While Fortune Magazine reported a 36% increase in construction job openings in April of this year, the American Association of General Contractors revealed the flip side of that picture: a glaring shortage of personnel to fill those openings in craft worker and key professional positions at 87% of construction companies. These reports are but the latest in a long line of studies over the past decade documenting the shrinkage of skilled labor in the U.S.
The facilities and asset maintenance management industries have been moving inexorably into a new generation of innovation and sophistication. The past few decades have brought consistent growth in the computerization of maintenance management systems and the industry is experiencing major growth as a generation of tech-savvy leaders begin to move into managerial roles.
The undefinable concept of the “human factor” is an idea that comes up as businesses modernize. As a society, we’ve increasingly moved away from manufacturing line automation and forward into information automation. If businesses are going to automate so many tasks, how are they going to maintain the human factor?
We recently discussed ways that organizations can integrate media into their Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS). In that article, we put the emphasis on video, web pages, and similar media types, and the logistics of how organizations can use that content. Those same tips come into play when you want to create knowledge within your CMMS and communicate it to workers.
Video, images, files, and other forms of content can all add considerable value when stored in your cloud-based Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). You can use media libraries to create more meaningful training tools, follow manufacturer’s user guides, link online spec sheets, and communicate up-to-date internal procedures.
For a long time, data center maintenance was essentially split into two key categories. In one, you had the IT administrators and experts who managed the IT equipment and worked to keep everything running smoothly. In the other, you had the facilities team that looked after power, cooling, access control and environmental systems. This segregation worked when data centers were fairly static, but IT functionality has become more important than ever, leading to a situation in which data centers are increasingly a mission-critical part of businesses and society as a whole. The result has been an increased emphasis on delivering reliability and efficiency while also developing innovative, high-density IT configurations.