VFA on NFM&T, Capital Budgeting and Mobile Assessment

March 16, 2011

By Keith O’Leary

This has been an exciting week for VFA.

VFA Brings Building Assessments Mobile

An update to our facility self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor, now enables facility managers and capital planners to conduct facility condition assessments via the easy-to-use, guided self-assessment process — on a mobile tablet. Now, they can create surveys and walk through their facilities to easily collect data on the condition of the organization’s building portfolio.

With more than 600 professionally engineered and designed systems included in the survey library, VFA.auditor leverages VFA’s building condition domain expertise to guide and standardize the collection of facility condition data.

NFM&T: Creating a Defensible Budget for Facilities

This morning, VFA was excited to participate in the “Solutions Exchange” session at NFM&T, the National Facilities Management & Technology conference. The Solutions Exchange was a round-robin style session that allowed us to discuss how facility managers can create a defensible capital budget — especially in an uncertain economy — with our peers.

At VFA, we know that facility managers still need to justify and account for every dollar. Today’s discussion focused on creating a capital budget that you can defend, and will be approved. Some key takeaways included:

  • How to align facilities investments with organizational mission
  • The importance of a structured and consistent approach to prioritizing capital needs
  • The benefits of budget scenarios that allow you to see the impact of different spending levels

Stay tuned for more observations from the NFM&T conference. And, let us know if you have any questions/comments about our mobile assessment solution at vfa@schwartzcomm.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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