August 11, 2008 09:00 ET

McGill University Selects FAMIS to Standardize Facilities Management Processes

Single Technology Platform Will Increase Collaboration, Minimize Support Costs, and Improve ROI

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - Accruent subsidiary FAMIS Software, a pioneer in IWMS, today announced that McGill University will deploy the FAMIS Space Management, Capital Projects and Maintenance Management applications.

McGill University was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish-born merchant. Since then, McGill has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study and more than 32,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

Initially McGill was looking to replace its capital projects system. They quickly realized that if they took advantage of the wider spectrum of functional areas offered by FAMIS that the system could ultimately become the central platform for not only capital projects, but also for space management and maintenance management.

"After a lengthy evaluation process we found that FAMIS is a system with the breadth, interoperability and flexibility to meet all our functional, technical, and business process requirements," explained Sylvia Franke, McGill's chief information officer. "The ability to orchestrate across a wide range of functionalities was essential."

"The FAMIS solution has extensive, proven success within the Higher Education arena," said Mike Ellis, president of FAMIS Software. "McGill's decision puts them in the company of the best and brightest, including Yale, Brown and 110 other higher education institutions using the solution."

One of the primary drivers of the FAMIS initiative was to integrate all of McGill's facilities management business processes with a single application suite. This enables greater collaboration among the multiple functional organizations involved in managing and operating a complex property portfolio. Implementing a single solution minimizes implementation, training, and ongoing support costs while improving productivity, thus increasing return on investment.

Additionally, the ability to integrate with SunGard Higher Education's product, Banner, and demonstrate that both solutions can interoperate seamlessly was a key requirement easily met by the FAMIS solution.

"When FAMIS joined Accruent in early 2008, we knew that the combination of the companies would provide customers with unrivaled expertise in every category of real estate and facilities management," said Mark Friedman, CEO of Accruent. "The addition of McGill to the FAMIS family confirms that our customers seek partners with comprehensive capabilities, deep domain knowledge, and a track record of customer commitment."

About FAMIS Software:

FAMIS Software, developer of the FAMIS Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) is designed by facilities management experts for facilities management experts. FAMIS enables the entire facilities life-cycle -- from real estate acquisitions to operations, maintenance, facilities management, project management, and performance metrics -- to be handled by a single suite of standards-based, web-architected software. The FAMIS suite creates a seamless, collaborative environment in which employees, customers, suppliers, contractors and partners all work as one, on the same page, toward common goals set and monitored by management. The result is a dramatic increase in our clients' ability to execute their vision, adapt to change and maintain that crucial competitive advantage; not to mention benefit from a hard, quantifiable ROI.

In 2008, Accruent, Inc. acquired FAMIS Software. Combined these companies benefit from collaboration with more than 400 active customers and an extensive network of solution and service partners to offer unrivaled expertise spanning the entire real estate and facilities management lifecycle. For more information, please visit

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    Accruent, Inc.