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Industry Resources

To stay on top of emerging trends and research as it relates to the critical back-up power industry, we have developed a list of resources for you.

Professional Organizations and Associations
7x24 Exchange is the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, use and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, 7x24 Exchange's goal is to improve end-to-end reliability by promoting dialogue among these groups.
AFCOM (Association for Data Center Professionals) is a leading association for data center professionals, offering services to help support the management of data centers around the world. AFCOM was established in 1981 to offer data center managers the latest information and technology they need through annual conferences, published magazines, research and hotline services, industry alliances and more.
Association for Facilities Engineers provides education, certification, technical information and other relevant resources for plant and facility engineering, operations and maintenance professionals worldwide. AFE also publishes the Facilities Engineering Journal, and provides online training and professional development resources.
"The mission of the Building Owners and Managers Association International is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information."
IFMA was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting excellence in the management of facilities. Globally, IFMA spots trends, conducts research, provides educational programs, and assists corporate and organizational facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility and real estate resources.

The 2004 Facilities Industry Survey was conducted as a collaboration of IFMA and five other facility management organizations and publications. The objective of the study was to:

  • Capture industry demographics
  • Gain a better understanding of facility organizations managed by the respondents
  • Identify current and future issues relevant to the industry
  • Determine to what degree responsibilities have changed over time
  • Identify work challenges and ways to improve work.

The 2002 Energy Awareness Survey investigated facilities managers' attitudes and policies toward energy conservation and power quality. A variety of sizes, locations, and industries were included.

Publications & Web Sites (Industry information, articles and white papers)
Continuity Insights:
Data Center Journal:
Energy User News:
Facilities Management Resource Site:
Facility City:
Maintenance Technology:
This is the internet companion to the magazine which focuses on plant equipment reliability, maintenance, and asset management.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. sets the standards for battery monitoring and maintenance. They have a bimonthly publication, IEEE Power & Energy magazine.