Why CMMS Implementation Matters

A great idea is useful. But do you know what’s actually valuable? Executing that idea.

For instance, great idea: use a CMMS solution to improve your maintenance operations. But completing effective CMMS implementation across your organization and its assets? That’s much more valuable—and a little more involved.

The best CMMS solutions improve asset uptime, work order tracking and labor productivity by digitally organizing assets and notifications. While these systems might seem like magic, they don’t magically set themselves up. They require implementation.

The “I” word can be intimidating to maintenance professionals and other business and IT units at an organization. But attention must be paid to implementation. If it isn’t, your organization could find itself spending large sums of money on a system that doesn’t perform.

Here’s why.

1. 80% of all implementations fail.

According to Software Advice, approximately 80 to 90% of all computerized management system (CMMS) implementations fail.

That means four out of five systems that are purchased never reach their full potential. It’s like if four out of five cars were unable to be driven off the lot after purchase. You have paid for a product but have no ability to use it as intended.

This wouldn’t be acceptable in any other industry but seems to happen often in software. CMMS implementation is just as important as CMMS features and capabilities. Without effective implementation, those features and capabilities will gather dust—and your budget will have suffered serious damage.

That’s why it is so important to choose a provider with a real track record of successful implementations.

At Maintenance Connection, we understand that a CMMS you can’t implement properly is no CMMS at all. That’s why our world-class solution comes backed by 15 years of expertise successfully implementing maintenance management software. Plus, we’re proud to boast that we have a 98% implementation success rate, as well as a customer satisfaction rate.

2. You must customize the system for the best results.

The best CMMS solutions offer a range of features. These aren’t bells and whistles designed to attract your attention; they’re key value drivers of the software—and can only be unlocked by a smart implementation of your particular use cases. Your maintenance organization has its own challenges, opportunities, and needs.

Effective customization happens during the implementation process. You don’t want an out-of-the-box setup. You need a consultative process that shapes the CMMS’ features to your business goals, KPIs and work style. Without that, you’ll find yourself just scratching the surface of what is possible with your CMMS.

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3. It helps you master your CMMS.

Implementing a CMMS is a strong start to better preventive maintenance. But it’s not the whole story. As you integrate a CMMS with your maintenance operations, there will be ongoing opportunities to leverage even more features, add more users and drive adoption even further across your organization.

These opportunities to create more value are only available if you implement the system correctly and take the time to fully explore its features. A deep knowledge of the CMMS and what’s possible with it are critical if you want to get the most out of it. The result will be improved reliability and uptime, extended equipment life, ability to meet maintenance budgets and a positive preventive-to-reactive maintenance ratio. And overall, successful implementation means you’ll reach top-notch ROI on both assets and your CMMS investment.

All because you committed to implementing your CMMS the right way.