Facilities Management Services FMS

Call to participate in a SA workspace management benchmark service


WorkspaceManagement.jpgMany organisations are seeking ways to fit more staff into less office space, while maintaining a conducive and more productive work environment. Disparate business unit requirements may also complicate central planning of the workspace – some divisions may require hot-desking and allow work-from-home, while others want all staff in the office permanently, working together or a mix of the two.

Facilities management procurement: benchmarking key trends

facilities.jpgIn this month's SmartProcurement, Joshua Low of Purchasing Index (PI) explores some of the latest trends in facilities management.   What changes are taking place in this space?  And how are organisations, locally and internationally, adapting to incorporate these changes into their strategic plans for 2013?

What to look for in outsourced Facilities Management

facilities.jpgManaging an organisation’s operational environment normally involves an ‘unholy alliance’ between facilities management (FM), procurement and the users of the buildings, with pressure coming from finance to reduce costs.

A common comment from many of Purchasing Index’s (PI’s) clients is that FM is a thankless task – users never thank you for getting it right but are all too ready to complain, Alan Low of PI tells SmartProcurement.

Case Study: Sourcing success through restructuring the procurement function

Volition logo 2008 new.jpgContext

The procurement function of a large South African facilities management specialist was underperforming - the function was characterised by inadequate risk mitigation and limited strategic influence.

Concurrently, the facility manager’s primary client, one of the South Africa's major telecommunications service providers, contractually raised the facility manager’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The context demanded wholesale changes in structure, processes and governance - a turnaround challenge that was presented to Volition.

Getting the most from outsourced facilities management

facilities.jpgFacilities services are to a great extent outsourced to specialist companies who do the work or subcontract it to other companies, while the client organisation manages the facilities management (FM) arrangements. In some cases the whole of FM has been outsourced.

Over the last 11 years Purchasing Index (PI) has benchmarked many aspects of FM – catering, cleaning, etc., and has found that getting real value from these arrangements is often difficult, Karen van Staden of PI tells SmartProcurement.

Outsourcing the Facilities Management function: a cleaner house

Rob Stuart.jpgIn today’s competitive global workplace organisations are challenged with providing their staff with working environments that offer practicality, stimulation and comfort in order to attract and retain the best possible talent in the marketplace. One of the fundamental drivers of providing staff these aspects sits within the organisation’s Facilities Management (FM) space.

Facilities Management Services: a holistic approach enables cost containment and better management

Thumbnail image for FM.jpgThe commodity group, generically termed "Facilities Management Services" (FMS) represents a high total cost of ownership (TCO) for most organisations.  This commodity group has even been defined as 'a mainstream tool for improving performance and increasing productivity over the entire period of an alliance'.

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