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All Facilities Managers are under increasing pressure to reduce total cost of ownership and lower the facilities management budget. Identifying the best way to reduce maintenance spend life in tracking facility asset data can have a considerable impact on the budget and affect future investment opportunities. Facilities Managers need to ensure improvements prove merit, and the only way to achieve this feat lies in tracking facility asset data. Facilities Managers need to understand why tracking asset data can mean the difference between increased and decreased facilities maintenance spend.

A standardized work order management is a type of software that is essential to modern facilities management. Also known as a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), a work order management system defines the procedures necessary to address maintenance and facilities management needs within a facility, explains Danny Wong via Salesforce.

Has your organization considered benchmarking facilities maintenance costs, and if not, what is holding you back? 

Facilities Managers can track overarching and granular data for all assets, but it creates a sense of information overload. Facilities Managers may just be incapable of making sense of the data. As explained by iOfficeCorp, categorizing facility assets by type can help prevent issues from being overlooked. Facilities Managers that categorize data by asset type can also improve maintenance schedule practices and lower spending.

Facilities managers may oversee countless assets and multiple locations, and knowing the current status of each asset and its location is essential to reducing facilities spend and improving capital planning. Facilities managers must also understand how data can make or break a facility vendor management strategy, especially as the number of field service vendors grows.

There are many benefits to implementing a smart building solutions in retail. Whether companies are looking to reduce overhead costs, decrease their impact on the environment or promote their brand, facilities management programs can be leveraged to provide a superior shopping experience. In fact, an effective retail facilities management system can benefit retailers in the following ways.

Maintaining the status quo in maintenance in your facility is the easiest approach, but it is folly. Also known as reactive maintenance, traditional maintenance strategies focus on correcting problems. Modern maintenance programs, including preventative and predictive maintenance, are more efficient. Yet, even preventative maintenance has its limitations, explains Steve Wallis of Facility Executive. The best approach is predictive maintenance programs, which will include preventative maintenance measures, and facility managers need to understand a few things about making the business case for such a program. 

Knowing there is a problem with your facility’s systems is only half the battle. What is causing the issue? Can it be repaired or replaced? How much will it cost? Can other systems compensate for the malfunctioning system for now?

Commercial power washing is about more than just keeping your facility’s exterior clean; it allows you to maintain the building exterior and extend the life expectancy of landscaping, parking lot, and the roof. Facilities Managers seeking to do more with less must understand a few things about the benefits of commercial power washing.

A snow response plan is the first line of action in preventing disruption due to winter weather. It is not enough to merely close operations during winter weather, and in some areas, snowfall may occur with great regularity. Snow may accumulate quickly, and it could take days to melt completely. As a result, Facilities Managers need to start thinking about how their company will respond when the snow storm strikes.