Most of us remember the days of paper work orders. Those days are long gone and today, software offers us some pretty amazing ways of getting work orders filled out and delivered instantly!
A Brief History of Work Order Software
Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software emerged in the late 1980s and became more streamlined in the early 90s. It leveraged the ability of the personal computer to gather, order, and maintain facility management info.
The problem with the first systems is that they were in independent silos and could not “talk” to one another. This made information readily available to facility executives, but impossible to disseminate to other important players.
Since then, software has become very sophisticated and communication has improved immensely.
The New World
The most important feature of the newest software isn’t the functions, but the advanced capability for different systems to communicate with each other.
When software programs can collaborate effectively, it improves the range of what is possible for businesses. Now, statistics can be calculated using data from different departments or facilities that were never possible before. Things like budget, efficiency, and industry trends can be tracked by calculating data coming from many dimensions of the process.
For instance, drafting software that is used by architects can communicate with engineering software, which can then collaborate with real estate development software. This has drastic effects on the industry with information moving faster than ever.
How to Choose
Think about how much power you need your software to have in order to properly facilitate your business. Think about where it is now and where it will be in the near future. You want to choose software that compliments your business and can grow alongside it.
Is your facility management software working hard for you? To learn more about how online solutions could help drive success at your business, contact Landport Systems in Walnut Creek, California.