Desktop CMMS vs Mobile CMMS

Comparing the hundred plus offerings of Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) products choosing the right one for your business can be challenging. There might be so many questions pondering like what features should I request for? Are they really worth my time?  What would be the initial prices plus start up costs? And finally which one is the best? Should I go with a web-based program or a desktop-based system?  Okay, c’mon let’s take a look at both of them and then decide on these.

Desktop Based:  The desktop system is an internal system that is usually installed and maintained by your company’s IT department.  This method lets your company have full control over all the hardware and software.  With trained expertise and manpower, you can get the best by installing this kind of Maintenance Management Software. The desktop-based software has some advantages. However, if there is any problem with the server or the need arise to upgrade to faster and more efficient hardware, don’ be surprised for these costs incurred by you.

Web Based CMMS:  CMMS Mobile is basically outsourced to a third party’s servers.  This means you access the software over the Internet using a web browser.  And not to forget your company doesn’t contribute in maintaining CMMS Software or update it.  You can leave the job of running the software to your service provider. If you look at the advantage, you can understand that the web-based approach a better option in saving man power.

In addition, access to a desktop based CMMS software is possible only if you’re logged into your computer in the office whereas, a web based CMMS software can be used from anywhere at one condition of having an Internet connection—anywhere in the world!  Carry your software through your laptop or mobile device and make assessments and solutions in real time. Plus, this way will let you free from any hardware issues that may occur.  To courtesy, when servers go down the third party is responsibility to fix or replace the server.  Unlike the desktop CMMS, there won’t be waste of time in upgrading software and all upgrades are done “behind the scenes”. This means you can concentrate on using the software but not fixing it.  Needless to say, mobile asset management easily outweighs the advantages of the desktop approach.  But before you purchase, make sure it’s the right tool for you and your company and worth an investment.


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