CMMS – Not Just for Large Enterprises
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS for short) is often talked about when referring to enterprise level organizations, used by hundreds (or even thousands) of employees for managing thousands of pieces of equipment. In the past, smaller businesses would be right to assume that CMMS software isn’t something they could afford or take advantage of. These solutions have always been too expensive and complex for small and medium-sized businesses to implement and learn how to use.
This might have been accurate in the past, but today it couldn’t be further from the truth. The core principles behind using a CMMS (improved efficiency, tracking costs, increasing equipment life, reducing waste, etc.) are universally desired goals set by businesses employing 30 people all the way up to multi-billion dollar companies and as such, CMMS solutions are designed to be scalable, easy to use, and most of all affordable.
Essentially, it all comes down to finding the best value for your dollar. You’re going to be spending some money on maintaining equipment and other assets regardless, right? If you are able to find ways to improve how you spend and are able to make your maintenance program lean and efficient, that’s definitely something you would want to take advantage of, right?
Now you may be thinking that your current ways of managing your maintenance is sufficient, and you may be right, but at some point you’ll ask yourself “Where can we improve” and be hard-pressed to point to any specifics with a huge amount of time and effort involved in scouring paper trails and other information to determine how efficient you actually are.
Herein lies the best benefits of a CMMS: it’s designed to provide you with more contextual information about your maintenance programs. By tracking work orders, purchasing and maintenance habits, maintenance, and other aspects of your daily operations, you eventually are able to see this “hidden” information being compiled into formats that you can easily visual and take action upon.
Imagine being able to forecast the next maintenance dates on all of your equipment based on past maintenance habits or being able to determine that you can reduce your purchasing budget by 15% due to being able to review past purchasing trends against inventory levels each month. These are just some of the benefits any business can and should expect from implementing a CMMS.
Costs vs. Benefits
n order to implement a CMMS, you’ll have to invest some time and money up front (there’s no getting around this, sorry!). There’s software, planning, implementation, and training to consider. But unlike the old days, this investment can be done for amounts that are reasonable for even smaller businesses thanks to web and cloud solutions.
This shift in design allows vendors like CHAMPS to provide robust CMMS solutions that can be leveraged by everyone, not just large enterprises with deep pockets. And it’s this very change in nature that solidifies the idea that CMMS solutions don’t have to be overly complex or expensive either.
Bust most of all, it ends up providing you with the tools you need to improve your maintenance programs performance without breaking the bank, and that’s what matters. Getting started with a CMMS solution shouldn’t be a complex or expensive process. In fact, it should be the opposite: easy and cost effective. And, most of all, something that can be leveraged by everyone. If you’d like to learn more about how you can benefit from a cmms solution, request a demo today and one of our solutions experts will show you how to get the most out of a maintenance management system.