CMMS products have come a long way since the early days, and with the introduction of personal computers, the Internet and mobile technology, there seems to be no limit to what can be done with a modern CMMS. But surprisingly, there are organizations that continue to use their system in the same manner as it was used thirty years ago—even if that system has hundreds of features.
Every productivity tool requires an initial investment, which can vary depending upon the system and the features. But some companies who have worked in earnest have seen a return on investment within six months, with any savings after that going back into the company’s bottom line.
If you want to manage your employees more effectively in a way that increases their accountability, a basic system may not be enough. Imagine being able to know exactly where your employees are, what tasks they’re performing, how they’re performing those tasks, and where they need improvement.
Inventory Apps enable you to quickly and accurately receive inventory, transfer it from one storage location to another, and perform physical inventories periodically to ensure your actual inventory matches what your asset management software says is present. If you want to track everything in real time, you can scan an item whenever it leaves your store room, tracking who has the material, where it is going to be used, and keep a full consumption history of everything you purchase.
Maintenance and engineering professionals are mobile by nature, and have relied on paper, phone calls, emails, and text messages to get their job done. Although these different methods of communication have been somewhat effective, there is still quite a bit of improvement that can be made by using modern web based Computerized Maintenance Management Systems, or CMMS products.