If you would like, help to complete the 2013 Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) survey

I have decided to lend support to Software Advice, a company providing informed comparisons on different software products, in their annual Computerized Maintenance and Management System (CMMS) survey. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. You can follow up on updates to the survey by joining their Google+.

I know that some of our customers are using our CMMS plug-in, which we call “Maintenance and Work Order plug-in”;  some of our customers have been using other providers’ CMMS software, but have integrated that toolset with our asset management software. Either way, I hope you will participate in the survey and provide your feedback and insight to any other potential users and help them select the most appropriate CMMS tool.

The main reason for my support to this survey is that I am very impressed by how well Software Advice has articulated what CMMS is and the difference between CMMS and EAM.  Here is how their ERP analyst Michael Koploy defined CMMS:

Computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) help organizations track the upkeep of their assets and associated costs of the work, with the ultimate goal of prolonging an asset’s lifespan at minimal expense. This could include maintaining assets in a single facility or a range of facilities, or maintaining a group of equipment like a fleet of vehicles or other types of machinery.

Michael also noted the difference between CMMS and enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. He said, “CMMS is a departmental application used by maintenance departments, while EAM is accessible across the entire enterprise. CMMS is implemented to prolong the lifespan of physical assets. EAM, on the other hand, oversees all of an organization’s assets, including fixed assets, IT assets and digital assets.

I have published a blog back in March of this year, “EAM, CMMS – what are the differences?”. I noted that there is some overlap between the two systems, but there are differences:

The differences between EAM and CMMS include the type of assets they track and the scope of information they track:

  • EAM tracks the entire enterprise asset portfolio, including IT and physical assets, equipment and buildings, fixed assets and consumables, while CMMS tracks a subset of that.
  • EAM tracks the lifecycle total cost of ownership of assets, while CMMS focuses on the maintenance stage of equipment life.”

I am so glad that the industry is beginning to see the different applications of CMMS and EAM systems, instead of using them interchangeably.

At E-ISG Asset Intelligence, we provide EAM solutions, either installed or delivered as SaaS. We integrated the basic CMMS functionalities in our EAM solutions, including asset tracking, receiving new assets and inventory tracking, preventive maintenance scheduling, and work order tracking. Recently, we have significantly upgraded the work order tracking feature. If you would like to learn more, please join our monthly support webinar, at 11:30 a.m. on June 6th.

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