The Future of Maintenance Management, Part 7: Maintenance Software in the Cloud

18th June 2014
18th June 2014

Cloud computing technology has revolutionized the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software industry by helping organizations of all sizes achieve faster implementations, reduce internal IT needs, and improve reliability. Cloud computing also provides a broader range of payment options. Now it’s easier than ever for companies to afford CMMS software for their maintenance teams.

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Cloud computing applications—“on-demand” software hosted on Internet-accessible servers—have a long history with roots back in the 1950s, when enormous mainframe computer systems housed in large server rooms were accessible via simple terminals. In the 1990s, though, commercialization of the Internet made the concept feasible on a global level.

Today, the higher speeds and bandwidth capacity of the modern Internet have opened the door to cloud computing technology for businesses. It started out with simple web-based email solutions (like Yahoo! Mail or Google’s Gmail), and now the technology has evolved into full-service software solutions accessible from any device with an Internet connection.

Cloud-based CMMS software Is changing the maintenance management profession at all levels. Its impact is particularly significant, though, for small organizations better able to compete thanks to affordable, enterprise-level applications.

So what can cloud-based maintenance management software do for your maintenance operation? Many maintenance professionals are discovering these major advantages:

  • Reduced IT spending: Because cloud-based CMMS applications are located elsewhere, maintenance operations no longer need to enlist expensive (and often unavailable) IT support to set up and maintain technology infrastructure.
  • Lower hardware costs: Because a cloud-based CMMS runs on external servers, many organizations have discovered they spend less on heavy-duty hardware in the office, particularly on PCs and internal servers.
  • Subscription-based pricing: Also called Software as a Service (SaaS), software subscription payment plans allow organizations to streamline budgets by eliminating heavy upfront investment and spreading costs over time.
  • Mobilization: Mobile technology is a natural fit for the maintenance industry, and cloud-based CMMS means maintainers can access data anytime and anywhere with Internet-enabled devices, like laptops, smartphones, or tablets.
  • Lower training costs: Improved web-based and app-based user interfaces that mimic popular personal-use applications can minimize the learning curve on hardware and software.
  • Easy scalability: Adding a new user? Expanding your reporting capabilities? Cloud-based CMMS software makes these changes easy, so you can keep up in a fast-changing environment.
  • Data security: No more worrying about hard drive failures or data-loss catastrophes. With a cloud-based CMMS system, your data is backed up and secured in a professionally managed environment.

Cloud computing helps maintenance operations get applications up and running faster while reducing onsite implementation and management costs. By virtually eliminating the need for highly trained, expensive internal IT teams, the biggest skill barrier to implementing CMMS is removed. Your maintenance team will save time and money getting your CMMS system working—and you’ll be able to get on to the real work of maintaining and repairing critical assets.

Don't miss the rest of this series:

Part 1: 11 Trends Shaping Your Workplace

Part 2: Technology Adoption

Part 3: Enter the "Digital Native"

Part 4: Data-Driven Management

Part 5: Mobile Technology

Part 6: Better, Cheaper, Faster

Part 7: Maintenance Software in the Cloud

Part 8: Systems Integration

Part 9: Insourcing versus Outsourcing Analysis

Part 10: Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Part 11: Regulatory Compliance

Part 12: The Internet of Things

Part 13: Riding the Wave of Change

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