Technology is simplifying processes across just about every industry, and facility maintenance is no exception. What used to take days can be done in hours and we can predict needs before they even arise, leading to massive cost savings. 

But the real benefits and cost savings from technology come when various software and devices communicate with one another. Integrating Computerized Maintenace Management Software (CMMS) with a Building Management System (BMS) has many benefits and gives you a holistic view of both the building and the assets within it. 

The two work together to help building managers and maintenance managers learn more about where their energy is going when a tool or fixture will need to be replaced and how to operate at a higher level of efficiency.

Let’s take a look at each of these systems and the ways they work together to provide in-depth analysis and details about your facility.

What are CMMS and BMS?

Before we can explain the benefits of integrating your CMMS and BMS, we need to offer a better idea of the role of each of these technology pieces in managing your organization.

A Building Management System (BMS) controls and monitors mechanical and electrical equipment. It’s a computerized control system that shows information about equipment related to lighting, firefighting systems, security systems, ventilation, etc. 

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) shows maintenance tasks for all systems within an organization, right down to every lightbulb and its life expectancy. A CMMS allows building managers and their maintenance team to manage their workflows and resources through maintaining both maintenance requests and predictive maintenance to keep your facility running smoothly.

Benefits of integrating CMMS and BMS

Now that you understand the role of CMMS and BMS in your building and system maintenance, let’s look at how integrating the two offers further insights and savings.

When you integrate systems within your organization, you almost always get more insights. That’s because placing all necessary information related to a task or operation in one place helps managers draw conclusions. The more data the better when it comes to operational efficiencies.

When you can see how much energy a device is using from your BMS to know where you could save on utilities or other expenses, you can weigh the value of updating that system based on the life remaining that shows within your CMMS. This gives you better insights as to when to update an asset or system within your building.

And, all this integration can lead to better enterprise resource management. With so much data at your fingertips, you can predict how much each area or function of your building will cost in energy as well as its overall maintenance expense requirements. 

Instead of logging into various systems throughout the day, the building and maintenance team can complete all necessary work within one dashboard, to add efficiency to their workday. 

And because these professionals aren’t switching between systems, response times often improve. When an employee puts through a maintenance request, the team sees it in real-time and can respond in order of importance.

A feature-rich CMMS will offer maintenance organizations the best insights and integration with BMS. Organizations looking to add CMMS should look for an application with the following efficiency features.

  • Work order management
  • Predictive preventative maintenance scheduling
  • Mobile application, either native or through a mobile browser
  • Asset management
  • Parts inventory management
  • In-depth reporting features
  • Software integration with other programs, such as HR or accounting software
  • Project management
  • Vendor management
  • Quality control

Eagle CMMS offers building maintenance teams deep insights and maintenance management tools for cost savings and operational efficiency. Call Eagle at 262-241-3845, or send us an email or schedule a demo to learn more about our software and how we could help your organization integrate your CMMS and BMS.