There are so many types of facility management software available on the market today. And that’s a good thing because it shows that we have much better resources and tools to deliver quality to our clients in the built environment today compared to decades back. However, potential users and beginners can often feel lost when they consider all the options out there.
We want to give you a quick rundown of the most robust software for real estate and facility professionals (IWMS) versus a selection of the most popular facility management software available today plus a very brief explanation about the uniqueness of each of these options for the workplace.
Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM)
CAFM software is one of the oldest forms of building management technology. It generally serves as a digital representation of an organization’s space and assets.
It is very graphic-heavy and it uses Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology to give facility managers a graphic representation of a building’s data. For instance, you can use CAFM to store multi-level floor plans and get detailed information about how your space is being used. It’s also a powerful asset tracking tool. In addition, it’s ideal for simplifying much of the administrative side of facility management e.g. conference room booking, move management, floor space planning, and desk space usage.
Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
CMMS solutions are likely the most popular and widely used software you’ll find in building maintenance management today. Although it’s evolving and taking on many more enterprise tasks these days, CMMS was specifically and originally designed to help organizations with the maintenance of their buildings and equipment. It is highly focused on the entire scope of a company’s maintenance needs, and it will give you a solid platform to track, monitor, and achieve all your maintenance goals.
Some reasons why modern CMMS is so popular is because of very important modules that it comes with such as:
- Work Order Management
- Report Generating
- Document Management
- Asset Tracking
- Mobile CMMS
- Inventory Management
- Preventive Maintenance Management.
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
EAM is another popular facility management software that is used to manage the entire lifecycle of physical assets and equipment.
It offers a very broad application and unlike CMMS, for instance, it is not maintenance-specific. Outside of the maintenance department, other arms of an organization can access the EAM platform for accounting, human resources management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), manufacturing, inventory, procurement, etc.
EAM seeks to capture the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an asset, then track and manage its performance right from procurement and commissioning all the way to the end of its lifespan during decommissioning and disposal.
Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS)
An IWMS is a very unique software indeed. Facility managers use it to maximize the usefulness of all their resources, buildings, and assets within an integrated platform that offers smooth information sharing.
IWMS is the most robust and thorough facilities management software available today. For example, it combines aspects of space tracking that CAFM offers with many of the maintenance applications that CMMS offers. In addition, it also offers a comprehensive suite of commercial and residential real estate applications and functions.
Therefore, the greatest advantage of an IWMS is the ability to coordinate an impressive range of activities all within a single platform.
At Axxerion, we offer a wide range of facility management software including CMMS, EAM, IWMS, and more. Be assured that we are available to work with you and find the right fit for your organization. Just schedule a demo and let us do the rest!Free DemoFree Demo