are much more eﬀ ective than relying exclusively on technology for job tasking. What goes around comes around, it seems. As long as there are buildings — and people in them — there will be a need for FMs. However, it is a delicate balancing act. Rumors have been wafting through the clouds that the role of the facility manager will be diminished and ultimately disappear. It has been posited that anyone with computer skills and a keyboard can run a facility. Maybe this is plausible, but it is far from possible. The IoT may automate many systems, but this automation will only minimize the challenges an FM faces when dealing with energy eﬃ ciency and water conservation. New techniques and developments aﬀ ecting the built environment necessitate ongoing adjustments to the job speciﬁ cations of the facility manager. Changing light bulbs may be a thing of the past, but quality lighting will always be needed. Manual dampers may have given way to electronic ones — with sensors and actuators that are computer controlled — yet any damper can get stuck, stop working or just ignore signals from the “mother ship.” Someone needs to be there to keep things in order. FMs may be doing more watching and less doing, but analytics and measurement will still be taking up a couple of pockets in the tool belt. The key component in making this data valuable is planning how to best leverage it. The future of facility management will be a self-directed determination derived through an understanding of upcoming needs, the evaluation of possibilities for tomorrow and strategizing how to adapt to new developments. It will create better opportunities and possibilities for facility managers to oversee space allocations, project management, building strategic master plans and concentrating more on the management of facility management. The measure of success in this new era is based on having an FM available and knowledgeable enough to receive, digest and act on the information technology delivers. It is consciously creating a strategic plan based on foresight and legitimate assumptions on what FMs are tasked to do. FMs will still ensure the well-being of personnel, their facility and the environment while continuing to contribute to the bottom line. Digital success isn’t all about technology — strategy is the key driver in the digital arena. FMs have learned to be “ I joined Sodexo for an opportunity to grow my career. I absolutely found it.” Yolanda Holmes-Williams, Facilities Operations Manager We know that challenging, yet meaningful work is a priority for Facilities Management professionals. Your work at Sodexo will allow you to make a significant impact on the lives of others, while continuous learning opportunities help you build your own future with the company in various markets and industries across the U.S. Your future so sodexo Start your Sodexo Story at SodexoFacilitiesJobs.com Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.