As an independent resource for the IWMS community I try to read as much as I can about developments in our industry. Occasionally you come across some interesting opinions of other professionals such as a publication on the website of FSI FM Solutions from the United Kingdom.
In the article Tony Leppard, MD of FMx Ltd, the author of CAFM Explorer, claims that CAFM is still the strongest acronym to describe an integrated FM solution.
The introduction of the article seems to be very interesting for a debate here on iwmsnews.com.
As CAFM (computer aided facilities management) systems have become more established, numerous acronyms have sprung up for systems that only cater for helpdesk and ppm (planned preventative maintenance) applications. There are claims these systems are more attuned to CMMS (computerised maintenance management system) or IWMS (integrated workplace management system) working.
Indeed, in the USA and Canada, the word is that many are claiming CAFM is becoming an outdated technology and that most large organisations are deferring to IWMS instead. This could be misleading or just plain jockeying for market position. Or sour grapes.
The definition of IWMS goes as follows: ‘An enterprise platform that supports the planning, design, management, utilisation and disposal of an organisation’s location-based assets. IWMS systems assist organisations in optimising the use of workplace resources, including the management of a company’s real estate portfolio, infrastructure and facilities assets’. Is this not what CAFM does?
UK software house FMx Ltd owns the trademark for CAFM and is keen to shed some light on the situation. Tony Leppard, MD of FMx Ltd, the author of CAFM Explorer, and seasoned player in the FM business for 25 years, claims that CAFM is still the strongest acronym to describe an integrated FM solution.
‘The flow of information between FM applications makes for a far more productive solution that isolated applications like helpdesk,’ he says. ‘For example, a reactive issue is almost always associated with assets, location, people, contractors, trades people, costs, rooms, and so on. So where do you draw the line?
So what do you think? Is CAFM still the strongest acrononym to to describe an integrated FM solution? Or is IWMS equally qualified to fit that purpose. I would love to hear your opinion about to what extend you think this statement of Tony Leppard is valid.