FM Systems

Don’t Wait for a System to use Life Cycle Costing of Facilities for Decisions

Don’t Wait for a System to use Life Cycle Costing of Facilities for Decisions

Managing facilities often includes managing the physical assets. But getting into a system is often daunting, particularly for smaller portfolios. Unfortunately, without a way to manage the assets, you won’t have the information you need to make decisions about repair vs replace or information to justify your budget requirements. You are also much more likely […]

By August 8, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Getting Information from FM Systems

Getting Information from FM Systems

In my Webinar on Information Based Decisions (see the link below), I spoke about getting and using information for your benefit. While you need an FM system and should work towards getting approval and implementing one, if you already have one, the question is whether you use it for information, not just process management. Whether […]

By February 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
I want off the FM system acronym wagon! What’s with all the 4 letter words – IWMS, CAFM, CMMS, IFMS and more!

I want off the FM system acronym wagon! What’s with all the 4 letter words – IWMS, CAFM, CMMS, IFMS and more!

I’m getting more and more frustrated with the acronyms in use in our industry to deal with Facility Management computerized systems. Yes, I you read that right. I used a non-acronym to describe the other acronyms, and you know what, you probably knew exactly what I meant. How about simply using a general yet descriptive […]

By September 11, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
Space and Occupancy Planning Tools – Do you have what you need to manage your space efficiently?

Space and Occupancy Planning Tools – Do you have what you need to manage your space efficiently?

I recently had a chance to talk about space planning with David Spence from OfficeSpace at The Facilities Management Show in the UK where I was an invited speaker. His experience confirmed my own observations  – I see that for many companies, space planning in Facility Management hasn’t progressed much beyond the manual process I […]

By July 21, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Do you have an FM System Yet? Here are 5 reasons why your organization should support it

Do you have an FM System Yet? Here are 5 reasons why your organization should support it

I’m constantly surprised when I talk to FM professionals who haven’t implemented an FM system to manage their responsibilities, whether it’s CMMS, CAFM, IWMS or other systems for managing processes, space or maintenance. Having started my career over 20 years ago at a company who had an FM system back then, to not have an […]

By February 28, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Finding Facilities Management Information Online for Asset Management and FM Systems like CMMS, CAFM and IWMS

Finding Facilities Management Information Online for Asset Management and FM Systems like CMMS, CAFM and IWMS

The best way for Facility Managers to get ahead is to keep on top of the latest issues, solutions, technologies and processes. The internet has made it much easier to access information, with the availability of content from magazines, online portals and blogs. But finding good resources isn’t always easy, since the internet can be […]

By January 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
8 Step Process for Implementing an FM system (IWMS/CAFM/CMMS)

8 Step Process for Implementing an FM system (IWMS/CAFM/CMMS)

There are certain realities with implementing an IWMS / CAFM / CMMS system. I find that the right process is critical to success and is often overlooked. Here is what I recommend in a nutshell:

By March 1, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
How To Sell a CAFM / CMMS / IWMS system – Focus on Information

How To Sell a CAFM / CMMS / IWMS system – Focus on Information

Getting 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). 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 […]

By January 22, 2010 6 Comments Read More →
It isn’t your Mother’s CMMS – Facility Systems have come a long way

It isn’t your Mother’s CMMS – Facility Systems have come a long way

It isn’t your mother’s CMMS. These days, CMMS isn’t simply a computerized maintenance management system meant to replace a paper based planning and work order system. Modern systems include both preventive and corrective / demand based maintenance and requests received from occupants on a variety of maintenance and service issues. They are flexible, adaptable, easy […]

By April 28, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

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