Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Fees: This webinar is complimentary

Facility Managers today are expected to understand their company’s core business and contribute to the bottom line – not only by reducing facility costs, but also by improving the productivity, revenue generating capacity and image of the entire organization. Evolving trends indicate that FM professionals have greater opportunity to add value to their organizations through efficient management, improved technology and strategic planning.

During this live complimentary webinar, Shari Epstein, Director of Research for IFMA, will discuss the results of an industry experts’ workshop and research  as summarized in the recently released IFMA Facility Management Forecast, “Exploring the Current Trends and Future Outlook for Facility Management.”

You’ll learn:

  • How you can be better prepared for the most relevant issues facing today’s facility management professionals
  • The challenges and opportunities you’re  sure to face as the FM landscape evolves
  • What skills sets you and your teams need to stay competitive in the workplace
  • How to position yourself for a changing industry

By Ameeta Soni, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

On Sunday night, we will be welcoming many of our valued customers to Boston for a two-day conference that promises to be a great mix of networking and learning. Our speakers are coming from all over the U.S. and Canada, and from public schools, universities, cities, hospitals, provincial and state government, and the Pentagon. On Monday night, we are holding a reception and dinner at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and will be handing out VFA’s annual Capstar awards to two customers who exemplify an innovative application of software technology or business processes that supports capital planning and management.

Follow us on Twitter to receive tweets during VFA Connections – and we’ll be sharing many of the key learnings from the conference in the coming weeks.

Monticello's West Front with Fish Pond

Monticello's West Front with Fish Pond

Guest Blog: By Ken Mitchell, Director of Buildings, Monticello/The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Thomas Jefferson began construction on Monticello in 1769 and it was largely completed in 1809. The only house in the U.S. designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monticello is a destination for about 450,000 visitors every year. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation owns and operates Monticello, as well as the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and the Jefferson Library, among other facilities.

After recently completing construction on the new state-of-the-art, certified LEED Gold Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, the Foundation undertook a facilities condition assessment study as part of our short- and long-term facilities capital planning, in order to answer the following questions:

  • What is the condition of our facilities?
  • How much money do we need to maintain them?
  • Given our budget, what should we do first?

At VFA Connections, May 1-3, I will be presenting a case study describing how the Foundation is answering these questions, which must be resolved by any facility management team that is tasked with taking a strategic approach to facilities capital planning.

Ken Mitchell

kmitchell@monticello.org

BOSTON – April 13, 2011 – VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it has been recognized as a Cool Vendor* by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. VFA is one of five vendors profiled in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in IT Asset Management, 2011″ report which was co-authored by Gartner analysts Alexa Bona, Victoria Barber, Stewart Buchanan and Rob Schafer, and published on April 7, 2011.

According to Gartner, “A core success prerequisite to a well managed real estate and facilities portfolio is a detailed, accurate and maintainable assessment of fixed assets and their functional condition, that can then drive a prioritized and realistic capital budget.” The report goes on to say that, “VFA has an innovative and thorough facilities assessment approach that collects and maintains the critical information required to optimize capital facility investments over the long term. It’s cool because it is a detailed and objective assessment that can be deployed in a cost-effective tiered approach, with robust professional services expertise for primary core assets, and via a creative, low-cost, ‘self-service’ model for secondary facilities.”

“Organizations are looking for a clear understanding of whether their facility and infrastructure assets are capable of supporting their goals. We are honored to gain the recognition of Gartner as an innovator in an area that is increasingly a board-level priority,” said Jerry Kokos, chief executive officer, VFA, Inc. “We feel that inclusion in this report confirms our continuing investments in providing objective, cost-effective and comprehensive solutions that help facility executives get the capital funding they require.”

Each year, Gartner identifies new Cool Vendors in key technology areas and publishes a series of research reports highlighting these innovative vendors and their products and services. Gartner’s report on “Cool Vendors in IT Asset Management, 2011″ was released on April 7, 2011, and is available to Gartner clients at gartner.com.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our new blog, Foundations, which is aimed at providing information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent capital spending and facilities capital planning and management.

Guest Blog: By Fred Stetson, MFE, Stetson Management Solutions, LLC, Senior Manager for Facility Operations (Retired), California Administrative Office of the Courts

Does your current capital renewal program maximize your asset performance and deliver a healthier bottom line? Do you have a clear understanding of how much is needed to keep current facilities renewed? How do you justify these costs to senior management to get the funds you need?

I will be speaking at VFA Connections, May 1-3, on this topic, and will cover the five fundamental steps that facility managers can use to build an effective capital renewal program. We’ll look at an example of an organization that is using capital renewal programs to justify capital funding and achieve higher ROI from their capital investments.

While buildings were designed to only last for a finite time, the reality is that you will be living with them far longer.  The sooner you engage in an effective capital renewal program, the more you will see in benefits across the years.

Fred Stetson
Stetson Management Solutions
fred.stetson@stetsonmgtsolutions.com

Michael Kwok

By Mike Kwok, Senior Vice President, Professional Services, VFA, Inc.

You’ve done an assessment, you have high quality data about your facilities, you’ve provided defensible capital budgets and plans, and obtained the necessary funding.  Great!  Now . . . time has passed, your data is no longer current, you need an updated plan, and you’re wondering – what is the next step?

At the upcoming VFA Connections customer conference, I’m moderating an interactive panel of VFA customers who will discuss maintaining their facilities capital planning program, addressing the critical issue of outdated data, and the approaches they are taking, depending on the issues they face: limited budgets, growing portfolios, increased pressure to support mission-critical facilities.

How is the problem being solved?  How can facility managers leverage the investment in facility assessments and continue to maintain an effective foundation for capital planning?  Stay tuned . . .

Date: Thursday, 14 April 2011
Time: 0900 – 1600
Location: Royal Air Force Club, London W1

Succinct and unambiguous solutions and techniques on how to select the ideal bidder, contain costs and keep potential challengers: Directly from 10 top rated lawyers and industry thinkers. Led by your chairman, Edward Quigg, the lawyers will give short, highly targetted fifteen minute presentations, before the question sets are handed over to Gren, Kevin and Edward for a balanced 5 minute industry reaction and then opened to the floor for 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

By drawing on the expertise of speakers and delegates this full day conference will spark new ideas and ways of operating and make the conference entertaining as well as informative.

We look forward to seeing you there!