What does CMMS stand for?

CMMS is the antidote to manual processes that slow the business down and fritter away team productivity. It’s worth taking a look at how a CMMS solution can simplify operations.

CMMS takes the tedious tasks associated with maintenance and automates their management and reporting.

If you’ve ever lost track of a work order, or tried to find historical maintenance records in a file cabinet, you know how frustrating and time-consuming that can be.

CMMS systems centralize the information about an asset – where it is, what it needs, who worked on it and when. It makes critical asset management data automated, accessible and auditable.

The value of CMMS

CMMS doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. For small to medium businesses vulnerable to inefficient operations and equipment failures, making the transition to a cloud and mobile-enabled solution is a worthwhile investment.

Stay available

Keep equipment maintained and available, reduce downtime and extend the life of your assets. Repair more quickly when you can see problem history.

Maintain compliance

Safety is a top priority in your business. Track incidents and adherence to proper processes, stay ahead of regulation and be prepared with a clear audit trail.

Control costs

Manage planned and unplanned maintenance, warranty, inventory and spare parts costs. When you have better insight into your operations and a better handle on managing assets, you can begin to make significant inroads in cost reduction.

Boost productivity

An organized labor force is a more productive one. CMMS improves scheduling, vendor management and both work flow and financial reporting – all without paper.

Take CMMS to the cloud

SaaS adoption is a scalable, easily deployable and cost effective solution for business wide asset management

Get answers to your frequently asked questions about CMMS

What does a CMMS do?

CMMS is software that maintains a database of information on the maintenance operations of an organization. It automates critical asset management, sends alerts when preventive maintenance services are due and tracks work orders.

How does a CMMS work?

A CMMS acts as a repository for all data associated with your organization’s assets, such as when an asset was purchased, when scheduled maintenance was performed, which a maintenance manager worked on it, frequency of asset breakdowns, parts used, and more. A detailed record of your inventory provides insights your organization can use to make informed decisions on where to allocate resources and how to spend system maintenance dollars.

Who is responsible for a CMMS?

If primary responsibility for a CMMS is granted to an existing position within an organization, then it is typically given to a facility, maintenance or inventory control manager. Some organizations create a dedicated CMMS manager position to oversee the CMMS.

What are the benefits of using a CMMS?

A CMMS reduces the cost of scheduled maintenance by storing all asset information in a central database. It extends the life of your assets by ensuring preventative maintenance is performed at an optimal time and improves productivity by organizing workflows, work orders and historical asset management data. For audits, evidence of adherence to maintenance standards can be generated in a comprehensive report.

How is CMMS different from traditional asset management?

CMMS software is predominantly focused on the management of maintenance operations, including helping to streamline and automate maintenance scheduling and work orders. Asset management is generally focused on maximizing the potential of enterprise assets by keeping track of where they are in their lifecycle so that updates and repairs can be made at the best time.

Which industries use CMMS?

A CMMS can be used in virtually any industry but is most useful in those that must maintain a large volume of equipment or inventory. Some common industries that rely on CMMS software include water utilities, oil and gas, power plants, manufacturing, and transportation.

Where does a CMMS run?

The latest generation of CMMS offerings are run in the cloud as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and mobile-enabled solutions. This provides multiple benefits, including quick implementation, easy upgrades and data security.

How can IBM help?

 IBM Maximo SaaS combines the world’s leading enterprise asset management system (IBM Maximo) with all the benefits of a CMMS.

Where can I find a demo of IBM Maximo?

See how Maximo SaaS can help you create a world-class asset management program.