The US Government portfolio of facilities is a massive 3.35 billion square feet with an annual operating cost of 30 billion dollars. Plagued with antiquated IT systems, procurement processes and inefficient operations, FED iFM (Integrated Facility Management) was created as shared information service to lift the building industry and create an opportunity for change. Rooted in tools and processes from the previous century, access to building data is tightly coupled, closed, monolithic and highly inflexible. This problem exists in monolithic commercial off the shelf systems (COTS) as well as government off the shelf systems (GOTS).
Buildings are starting to "talk" more while being connected to the Internet. iFM defines a security structure that enables more collaboration in a controlled, yet open way. (Yes, you can have both).