A Graphic of the Top-Performing Maintenance Management Products
FrontRunners quadrants highlight the top software products for North American small businesses. All products in the quadrant are top performers. Small businesses can use FrontRunners to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them.
To create this quadrant, we evaluated over 150 maintenance management products. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant.
Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other product performance details (e.g., what features they offer, how many customers they have).
Nope, Products in Any Quadrant May Fit Your Needs
Every product in this quadrant offers a balance of capability (how much the products can do) and value (whether they’re worth their price/cost) that makes them stand out in the race for small business software success.
FrontRunners has four sub-quadrants:
Depending on the specific needs of a software buyer, a product in any of these sub-quadrants could be a good fit.
Why? To even be considered for this FrontRunners, a product had to meet a minimum user rating score of 3.3 for capability and 3.2 for value. This means that all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top-performing products in their market. They appear in the quadrant in relation to how their peers performed.
For some buyers, a specific FrontRunners sub-quadrant might be best. For example, those who need basic maintenance functionality to manage work orders and schedule planned maintenance can find value in products in the upper or lower left quadrants. Those who require predictive and condition-based maintenance will find products with that broader functionality in the upper or lower right quadrants.
You can download the full FrontRunners for Maintenance Management report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.
Products Are Scored Based on User Reviews and Other Data
You can find the full FrontRunners methodology here, but the gist is that products are scored in two areas, Capability and Value.
To be considered at all, products must have at least 10 reviews and meet minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, they must include functionality to schedule preventive maintenance tasks for a variety of asset types, such as furniture, computers, production machinery, vehicles and entire building systems.
From there, user reviews and other product performance details, such as the product's customer base and the features it offers, dictate the Capability and Value scores. Capability is plotted on the x-axis, and Value is plotted on the y-axis.
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Providers listed as Runners Up were eligible for inclusion in the FrontRunners quadrant, including having 10+ product reviews, but their value or capability axis score was not high enough for positioning on the FrontRunners quadrant.
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What Is CMMS Software?
Common Features of CMMS Software
Important Features to Consider
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems BuyerView | 2014
Using CMMS to Earn LEED-EB Credits
Recent Events You Should Know About
Computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) help organizations track the upkeep of their assets and associated costs of the work, with the ultimate goal of prolonging an asset’s lifespan at minimal expense. This could include maintaining assets in a single facility or a range of facilities, or maintaining a group of equipment like a fleet of vehicles or other types of machinery.
CMMS and enterprise asset management (EAM) systems are closely related, and the terms are often used interchangeably. However, CMMS is a departmental application used by maintenance departments, while EAM is accessible across the entire enterprise. CMMS is implemented to prolong the lifespan of physical assets. EAM, on the other hand, oversees all of an organization’s assets, including fixed assets, IT assets and digital assets. (Learn more about EAM.)
Maintenance Connection's CMMS module menu
There are industry-specific maintenance management systems, too. We’ve written buyer’s guides that cover CMMS for specific industries, including fleet management software, equipment maintenance software applications and aircraft MRO software, as well as a guide for Web-based solutions.
|Asset tracking||Maintains information about an organization’s assets (equipment, machines, buildings, fleets etc.). This includes when the asset was purchased, its expected lifetime, warranty information, the upkeep history, costs, depreciation and more. It may be used by several departments, including accounting and maintenance. Vendors that offer asset tracking include eRPortal CMMS, eMaint X3 and Maintenance Connection.|
|Inventory tracking and purchasing||Tracks parts, tools and other materials required to perform routine upkeep. Features may include a scheduling system for personnel to reserve tools; an auto-notifier to alert staff when more materials need to be purchased; and support for multiple currencies. Many vendors offer a purchasing module that allows you to keep track of where you purchased supplies, when they were ordered, the total cost and the quantity ordered. This module may be able to send out automated requests for quotes to suppliers when the stock of an item is low. Examples of vendors offering this functionality include ManagerPlus and 4Site.|
|Preventive maintenance||Preventive maintenance software allows you to schedule tasks based on meter readings, dates, or by setting up custom triggers. You can view all current and future maintenance activity on a calendar. You can also set up custom groups and routes. Some systems also have a preventive task library to help define the right tasks and procedures. Example vendors include Sprocket CMMS and Series4000.|
|Predictive upkeep and condition monitoring||Minimizes surprise failures by monitoring the condition of assets and analyzing historical trends in asset performance. These applications automatically schedule tasks based on performance indicators like noise, vibration, temperature, corrosion, pressure and flow. Users can define upper and lower boundaries of these parameters for each asset, and automatically create a work order when a reading falls outside the boundary. Bigfoot CMMS, Tabware by AssetPoint and eMaint X3 offer intuitive condition monitoring solutions. Separately, there are maintenance management systems that specialize in monitoring for environmental regulation-related risks. Top products in this market offer additional functionality outside of typical CMMS systems.|
|Work order||Manages the work order process. This includes scheduling repairs, assigning personnel to the job, reserving materials, recording costs, tracking the cause of the problem, tracking downtime and making recommendations for future action. Other features may include permission and notification settings, department and technician routing and a portal where customers or other employees can submit work order requests. Vendors providing work order tracking include MPulse, WOW! On the Web and NetFacilities.|
Mobile capabilities. Technicians often work in the field. The use of mobile devices has become prevalent in this market, providing personnel with the capability to immediately update records and make data available across the organization. Mobile tools can also generate work orders directly from the device, track labor and inventory use and issue, return and receive parts in real-time.
Vendors like Micromain offer mobile dashboards
Other examples of mobile capabilities often offered in some CMMS include:
Asset ranking tools. Asset ranking tools “grade” equipment performance, highlighting equipment that’s historically underperformed or tends to perform well. This helps organizations identify equipment that needs replacement or repair. These tools calculate the costs of operating equipment as well as predicted asset lifespans based on performance. Asset ranking tools create a sense of transparency that can save time and money, while reducing the likelihood of reactive maintenance over time.
Bigfoot CMMS offers an asset grading feature
Every year, Software Advice talks with thousands of owners and managers looking for the right computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) for their business. This provides us with unparalleled insight into the needs of CMMS software buyers.
We recently analyzed a random selection of 385 of these interactions from 2013, in order to uncover prospective buyers’ most common pain points and their reasons for purchasing new CMMS solutions.
Check out the full 2014 CMMS BuyerView report for more details and analyses.
Energy and atmosphere is one of nine key areas measured by the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED-EB (Existing Building) certification. By using a CMMS to monitor meter readings including pressure, temperature, voltage and hours in operation, personnel can “pinpoint” poorly performing equipment. This can help organizations achieve an overall reduction in energy consumption.
For example, 100 Park Avenue in Manhattan received the LEED-EB Gold Certification in 2014, after recieving a Silver Certification in 2009. Re-certification is available every five years, and the U.S. Green Building Council upgraded the property's rating for improving efficiency, including achieving 77 percent recycle rates and a water consumption reduction of 10 percent since 2009.
Fluke Corporation acquires eMaint. Electronic testing tool and software provider Fluke Corporation recently purchased eMaint, which offers maintenance management software. The two organizations will combine software as a service with data management capabilities to deliver a comprehensive maintenance system.
New building energy codes released. ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America has released Standard 90.1-2016, the newest energy standard codes to be used for commercial buildings. The codes, which are updated every three years, include changes regarding the reduction of energy consumption.
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