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Do I need a CMMS or an IWMS at my Facility?

By Glenn Adams

Which is best for your facility – a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS)? In the world of facilities management, there’s a never-ending list of acronyms and an unrelenting debate over which system is best for your organization.

Today, we’ll take a look at Computerized Maintenance Management Systems versus an Integrated Workplace Management System (for help decoding facilities management acronyms, we’ve got you covered here, too!)

First, let’s take a look at the CMMS:

Computer Maintenance Management System

A CMMS is designed to handle:

  • Equipment maintenance
  • Tracking the cost of work
  • Asset location tracking
  • Monitoring labor resources

The purpose of a CMMS is tracking and managing maintenance needs for an organization. A tracking system for high-end equipment like HVAC systems and boilers, a CMMS keeps tabs on both preventive and reactive maintenance.

A primary function of a CMMS is accurate tracking and prioritization of work to reduce equipment downtime and avoid costly repairs.

Integrated Workplace Management System:

An Integrated Workplace Management System (our favorite) is a complete facilities management tool. Designed for comprehensive care of your physical assets, an IWMS is your singular system to support total facilities management.

An IWMS supports all five pillars of facilities management:

With an IWMS, all aspects of facility management integrate into a single platform 

This integration supports communication between departments, supports ease of reporting, and fosters accountability.

Your facilities department doesn’t operate in a silo, and neither should your facilities management software. After all, one aspect of facilities management impacts all other areas of your campus. A broken boiler affects maintenance, but it can also impact energy management, space management, and budgets. That is why an IWMS typically connects to other systems core to the business functions of the organization such as HR, Purchasing, and Accounting. A modern IWMS also has a platform for effective community engagement that streamlines requests and communication.

Why not select a system that works the way you do – in all aspects of campus management?

The full integration of an IWMS provides:

  • Time savings
  • Cost savings
  • Increased interdepartmental communication
  • Enhanced customer engagement
  • Accountability
  • Ease of reporting
  • Realized cost savings
Ready to unleash the power of an IWMS at your facility?
Read more about the transformative power of an Integrated Workplace Management Solution here.


Tags: IWMS, CMMS, Integration