2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Knowledge Level: 300 level
Most importantly, server rooms are business critical. When servers go down the business stops or goes back to paper and pencil. Financial losses and consequential damages from down time can be astronomical and job threatening.
To succeed, facility managers must engage IT staff who seem to speak a foreign language and can sometimes be ambiguous in requesting critical infrastructure work. This session will decode the language of IT and explain in basic terms the building infrastructure needed to support it. Knowing these basics will allow the FM to become proactive in managing change, reducing utility cost and improving reliability.
This session will cover the metrics, benchmarks and planning issues to report effectively and create comfort with upper management. It will also cover best practices and cite instances where things might have gone better had the FM been more thoroughly prepared to face the challenge.
Richard Janis, R.A., P.E., LEED AP BD&C, Senior Lecturer, Washington University School of Architecture
William Tao & Associates, Inc.