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Facility Management April - May 2017 - TFX Issue

Facility Management is Australasia's premier independent magazine addressing the needs of professional building and property managers and their suppliers. Readers are interested in the latest information regarding the operation, efficiency and design of commercial buildings.

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editor's comment

In another life, I was asked by a magazine editor to help them find someone to profile for their publication. They were extremely keen to find a woman to feature, having had their fill of pictures of men in suits. I’m ashamed to admit I couldn’t help them. It got me thinking about diversity in the workplace; statistics from the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency show women make up 46.2 percent of the total Australian workforce. There’s no clear reason that we should struggle to find women to promote. While there are no statistics for facility management available, there is a movement to foster greater diversity in the leadership ranks in our industry and, more widely, throughout the property sector. The Property Council of Australia’s Male Champions of Change initiative is…

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content partner contributions

BILLI’S ADRIAN CUGNETTO Adrian is the marketing manager at Billi, with 13 years’ experience in product, category and brand management in the consumer goods industry. He previously held marketing roles at CNP Brands, Debco, Gale Pacific as well as brand and product manager roles at Whirlpool and Think Appliances. ASSA ABLOY’S DAVID WARD David Ward, business development manager for wireless access control at ASSA ABLOY Australia. PITNEY BOWES’ STEPHEN DARRACOTT Stephen is the general manager of Pitney Bowes SMB Australia and New Zealand. SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC’S IRINA LINDQUIST Irina Lindquist is the Healthcare Solution Architect at Schneider Electric.…

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Technology the driving force in FM growth New research shows that facility management is set to grow over the next 12 months, with technology as the driving force behind it. Results of the Facilities Management Software Survey have revealed FMs across the Asia Pacific region to be forwardthinking pioneers, taking advantage of new technology developments in order to boost their competitiveness and deliver strong results. Leading FM software provider Service Works Global and FM magazine conducted research in December last year, drawing hundreds of responses from across the profession, including facility managers, FM service providers, in-house engineers, contractors and consultants. The results are mostly reflective of Australia, where the majority of respondents (84 percent) were based, but views were also registered from areas such as New Zealand and Asia. FM FM Trends -…

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new fm products

A clean pair of hands Commercial tissue and paper products manufacturer Solaris Paper has expanded its hygiene range under the Livi brand with a soap and sanitiser system and an air freshener. Designed to be aesthetically neutral and encourage reduced water consumption, the soap and sanitiser system also aims to drive down costs, with a controlled and interchangeable delivery solution. The dispenser accepts a range of six Livi handcare pods and each 1000ml foam refill offers up to 2000 hand washes. The range offers products that are specific for different workplace requirements. The products also have Good Environmental Choice Australia certification. The Oxy-gen air freshener system uses oxygen to deliver continuous odour neutralisation. There are seven products in the range that have different intensities of fragrance to suit recommended locations, including…

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where to now for cafm?

At FSI APAC, we believe there needs to be an industry-wide, ‘big picture’ reappraisal of where we go next with CAFM (computer-aided facility management) technology and how we get there. Technology helped FM establish a position to realistically argue its worth as a business-critical management function. It can allow an organisation to maximise the value and life of assets and, increasingly, by delivering pleasant, efficient operating environments, help to contribute to employee, supplier and customer loyalty. One of the US must-have new tech gifts last Christmas was the voice-controlled Amazon Echo. Hard on the heels of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana (with their touch-screen back-up environments), this Amazon device marks another major step forward in user experience and interface enhancement available to all, in their homes. Such domestic experiences raise the…

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where diversity meets performance

“A workforce that has familiarity with the corresponding customer side can deliver better outcomes for that business. It’s a small shift; diversity isn’t about giving women jobs for the sake of it, but rather a commercial imperative for the new landscape we live in.” – Preeti Bajaj, Schneider Electric As vice-president of strategy and transformation at global automation and energy management giant, Schneider Electric, Preeti Bajaj is carrying the torch for women in high-profile positions in facilities management. Born in India, Bajaj came to Australia by herself in 1998. Coming from a different cultural background, she had to quickly adjust to a new environment. She says she’s needed to overcome both overt and unconscious gender and cultural bias to succeed in her role, delivering the company’s strategic action plan throughout the Pacific…