Letter from the CEO

Letter from the CEO

Our theme at this year’s client events, VFA Connections and the VFA User Forum, is Take Charge!  What does it mean to take charge?

  • It means thinking strategically about facilities and ensuring that facility decisions are in line with organizational objectives.
  • It means being proactive – planning and preparing for the future.
  • It means building relationships across the organization
  • It means elevating the facilities function to reflect the crucial role that buildings play in any organization’s success.
  • And it means being at the executive table – not just to ask for  more funding for facilities capital projects, but to participate in organizational decisions and to bring insight to the decision-making process.

At VFA, we are working every day to develop and enhance our solutions so that you are empowered to take charge in your organization.  We want to provide you with the technologies you need to move your facilities management practice from a tactical, reactive approach to one that is strategic, proactive, and truly beneficial.

For example, in November 2013, we launched VFA FacilityView™.  An extension to VFA.facility®, this new software allows a wide range of stakeholders to easily view information about facility assets, regardless of whether the data resides in VFA software or third-party software.  In June, VFA FacilityView was selected by Buildings magazine as a 2014 Money-Saving Product winner for saving time and increasing efficiency.

Our most recent innovation, based on client feedback, is the new Site Linear Module in VFA.facility. This new software incorporates site linear assets, in addition to building assets, into a facilities portfolio to help you make better, more comprehensive facilities capital planning decisions. Site linear assets represent a significant portion of an organization’s overall portfolio, but are often subjected to a separate planning review or only addressed in a reactive manner. By including these assets in VFA.facility, we are providing the basis for a holistic view of an organization’s capital requirements.

For those of you who were unable to attend VFA Connections, I’d like to invite you to our sixth annual VFA User Forum in Victoria, British Columbia.  The User Forum is September 23-25, and you can get more information and register by visiting our website.  I hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for your ongoing business and support.



Jerry Kokos

President and CEO, VFA