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IFMA Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients and IgniteFM! Student Challenge Winners at IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – (November 27, 2019) – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation awarded over $115,000 in scholarships to 27 students at the IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. These scholarships honor the outstanding achievements of students studying the field of facility management and the built environment. You can learn more about each scholarship recipient and their sponsors at on the IFMA Foundation site. Scholarships are funded by IFMA Chapters and Councils along with organizations and companies supporting the IFMA Foundation. “We are grateful for the support of the IFMA community in providing scholarship funding to help these talented students further their facility management education and ease their financial burden of college tuition” said Joe Archie, IFMA Foundation Chair.

The scholarships include an all-expense paid trip to the annual IFMA World Workplace conference where students interact with Facility Management (FM) professionals and their peers to network, learn and engage with IFMA Fellows and leaders. At the conference, students meet and interview with IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) Advisors including Sodexo, ABM and FM:Systems. “Having access to the best and the brightest students in facility management provides our GWI Advisors with the ability to fill the talent gap in our industry with top-notch students,” said Joe Archie. “Additionally, student scholarship recipients participate in the Foundation’s IgniteFM! Student Challenge where students are placed in teams with peers from other schools whom they had never met and given three hours to solve an FM problem.”

Sponsored and led by FM:Systems, IgniteFM! student competition participants present their solutions to a judging panel and an audience of conference attendees the following day, working long hours the night before to perfect their presentations. In the audience are GWI Advisors’ talent acquisition teams observing the students and ready to interview and hire these talented future FM leaders. “We at FM:Systems believe fervently in the mission of the IFMA Foundation to support and expand the education in facility management. GWI is critical not just in filling a workforce gap but in elevating facility management to a true profession” said Michael Schley, Founder and board member at FM:Systems.

The IFMA Foundation scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars to more than 554 students since the program started in the early 1990’s. The 2020 IFMA Foundation scholarship applications will be posted on December 15, 2019 on the Scholarships page of the IFMA Foundation website. “Solving the FM labor shortage will take a village of FM professionals dedicated to tackling this problem. Working with GWI advisors and major donors like A&A Maintenance, and IFMA members, chapters, communities and councils, we can all be that village that provides new approaches to tackle the FM talent shortage. Together, we can ensure there are skilled FMs to meet talent acquisition demands” said Joe Archie.

2019 IFMA Foundation IgniteFM! Student Challenge Winners are:

  • Mohammed Aldaaja, Arizona State University
  • Yujin Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Cailyn Poschner, Conestoga College
  • Victoria Smikowski, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

About FM:Systems

FM:Systems provides workplace management technology and solutions that enable facility and real estate teams to identify, plan, and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee. Our leading web-based Integrated Workspace Management System (IWMS) and real-estate analytics software improves management of space, occupancy, renovations, moves, maintenance, property, assets, agile workspaces, employee experience, smart buildings and more. FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

About the IFMA Foundation

Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit foundation.ifma.org.

About IFMA

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

Contact: Brian Haines | FM:Systems | 919-582-9739 | bhaines@fmsystems.com

Seasoned Executive Joins FM:Systems as Managing Director of EMEA

Kevin Fitzpatrick brings immense experience and leadership to expand presence in the UK

RALEIGH, N.C. – 8/29/2019 – FM:Systems, a leader in facility management technology that enables facility and real estate professionals to identify, plan and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee, announced today the hiring of Kevin Fitzpatrick as the Managing Director of EMEA. Kevin brings decades of experience in the Facilities Management industry and has previously held Executive Leadership roles at companies such as NJW, Sodexo and Manpower. This hire, and the establishment of a ground presence in the UK, signals a clear intent to further develop FM:Systems’ international presence.

“At this point in our growth we felt we needed strong sales leadership on the ground in the UK, said FM:Systems’ Chairman and CEO, Kurt von Koch. “Kevin brings keen insight and leadership to our rapidly growing international presence, and we are excited to have him as a member of the FM:Systems family.”

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems provides technology that enables Facility and Real Estate teams to identify, plan, and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee. FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, please visit www.fmsystemss.com to learn more.

Contact:
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
919-582-9739
bhaines@fmsystems.com

IFMA Foundation announces support by FM:Systems for Global Workforce Initiative and Ignite FM! Student Competitions

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA. – 8/7/2019 – The IFMA Foundation today announced a major development in its Global Workforce Initiative, a multi-industry effort to fill a growing talent gap in the facility management field. FM:Systems, a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) software, announced its three-year commitment to support this initiative and the funding of the Ignite FM! Student Competitions at IFMA World Workplace and Facility Fusion conferences.

Ignite FM! is a competition where students working in teams are given a complex facility management problem to solve in a short period of time. Team presentations are made to an audience of professional facility managers along with judges. The winning team shares a monetary prize. “FM:Systems is pleased to be a partner in the IFMA Foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative to support FM Accredited Degree Programs. This initiative connects students with employers to help meet their needs while at the same time strengthening the workforce and the economy” said Michael Schley, FM:Systems founder and board member. “The FM Accredited Degree Programs are an essential element of our facility management profession and the IgniteFM! competition provides an important connection between students in FM degree programs and the profession.”

“By partnering in the Global Workforce Initiative, FM:Systems is ensuring the continued sustainability of the FM profession,” said IFMA Foundation Chair Joe Archie. “The inspiration for IgniteFM! came from Michael Schley and Michael Bown, professor at Brigham Young University through hackathon events that have become popular in computer programming. At hackathons, competing teams of programmers work together to create a fully functioning application in a very short amount of time. Students who participate in Ignite FM! Competitions are given the opportunity to present their solutions before recruiters seeking much needed talent due to the high numbers or retirees in the field. As a leader in providing FM technology, FM:Systems is taking the lead to ignite the future of FM.”

The Global Workforce Initiative seeks to fill the growing facility management and facilities services workforce talent gap as more than half of today’s practitioners are expected to retire in the next five to fifteen years. Working in partnership with impacted industries around the world, the IFMA Foundation is leading the charge to make facility management a career of choice. By working with educators at all levels and increasing the number of accredited FM degree programs around the world, the Global Workforce Initiative is helping to create a clear career pathway to an exciting and fulfilling career in FM. More information can be found at: http://foundation.ifma.org/global-workforce-initiative.

About the IFMA Foundation

Established in 1990, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit www.ifmafoundation.org.

About FM:Systems

FM:Systems provides technology that enables Facility and Real Estate teams to identify, plan, and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee. Our leading web-based Integrated Workspace Management System (IWMS) software improves management of space, occupancy, renovations, moves, maintenance, property, assets, agile workspaces, employee experience, smart buildings and more. FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

New Research Shows the Impact of Space Management Technology on Employee Experience and Bottom Line Growth

Self-Assessment Available Online, Benchmarks Six Categories of Workplace Management Maturity for Becoming Best-in-Class

RALEIGH, N.C. – 5/16/2019 – A new study conducted by independent market research firm Verdantix, commissioned by FM:Systems, finds that organizations investing in technologies that provide a complete view of how their space is being used, and leveraging the data for strategic business decisions are improving the employee experience, driving business growth and increasing their bottom line.

SMM spider chart stages - New Research Shows the Impact of Space Management Technology on Employee Experience and Bottom Line Growth

Leveraging evidence from detailed global research over the past three years and interviews with senior executives across financial services, healthcare, higher education, pharmaceuticals, the public sector, retail and telecommunications, revealed that companies exist within four phases of maturity. The phases range from “basic” where space is an afterthought and discussed mostly when issues arise, to “best-in-class,” where silos disappear and executives across facilities, human resources, IT, operations and real estate work in tandem to support business planning, staff productivity and talent retention.

“For some organizations, what used to be a simple measure to optimize room bookings has morphed into a sophisticated strategic tool that can save millions in operational costs, says Ibrahim Yates, Industry Analyst at Verdantix. “But many more take a reactive, tactical approach, which is a mistake given the rise of co-working, the desire and demand for flexible, agile work environments and a growing emphasis on people-centered design.”

The Research Report, “The Unrealized Potential of Space Management: What You Need to Know to Benchmark Your Workspace Maturity,” identifies six categories of which companies should measure and evaluate themselves and their workspace management program, as part of a maturity model self-assessment. They include:

  • Space Management Strategy
  • Policies & Process Governance
  • Employee Experience
  • Data Quality
  • Technological Capabilities & Analytics
  • IT Security & Data privacy

Evaluating this function through a structured maturity framework will shine light on what needs to be done to address this opportunity. Once the online self-assessment is complete, participants learn which phase they’re in across each of the six categories above.

“We created this self-assessment to shed light on inefficiencies and to provide a path forward for organizations that may not have connected all the dots, said Brian Haines, VP of Strategy at FM:Systems. “We pride ourselves on helping clients glean insights from data on exactly how their space is being used, which leads to better planning, more efficiency and greater control, and believe this self-assessment will start much-needed conversations across the enterprise.”

Any organization with a sizeable workforce and portfolio will benefit operationally if it moves along the different maturity phases of the six dimensions outlined above. What will be unique to each organization will be the level of urgency around optimizing space usage, the level of buy-in from different stakeholders and the capacity for change.

The Space Management Maturity Model Self-Assessment can be accessed through this link as well as on the FM:Systems website.

About FM:Systems

FM:Systems provides technology that enables Facility and Real Estate teams to identify, plan, and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee. Our leading web-based Integrated Workspace Management System (IWMS) software improves management of space, occupancy, renovations, moves, maintenance, property, assets, agile workspaces, employee experience, smart buildings and more. FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

About Verdantix

Verdantix is an independent research and consulting firm, based in London and New York, with a focus on innovative technologies that optimize business operations. We have expertise in EHS, operational risk and smart buildings. Through our research, advisory services and events we help corporate managers, investors, technology executives and services firm leaders to make robust, fact-based decisions. We are committed to delivering objective, timely and accurate analysis to help our clients succeed.

Contact:

Angela Connor, Change Agent Communications | 919-635-8527 | Angela@changeagentcommunications.com

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Verdantix Benchmark Highlights Six Leaders In The Growing IWMS Market

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Six IWMS vendors – ARCHIBUS, FM:Systems, IBM, Spacewell, Planon and Trimble – lead the market for Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) but face strong competition in this rapidly evolving market where every vendor is raising its investments and ambition levels. Independent research firm Verdantix assessed the capabilities of the 16 most prominent vendor solutions available on the market on their ability to meet customer demands to centralise data and drive operational excellence.

“This detailed benchmark highlights that the market for IWMS solutions is currently thriving. 2018 was one of the hottest years for new IWMS implementations boosted by buyer interest in modules for lease compliance and strategic space management” commented Susan Clarke, Principal Analyst, Verdantix. “As a result of this demand, we’re seeing IWMS vendors making significant investments into product development and deepening the functionality of their platform.”

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Seattle Children’s Hospital Selects FM:Systems Integrated Workplace Management Solution

FM:Interact chosen to automate manual processes and optimize the performance of existing facilities

RALEIGH, N.C. – 08/29/2018 – FM:Systems, a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, announced today that Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected FM:Interact as their software platform for the management and reporting of their facility data enterprise-wide.

FM:Interact chosen to help centralize all hospital facility data
Seattle Children’s Hospital is growing at a rapid rate and was lacking data to help make informed decisions on how best to optimize their space in support of providing superior direct patient care. The hospital chose FM:Interact as an enterprise solution to help them to make space planning, management and reporting more efficient and insightful in support of the overall mission of their organization.

“Before FM:Interact, Seattle Children’s Hospital was using a variety of disconnected data sources and manual processes to manage their facility data,” said Wiley Coleman, Director of the FM:Systems Healthcare Business Line, “by centralizing all facility data and automating manual processes, the hospital will be better able to optimize day-to-day operations while providing clear insight into future facility needs.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital chose FM:Systems’ IWMS suite and will be implementing the Space Management, Asset Management, Strategic Planning, Move Management and the Higher Education Survey modules to help manage the hospital’s extensive portfolio of facilities.

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems’ Web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.

FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
Vice President of Marketing
+1-919 343 5096 office
+1-603 833 9546 mobile
bhaines@fmsystems.com

Independent Research Firm Names FM:Systems the Top Performer in Space Management and Workplace Services Software

FM:Systems received the top combined score in Space Management and Workplace Services

RALEIGH, N.C. – 4/12/2018 – FM:Systems has been recognized as the top performer by Verdantix in their report, ‘IWMS Benchmark: Space Management And Workplace Services.’ As a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, FM:Systems differentiates its comprehensive solution with best-in-class capabilities for Space Optimization. Further, FM:Systems garnered high remarks in Workplace Services functionality in addition to its best-in-class capabilities for space management.

FM:Systems as an IWMS Top Performer
The Verdantix report, ‘IWMS Benchmark: Space Management And Workplace Services’ leverages the Verdantix Green Quadrant analysis on IWMS solutions published in August 2017 to provide real estate and facilities management executives with an analysis of the space management and workplace services functionality provided through IWMS platforms. Based on seven assessment criteria, the Verdantix benchmark of space management and workplace services functionality finds that FM:Systems stands out in the market with the highest combined score of any vendor.

“This report validates our strategy and confirms our strong focus on helping our customers optimize the use of their workplace with easy to use software for both facility professionals and general employees,” says FM:Systems President Kurt von Koch. “Our customers continue to see great success with FM:Interact and we are pleased to be recognized as the top IWMS in space management and workplace services software.”

About Verdantix and the Green Quadrant Analysis for IWMS
Verdantix is an independent research and consulting firm with expertise in many industries, including facilities and maintenance. According to Verdantix, “the report ‘Green Quadrant: Integrated Workplace Management Systems’ is the only independent benchmark of IWMS solutions available on the market today.”

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems’ Web-based software improves space utilization, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.

FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
Vice President of Marketing
+1-919 343 5096 office
+1-603 833 9546 mobile
bhaines@fmsystems.com

FM:Systems Announces the Release of Space Management Best Practice Guidelines

Providing best practice guidance to help organizations more effectively manage their space

RALEIGH, N.C. – 2/08/2018 – FM:Systems, a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, today announced the release of space management best practice guidelines based upon more than 30 years working with clients and the facility management industry. The purpose of this guide is to share the best practices that have developed in the profession over the past several decades, explain key decisions that organizations must make and discuss current trends in the use of workspace.

“Understanding space is a critical component of effective facility manage¬ment practices,” said Michael Schley, Chairman and Founder of FM:Systems. “These guidelines for space management can provide every organization with a method for collecting and organizing space information which serves as the base for most other functions in facility management including move management, facility maintenance and strategic planning.”

“Solid space management practices provide organizations with the necessary foundation for organizing and measuring the performance of their physical space.” said Kurt von Koch, President of FM:Systems. “FM:Systems is proud to release these space management best practice guidelines which are based on our extensive experience working closely with our clients and our industry.”

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs, and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems’ Web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.

FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
Vice President of Marketing
+1-919 343 5096 office
+1-603 833 9546 mobile
bhaines@fmsystems.com

Zenit brings expertise in healthcare and higher education to the FM:Systems Partner Program in Quebec

Zenit brings industry knowledge and BIM expertise to Facility Management customers in Quebec

RALEIGH, N.C. – 2/01/2018 – Zenit, a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and consulting services firm has partnered with FM:Systems as a value added partner specializing in bringing BIM expertise to building owners in the healthcare and higher education space. FM:Systems is an innovator in the Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software market.

“Zenit has partnered with FM:Systems in order to expand our offerings to meet the demands of building owners and operators who are asking us to help with a solution that supports the full lifecycle of their facilities,” said Éric Bernier, President of Zenit, “FM:Systems’ integration with Revit enables us to bring a complete Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) solution that we can build upon and provide added value to our customers.”

“Zenit’s expertise in BIM with health care and higher education clients along with our industry leading BIM and Facility Management software is a natural fit,” said Skip Yakopec, Vice President of Sales at FM:Systems. “We’re excited to expand our local presence into Quebec and look forward to working more closely together.”

About Zenit
Zenit Consultants is specialized in BIM project management and integration, offering tailored training and coaching on multiple software solutions to insure efficiency and total BIM integration. Zenit was founded in 2009 and its team of multidisciplinary individuals is working with companies in many industries while having a unique focus on bringing integrated BIM solutions to higher education and healthcare. Zenit focuses on the integration of BIM and VDC technologies such as Navisworks, Revit, drones photogrammetry, laserscans and now, FM:Interact.

Zenit is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and conducts business throughout the Americas and Europe. For more information about Zenit, please visit www.zenitconsultants.com.

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs, and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems’ Web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.

FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

Media Contact
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
Vice President of Marketing
+1-919 343 5096 office
+1-603 833 9546 mobile
bhaines@fmsystems.com

FM:Systems Redefines the Boundaries of Space; Launches bookME for the Mobile Employee

bookME extends the functionality of FM:Interact’s industry leading Space Management solution to the entire organization

RALEIGH, N.C. – October 18, 2017 – FM:Systems, a leading provider of Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and Computer-aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, announced the launch of bookME, a digital interface designed to make space management personal and give every employee DIY access to any reserve-able room, anytime, anywhere.

bookME hardware and software streamlines the room booking process by providing an instant, visual snapshot of room availability and immediate access to scheduling and check-in. The software module will greatly enhance the employee room booking experience and at the same time provide more detailed information to the Facilities and Space Management personnel of the organization.

“bookME is simplifying and changing how employees locate and reserve flexible office space.” said FM:Systems President, Kurt von Koch. “For the first time, space management is happening in real time by everyone, leveling the playing field and making life easier for all employees. bookME gives equal access to everyone, so they can stay in control and stay productive while eliminating backlogs, double-booking and the ever present frustration of trying to find and reserve a room.”

About FM:Interact bookME
FM:Interact bookME gives employees the ability to view meeting room availability and reserve spaces using interactive digital signage placed outside of meeting rooms. Through a user-friendly mobile interface, employees can schedule a meeting in advance or on the fly–with immediate visualization of room availability. Designed for instant installation, bookME is unique because it integrates with FM:Interact, a full IWMS platform–so the workplace gets smarter every day, as data on how rooms are utilized is gathered every time a room is booked.

About FM:Systems
FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs, and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems’ Web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases and property.

FM:Systems is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and conducts business throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about FM:Systems, please visit fmsystems.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Haines
FM:Systems
Vice President of Marketing
+1-919 343 5096 office
+1-603 833 9546 mobile
bhaines@fmsystems.com