It is great to see the New Zealand Facilities Management sector continuing to go from strength to strength with a strong theme of professional development and planning emerging from yesterday’s summit workshops.
Of particular interest was a discussion led by US based Richard Fanelli and Auckland FM specialist Val Moraes on defining what the industry’s professional development needs actually were. This was followed, after lunch, by a presentation from Researcher Herma Schutte, from the School of International FM, in the Netherlands. Helma recently spent several months examining FM educational needs in NZ. Her efforts seems to be getting traction with the announcement that AUT will now provide formal facility management courses and FMANZ will offer a professional diploma in facilities management.
Industry stepping up
But these sessions were not all about education. Even more importantly from our perspective, it was about the industry stepping up and gaining the professional recognition it needs to be having active discussions at C-suite level and influence at the board table. This reflects what we are seeing globally as asset managers and facility managers move from implementing decisions to influencing decisions at strategic and organisational levels.
For those of us on the stand it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up face-to-face with existing customers and to engage with others from the facility management profession. On several occasions we had existing users explaining their use of the SPM Assets software and the associated business value to potential users.
We ended the day looking forward to the Awards presentation and gala dinner overnight and getting stuck into some more interesting speaker sessions today. If you are the event please come and find us.