide customizable reports and dashboards to help executives gain business insight from facilities data, enable better prioritization of requirements, and support organizations that manage facility portfolios across multiple geographies.

“In today’s uncertain economy, organizations must carefully prioritize capital improvement projects and be able to make compelling funding requests,” said Susan Anson, general manager, VFA Canada. “The latest release of VFA.facility gives organizations even better tools to understand the needs of their facility portfolio, prioritize capital needs and provide various stakeholders with the information they need, when they need it.”

New features in VFA.facility 9.0 include:

  • Report Center: A new reporting environment lets users view reports in multiple formats, organize them in public and shared folders, schedule them to run at specific times, and automatically email reports to recipients they specify. Users may create and modify reports with a simple drag-and-drop interface using the optional report authoring tool.
  • Dashboards: New homepage dashboards provide a graphical, interactive view of key performance indicators and the overall state of the portfolio. In addition to the dashboards provided with version 9.0, users may create their own dashboards using tables, graphs, dials and more, and easily share them with others.
  • Enhanced Budgeting: Users may now use an expanded set of fields within VFA.facility as criteria for ranking capital needs, including data fields in Regions, Campuses, Assets, Systems, Requirements and Prime Actions.
  • Multi-Currency Support: Local currencies may be used when viewing information about regions, campuses and assets, while reports may be rolled up in a standard site-wide global currency.

“VFA Canada is committed to providing customers with the tools they need to make optimal decisions about facility spending and capital planning,” Anson said. “VFA.facility 9.0 lets decision makers see the information that is most important to them in a concise, actionable format, and helps them turn data into business insight for short and long-term planning.”

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