Saturday, December 15, 2018

MRP Blog

In today’s hyper-connected world, organizations are using technology to address their maintenance and facility management needs in ways we have never seen before. This blog is written by our employees and industry experts about current maintenance resource planning topics that we hope will keep you up to date on current technology and give you the tools needed to exceed your maintenance goals and needs. 


Grab your favorite beverage, hang out a while and soak up some knowledge.


Craig Drouillard, President


Happy Holidays

We'd like to take a moment and reflect on 2015 as it comes to a close. It seems as though the year has flown by, and yet, we've accomplished a lot. It's been a busy year for us and we're sure it has been equally busy for all of you. We have more exciting things to look forward to in 2016, and look forward to working together to achieve all of your maintenance goals.

Happy holidays - from our team to yours!


Enhancements: Version 5.0 to 5.5

We're at it again - documenting our enhancements. As with most software companies, we add things to our software based on customer requests, and this update is noPM Image exception. So if you've asked for it, check the list. If you have an enhancement request, contact our support team or log into our database and present your ideas.

Our most current version of TeamWORKS is 5.5.200. So what happened between 5.0 and 5.5.200?


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Every maintenance shop has one. The one tech that has been there forever and knows where everything is. When it’s time to get out the backhoe he has to survey the dig site to tell you where the water, power and telephone lines are buried because he’s the only one that knows. He knows the sites and buildings inside and out. He’s a wealth of knowledge and you don’t know what you’d do without him. Well, one day you’re gonna find out.

The current alternative to the “all-knowing, all-seeing” tech is a stack of as-built and construction manuals. Most of them are out of date or were not correct to start with. So what do you do? How do you manage all this information and make it easily accessible to the people that need it, when they need it?


What Did We Add?

Our most recent update brings all of our customers to version 5.5.200. But what does this really mean to you? What did we add? Here's what we added from update 4.0 to 4.75. If you haven't updated to 4.0 yet (you should), give us a minute and we'll show you what you're missing. 

As with all of our updates, we strive to make the changes as seamless as possible. Most of the time they are maintenance issues on our end. Occasionally, we add some new options and if you don't use them all the time, you'd never know they were there to make your work life easier.


Seen and Heard at #NACS2015

What a great trip to Las Vegas! Thankfully we didn’t stay at the hotel where the Presidential Debate occurred – that would have added a lot of chaos to what is already a pretty busy event in an even busier city. We did have a good time - nibbling and snacking on all those delightful foods, too. The snacking and nibbling was offset by the sheer size of the Las Vegas Convention Center – we easily got in our 10k steps every day. There was just that much to see…

And we did see a lot of great things at NACS this year. A quick nod to our really nice (and busy!) booth mates on either side of us - Acumera on the one side and CStorePro (who were using Povelli products to help demonstrate their system) on the other side. Seriously, they were busy talking to people the entire show, as were we. Like we said – a great show.

We saw quite a few new things in the New Product areas, and in some cases we got to try food that just hasn’t quite made it into our region yet - the lines at Krispy Krunchy Chicken were long and for good reason (great chicken!). We noticed this year a much more active Latin American and South American presence. It was nice to see so many international visitors to this conference, and although they may have been there in force last year, it just seemed more noticeable this year.


Why MRP?



Why MRP?

Most organizations have heard of or used an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, but few know about MRP (maintenance resource planning).

The difference is simple. ERP focuses everything around the budget of the organization. In most cases the ERP system started as a financial system and began adding functionality on an as-needed basis based on end of year budget surprises.

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