Back to CMMS Basics, Part 2: How Is CMMS Different from EAM?


Last time we answered the question, “Why do I need CMMS software?” In this post, we’ll answer another common question—how is CMMS different from enterprise asset management (EAM) software?

Usually, maintenance managers ask this question when they start researching maintenance management software and find different vendors use different terms. To make things more confusing, the answer has changed as technology continues its constant advancement.

A Blurry Line

It used to be that EAM typically focused on the general management of assets (hence the name) and CMMS on maintenance tasks for those assets.

In other words, EAM had a broader scope while CMMS software was more specific to maintenance. However, both were part of the larger maintenance management software family.

But as technology has evolved, the line between these two has blurred even more.

Many maintenance software developers—including MPulse—call their products CMMS/EAM software because advanced features in CMMS software perform the same functions as EAM software. For example, today features like real-time monitoring, asset lifecycle tracking, and cost centers are now readily available in advanced CMMS software.

And as CMMS/EAM technology continues to evolve, you’ll hear a new term: asset performance management (APM).

Asset Performance Management

APM is the care of equipment, facilities, vehicles, and/or tools—anything physical that needs to be maintained—so they can continue to work in their intended function. It’s taking maintenance to the next level, where it’s easier to spot problems before they occur or identify ways to make your operations more productive.

APM has caught the attention of industry leaders because it maximizes the predictability and profitability of the equipment or facilities as well as identifies ways to improve those performance indicators. Maintenance software is moving towards APM quickly as more organizations realize the impact of maintenance on their operations.

Whatever your software is called, the important thing is that you find the right asset management program that’s best for you. So, pay less attention to the acronym and more on the software’s features.

Next, we’ll explain why your organization’s ERP software won’t work well for maintenance management. Have questions? We’re just a phone call away.


Read our entire Back to CMMS Basics series:

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 1: Why Do I Need CMMS Software?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 2: How Is CMMS Different from EAM?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 3: Why Shouldn’t I Use ERP Software?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 4: What Are the “Bare Bones” Features I’ll Need?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 5: Who Should Be Involved in the Decision?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 6: How Much Should I Expect to Spend and What Are My Buying Options?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 7: Why Do I Need a Software Demo or Trial?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 8: How Many Software Licenses Do I Need?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 9: What if I Need to Integrate with My Organization’s Other Software?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 10: What Do I Need to Know about the Implementation Process?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 11: What’s the Best Way to Train My Crew to Use It?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 12: What if I Need Support after the Software is Up and Running?

Back to CMMS Basics, Part 13: What if My Needs Change?