Low Cost Marketing for FM Consultants : Writing Blogs by Stephen Brown, CFM, FMP, SFP, CPE, CBCP, CESCO, REM FM-adviso, Ltd.

Part of my marketing scheme involves that I write and post blogs.

I established my Facility Management training and consulting business because I really enjoy the facets of the FM industry and interacting with my clients. My efforts make the clients happy when they become more efficient – improving service delivery, reducing operational costs, and providing better support of the organization core business. Continue reading

Falling Ice and Snow – Mitigating Your Facility Risk by Mike Carter & Roman Stangl

Falling ice and snow

Falling ice and snow from buildings and structures can pose a real risk to people and property.

If fallen ice is visible on a walking surface, are pedestrians likely to perceive a danger? If the number of “Danger/Caution – Falling Ice” signs that show up on our urban sidewalks is an indication, the answer is likely “yes”. However, this leads to the next question:

“Do these signs really reduce management and owner liability?”

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Collaboration and Cloud Computing

cloud computing and bim

Image courtesy of FM:Systems, Inc.

A second technology trend, cloud computing, is underway throughout the business world in general, following BIM’s steadily expanding role in the world of FM.

Cloud computing provides significant benefits to users by reducing IT management costs.  More interesting to facility managers however is the potential for cloud computing to provide a platform for collaboration.

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World FM Day – Join the live video conversation train! July 13, 2016 is World FM Day.

IFMA would like to invite you to be a part of World FM Week (July 11-15) by joining the live video conversation train. Here’s how:

 Download the free Periscope app on your mobile device ….more details here:

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https://www.periscope.tv/

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The Business Case for Capital Asset Management By James Reyes-Picknell

Approved Business CaseEven where there is a high level of dependency on physical capital assets and poor performance, making improvements is a tough sell.

We must be the translators of our technical ideas into financial terms for the consumption of those who approve the spending we need. Continue reading

How To Get a CAFM / CMMS / IWMS system by Michel Theriault

CMMS IWMS CAFM SystemGetting your senior management to approve implementing a system is tough, whether it’s Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) or a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), stand-alone or as an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS)

To start, they may not understand the Facilities Management function and it’s importance, so they may not recognize the benefits of having a system. Rather than trying to focus on the facility related details, I suggest you focus on information as a key selling point. Continue reading

Moneyball – Applying it to Facilities Management by Chris Payne

Batter Hitting Baseball

In 2002, the US baseball world was forever changed by the success of the Oakland Athletics team. With a salary bill of 41 million dollars (US) – compared to 125 million dollars (US) paid by the New York Yankees – the Oakland team got comparable results to some of the biggest teams in major league baseball. They also achieve a record-setting winning streak of 20 games and overcame the odds to win the American League West that year. All of these achievements were despite losing three of their strongest players at the end of the previous season. Why? ‘Moneyball’ Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Fall Hazard Risk By Kevin Wilcox

fall hazard riskFall protection is a complex and challenging safety issue. But, there are five primary techniques that have demonstrated the most impact on reducing fall hazard risk in Facilities Management. While there are certainly other aspects to a successful fall protection program, employing these five principles has proven to reduce risk. Continue reading

The Value Proposition for Our Clients in FM Consulting By Daniel Goldsmith

value proposition calculatorRecently, I explored the value proposition and how strategic alliance can serve as a means to creating and delivering value.

The discussion on value proposition remains quite relevant in an age where business priorities and competitive challenges remain fluid.

In this article consider value proposition in terms of what it means to us as a consulting community of practice as well as to our clients. Continue reading

Little Questions Are The Key To Getting BIG Data By Alana Dunoff

Big DataEveryone is talking about BIG DATA these days –how and why to use it, where it comes from and who is collecting it.

But behind big data there are little questions that must be asked in just the right way to ensure that the date you are collecting is the data you want to be collecting. Continue reading