ThinkFM – packed programme to help you prepare for the next two years

22-03-18 17:48 BIFM

ThinkFM, in London on 1 May, will be packed with alerts, insights and suggestions to help FMs prepare themselves and their organisations for the next two years. Forecasting on Brexit, debates on how to escape the lowest cost tendering spiral, what you need to know about big data, how automation will impact on FM jobs – the key issues facing FMs will be analysed so that they can choose how to respond.

The full programme for the event is now live on the ThinkFM website and this year contains so much essential information that it has been necessary to provide two streams running concurrently. Delegates will be able to choose which papers are of most interest to them, and so be sure that every minute of the day will be of value.

Gather information before jumping to solutions…
The morning’s keynote speaker will be Vicky Pryce who will not only forecast the impact of Brexit and look at how we can solve the productivity conundrum, but will frame the need for a new model for public sector procurement and ask how companies can really respond to the social responsibility expectations of the new CCS framework.

Vicky will be followed by Ed Hudson, Head of corporate services at UBS who will look at the impact of Carillion on clients and whether we can expect a major push for in-sourcing now, Jeremy Waud – Chairman at Incentive FM Group who thinks we need to grow up and stop this race to the bottom on price and George McFarlane of CBI who will explore what will follow PFI. They will set the scene for leading industry thinkers who will join them to debate the issues and suggest their solutions. At the end of this session, delegates will have heard a range of options from which to formulate their plans to deal with all the disruptors currently shaking the industry.

Big Data and the rise of the robots
Will companies be employing data analysts instead of facilities managers in future? How will automation impact on jobs and costs? Given the potential of growth in data systems to revolutionise the work of FMs, two whole sessions have been devoted to the impact of AI and big data at the conference.

Papers will include an ‘Internet of Things’ case study of The Burj Khalifa, insights from a collaborative project between industry and academia on condition-based maintenance and a keynote paper from Siemens who are leading on how to join up data and aps in the workplace to benefit users. Making the leap to a digital world is essential but it need not be taxing – but, as session leader Lionel Prodgers says: ‘when we haven’t got money – we have to think!’ This session is designed to equip you to do so.

Workplace trends
Colleen Conklin will preview of the outcomes of Sodexo’s recent Global Workplace Trends report at the start of a session on the opportunities of ‘Workplace’ and the skills needed to take advantage of them. Delegates will also have access to a master-class from Despina Katsikakis on the impact of the workplace on people and business performance, and an explanation of how to engage workers in changes to workplace design.

The international opportunities for FMs
As part of BIFM’s contribution to World FM day there will be a session for anyone who outsources internationally. Ross Abbate of Mace Macro will explain how to deal with different business cultures when outsourcing across borders and Ed Baldwin will introduce delegates to a system for gathering data to evidence their contribution.

The How-To sessions
A set of practical sessions have been added to help delegates put plans in place straight away to implement the strategy decisions they have made as a result of the conference.

They are:
•    How to unlock the potential of workspaces
•    How to use off the shelf information tools to get the most out of big data
•    How to build operational relationships to gain win/win contracts, and
•    How to work with clients to implement and integrate digital solutions

This session will feature Paul Bhuhi of Mitie’s connected workplace who will be joined by Red Bull Racing to explain how their CO2 problems were solved by better connectivity and Paul Fox of Getronics with the detailed ‘how to’ on improving user experience by delivering future technology in buildings.

It is a packed programme and some papers will run concurrently – so when booking please indicate which sessions you prefer as spaces for some papers will be limited.

BIFM’s chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: “Facilities management is being increasingly recognised as having the capacity to deliver real performance benefits for companies but it also faces significant disruptors. This conference will ignite the enthusiasm of FMs to seize the opportunities that the current disrupted landscape offers and empower them to act!”

In order to broaden access to this important professional development opportunity, BIFM is offering delegates the opportunity to bring a third colleague along FREE for every two full-price tickets purchased for the conference.

The full programme including details of topics, speakers and tickets are available here.

For those wanting to raise their brand profile within the industry, sponsorship and exhibitor packages are still available at here.

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