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Why Your Business Needs a CMMS Vendor

Do we need computerized maintenance management software (commonly known as CMMS)? It’s the question on the lips of many business managers seeking to improve the bottom line via improved tracking of business expenses and functions. Out on the proverbial shop floor, the question might be more along the lines of “what is CMMS anyway?”

But the question everyone should be asking is “Why haven’t we found a CMMS vendor yet?”

With CMMS, you can manage the schedule for everything from basic maintenance of equipment to calibrating of instruments, gauges and other delicate equipment.

The fine-tuning reaches beyond maintenance of equipment and into the business aspect of maintenance management: employee shift schedules, cost analysis, supply inventory and more. It even allows management to analyze overall maintenance performance.

All types of organizations will benefit from CMMS. It provides the ability to track tasks of all types. It organizes not only scheduled maintenance tasks, but also un-scheduled maintenance management tasks (those unexpected yet necessary repairs). It also and it creates documentation for both types of maintenance.

And we’re not just talking about software to use at the computer. Most CMMS is available as SaaS (Software As A Service). This online capability is also known as cloud computing. That means less of a need for hands-on IT work plus fewer equipment expenses. Wireless capabilities allows employees and managers can access the software from wherever they might be and with the PDA or smart phone device that is handiest.

Most CMMS vendors provide multiple versions of the software that allow each business to pick the plan that will fit most closely with the business needs. And as your needs change, you can typically add on new modules to fit the new demand.

CMMS offers more than ‘just’ the ability to track maintenance of equipment. The benefits are not solely in maintenance-CMMS can also track your business’ research, environmental, safety, regulatory compliance and quality. Now…what was that question again? That’s right. Why haven’t we found a CMMS vendor yet?

Ashcom Technologies provides knowledge-based business solutions to clients through a multitude of strategies and tools. In the process, clients receive a sustainable competitive advantage through the implementation of proactive strategies & technologies. CMMS plays a large role in this process.

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Author: Ashley Combs
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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CMMS Evaluation, Selection and Cost Justification Webinar

Evaluation, Selection and Justification of CMMS

Recently, eMaint Enterprises invited Ralph “Pete”¬†Peters, President of Maintenance Excellence Institute, to deliver a Free Best Practices Webinar on evaluating and cost justifying a CMMS. Ralph drew from a real life case study that featured Argentina’s largest steel maker, SIDERAR, to document the CMMS evaluation/selection process as well as projected benefits and ROI.

Ralph began by outlining the overall strategy for gaining maximum value from a CMMS:

  1. Determine the true need for CMMS
  2. Determine maintenance best practices
  3. The CMMS evaluation and selection process
  4. Clearly defining CMMS functional requirements
  5. Commitment to maintenance Best Practice implementation
  6. Use the CMMS implementation process to measure your progress.

To evaluate and compare CMMS systems, each organization must consider 5 factors:

  • Functional Requirements
  • Technical Requirements
  • Software Costs
  • Implemenation/Support
  • Qualitative Factors

After the selection and evaluation process, it is vital to cost justify the implementation of a CMMS with four important measures:

  • Craft Productivity Improvement
  • MRO Inventory Reduction
  • Value of increased Uptime/Capactiy
  • Major Projects completed sooner

However, it is always important to remember that one can not simply install a CMMS and expect resuslts, best practices must also be implemented and followed company-wide.

To dig deeper into the evaluation, selection and justification of CMMS, click here to watch the recording of the above webinar.

To view other best practice webinars click here.