CMMS vs EAM | What’s the Difference?


CMMS vs. EAM2018-07-23T16:27:03+00:00

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What is a CMMS and EAM?

When searching for maintenance management systems, terms such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) are often used interchangeably.

CMMS software packages maintain electronic databases of data about the maintenance operations of an organization. CMMS is traditionally used to schedule and dispatch work, improve efficiency, help management make more information decisions, to support regulatory compliance, and more.

EAM is the optimal life cycle management of an organization’s physical assets. EAM includes aspects of business such as operations, maintenance and decommissioning/replacement of a plant, equipment and facilities, design, and more.

At one time, CMMS and EAM were seen as vastly different solutions for maintenance management. However, with the modern systems on the market today, the lines between the two have blurred. To help explain the primary differences between CMMS and EAM, let’s quickly rewind 30 years to the inception of CMMS and EAM, and then discuss how the differences have evolved from software functionality to a maintenance “state of mind.”

The History of CMMS & EAM

In the 1980s when CMMS systems were first introduced on the market by eMaint and other providers, they were working to replace manual maintenance systems and to develop:

  • Work Order Management
  • Spare Parts Inventory Management
  • Preventive Maintenance Scheduling
  • Asset Histories

On the heels of the technology boom of the 1990s, EAM software was developed, looking to offer a superset of CMMS features for enterprise organizations with global maintenance initiatives. Organizations began to see that maintenance was not just limited to one department, but required a 360 degree view. Traditionally, these systems included CMMS functionality as well as:

  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Financial Costs/Asset lifecycle analysis

CMMS vs. EAM Today

The early 2000s saw the emergence of the Internet. During this time, as technology improved and best practices about asset health and governance shifted, the landscape demanded a change in software. CMMS providers such as eMaint rose to the challenge, and incorporated more robust reporting and analytical toolsto offer a more complete asset management solution. As a result, the distinction between CMMS and EAM dissipated for the most part. In today’s technological environment, Enterprise Asset Management is more of a business approach than a uniquely different software solution.

Today, maintenance plays a vital role within companies across all industries, and assets are considered corporate entities. With EAM as a maintenance ideology, CMMS is the method to successfully disseminate standards and global initiatives across an entire organization. Our eMaint solution is a CMMS & EAM and can deliver a wide range of functionality to facilitate maintenance success for small, midsize and enterprise clients that can be deployed quickly, with lower upfront costs than a traditional Enterprise strength system.

eMaint CMMS Enterprise Clients & Results

eMaint’s cloud-based maintenance management system is a modern solution that encompasses the agility necessary to offer global organizations the tools they need to better manage their maintenance operations, control costs and increase overall productivity. When you sign on with eMaint CMMS, you get the range of functionality you need, with the ability to expand your usage when you want.

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