Posted on 07/17/2015

By Lora Mays, Product Marketing Manager

The number of people who rely on using their smart phones at work has nearly doubled in recent years, according to recent reports, and it’s no different for those working on a facility management team.

Having access to your automated facility and maintenance management solution through a mobile device offers a number of benefits, including improving team communication and overall efficiency. However, there are some other benefits that may not be as obvious:

Improve the quality of work

Mobile technology means your team can spend more time out in the field rather than at the computer entering work orders. Because they have more time to dedicate to turning wrenches, there is an opportunity to spend more time on work. 

Reduce the time spent “fighting fires”

It’s inevitable in facilities – your day will be going great, and suddenly, there’s utter chaos when an unexpected and emergency repair comes through to the team. It throws off your entire day and makes it difficult, if not impossible, to complete the work that you had planned.

Having work orders at your fingertips through mobile technology allows you to immediately respond to these issues, which helps to reduce the chaos that often comes through with reactive maintenance requests.

Simplify resource management

How many hours were spent on work orders closed out today? What were the associated costs? Entering information like this into your computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is often delayed when you don’t have access to your system via mobile technology. With a mobile solution, technicians can enter these details as they complete work – and in some cases, use location-based technology to allow the application to provide automatic updates.

Promote a single source of truth

Even if your team has the best intentions to enter information into the work order system, without having access in the field, some details may be lost and stored elsewhere. Mobile technology ensures that these details can be easily and quickly entered into the CMMS, promoting the resource as a single source of truth – or centralized database – for all of the information related to your facility and maintenance management.

Learn more about how 360Facility, a true cloud solution with mobile functionality in its DNA, serves as a single source of truth to help your team cut maintenance costs by up to 35 percent.