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Smartware Group, Inc. Announces Major EAM Upgrade of Bigfoot with Enhanced Functionality, Interface for Unparalleled User Experience

CENTER HARBOR, NH – June 2, 2014 – Smartware Group, Inc. today announces a major EAM upgrade of its award-winning Bigfoot Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS). This latest version completely modernizes the user interface design to further simplify the way maintenance professionals manage asset maintenance for their organizations. Bigfoot CMMS will now be available in two editions, Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise and Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise+, which is designed for environments with more complex requirements. The maintenance management solution also boasts a number of new features across both editions.

The streamlined user interface matches how users view, scan, and interact with computer screens of any size, including smartphones, tablets, and iPads. The fluid, vertical-scrolling design of Bigfoot CMMS’ user interface allows users to access all functions by scrolling down a single page, thereby eliminating the need to jump from tab-to-tab to access essential data. This design, undertaken as part of the software developer’s quest to produce intuitive, “Quick to Learn” maintenance solutions for “Quick Results,” will further increase a user’s efficiency as she spends less time training and navigating the software, and more time fulfilling work orders, making emergency repairs, and otherwise getting machinery back online.

“The new Bigfoot editions are game-changers for our industry, as they far surpass the traditional user experience provided by typical CMMS solutions,” said Paul Lachance, President and CTO of Smartware Group. “By combining radical ease of use with the latest maintenance management functionality, we are bringing our mission to fruition. The result is a CMMS solution that truly stands out among the rest.”

Less Keystrokes, More Power

Both Bigfoot Enterprise and Enterprise+ model a maintenance department’s work flow in a simplified manner, thus reducing the number of keystrokes and clicks needed for myriad functions, such as entering equipment data, creating work orders, generating a preventive maintenance (PM) calendar, or managing spare parts inventory. For instance, with one click, users can access a PM calendar showing the entire estimated workload for the day, including PM tasks, non-PMs (unscheduled events repairs) and work orders. And it takes only three clicks to fill out a work order, mark its priority, issue a cause code, and save it.

“If someone has to spend 30 minutes inputting or searching for data in a CMMS instead of using that time to repair a machine and get it up and running, productivity suffers,” Lachance said. “And our goal, as always, is to enhance productivity – which is why we made sure our new user interface eliminates complicated procedures and condenses Bigfoot down to what users really need to get their hands on quickly.”

Underneath the new Bigfoot design lies a host of cutting-edge features. Location-based work orders give users the ability to manage work orders by both an asset and a site. Users can also tap into a new parts inventory to show one part in multiple locations and the quantity of each on hand at each location. Document management has been enhanced so users may set up an asset maintenance media library and create files for spreadsheets, illustrations, videos, and other applications. And with improved multi-site management, users are able to shut down a specific site for a set period of time.

Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise and Enterprise+ also enable users to enter asset data with the same nomenclature their organization uses to refer to specialized equipment, as opposed to limited generic terms dictated by a typical CMMS. Users can preset data views to check on corrective and preventive maintenance alerts, and toggle back and forth between these views – without having to customize the program. Other new configuration capabilities include the user creation of drop-down lists of specific fields for work orders, rather than relying on standard, non-configurable forms across the enterprise.

This release of Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise and Enterprise+ coincides with the redesign of the Smartware Group website, Visit the newly-updated site for more information about Bigfoot CMMS, and contact Smartware Group sales to see a demonstration today.

About Smartware Group, Inc.

Smartware Group, Inc., headquartered in Center Harbor, N.H., produces Bigfoot CMMS for manufacturing, distribution, data centers, hospitality, mining, and energy & utilities industries.

Since 2002, Bigfoot has helped users worldwide improve equipment and facility maintenance operations with advanced capabilities that include a mobile app, safety/EHS, preventive maintenance (PMs) and predictive maintenance, work order scheduling, maintenance requests, asset lifecycle management, parts replacement inventory, and built-in reporting. Bigfoot CMMS’ native functionality paired with its modern, intuitive design allows maintenance professionals to implement the solution and get results quickly, often in a matter of weeks.

The Bigfoot solution previously earned “Product of the Year” Gold and Bronze awards by Plant Engineering magazine, as well as won a Bronze Stevie® Award during the 11th Annual International Business Awards in the Best Interface Design category. Experience the Bigfoot difference by accessing a free trial at today.

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