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7 Signs You're a Maintenance Manager

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 10, 2016 3:23:26 PM

Anyone that works in maintenance management knows that life can get very interesting, very quickly. Between balancing budgets, scheduling employees, maintaining parts and inventory, and actually keeping your equipment functional and your operation running, there's a lot to do. We work with maintenance departments every day, and our company was founded, and is run, by former maintenance people, so we put together a list that we think profiles you wonderful keepers of the wrench pretty well. Enjoy!
 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

What Sports Can Teach Us About Maintenance Management and CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 2, 2016 4:28:40 PM

Sports, most of us love sports. It doesn't matter which sport; it could be football, basketball, baseball, hockey, swimming, or ping-pong, most Americans just love sports. Coincidentally, we also love CMMS. What do these two loves have in common you may ask? When we take a closer look, a lot more than you may think. 


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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

7 Myths About CMMS: Busted

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 28, 2016 9:11:19 PM

CMMS software has changed a great deal over the last decade. With the introduction of web-based applications, SaaS models and mobile apps, the industry has grown and developed in ways that have enhanced software functionality, user-experience, and access to top-notch systems. However, there are still some common misconceptions lingering about with maintenance management software that we feel need to be addressed directly so we can continue to inform people about where the industry is, and also where it's headed. We've compiled a list of six myths about CMMS and debunked them for you. Enjoy!

 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Mobile CMMS, CMMS Setup

What Will CMMS Look Like in 5 Years?

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 27, 2016 2:20:26 PM

 

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one..." Words of the immortal John Lennon ring true in so many ways, and the advancement of software is certainly one of them. The world of software is full of dreamers; from startups in garages to large firms restarting and creating new, exciting offerings, from applications with robust functionality to simple, intuitive apps, the progress that's been made in the world of software has been driven by dreamers and big thinkers, and we believe it's only just begun. No one can be certain what the future of software will look like in five years, but we'd like to share our vision of where CMMS is headed in the not-so-distant future.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management, Internet of Things, industrial internet of things

5 Signs You Should Invest in a CMMS for Maintenance Management

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 25, 2016 2:43:38 PM

Selling a great product is clearly one of the most important aspects of any business. You want a great software, excellent service, and top-notch support so that your customers feel secure that they have made the right choice in purchasing from you, and so you, as a business, feel good about selling your product. Another important aspect of selling software, and especially maintenance management software, is need for your product. Now, we at SOMAX believe that anyone who performs any type of maintenance needs CMMS, whether it's ours or another company's offering, but there are certain signs that an organization really needs to make the decision to use maintenance management software, and we've laid out what we believe are the top five in this article. Enjoy!

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Internet of Things, Maintenance Management

Mobile Apps and the Internet of Things for CMMS [Presentation]

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 21, 2016 4:49:54 PM

Not too long ago we gave a presentation on the Internet of Things, mobile apps, and CMMS at NFMT Baltimore and it was a total hit! While we don't have a recording of the event because I was busy helping, and recording would kind of be my job, and unfortunately I only have two hands, though it would be awesome to have more than two hands right? Though I suppose the custom shirts would get expensive...Okay back on track, we do have the slideshow that we presented so you can take a look at how mobile apps and the Internet of Things is altering the way we look at creating and using CMMS, and really software as a whole. We'll put up a full presentation soon.

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Topics: CMMS, Mobile CMMS, Internet of Things

How to Improve Maintenance Management with Kaizen and CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 19, 2016 1:50:03 PM

You may be asking yourself, "What the heck is Kaizen?" Well, here at SOMAX we're always excited to talk about interesting maintenance topics, and this is one of them. The information presented may be old hat to some readers, but others may find something new and useful, so here goes. Kaizen is a Japanese term that means "change for better". Organizational management consultant Masaaki Imai created international momentum for the term when he applied it to maintenance and management, leveraging the concept of continuous improvement to turn Kaizen into a synonym for organizational management success. We've taken a look at Kaizen and pulled a few key points that we think you'll find interesting, and might even give you a few ideas on improving your own maintenance department.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

How Apple App Transport Security Affects Your Mobile CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Here at SOMAX we talk a lot about mobile apps and how they'll affect the CMMS market now and in the future. One of the changes coming this year is Apple's application of App Transport Security on all App Store apps. Without getting into too much technical language, App Transport Security ensures that your apps are connecting to the web over a secure connection. For those of you that speak a little tech lingo, that's like putting https in your browser bar instead of http when you go to a website.

Most secure websites like banks, fund management sites, and enterprise applications like cloud-based maintenance management software already use https for security and to safeguard your data. With the increase in use of the Internet of Things and the heaps of data that will be collected as the IoT continues to grow, the importance of data security is at an all-time high. Understanding that apps will continue be designed to use secure data, Apple has required that developers use secure connections for their apps by the end of 2016. Just as a note, we think this is a good thing and are already planning ahead for the transition. So, what does this mean for you, the user of an enterprise CMMS app? To the user the changes will mostly be unnoticed, but there will be a great deal going on behind the scenes. 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Mobile CMMS, Mobile Apps, App Transport Security

A Quick Introduction to the SOMAX CMMS Mobile App [Video]

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 7, 2016 12:30:00 PM

We're proud of SOMAX CMMS and the SOMAX Mobile App, and we believe that it can help our clients save time and money everyday. That's why we do what we do, to help you organize your maintenance departments, and make your life a little better in the process. Check out our introduction video to learn more:

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Topics: CMMS, Mobile CMMS

Top Three Reasons to Use a Mobile CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Jul 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

With the growth of mobile apps over the past several years, many CMMS systems are now offering apps to complement more traditional computerized maintenance management software. Maintenance teams have the opportunity to schedule, track, and control work and inventory like never before, and we believe being mobile should be a top priority of any maintenance department.

Check out our top three reasons why using a mobile CMMS can really benefit your maintenance efforts:



1. Track Work More Effectively

One of the toughest aspects of running a maintenance department is ensuring work is completed on time, when it's needed, and that the work is tracked in your system. Tracking your work orders ensures that you know your team's time is being utilized and you don't create a backlog of open work orders. Work order backlogs mean important work could be missed, which means your assets and equipment could be close to breaking down, costing time and money.

By leveraging mobile as part of your maintenance management software you ensure your mechanics and technicians always have their work orders at their fingertips. Using mobile means your team can access, create, change, or complete any work order they need at anytime.

 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Mobile CMMS, Maintenance Management

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