VFA Client Tufts University to Present on Obtaining Deferred Maintenance Funding

BOSTON—September 28, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be featuring its facility self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor®, at the 62nd annual meeting of Eastern Region of APPA (ERAPPA), September 30-October 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 44.

Bob Burns, the director of the Facilities Services department at Tufts University, a VFA client, will be presenting “Making the Case for Facility Funding with Defensible Data at Tufts University” on Tuesday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m.

VFA helps colleges and universities to effectively demonstrate the need for funding and create capital budgets based on accurate, objective data. VFA.auditor offers facility managers an efficient and cost-effective way to gather reliable facility condition data across campus facilities and prioritize identified issues. It is a standalone solution for schools that conduct assessments with their own staff or a complementary solution for organizations that also use third parties for assessments. Integration with VFA.facility® capital planning and management software lets schools take advantage of robust prioritization, business intelligence and what-if scenario tools to develop a defensible capital plan.

Visitors to the booth at ERAPPA can see a demo of VFA.auditor Mobile™, the mobile client that supports the flexibility and versatility of condition data collection using mobile tablets.

By Keith O’Leary, Director of Product Marketing, VFA, Inc.

Gregory A. Scott, President of the Eastern Region of APPA (ERAPPA), describes the theme of ERAPPA’S Annual Meeting, “Holding Truths and Pursuing Happiness” as inspired by the Declaration of Independence, which was signed in Philadelphia, location of the conference. Starting this Sunday, September 30 through Tuesday, October 2, VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 44.

VFA customer Bob Burns, the director of the Facilities Services department at Tufts University, will be presenting “Making the Case for Facility Funding with Defensible Data at Tufts University” on Tuesday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m.

VFA helps colleges and universities to effectively demonstrate the need for funding and create capital budgets based on accurate, objective data. Now more than ever, facility management requires efficient and cost-effective ways to gather reliable facility condition data across campus facilities and prioritize identified issues.

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time:
2:00pm EST
Location: Webinar

Most facility managers find spreadsheets useful for storing, organizing and reporting on data. However, for effective facility management of large portfolios, without tools such as cost estimation based on industry data, objective pairwise ranking of projects, not to mention centralized, accessible data storage and the ability to scale, the static, limited nature of spreadsheets falls short.

Migrating from a dependence on spreadsheets to a Web-based facilities capital planning and management solution supports the dynamic nature of facility condition data and enables strategic decision-making.

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By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

Mobile applications are an increasingly popular tool for facility management, offering ease of use, consistency, and increased productivity. Last week, we announced the latest release of our facility self-assessment application, VFA.auditor Mobile™ version 4.0, which features a new tablet-style user interface familiar to those users of mobile devices. The touch-centric look and feel is similar to that of Apple’s iPad® and iPhone®, and works on iPads, Android® and Microsoft® tablets.

Facility staff gets access to over 500 building system templates with just a touch. Each system contains its own set of typical deficiencies to choose from, all with embedded RSMeans® cost data. Users can also view, update and close existing facility requirements, making the application more effective than ever for re-assessment activity.

Facility self-assessment with mobile devices is providing organizations with a more complete picture of their facilities and identifying the most pressing problems. It’s a mobile world, and increasingly facility managers are leveraging the use of mobile technology to be more efficient.

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BURNABY, B.C.—September 21, 2012—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be showcasing its VFA.facility® software for healthcare organizations at the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) National Conference, September 24-25, 2012, in Montreal. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 601.

VFA helps hospitals, medical centers, health networks and government health organizations to ensure their facilities support the highest standard of patient care. Facility condition data, gathered by expert assessors, coupled with the analytical tools in VFA.facility capital planning and management software, provides healthcare organizations with the ability to create effective long-term capital plans, projects and budgets.

VFA has provided data and insight into the condition of thousands of healthcare facilities, enabling them to manage risk, reduce deferred maintenance, positively impact the patient experience and better serve the overall organizational mission.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our 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.

VFA Helps School Systems Obtain Funding for Facilities

BOSTON—September 21, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be featuring its facility self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor® at the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) World Conference, September 22-24, 2012, in San Antonio. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 144.

Public school systems face many challenges in managing and planning for their school facilities. Some are under mandate by legislatures to demonstrate equitable distribution of funds across school districts. Most work under funding constraints that force difficult tradeoffs in decisions regarding maintenance and renewal of their facilities. VFA helps school systems at the district, county and statewide level to meet these challenges by developing long-range plans, demonstrating the need for funding and creating capital budgets.

VFA.auditor offers facility managers an efficient and cost-effective way to get reliable facility condition data and prioritize identified issues. It provides users with surveys to assess and rapidly collect data about the condition of facilities and major building systems. It is a standalone solution for organizations that conduct assessments with their own staff or a complementary solution for organizations that also use third parties for assessments. Integration with VFA’s facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility, lets organizations take advantage of robust prioritization, business intelligence and what-if scenario planning required for a defensible capital plan.

Visitors to the VFA booth can also see a demo of VFA.auditor Mobile™, the mobile client that supports the flexibility and versatility of condition data collection using mobile tablets.

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

BURNABY, B.C.—September 18, 2012—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced Karen Hanes has joined the team as business director. In her new role, she will responsible for developing new business with clients across the corporate, education, government and healthcare sectors in Canada.

“Karen is an experienced sales and business development professional with a great track record of success within the software and business solutions industry,” said Susan Anson, president, VFA Canada. “We’re excited to bring her on board as VFA continues to build upon its leadership position, helping organizations meet the challenges of strategic facilities capital planning and management.”

Most recently, Hanes was regional sales manager at Adlib Software, where she was a top ranking sales executive. She also held account manager positions at Dyadem International (now HIS), NetSuite Inc. and AT&T Canada/Bird On A Wire Networks (now MTS Allstream). Hanes attended the University of Toronto.

“VFA solutions provide organizations with the data and tools to manage every stage of the facility lifecycle,” Hanes said. “I look forward to working with VFA customers to help them obtain the greatest value from their facilities capital planning and management system.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our 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.

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VFA.auditor Mobile ™ uses Native Look and Feel of Industry-leading Tablets for Faster Adoption, Easier Navigation

BOSTON—September 11, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the release of version 4.0 of its facility self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor Mobile. The latest release features a new user interface and enhanced functionality that enables tablet users to capture facility details more efficiently and intuitively.

VFA.auditor is the trusted software for facility and building managers to keep facility condition data up-to-date, identify hotspot problem areas or capture information across the portfolio using surveys. It’s a standalone solution for organizations that conduct assessments with their own staff or a complementary solution for organizations that also use third parties for assessments.

VFA.auditor Mobile puts a built-in facility assessment process and content expertise at the fingertips of facility managers and capital planners using tablets, including the Apple iPad. The latest release introduces a completely revamped tablet-style user interface designed to enhance the data collection experience. It also lets users view and update existing requirement data, improving the accuracy of the Facility Condition Index (FCI) benchmark and maintaining an effective foundation for capital planning.

“The new UI is user-friendly, straightforward and a real improvement from the older mobile version of VFA.auditor,” said Charles Grimm, building inspector at James Madison University. “In addition, the ability to access existing requirement information will be very helpful and should contribute to additional office work efficiency.”

VFA.auditor offers facility and building managers an efficient and cost-effective way to get reliable facility condition data and prioritize identified issues. It provides users with surveys to assess and rapidly collect data about the condition of facilities and major building systems. Integration with VFA’s facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility, lets organizations take advantage of robust prioritization, business intelligence and what-if scenario planning required for a defensible capital plan.

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

Date: Thursday, September 27 2012
Time:
2:00pm EST
Location: Webinar

Organizations are challenged to meet sustainability objectives and mandates within severely constrained budgets. Overall success hinges on the ability to smartly evaluate and prioritize sustainability investments to achieve the greatest impact. It is essential for an organization to establish a sustainability framework and define performance baselines for sustainability and other organization-specific benchmarks in order to effectively measure progress.

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