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Why don’t you have a Capital Reserve fund?

Why don’t you have a Capital Reserve fund?

Capital funding is always an issue in facilities, with Facility managers constantly fighting for replacement and renewal funding for their buildings, competing for funds needed elsewhere within the company. I’ve seen many FM’s struggle at this, yet I have seen it being done by others with great success. I worked with a charity to set […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Forget Big Data for FM Decisions – Start With Little Data Instead

Forget Big Data for FM Decisions – Start With Little Data Instead

You’ve probably heard about Big Data. That’s what your credit card company collects, Google has and even your grocery store uses. For Facilities Management, it’s best to start smaller. Many FM’s don’t even have the basic information they need to manage and make good decisions, mostly because they either don’t have an FM system or […]

By November 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
3 Things Facility Managers should do today

3 Things Facility Managers should do today

Facility Managers are always getting things done around their facility, whether its responding to a complaint, dealing with space issue, organizing a move, coordinating maintenance or delivering customer service. It almost feels like you are on a treadmill, moving ahead but never really getting to the end. It’s a fact of life in the Facilities […]

By September 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Architects Dream – Facility Managers Nightmare

Architects Dream – Facility Managers Nightmare

        There is nothing special about cleaning hard to reach windows with a pole system, and this looks pretty typical until you look closer. (see the full size image below) This is in the new and very beautiful Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.  I transited through the airport on my way […]

By July 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Managing FM Performance in Critical Facilities

Managing FM Performance in Critical Facilities

Failure isn’t an option when managing critical facilities. Preventing failure is one of your primary responsibilities, which you ensure with a robust design, plenty of backup systems and extremely well managed operations. This applies to obvious facilities such as data centers, but also to facilities such as manufacturing, hospitals and other high reliability operations. Managing […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Critical tools for Budgeting Facility Management Costs

Critical tools for Budgeting Facility Management Costs

Budgeting is a crucial task for Facility Managers. Since we manage a significant part of our organization’s costs, the budget is important to the organization both to validate the amount spent and to manage it. When I talk to Facility Managers, the annual budget process they have to go through is always a tedious, time […]

By April 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Do You Analyze Financial Information to Drive Facility Decisions?

Do You Analyze Financial Information to Drive Facility Decisions?

Managing facilities is by its nature financially driven. The high costs of real estate, the cost of energy and maintenance and the perception that an organization’s facilities are a cost drag rather than a value to the organization are contributing factors. If you don’t have enough information and aren’t able to analyze that information, you […]

By March 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Why Implement Chargeback in FM? For Better Decisions!

Why Implement Chargeback in FM? For Better Decisions!

Real Estate costs money, and money is the bottom line for any company. Facilities Managers who recognize this fact are in a better position to raise the profile of the Facilities department and contribute to the success of the company by accurately establishing facility related costs and positioning the information for better corporate decisions. With […]

By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Communicating Environment and Energy Conservation

Communicating Environment and Energy Conservation

Environment and Energy conservation is an important topics to building owners and managers, yet the challenge of getting occupants to buy-in to your initiatives and actually change their behaviors remains difficult. Increasingly, individuals are seeing the messages in the media and making changes at home, yet they often have a difficult time linking it with […]

By September 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

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