CMMS software upgrade
The latest version of Smartware Group's Bigfoot CMMS modernizes the user interface design to simplify asset maintenance management.
Smartware Group Inc. announced a major upgrade of its Bigfoot computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software. This latest version modernizes the user interface design to simplify the way maintenance professionals manage asset maintenance for their organizations. Bigfoot CMMS is available in two editions, Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise and Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise+, which is designed for multi-site environments with more complex requirements.
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.
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, and 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 and 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.
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 can 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.
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