Asset Data Management: Four Software Solutions

  May 20, 2011

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor — Print & E-Media with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is the functionality of four asset data management systems, or ADM systems.

Four of the most common ADM systems include: computerized maintenance management systems, or CMMS; enterprise asset management systems, or EAM; computer-aided facility management, CAFM, systems; and integrated workplace management systems, or IWMS.

Maintenance and engineering managers tend to be most familiar with two types of ADM technologies:

First is CMMS. Departments that provide asset management and customer services should consider a CMMS, which supports core maintenance activities necessary to keep assets performing optimally and cost-effectively. Modules associated with CMMS technologies include: asset and equipment management; inventory parts management; work management for vendor and staff time; work-order management; a help desk; and inspections management.

Second is CAFM. This technology benefits departments that manage leases, space, building operations and maintenance. Increasingly, managers also require project controls to effectively plan, coordinate, and execute large projects. While most CAFM tools support asset management and maintenance operations, many do not provide the depth of functionality in this area of a CMMS.

Beyond CMMS and CAFM, managers can consider two additional ADM options:

The first is EAM. These applications provide more functionality to support large-scale project management, energy monitoring, reliability maintenance, planning, scheduling, and integration with building-automation systems. EAM technologies also can integrate with platforms for enterprise resource planning and human resources.

And, finally, IWMS. This application provides a comprehensive platform to manage complex relationships involving properties, buildings, equipment, space, resources, contracts, and schedules.


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