As a facilities/maintenance manager, you’ve thought long and hard about it, and determined you really need a computerized maintenance management system to better manage your workload and take your operations to the next level. You are tired of feeling overwhelmed by the non-stop, unpredictable flood of maintenance needs, and have decided that you need to be more proactive. You’ve talked with colleagues who use maintenance software systems, and have heard first-hand how beneficial they can be.
Great, so now what?
For many managers, the next steps involve searching the internet for different solutions, watching online demonstrations, and getting some basic pricing. Next, they schedule a meeting with upper management to present the solution.
The trouble is, this is where the process often comes to a halt. Upper management may look at the situation very differently and raise questions and objections that facility/maintenance managers may not be fully prepared to answer.
This may be a part of the reason why a surprisingly high number of companies still have not implemented these valuable solutions—even though, in reality, upper management often stands to benefit the most from the value that maintenance software can provide.
If you’ve decided it’s time to implement a maintenance software solution, it is critical that you have a plan before approaching upper management. Here are some strategies that will help.
To you, the need for a maintenance software solution is likely obvious—so obvious, in fact, that it may be easy to assume there is no need to seek out other opinions on how or why such a solution might be valuable. Don’t let this type of complacency derail your project. Continue reading