SUNConferences, Computers and Industrial Engineering 42

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Giving your CMMS Wings
Dirk Pieter Janse van Rensburg

Last modified: 2012-03-08


The scope of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is often the source for debate amongst asset management practitioners. Traditionally it has been known as the information system responsible for maintenance work management. However, in recent times the perception of a CMMS has been blurred with the introduction of a more open-ended concept, the Enterprise Asset Management System (EAMS). This, together with the ever growing reach of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems leaves CMMS just short of an identity crises.

This presentation aims to shed light on the positioning of a CMMS in an organization’s information system architecture, and to propose a model that defines EAMS. It positions CMMS as a subset of functionality contained within the broader EAMS umbrella concept. Competing with single sign-on integrated solution providers, CMMS products need to compete as best-of–breed systems build to address specific business needs. The ever increasing challenge that best-of-breed products face is the ability to integrate into broader information system architectures and to facilitate seamless business process workflow. The presentation proposes an approach to address this requirement and to grow a CMMS into the EAMS sphere by arguing that business intelligence is the overarching instrument that unifies an integrated EAMS architecture.   

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