The Evolution of Facility Management

July 17, 2018

    Facility Management sounds familiar for a lot of people, but a few knows what exactly it is. SolbegSoft has prepared an article about brief history of Facility Management, evolution of the practice and Facility Management Software System benefits.

What is Facility Management?

According to International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Facility Management is: “The practice or coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization; integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral and engineering sciences.”

Let’s go to the basics of Facility Management. This practice was created with the aim to facilitate the office management activities. The beginning of facility management took place in 1970s. It was a time of office development, when different industries realized that employees in the offices need to concentrate on their primary function without spending time on maintenance issues that can occur during work in the office. Appearance of computers and personal workstations gave an impulse on office environment growth. Companies wanted to be more customer-focused, so they started to look for specialized facility services that will help them to maintain daily office work.

The evolution of offices infrastructure led to creation of Facility Management. In 1980, in USA, International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) was originated – the largest community and association of facility management professionals in the world. In 1993, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) was founded – the professional body for facilities management. And in 1988, Australian Facility Management Association, known as FMA, was established. It is evidence that facility management is rather young, but sustainable practice with worldwide community.

Evolution of Facility Management

Facility Management today.

Today more and more companies pay their attention to Facility Management System in their locations. Some of them have their internal Facility Management department, but there could be a lot of problems that couldn’t be resolved only by internal employees. Thus, a lot of companies prefer to outsource Facility Management services. Especially it is important to have Facility Management System Software that can be fast and beneficial solution for business. The scope of Facility Management work, according to IFMA, are such competencies as:

  • Communication;
  • Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity;
  • Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability;
  • Finance and Business;
  • Human Factors;
  • Leadership and Strategy;
  • Operations and Maintenance;
  • Project Management;
  • Technology.

Information technologies led to creation of Facility Management professional Software. It helps to ensure that employees are working in safe conditions, all operations are running efficiently, business money are not wasting away, all necessary activities are automated, productivity is increased, and working environment is comfortable both for staff and clients.

Facility Management is complex process. Professional software simplifies this process and helps to resolve problems and important issues for woking environment. The main advantages of such software are saving money and time, that is vital for any business. Facility Management Software System can be appropriate for any industry, in case of necessity new features can be added.

Facility Management System helps to resolve problems in both huge and small companies. The system is fast and easy in use, requests won’t be missed, and all necessary reports are automated. So far, your business can grow and focus on your customer avoiding routing tasks. As a result, key benefits of Facility Management Software System are:

  • Cost savings;
  • Monitor compliance;
  • Risk minimization;
  • Management of contractors and work orders;
  • High speed of service;
  • Efficient administration ;
  • Operations and Maintenance;
  • Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability;
  • Preventive maintenance;
  • Quality.

SolbegSoft has rich experience in Facility Management System Software. Our specialists can analyze needs of your business, develop, designed and support all the scope of facility management. We will be glad to answer all your questions about Facility Management Software!

Daria Rabushko

Marketing Manager at SolbegSoft

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