What to Look for in Asset Management Software


You�ve finally received word from above that your idea to computerise asset management has been approved, now what? It�s time to find asset management softwar that will live up to its promise, reduce costs, and make you look like a hero. Here�s what to look for:

Capabilities � As you know, software varies from one developer to the next. Compare capabilities to hone your list from many to just a few. Look for features that can make a positive impact on how you manage assets such as preventative maintenance tools, scheduling, work order systems, integrated inventory management, customisable KPIs and dashboards, and interactive reports.

Mobile options � The maintenance industry has long been a mobile one with technicians travelling to facilities and job sites in order to maintain and repair facilities and equipment. Whether you have a central dispatch office or manage mobile work less formally, your asset management software should support mobile users. Instead of issuing a work order in your main office and faxing it to a job site or branch? office, look for asset management software that is either cloud-based or accessible from mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Ease of use � Your entire maintenance team will need to use asset management software on a daily basis. In fact, it will play a central part in their jobs. For some, switching from a comfortable, paper-based work order system to a computerised asset management system will be challenging (Source: maintenance software from eMaint UK). For others, it will be a welcome relief. In both cases, your team will appreciate having a system that makes their jobs easier that is also easy to use.

Flexibility � Today�s companies must be agile and flexible. They must be able to adapt to ever-changing business environments. Your software should be just as flexible. Look for asset management software that can serve you well both now and in the future.