SOURCE: VFA, Inc.

July 14, 2008 09:30 ET

VFA Joins BAE Systems' NextGen-Facilities Program as a Strategic Teammate

Will Co-Market Solutions Focused on Reducing Facilities' Cost of Ownership and Enhancing Building Efficiency

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - VFA, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that it has joined BAE Systems' NextGen-Facilities program as a strategic teammate. The NextGen-Facilities program offers a portfolio of products and services that support the lifecycle of facilities management, from initial planning through technology refreshment phases to the end of the building's useful life.

In addition to VFA, other NextGen-Facilities strategic team members include Cisco Systems, IBM, Gridlogix, Inc., Emerson Network Power, PANDUIT and Bentley Systems, Inc. Each contributes solutions that help buildings operate at the lowest cost and highest level of efficiency.

As a strategic team member, VFA collaborates with BAE Systems to co-market advanced solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management. VFA offers Facility Condition Assessment services, Green Building Assessment services and VFA.facility® software to NextGen-Facilities customers. VFA solutions provide a foundation for long-term capital planning and the facilities lifecycle management services provided by BAE Systems.

"VFA's continuing focus is best-in-class solutions for facilities capital planning," said Ameeta Soni, vice president of marketing and business development at VFA, Inc. "BAE Systems' facilities lifecycle management services complement the planning focus that VFA provides, offering best-of-breed execution of operational strategies and the delivery of continuous performance metrics that support optimal management of facilities and building systems."

"The increasing focus on sustainability and total cost of ownership is changing the current paradigm of Design-Bid-Build to a model of Design-Build-Operate," said Lari Anderson, vice president, strategic development, BAE Systems. "VFA's solutions for facilities capital planning provide a strong foundation for NextGen-Facilities™ solutions, supporting reduced building lifecycle costs, enhanced sustainability and improved workplace productivity."

In a recent seminar co-sponsored by BAE Systems and VFA, "The Green Agenda: Making Federal Facilities Sustainable," Lari Anderson discussed how the NextGen-Facilities program is helping organizations integrate building systems information to support perpetual commissioning over a building's lifecycle while promoting green operations. A copy of the presentation is available at http://www.vfa.com/nextgen.htm.

About VFA

Headquartered in Boston, VFA, Inc. is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, Web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle -- from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. Over 400 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA's flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is currently used to manage more than 2 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, a global company delivering information technology solutions, advanced electronics, and customer support services, as well as a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, BAE Systems, Inc. employs some 53,000 persons in the U.S., UK, Sweden, Israel and South Africa, and generates annual sales in excess of $14 billion.

NextGen-Facilities is offered by BAE Systems Information Technology. The group specializes in providing information technology systems and services, offering a broad spectrum of networked and managed IT operations. The focus of NextGen-Facilities is on providing solutions that extend the useful life of a customer's physical infrastructure, systems and processes. To learn more about the NextGen-Facilities portfolio of products and services, visit http://www.baesystems.com/NextGen-FacilitiesInformation/index.htm.

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