VFA Conference Examines Best Practices in Facilities Capital Planning and Management

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Risk Management, Project Prioritization and Educational Adequacy Key Topics

VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, gathered with its global customers last week for the annual VFA Connections conference. Attendees came from the corporate, education, government and healthcare sectors to network and discuss trends and best practices in facilities capital planning and management.

A hot topic at the conference, which grew in attendance from recent years, focused on the importance of facility assessments to reduce risk. Attendees discussed how to identify which facilities and systems are at risk, and how those risks impact the safety, operations, production, business continuity and reputation of an organization.

Another informative session examined how to implement a project prioritization process that allows facility managers to make the case for decisions based on an objective, technical perspective instead of opinions or emotional reactions. This process enables standardization and transparency, which are increasingly important in today’s environment.

Attendees also talked about strategies to ensure that data is relevant and accurate for decision-making, specifically the value of combining facility condition data with other types of data such as educational adequacy to meet certain reporting and decision support needs.

“We would like to thank our customers for attending VFA Connections and helping to make it such a valued conference by sharing insights and trends with their peers,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA. “We also received detailed product input that will help us develop new solutions to better meet their facilities capital planning and management needs.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which is aimed at providing information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent capital spending and facilities capital planning and management.

About VFA
Headquartered in Boston, VFA is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and sustainability. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle—from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. More than 500 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA’s flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is currently used to manage more than 4 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.

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