9 Questions You Need to Ask When Choosing Your CMMS
“It’s time for a new CMMS,” you tell your lead engineer, Fred.
He smiles and says,” Well, it’s about time.” He’s been tired of your cumbersome, legacy software for a while now.
“There are plenty of modern systems out there,” Fred informs you as he walks over to his computer. “But, where do we even start,” you ask.
His daughter taught him how to ‘Google’ everything, so he is a pro. Fred searched the internet and stumbled across this article.
“Here we go,” he shouts. “ISS 24/7 wrote an article on where to start, how to determine your objectives and selection process, and the questions you need to ask.”
Interested, you walk over and begin reading.
We get it; saying computerized maintenance management system is as hard to pronounce as buying one. That’s why we say CMMS – we like to simplify things.
Are you ready to find the best maintenance solution in the marketplace for your needs? Let’s begin.
Form Your CMMS Selection Team & Identify the Process
Facility managers know the process for selecting CMMS software can be taxing on their peace of mind.
Should you stay or should you move on? First, decide why you’re better off moving forward. Do you remain complacent or start with a fresh, clean slate?
Using disciplined steps will help you to choose your maintenance solution. Stay disciplined and make selection decisions that are objective, and based on logic and analytics.
To start liking your maintenance software – today – follow this selection process:
- Form the selection team
- Define your functionality needs
- Compare possible vendors
- Schedule a demo of the software
- Review and decide on a vendor
Form the selection team
We recommend you enlist the help of people already familiar with maintenance operations: Your current maintenance team. They’re the ones that know what they need as an operation to be successful with the chosen solution.
Define your functionality needs
Deciding on the needs, should haves, wants, and model functionality will give you the much-needed information for rejecting solutions that don’t fit the needs of your facility.
You’ll know the non-negotiable functions, the ones you can pass on and the functions you might upgrade if the return on investment is conceivable.
Compare possible vendors
It’s important to have an intention when examining potential vendors and solution providers. What’s their history and qualifications?
How well do they know what facility managers need to improve their operation and keep all lif