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2.04 The Facility Manager’s Guide to Information Technology Best Practices

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
1:45 PM-2:45 PM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: Panel Discussion
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: This panel discussion is based on selected chapters from The Facility Manager's Guide to Information Technology: An International Collaboration between the IFMA Technology Council and GEFMA. The panel leaders are part of the co-authorship team that contributed to the informational text, which presents a current, impartial and comprehensive look at how information technology (IT) and facility management (FM) have become inextricably bound in the modern workplace. Exploring the evolving relationship between IT and FM, this book is a text that can be used by students and novice facility managers, as well experienced FMs. The authors intended the book to be used as both a teaching guide and reference tool for educational organizations and corporations alike. Discuss the latest advancements in facility management automation and acquire a guide for implementing them successfully.
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the global definition of CAFM.
  • Learn how to utilize technology to prove your department's value.
  • Develop a better ROI model for technology initiatives.
  • Explore CAFM trends and outlook.
  •     Presentation


    Geoff Williams, BES, B. Arch
    Centre for Health & Safety Innovation
    Facilities Director

    Geoff Williams is the facilities director at Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations, business development and corporate strategy development. Prior to joining CHSI, he oversaw the development, implementation and marketing of a Web-based CAFM solution that is currently assisting the daily operations of a wide variety of health care facilities in managing more than 10 million square feet of property. Geoff is also the past president (and current secretary) of the I.T. Council of IFMA, and the past president of the Toronto Chapter of IFMA. In all of these roles, he supports the FM industry at large. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, holding degrees in both architecture and environmental studies.

    Joachim Hohmann, Ph.D., MSc, CFM
    Consultants Circle
    Managing Partner

    Joachim W. Hohmann, MSc, Ph.D., CFM is managing partner of Consultants Circle, where he provides consultancy in facility management technology to major international companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments. Joachim is also a professor at the Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany, teaching on the foundations of facility management and information technology. He is a chartered surveyor of the European Patent Office and author of numerous books and articles on IT in facility and real estate management. Joachim is a founding program committee member of the European Facility Management Conference. He is also a founding member of the German Facility Management Association’s special interest group on computer aided facility management. He is an active member of the FM Consultants Council of IFMA and serves as its global liaison for Central Europe. In 2010, Joachim became a member of IFMA's board of directors. Since 2013 he represents IFMA at the Board of Global FM.

    Ted Ritter, LEED AP
    Managing Partner

    Ted Ritter has more than 25 years of experience in facility operations and project management. He has supported client projects with a wide range of needs, including those of American Express, Bechtel, Roche, Motorola, Boeing, The University of Denver, The Limited Brands, The Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and The State of Arizona. He is the immediate past president of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA, and the current president of IFMA's I.T. Council.

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