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:

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

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