CMMS software providers such as Techs4Biz Australia
offer a web portal in addition to the standard software used to run computerised maintenance management systems from a desktop computer or a PDA with its own operating system.
Though lacking the full functionality of software running on an operating system such as Windows, the web portal application provides enough functionality to complete work orders when using a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer.
A key benefit of using a web portal in conjunction with CMMS software is that the user can access the asset register through the web portal from any device or computer with internet access. The web portal is very helpful for workers in the field who can now access most information regarding a particular asset with a laptop, smartphone or tablet that has an internet connection. There is no need for a device with the CMMS software already installed.
A very useful feature of CMMS systems, the web portal may not be ideal to manage the maintenance of a firm with a large number of assets that require frequent maintenance. Additional costs may also be incurred for data transfer via the internet while using the web portal from certain mobile devices.
Companies evaluating CMMS software packages must weigh up the potential costs of using a web portal over a PDA and determine the suitability of these solutions for their business.