The Bigfoot CMMS Blog

3 Ways CMMS Resolves Data Center Maintenance Challenges

April 29, 2015 | Asset Management, Data Centers, Preventive Maintenance, Work Orders/Maintenance Requests | no comments

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.

5 Advantages of Safety Maintenance Management in CMMS

April 21, 2015 | CMMS Tips, Occupational Safety & Health, Reporting | no comments

“Safety first” is a common motto for many maintenance teams. Promoting Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is a priority in any sector, but especially in industries where teams are regularly interacting with equipment that presents hazards – be it data center systems that can electrocute technicians who don’t follow proper procedures or industrial machinery that presents mechanical hazards if best practices are not complied with.

School Funding Renews Focus on Building, Asset Maintenance

April 13, 2015 | Asset Management, Education | no comments

Those in an educational environment know that school districts must maintain diverse assets types across a wide range of facilities. Maintenance managers need to keep up with these demands while dealing with the extremely limited budgets that come with working in the public sector. Economic challenges often force school districts to defer maintenance projects or cling to aging facilities that create numerous operational challenges. These factors come together to force facilities teams to consider innovative ways to support everyday operations, and education asset management systems can help.

Cloud Considerations for CMMS

February 4, 2015 | CMMS Tech, CMMS Tips, Data Centers | 2 comments

Last year’s data breaches, according to a January 2015 report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, reached an all-time high of 783, a disturbing reality that shows that private networks and servers are no longer airtight when it comes to hackers. Maintenance data is no exception.

Preserving Safety and Security in Tool Control

January 7, 2015 | Asset Management, Correctional Facilities, Inventory Management | no comments

If a wrench went missing at a manufacturing plant, the production line would no doubt keep running. If the same thing happened in a correctional facility, however, the whole place could be locked down. At jails, prisons, training schools for offenders and other facilities in the criminal justice system, all tools and machinery must be accounted for at all times – because implements designed for building and repairing can also …

Expanding the Maintenance Toolkit for 2015 OSHA Standards

December 12, 2014 | CMMS Tips, Occupational Safety & Health, Reporting | no comments

January 1, 2015 marks the starting date for a new set of regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will affect many maintenance professionals throughout the United States. The new OSHA standards are designed to help improve workplace safety, in light of statistics showing more than 4,000 workers killed on the job in 2013. Not only are workplace accidents devastating to employees and families, it is estimated that …

Achieving Peak Preventive Maintenance through KPIs

November 10, 2014 | Reporting | no comments

Trying to improve maintenance operations without analyzing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is like pumping up a tire without a pressure gauge – there’s no way to judge if it’s getting too much air, or too little.  But when using a feature-rich CMMS to monitor KPIs, they get a clear picture of exactly how their assets — and the teams maintaining them — are performing, and what they are doing to …