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06 January 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Global FM, the alliance for facilities management associations worldwide, has announced May 17 2017 as the date for the next World FM Day.

Each year, World FM Day showcases the vital work FM professionals and the FM sector contribute to businesses worldwide whilst raising the profile of the FM profession across the global.

The theme for 2017 with be 'Enabling Positive Experiences' and will highlight how facilities management plays an integral role in positive customer, client and employee experience in all sectors, whether it is residential, sport, workplace, healthcare or any other.

Duncan Waddell, chairman of Global FM, said: "The 2017 theme emphasises facilities management's significant role in setting and managing the scene for and delivering exceptional customer experiences worldwide across multiple sectors. The breadth of sectors impacted by FM is everywhere and there are examples in travel and tourism, residential, entertainment, leisure, health, education and commerce, as well as the wider workplace.

"The often unforeseen and disruptive forces in today's world must be anticipated and managed to ensure stability and success in whatever sectors people seek the deliverables of the FM and their teams to ensure that outcomes and outputs of facilities meet expectations to enhance life whether it is at work, rest or play."

Full details of all the World FM Day 2017 celebrations will be posted on


FM in a Connected World

The 2017 ThinkFM conference is to explore how technology is having an impact on facilities management (although the BIFM still insists on using a phrase that suggests it is causing constipation - ' impacting Facilities Management' they like to say.)

The annual conference returns for a seventh year on June 8 - and bookings are now open.

BIFM's acting chief executive Linda Hausmanis said: "With new technology rapidly changing the way people interact with each other and the world around them, technology and its application is arguably becoming the most important resource for those working in facilities management. Business requirements are changing and emerging trends, like the internet of things, building information modelling, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics, wearable devices and cloud computing, offer the opportunity to innovate and accelerate the value delivery FM can bring. But in order to do so, the sector must learn from the ongoing advances in technology and how to leverage it so that it can continue to develop and be a driving force for innovation and positive change as the world, and the workplace, continues to evolve.

"ThinkFM will look at how the influence of smarter, more flexible and responsive solutions is impacting on the FM function (sic) and the latest innovations helping to prepare the sector of the challenges of the future."

Details on speakers will be released over the coming weeks. Visit and follow @ThinkFM on Twitter for all the latest conference news and updates

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 06 January 2017


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