Date: September 30, 2014
Location: Dallas, TX
Venue:  InterContinental Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75001

Date: September 23, 2014
Location: Boston, MA
Venue:  The Westin Waltham Boston, 70 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451

Dates: November 18-20, 2014
Venue: Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Booth: 21

Dates: November 6-7, 2014
Venue: Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3LQ, Scotland
Booth: 2

Dates: October 1 – 3, 2014
Location: Roxburghe Crowne Plaza Hotel Conference Centre and Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland
Booth: TBA
Speaking: October 2  11.00 – 12.00  Strategic Asset Management and Capital Prioritisation - VFA (Peter Scanlon) and Health Facilities Scotland (Peter Haggarty)

FM Scorecard for Corporate Real Estate

 

 

 

Evaluate your facilities capital program against the following set of questions.

Evaluation Criteria Best Practices/Next Steps

 

How good are your data and analytical tools to make recommendations that will move the needle?
  • Review existing data and tools
  • Assess condition where necessary
  • Analyze the data looking for opportunities, risks


How well is your real estate / facility plan aligned with the company’s business strategy?
  • Prioritize projects based on company strategy


How well are you prepared to compete for funding with IT, business units, other groups?
  • Work with your finance team to create analytically strong business cases for key initiatives

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Take a 10 question survey to evaluate your capital planning efforts. [ Take the survey! ]

Software Magazine Ranks Provider of Facilities Capital Planning Software as One of the World’s Most Successful Software Companies for the 12th Consecutive Year

BOSTON, MA—September 8, 2014—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced its inclusion in Software Magazine’s Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest software and service providers, now in its 32nd year. VFA was ranked 356 on the list—up three spots from last year.

“VFA’s consistent inclusion year-after-year in the Software 500 list affirms our determination to be the leading provider of innovative facilities capital planning and management solutions,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA. “The role of facility managers and their portfolio reporting requirements is constantly evolving, and we are focused on the importance of empowering them to think and work strategically within their organizations. As always, we will continue to focus our efforts on innovation and providing a comprehensive best-of-breed solution to our customers.”

“The Software 500 helps CIOs, senior IT managers, and IT staff research and create the short list of business partners,” said John P. Desmond, editor. “It is a quick reference of vendor viability. And the online version, to be posted soon at www.softwaremag.com, is searchable by category, making it what we call the online catalog to enterprise software.”

The Software 500 is a revenue-based ranking of the world’s largest software and services suppliers, targeting medium to large enterprises, their IT professionals, software developers, and business managers involved in software and services purchasing.

Go to www.softwaremag.com to subscribe and be among the first to see the 2014 Software 500. It is released in the October issue, as both a print and the digital publication, which mails on October 8, 2014 and distributes online on October 15, 2014.

The ranking is based on total worldwide software and services revenue from the 2013 fiscal year. This includes revenue from software licenses, maintenance and support, training, and software-related services, and consulting. Suppliers are not ranked on total corporate revenue, since many have other lines of business, such as hardware. Financial information is gathered by a survey prepared by Rockport Custom Publishing, LLC.  It is published in print as well as posted online at www.softwaremag.com as both a digital edition and searchable database.

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.

Capital Expenses versus Operating Expenses
Capital expenses and operating expenses can be deployed to more effectively use your organization’s budget. Find out how!

DEPLOYING CAPEX TO REDUCE OPEX

Replace aging assets with more efficient alternatives prior to end of useful life

  • Replace chillers or boilers with more efficient models to reduce energy spend
  • Replace traditional roofs with new roofing alternatives (super insulated, reflective, green or living) to reduce maintenance and utility costs
  • Enhance curtain walls with more efficient systems or elements (super insulation, efficient glazing, shade structures) to reduce energy spend

Leverage technology to reduce OpEx

  • Replace analog with digital controls to increase flexibility and reduce run time
  • Implement alternative energy measures (combined heat & power units, solar arrays, wind turbines) to reduce dependency on the grid and manage OpEx
  • Investigate alternative funding sources to defray CapEx for implementing new technology (utility rebates, private grants, government subsidies)

DEPLOYING OPEX TO REDUCE CAPEX

Identify component-level repairs and upgrades to extend the life of the overall system

  • Replace pneumatic or analog controls with a digital system to increase control flexibility
  • Install lighting sensors (occupancy, daylight, time) and relamp existing fixtures with energy efficient lamps (T-5 or LED) and replace ballasts with electronic
  • Install CO2 sensors and variable speed drives on ventilation system to limit run hours and optimize air flow

Identify where improved preventative maintenance can extend system life and reduce risk of breakdown

  • Identify all capital equipment by age and implement prescriptive preventative maintenance plan via trackable system
  • Perform annual inspections on all roofs and curtain walls and document condition to identify trends or problems

See how some of our corporate clients have used these strategies to enhance their capital planning programs.