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Mobile Technology Offers Efficiency for FMs

Mobile Technology Offers Efficiency for FMs

Possibly more so than any other technology, going mobile has made facility staff’s job easier and more efficient. Here are the benefits of mobile facility technology. Possibly the most significant advance, in terms of its impact on facility staff, is the shift from paper and pagers to handheld tablets and smartphones. The power that facility […]

Maintenance Management Systems: Managing the Business of Facilities

Maintenance Management Systems: Managing the Business of Facilities

A robust, easy-to-use maintenance management system that grows with the facility program is a necessity for any facility department. Here’s how to get it right. Maintenance management systems come under many names. Computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), computer-aided facility management (CAFM) systems, integrated work management systems (IWMS), and even enterprise asset planning and resource management […]

Understand the BAS’s Role in Facilities Management

Understand the BAS’s Role in Facilities Management

The facility management industry has seen significant gains occurring in technology in the past few decades. One example is the migration from work orders tracked on a dry erase board to online service request submissions that auto-assign to appropriate craft or contractors while providing fluid feedback to the customer. Or consider the intricate pneumatic control […]

Low-Hanging Green Fruit – Cost-Effective Ways O&M Can Save Energy

Low-Hanging Green Fruit – Cost-Effective Ways O&M Can Save Energy

For the past decade or two, the latest and greatest advances in design methodologies and sustainable products have garnered much of the attention and headlines.  However, with my stint in the energy arena, I was continually perplexed by the millions of dollars expended on technologically-advanced energy conservation projects, while ripe, low-hanging green fruit dangled untouched […]

Emergency Preparedness – A Plan for Failure…

Emergency Preparedness – A Plan for Failure…

While much of our corporate focus is on catastrophic events that grab headlines, such as active shooters and major storms, not much attention is given to the incidents that affect facilities on a routine basis.  Not to minimize the tragedies that result from such events, as we should all remain vigilant in preparation and prevention, […]

FAQs of CMMS

FAQs of CMMS

As discussed in the November/December 2017 issue, Make It Click, FM technology has grown by leaps and bounds the past few decades.  Maintenance management systems, such as Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and Integrated Work Management System (IWMS), are no exception.  However, when it comes to these applications, many facility professionals are unsure whether or […]

Getting an A-Grade at the C-Level

Getting an A-Grade at the C-Level

The most prominent struggle for facility organizations is soliciting the resources needed to advance the FM program and to improve aging buildings.  To assist with this endeavor, FM360 created the pneumonic “C-SUITE” to help facility managers sell their value and to earn an A-Grade at the C-Level. C – Collect Data The first step in […]

Electrical Systems: Don’t Get Burned

Electrical Systems: Don’t Get Burned

As published in the March/April 2017 edition of IFMA’s FMJ With the progressively more complicated and interdependent facility systems, the importance of maintenance continues to increase, as does the strain upon staff and contractors to complete such.  There are regulatory requirements to inspect and test exit signs, fire suppression & detection systems, elevators, etc.  Mechanical […]

Teaching CFM Exam Prep Workshop in Charlotte on May 9th

Teaching CFM Exam Prep Workshop in Charlotte on May 9th

IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager, CFM, is the most distinguished credential in the facility industry.  A recent IFMA study found that CFMs earn 25% more than their non-CFM counterparts and tend to occupy higher management positions. The Charlotte Chapter of IFMA is excited to offer this one-day CFM Exam Prep Workshop.  The class will help you determine your readiness for the CFM exam and hopefully give you […]

Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance

Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance

As found in IFMA’s FMJ May/June 2016 Excitedly, the facility industry continues to mature, advancing our stature within our respective organizations.  However, one key anchor impeding that progress is the aging infrastructure that exists in many of our facilities and the subsequent reactive maintenance it creates.  This reactive firefighting is a drain of valuable personnel […]