BIFM Chairman addresses the importance of IT in Facilities Management at industry Seminar
Mick Dalton, Chairman of the BIFM, lead an impressive list of distinguished industry-related speakers, by discussing the importance of IT in Facilities Management and the PFI arena, at the FSI Tune in to FM seminar at the Ministry of Defence Whitehall, on Friday 8th April 2005.
Dalton advised the connection between IT and Facilities Management has probably never been stronger, and the development of FM information systems is critical in facilitating highly dynamic, extended organisations. As clients are looking for shared project collaboration over the Internet, business-to-business transaction processing methods, e-procurement, remote working, building management systems and the use of business intelligence reporting, technology is thus one of the key enablers within facilities management.
Other speakers were Iain Murray, Scottish Regional Chairman of the BIFM, who discussed commerciality in PFI, and Bernard Williams, Consultant to Bernard Williams Associates (BWA) and Managing Director, FRISQUE Co. Ltd, who discussed the process of value management and his new Computer-aided Facilities Cost checker software tool. Neil Colman, IT Manager for Amey Business Services at the Ministry of Defence Whitehall, discussed the process of choosing Concept™ for running the facilities management at site, as well as their future expansion plans for the software.
Developed and hosted by Concept™ CAFM developers FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd, the Tune in to FM seminar series was established in 2004 to promote dialogue between users and systems developers. The free seminar series not only encourages the sharing of best practice between delegates from a wide range of industry sectors, but also brings to the fore the latest developments within the FM industry.
Now in its second year, the series kicked off its 2005 programme at the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters in Whitehall. Subsequent events will follow at Anglia Polytechnic University (10th June), Airbus Bristol (8th September) and The Natural History Museum (11th November).
“The success of the Tune in to FM series has been phenomenal,” explains Compton Darlington, FSI’s Operations Director. “Obviously we were acutely aware of the need for a specific platform to be developed; one that would not only promote a better understanding of asset management and transparency of FM services across industry sectors, but also allow the exchange of ideas, experiences and even frustrations to ultimately enhance working environments. But we have been truly surprised at the levels of interest from prospective attendees. The demand has been such that in some cases we have had to defer delegates to later events.”
The next seminar at Anglia Polytechnic University on 10th June will address Facilities Management in the public arena, and will include a presentation by Keith Simpson on best practice for local authorities and housing associations in meeting the housing repairs challenge.
Should you wish to attend one of the 2005 Tune in to FM seminars, including the seminar at Anglia Polytechnic University, please contact:
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