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In the previous blog in our multisite series, we discussed the industry trends driving the need for enterprise-wide asset management software. To continue in our series, this blog analyzes the internal business drivers for companies to standardize and share EAM software across all of their facilities.

With a full range of industry drivers from an increase in FDA activity to growing globalization, many companies are reviewing their own need for multisite asset management software.  There are 7 specific internal business drivers that cause companies to merge their disparate EAM or CMMS systems into a single solution.

Here are the top 7 internal drivers for enterprise-wide asset management software (or multisite CMMS):Internal Business Drivers for Multisite EAM

  1. Eliminate Siloed Departments – Facilities are not able to share information with each other because they are not using a standardized application. With the desire for each facility to share knowledge and processes with one another, it is essential that they are using the same software in order to facilitate communication on a common basis.
  2. Improve Scalability – With multisite software, scalability is streamlined. You can easily on-board new employees or facilities and standardize processes. Multisite software allows companies to leverage a single implementation or configuration across all of their facilities as needed. 
  3. Increase Effectiveness – Knowledge sharing is one of the most important aspects of driving efficiencies within a corporation with multiple manufacturing plants. Facility managers and upper management need the ability to communicate effectively between departments and facilities. With enterprise-wide software, the ability to share is simplified because reports, processes and configurations can be standardized. With a multisite EAM or CMMS solution, managers have the ability to communicate over common topics. Managers learn from one another, compare metrics and discuss how to improve effectiveness of their maintenance and calibration programs.
  4. Gain a Centralized View of All Facilities – From a management perspective, it is difficult to drive corporate efficiencies when each of your manufacturing plants are using different software for their maintenance and calibration programs. Furthermore, it is impossible to gain a single, consolidated corporate view of your manufacturing plants. Enterprise-wide asset management software can reveal KPIs and metrics from across your facilities which allows you to pinpoint common issues or trends.
  5. Integrate with External Systems across Facilities – In order to improve your company’s effectiveness and compliance, you need an enterprise-wide application integrated with external systems such as an ERP, LIMS, MES or parts management system. Integration will streamline and standardize all business processes, enforce consistency and reduce human error across all of your facilities. This also plays a role in gaining a centralized view of your facilities. By integrating your EAM system with all of your external systems, you create the necessary interaction for departments to work together both successfully and efficiently. In addition, you are able to streamline overall business processes and communication among departments involved in product development.
  6. Standardize Workflows/Processes – Enterprise-wide asset management software will help you to drive consistent workflows and processes throughout your facilities. This, in the end, will streamline processes and improve your compliance.
  7. Improve Compliance – The FDA now expects consistency across facilities within an organization which has been demonstrated in recently issued multisite 483s/warning letters. An enterprise-wide software solution provides the necessary consistency in workflows and processes to drive compliance and satisfy the FDA. The FDA’s desire for consistency is also an important factor in the need to integrate with external systems such as an ERP, MES, LIMS, parts management, etc. An enterprise-wide EAM provides consistency as far as asset management across facilities, while, EAM integration with external systems provides the necessary consistency among overall business processes and between functional areas of product development.

And, at the base of all of the internal needs lies the overwhelming desire for management to be able to drive corporate efficiencies in quality, compliance and other manufacturing areas.  An enterprise-wide asset management application (EAM or CMMS) is an essential tool to drive these efficiencies and standardized processes.

In our next blog post, we will discuss the top considerations when integrating a multisite software solution across facilities in your corporation.

Click here to view a recorded version of our “Driving Down Enterprise Compliance Costs with EAM” webinar.

Read the Multisite blog series:

1. Growing Demand for Multisite Software

2. 7 Internal Business Drivers for Multisite EAM/CMMS

3. Factors to Consider When Implementing an EAM

4. Organizational Impact of Multisite EAM/CMMS