Businesses have many challenges to deal with in general, but, to the surprise of most people, it is facilities management that figures among their top priorities. And that is understandable — after all, if the premises are not operated in an organized manner, it will not be conducive for conducting business, yes? It is why facility management has gained so much traction of late — driving people to look to technology for solutions. And that brings us to the concept of Computer-Aided Facilities Management, which marks a departure from the traditional and frankly archaic system of managing real estate.

But before we explore this any further, let us take a moment to examine what is CAFM. According to experts, CAFM, as the name suggests, refers to the use of IT to support and drive facilities management. Among other elements, CAFM solutions strive to help facility managers tend to tasks such as allocation of desks to employees, put together strategies for preventive management, organize and optimize relevant processes, and so much more. Suffice it to say that CAFM solutions in the market deliver many more benefits than just the ones listed here. So, to further demonstrate just how potent CAFM solutions are and how they stand to benefit any business, we have collated a list of some of their most compelling advantages. Take a look.

  1. Go paperless: The thing about the old way of managing facilities is that it was manual, slow, and a paper-based system. But with computer-aided facilities management, the process can be mostly automated, which also enables an accelerated pace. But most importantly, it helps the company go paperless, and everyone knows that that comes with a plethora of benefits, including better management of documents, processes, and also the entire ‘being eco-friendly’ bit.
  2. Streamline task management: As mentioned above, the old way of facilities management relied mainly on a paper-based system. Now, not only is that highly detrimental for the environment, but it also poses another vital challenge to the efficient management and execution of tasks. But with CAFM, you gain access to a unified platform that all employees have access to. It means the relevant tasks are assigned, and the applicable data and information are shared with the requisite employees as and when they need it. As a result, their productivity immediately receives a boost.
  3. Better audibility: Since CAFM are data-driven technology solutions, they make sure to gather and store information about things like schedules, jobs, costs, and more in a manner that is conducive to auditing. What that means is that CAFM solutions build an audit trail, documenting crucial details such as the changes made as well as about the date, time, and the user who made said changes.

The above discussion only serves to demonstrate the potential of computer-aided facilities management systems, i.e., they stand to help businesses in many ways. But if we were to sum it up in short, we would say that a CAFM solution is the most cost-effective tool out there to streamline and achieve robust management of your company’s facilities.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. The post explains the benefits of investing in CAFM software, which can help your business by not only going paperless but also streamlining task management processes.