In June 2012, facilities professionals serving K-12 schools, colleges and universities across North America took part in an extensive facilities management survey. The survey identified six key challenges facing facilities and maintenance personnel in education today. SchoolDude is addressing these challenges in a series of reports. Today, we’ll cover the first challenge in a six part series; and show you what traits to look for in a CMMS vendor for help overcoming these challenges.
KEY CHALLENGE #1: Do More with Less
This is an old cliché, but more true today than ever before. These days, the majority of professionals are dealing with two very big challenges – increased demand on their time and shrinking or flat budgets.
It’s the battle cry of the new economy . . .
“Do more with less.”
It’s no surprise that economic and budgetary concerns are the number one issue identified by facilities professionals. Budget cuts and staff reductions are bad enough under any circumstances, but when combined with the ever-increasing service demands faced in the educational setting, doing more with less becomes more difficult than ever before.
Technology becomes a key component for success when trying to do more with less. A good Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) can be one of the strongest tools in your toolbox to help your overwhelmed staff. With limits on both time and money, picking the right system becomes critical. The right system should not cost an arm and a leg, should be easy enough for everyone on the team to use and should take weeks - not months- to implement. The articles below can offer some additional guidance on what to look for in your CMMS system.
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