Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Facility managers are constantly under pressure to justify budgetary needs when requesting funding. But how do you get the accurate, relevant, and credible facility data you need to justify funding request?

Many organizations continue to rely on subjective in-house knowledge of the assets and systems, but find that this does not provide enough funding validation for key decision makers. To effectively obtain the necessary funding, empirical data on the condition of the facilities, deferred maintenance requirements and capital renewals is needed. With it, organizations can provide sound and irrefutable evidence to validate funding requests

Join us for this live webinar featuring Don Paschal, Director of Corporate Engineering at Orlando Health and learn how they deployed a capital planning solution to:

  • Make better decisions regarding capital investments
  • Produce reports that validate and defend their case for funding
  • Justify an annual Capital Asset Renewal and Replacement Plan
  • Gain a holistic view of the facilities condition across the portfolio

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Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Benchmarking is a very powerful tool for business planning and decision-making.  When used for facility capital planning, benchmarking is a proven, effective way to build a business case or justify business practices.

Join this 30 minute webinar to learn how to select, find and use benchmark data for facility capital planning decisions  We’ll use real-world examples to show how facility benchmarking data, properly captured and interpreted, can be used to get funding, drive continuous improvement, and communicate more effectively with executives.

During this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Determine which performance metrics are most critical to your capital plan
  • Define a peer group and find the data
  • Interpret, communicate and act on the results

University Business

By Ray Dufresne, Vice President, VFA, Inc.

My recent article in Facilities Manager addresses the fact that at colleges and universities today, the increasing number of students is putting new pressure on facilities – and on facility managers. Most schools will soon be falling short in their ability to support students, if they are not already.

Student needs are also increasingly different, and most campus facilities have not kept up with the changing times. An example of this, recently described in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Digital Campus, is a professor at Virginia Tech who leads highly interactive classes with up to 3,000 students in the largest space on campus and guest speakers via Skype who receive questions from Twitter, and runs other classes from his office space with hundreds of students online.

With changing technology and user needs, numerous questions must be asked. Are the classrooms and labs up-to-date? Do they allow for interactive work? Are facilities going to waste – and costing money to operate? Can facilities be easily modified or re-purposed to accommodate changes?

Given the increasing student population, and their demands to learn differently using technology, now is the time for colleges and universities to assess both the functional adequacy and facility condition. By combining best-of-breed methodologies for these assessments with sophisticated decision support tools, schools can develop objective plans for the future, using a rational process to determine how to allocate funding where it will have the most impact and best support educational goals. Analysis based on accurate data results in objective prioritization, a clear path to decision-making, and, ultimately, intelligent investment choices resulting in cost savings over time.

Mike Quigley and Kaveh Taheri Strengthen Sales Team in Western Canada

BURNABY, B.C.—December 6, 2012—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the appointments of Mike Quigley as business director and Kaveh Taheri as solutions consultant in the sales support group. In their new roles, Quigley will be responsible for developing new business in western Canada, while Taheri will support sales efforts in western Canada and western U.S.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mike and Kaveh to VFA Canada as we continue to build upon our leadership position, helping organizations obtain the greatest value from their facilities capital planning and management efforts,” said Susan Anson, president, VFA Canada. “Mike is a senior technical sales professional and has demonstrated success building customer relationships and working with organizations to solve challenges. Kaveh has proven expertise in partnering with sales to present solutions that meet customer requirements.”

Most recently, Quigley was a business development specialist at Simplex Grinnell. He previously held sales manager positions at Cartel Communications Systems, Empowered Networks, Nettest Inc., and GN NavTel.

Taheri brings to VFA rich pre-sales and delivery experience.  He was previously Client Delivery Manager at ACL Services, Ltd. and earlier held project and engineering management positions at BC Hydro and PMC-Sierra.

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.

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

VFA.facility® facilities capital planning and management software has been selected as a University Business 2012 Readers’ Choice Top Product. The winners were selected by University Business editors from nominations submitted by the magazine’s readership, and were based on both the quantity of nominations and the quality of reader descriptions.

The first annual University Business Readers’ Choice Top Products award recognizes leaders in the higher education industry and provides university leaders and administrators with the unique opportunity to learn what products their colleagues around the country are using, and how these products contribute to the success of their schools.

Today, universities face the challenge of how to maximize their current investment in facilities and infrastructure while effectively planning for future needs. With facilities capital planning solutions, VFA has helped many higher education institutions address these challenges. Read a case study about how the University of Texas at Austin demonstrated the value of facilities investments.

Jeff Cowen to Support VFA’s Growth in the State and Local Government and Education Sectors

BOSTON—December 5, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the appointment of Jeff Cowen as business director. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing new business with clients across the government and education markets in the central U.S.

Cowen will leverage 20 years of sales and management experience to build relationships with state and local governments, higher education institutions and public school systems that turn to VFA to gather accurate facility condition information and create defensible requests for maintenance and renewal funding. He most recently served as strategic account director at 7Summits. Prior to that, he was a regional sales director at SDL International and held senior sales positions at Day Software, EMC Corporation/Acartus, Inc., and Mobius Management Systems.

“We’re pleased to have Jeff join our expanding team as VFA continues to grow its leadership position in the U.S. state and local government and education markets,” said Rick Mongeau, senior vice president, VFA. “His sales and business development experience will enable him to help these organizations find solutions to maximize their investment in facilities and infrastructure.”

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.

VFA.facility Nominated by UB Readers as a Product that has made a Positive Difference at Colleges and Universities this Year

BOSTON—December 3, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software, has been selected as a University Business 2012 Readers’ Choice Top Product. The winners were selected by University Business editors from nominations submitted by the magazine’s readership, and were based on both the quantity of nominations and the quality of reader descriptions. The complete list of products has been announced online and in the December issue of University Business.

VFA.facility enables colleges and universities to both manage information about facility assets and leverage that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets. VFA.facility provides them with a central source of facility information used to analyze the impact of different funding scenarios, prioritize capital needs and make optimal decisions about capital spending.

“VFA has helped many higher education institutions maximize their current investment in facilities and infrastructure while effectively planning for future needs,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA. “We are honored that our flagship software, VFA.facility, has been chosen by university administrators as a Readers’ Choice Top Products winner.”

The first annual University Business Readers’ Choice Top Products award recognizes leaders in the higher education industry and provides university leaders and administrators with the unique opportunity to learn what products their colleagues around the country are using, and how these products contribute to the success of their schools.

“We are pleased to announce the first-ever University Business Top Products list and plan to make it a yearly feature,” says University Business Editor-in-Chief Tim Goral. “The nominations came from a variety of university administrators who have shared their experiences with these products and how they have improved the way their school operates. We hope their insight becomes a valuable resource to our readers and helps them solve their biggest challenges on campus.”

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.