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VFA Helps Government Laboratories to Ensure That Facilities Support the Scientific Mission

BOSTON—June 27, 2014—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it is featuring solutions that enable laboratories to manage facilities strategically at the National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) Summit on June 30 to July 1, 2014 in San Francisco. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 708.

Planning and managing facilities strategically enables government laboratories to support the scientific mission, reduce risk and meet regulatory and legislative requirements. VFA works with federal organizations that manage large, dispersed facility portfolios to optimize their investments in their facilities while complying with Federal Real Property Asset Management standards and Executive Orders.

VFA facilities capital planning and management solutions are at work in dozens of federal agencies and VFA has assessed federally-managed property around the globe. Specialized software solutions for the federal market include the VFA.auditor® Federal Real Property Management Survey, which supports agencies in collecting the data elements about each of their facilities required under U.S. federal law. VFA’s Green Building and Energy Assessment Services provide recommended actions and associated costs and benefits for targeted initiatives such as energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction, Executive Order requirements and LEED evaluation.

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.

Peter Scanlon RICS Conference 2014

Peter Scanlon, vice president, professional services, VFA, discussed “Investing in management information systems (MIS) to improve facility and estate efficiency” today at the RICS Strategic Facilities Management Conference in London. Information management is now a crucial part of the facility manager’s performance improvement strategy. The session focused on:

  • Investment in MIS to improve facilities management performance
  • Understanding when to use technology to improve efficiency
  • Information: what kind of knowledge and how much?
  • Moving from data to intelligence
  • Asset information models

Learn more about VFA in the UK or read up on all the conference chatter on Twitter.

Session will Focus on Investing in Management Information Systems to Improve Facility and Estate Efficiency

BOSTON—June 24, 2014—VFA, Ltd., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting on information management at the RICS Strategic Facilities Management Conference on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in London.

Peter Scanlon, vice president, professional services, VFA, will discuss “Investing in management information systems (MIS) to improve facility and estate efficiency” at 11 a.m. BST. Information management is now a crucial part of the facility manager’s performance improvement strategy. The session will focus on:

  • Investment in MIS to improve facilities management performance
  • Understanding when to use technology to improve efficiency
  • Information: what kind of knowledge and how much?
  • Moving from data to intelligence
  • Asset information models

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

About VFA, Ltd.

An operating unit of VFA, Inc., Reading, U.K.-based VFA, Ltd. is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and management. Over the past 15 years, VFA has shown more than 800 organisations around the world how to ensure that their facilities optimally support their strategic business objectives. Partnering with VFA, our clients have been recognized for delivering programs that impact the bottom line by aligning facilities capital plans with organisational objectives to reduce risk, lower costs, improve service quality and client satisfaction, and satisfy compliance requirements. VFA’s flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is used to manage more than 1.2 billion square metres of real estate. For more information, please call 0800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com/uk.

Just a few days left to register for our webinar on Wednesday, June 25, featuring Jon Burbee, Manager of Real Estate Services at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

During this live webinar, you’ll hear how CFB Esquimalt started with the basics, integrated green and energy conservation data into their facilities analysis, and implemented a data-driven, mission-centric prioritization model.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Prioritize facilities capital projects, taking green and energy issues into account
  • Allocate funds in support of the organizational mission
  • Develop an objective, flexible, defensible capital budget
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Mark your calendar: Wednesday, June 25 at 2 PM EST. Register today!

ReNew Canada

Presents Prestigious Industry Award to Infrastructure Ontario

Ottawa—June 17, 2014—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will host a complimentary seminar, “Functional Adequacy: Taking Decision-Making Beyond Building Condition Data,” on Tuesday, June 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario.  In a special ceremony, VFA will also present Infrastructure Ontario with the 2014 CapStar Award.

In this seminar, Ron Fraser of Infrastructure Ontario will discuss a data-driven approach to asset management, the importance of gathering key data, understanding portfolio condition and developing a prioritized capital budget. Facility investment decisions can prove difficult for organizations, especially those with large real estate portfolios. The key to intelligent investment decisions lies in the ability to look at a portfolio holistically by considering facility condition, demographics and functional adequacy. Attendees will learn how coupling facility condition and functional adequacy assessments, measuring and scoring facilities performance, and prioritizing and optimizing their investment options has brought Infrastructure Ontario to the next level of successful facility management.

During the seminar, VFA President and CEO Jerry Kokos and Susan Anson, President of VFA Canada Corporation will present Infrastructure Ontario with the 2014 CapStar Award for the innovative application of software technology or business process to support facilities capital planning and management.

“VFA is pleased to recognize Infrastructure Ontario with the 2014 CapStar Award,” Anson said. “We selected this organization from hundreds of VFA clients for demonstrating a leading-edge approach to facilities capital planning.”

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

Buildings Magazine Money Saving Products WinnerWe’re excited to announce that VFA’s web-based solution VFA FacilityView™ has been recognized as one of Buildings Magazine’s 2014 Money Saving Products.

How was the award determined?

Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, envelope improvement and maintenance.

What is VFA FacilityView?

VFA FacilityView provides quick and secure access to key information about an organization’s real estate portfolio. Accessible on a wide range of devices, VFA FacilityView lets you easily view information about facility assets, including use, location, condition, replacement value, and funding needs.

You can also integrate related information from other enterprise applications, such as work order management or financial systems, putting this data in a broader business context.

With VFA FacilityView, you can easily connect your executives with relevant facilities-related data regardless of whether the data is in VFA.facility® or third-party software. You’ll be able to better make and justify strategic decisions; provide an understanding of investment needs and priorities to building users and community stakeholders; and demonstrate the critical role that your facilities play in support of organizational objectives.

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VFA FacilityView™ Provides Key Stakeholders Easy Access to Holistic View of Organization’s Facilities Data

BOSTON—June 12, 2014—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that BUILDINGS magazine has selected VFA FacilityView™, a Web-based solution for quick and secure access to key information about an organization’s real estate portfolio, as a 2014 Money-Saving Product winner. VFA FacilityView is part of an elite group of 97 products showcased in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.

Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, envelope improvement and maintenance.

VFA.facility® facilities capital planning and management software includes a wealth of information about facility assets, from their location and condition to the renewal costs of their systems to their capital funding needs over time. VFA FacilityView enables customers to extend the value of their VFA.facility data to the stakeholders it chooses, providing a simple, intuitive interface accessible on a wide range of devices. It also enables integration of related information from other enterprise applications, such as work order management or financial systems, putting this data in a broader business context. Access to this data provides insight into the overall condition of the portfolio, the areas of greatest need and the status of particular facilities which may be critical to stakeholders. VFA FacilityView is a great time-saver for facility managers who will be able to easily provide stakeholders with access to key data and analysis.

“We are  pleased that VFA FacilityView has been recognized as a Money-Saving Product winner by BUILDINGS magazine,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “With VFA FacilityView, facility teams can easily connect their executives with relevant facilities-related data regardless of whether the data resides in VFA software or third party software. Executives will be able to better justify or enable strategic decisions; provide an understanding of investment needs and priorities to building users and community stakeholders; and demonstrate the critical role that facilities play in support of organizational objectives.”

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.

About BUILDINGS

BUILDINGS magazine serves over 74,000 commercial building owners and facilities management professionals in North America. The monthly publication helps readers make smarter decisions relevant to the management, modernization, and operation of their facilities.

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