By having a system in place, organisations can prove compliance with regulatory, industry and local standards.
Facilities managers have always faced challenges as they seek the most effective way of managing their assets. This includes keeping asset information up to date and easily accessible; particularly in terms of asset availability, maintenance status and acquisition/disposal.
Many of these challenges have been overcome by replacing the traditional ‘Excel’ style spreadsheets with digital platforms which offer significantly greater functionality.
Modern asset management software has, therefore, in many cases evolved into a wider facilities management system. This has resulted in increased efficiency and reliability access to asset information that has become as important as the asset itself.
Such integration means that asset information can be woven throughout an entire FM system. This enables organisations to seamlessly marry traditional asset management functions such as recording of and tracking an asset’s lifecycle with other key FM operations such as Tasking, PPM and Mobile functionality.
A fully integrated system helps to manage all aspects of facilities management and one of the key components it can help support is compliance.
A facilities management package essentially helps organisations manage and mitigate risks associated with asset use. From buildings to equipment, the purpose of this software is to help organisations manage their assets in a more cost-effective way.
By having a system in place, organisations can prove compliance with regulatory, industry and local standards. It can also allow them to benchmark their performance and identify opportunities for development and growth.
Although not all organisations look to achieve it, an asset management tool can be of significant value for those who have or are considering embarking on achieving and managing ISO 55001 accreditation. This ISO accreditation details specific requirements for implementing and maintaining assets.
Asckey’s asset management functionality is part of our comprehensive CAFM system, fmfirst® Estates. The software is used by NHS Trusts up and down the country.
We also recognise that some organisations may not require a full CAFM system but instead, need elements of one to help manage their facilities effectively.
This is why, over the years, we have begun converting some of the modules within our CAFM software into stand-alone cloud-based applications. This includes fmfirst® Survey and fmfirst® Tasking, with more to follow as part of our fmfirst® product suite.
Each application is developed with the option of integrating, where relevant, with others from the suite or even third-party applications. As a result, organisations can pick and mix the applications they need in order to meet their own operational requirements.
As part of our commitment to effective asset management, we have also partnered with The Building Services Association (BESA). This partnership means we are able to provide integration with their standard and HTM10 range of maintenance schedules. This enables maintenance activity to be linked to appropriate asset records.
At Asckey, we aim to help keep facilities management simple; helping the right people get the right information at the right time. If you’d like to discover more about our applications, then please get in touch.