Pioneered by consumer demand and enabled through the ability of modern software, Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) is invaluable to companies wanting to enhance their maintenance, be it a big industrialist or a small tycoon.
Traditionally, even though CMMS software has been considered as a big business solution for organizing large and complex maintenance operations, the functions of modern CMMS extend beyond basic maintenance management software to inventory and parts management, scheduled orders and much more. Generally, it is expected to fit for only feature rich environment, but that doesn’t mean to exclude small business from employing a CMMS effectively. But the fact is CMMS needs differ for Small Business and let’s see how and where.
The common thread for the following points relate to the smaller pool or resources SME’s have at their disposal: less budget for licensing and tech support, less time or money for training, and a smaller or non-existent IT department to get the system up and running.
Technical Support: A typical Maintenance Management Software involves a myriad of technical complications such as network and database configuration, recovery processes, many hardware configuration, and managing different user licenses. Without IT professional support, either in-house or as an ongoing consultancy, this is the first and possibly the largest barrier to CMMS is being implemented by SME’s.
Time and Budget: The need for an intuitive user-interface ranks high no matter whatever is the size of the organization. A recent survey says, over 700 companies that use CMMS are user friendly software. However, this ring particularly true for SME’s who have fewer time and tech budget to train users on a complicated interface with extraneous features.
IT Maintenance: It’s understood if SME’s doesn’t have a large IT team or budget; virtually no CMMS deployment is going to run into some technical difficulties. A vendor provided tech support is heavily leaned on because you never know when issues arise with the software and their availability to resolve it on time. Instead, it is worth nothing more than deploying Cloud CMMS that circumvent this problem making it an attractive choice for SME’s.