When most people think of facilities management they think buildings and janitorial staff, but facilities management has come to encompass everything from room scheduling to managing IT data centers and silicon labs. Like every other industry, leaders have developed metrics around performance standards for facilities management in everything from asset management to sustainability.

FM Strategy

Every organization should have a facilities management strategy that is connected to the strategic plan of the company. Facilities management is interconnected with a fixed asset management. Asset management software applications help to manage many of the concerns associated with regulatory and tax issues by automating functions. Work with strategic planning and IT to develop a comprehensive facilities management strategy. Request a tutorial on the fixed asset management module in your current enterprise software application. If you do not have one, request a demonstration from at least three vendors.

Best Practices

Facilities management can help carryout strategic goals related to supply chain readiness, long-term capital planning, service delivery, quality of services, resources, culture and work environment. Best practices are those processes that have been deemed to provide the most efficient and productive way of doing something. The U.S. Federal Government put together a list of best practices related to facilities management. These practices were successful in creating improved financial performance, increased efficiency, sustainable development, reduced costs and saved energy. Best practices are reported by the General Services Administration's Office of Governmental-wide Policy

Different Techniques

Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) helps the Smithsonian to prioritize maintenance needs in tight budgetary conditions. RCM is a facilities management technique based on the reliability of various components in a maintenance system. It is a preventative maintenance technique that has been shown to reduce the total cost of ownership. Energy savings have been created through the use of electrical timers and the integration of decentralized facilities systems. Energy savings can also be created through more efficient data storage centers, including data mining techniques. The use of solar energy for roofing systems is also a growing facilities management technique.