Monday, July 16, 2018

Acquiring a Free Simple CMMS Software

Without a doubt, making the shift to a Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) system can be a daunting experience especially for business owners who for many years have relied on spreadsheets to manage their maintenance operations. Recognizing the need for change can be a challenge on its own because it means finding a more robust and efficient solution to replace a method that is no longer meeting company needs. Furthermore, many business owners struggle with getting their heads around adopting an automated maintenance system that is completely unlike traditional “pencil and paper” approaches. Here are some common questions they ask:

Will a CMMS really improve my maintenance operations?
How much will a CMMS cost me in terms of financial outlay, resources and time?
How much effort is involved in transitioning to a CMMS?
How easy is a CMMS to operate?
Will my employees actually utilize a CMMS?
How will the CMMS adapt to my company’s changing needs?
Can I access the CMMS from wherever I am?
In the end, will a CMMS save my company money?

Given these and other concerns, it is understandable why many business owners are hesitant in moving forward with a fee based maintenance software system. Fortunately, there is a way to take test drive first with a free simple CMMS software system. While these systems are not fully featured or as customizable as fee based CMMSs, they will give business owners with a sense of how they operate and what they can do. For some business owners, the free CMMS software may be the perfect long term solution while for others it may be a stepping-stone to a more advanced system. Here are some things to consider when acquiring a free and simple version of automated maintenance software.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Predictive vs Preventive Maintenance: What's the Difference?

When we consider maintenance strategies, we’re typically looking at three options: run-to-fail, predictive maintenance, and preventative maintenance. The traditional option is run-to-fail, which essentially requires being reactive, wherein the plan is to fix equipment once it breaks. Run-to-fail options tend to cost a lot relative to parts and repairs, lost time in production, and overtime pay when the equipment is up and running again and you’re working to get back on schedule.

Since the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), maintenance strategies more companies are moving toward are predictive and preventive. The essential components of both predictive and preventive maintenance are that both options intend to anticipate problems before they occur in an effort to avoid repairs or failures and hopefully prevent things like line shutdowns and costly repairs.

Though preventive and predictive maintenance share similar end goals, their differences are important to understand as you consider which makes the most sense for your organization’s unique requirements and dynamics.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Compare CMMS Software Prices and Pick the Best One for You

Navigating the world of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) can be confusing and also a bit intimidating. To begin, there is a large number of vendors out there. However, with the CMMS industry continuing its rapid growth curve, pinpointing the actual number of maintenance management companies can be difficult. Still, to give you a sense of what potential CMMS software buyers may be facing, a quick Google search for the term, “CMMS software vendors” produced 242,000 results at the time of this writing. It’s not surprising that when comparing CMMS software prices and trying to find one with the right fit for your company can be challenging. Here are some things to consider when searching for a CMMS within your budget:

What is Computerized Maintenance Management Software?

Monday, June 18, 2018

CMMS Program Key Performance Indicators to Monitor

As a business professional, uncovering new opportunities for performance improvements is always something that should be a top priority. But at the same time, these improvements don't reveal themselves based on gut instinct alone. The only way to know how you could be doing better involves learning more about what you're currently doing in the first place. That means diving deep into your people, your policies and your procedures by way of your CMMS.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Pick and Compare CMMS Software Options for your company

Entering the world of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) can be a bit overwhelming. There is no doubt that simply arriving at the decision to move beyond a traditional “pencil and paper” approach to tracking company operations can be challenging. However, now facing the dilemma of selecting the best CMMS software for your business raises the confusion bar to a whole new level. If you’ve just started your online search, you’ve probably come across a lot of vendors offering a myriad of systems, formats and service options. The foremost question in the minds of many in your position is “where do I start when looking for the best CMMS software for my company?” 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Why Hippo is one of the best CMMS Software options for SMEs

A recent study found that small and medium sized businesses constitute 90% of total employer businesses in the United States and Canada. While every business regardless of size and industry faces their own unique challenges, in recent years, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are reported to be experiencing a pattern of operating struggles.  While some of these are resolved with quick fixes and better planning, other issues tend to be ongoing and in need of comprehensive and long term solutions. Some of the major struggles facing SMEs include among other things, systems and processes, productivity, measuring performance and tracking accountability.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Why Hippo is one of the best CMMS Software options for SMEs

A recent study found that small and medium sized businesses constitute 90% of total employer businesses in the United States and Canada. While every business regardless of size and industry faces their own unique challenges, in recent years, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are reported to be experiencing a pattern of operating struggles.  While some of these are resolved with quick fixes and better planning, other issues tend to be ongoing and in need of comprehensive and long term solutions. Some of the major struggles facing SMEs include among other things, systems and processes, productivity, measuring performance and tracking accountability.

Peter Drucker, known as the founder of modern business management once said, “What gets measured, gets done” when referring to a global view of company operations and activities. With this in mind, it appears that a mistake many SMEs are making is limiting their focus exclusively on measuring company performance solely by profits and revenue. While there is no doubt that profits and revenue are important metrics when measuring success and outcomes, there are other metrics to consider when measuring performance and identified through a process of trial and error and strategic planning.

In spite of the need to seek better measures of performance it is reported that almost 80% facility managers/supervisors still rely on spreadsheets, paper or other manual methods to track and organize data. In today’s competitive market, these methods fall short because they are time consuming, costly due to inaccuracies (i.e., almost 88% spreadsheets contain errors) and provide limited information about overall company operations. The solution for struggling companies is to find ways of identifying useful metrics to guide and improve overall performance and resolve the operational challenges they face. This is where Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software comes into play.

For those new to CMMS software, they are highly sophisticated systems that utilize thousands of data points which at any given time, can provide a user an overview of a facility’s operation or alternatively, the status of an individual piece of equipment. Maintenance management software represent extremely powerful systems when used to their full potential. The CMMS software industry strives to remain on top of technology and industry changes by continually evolving and being more responsive to the ever-changing needs of their customers. Recent innovations in maintenance management software include secure cloud based interfaces, mobile device accessibility and paperless functionality that further increases ease of use. Because of these capabilities, the CMMS software market has witnessed a steep growth curve, especially during the past year. Maintenance management which was once a labor intensive exercise fraught with errors, can now be done automatically and on the go.