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The Top 5 Most Affordable CMMS Products

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In today's economic climate, businesses are facing some real challenges. The ups and downs in the economy have CFOs and business managers watching their spending like never before. At the same time, businesses are on the hunt for solutions that improve efficiencies and cut costs. Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) has long been recognized as an effective tool that helps organizations streamline maintenance operations in almost any industry. Finding a CMMS that meets the requirements of the business but is also easy on the budget is the new mission. The cost-saving benefits that CMMSs are expected to deliver need to be weighed against the costs involved with implementing them. The return on investment (ROI) must exceed the initial investment, implementation, and ongoing costs. Businesses today are looking for software that delivers speed to value where an ROI can be realized in months, not years.  

This article examines some of the financial challenges many businesses face while choosing a CMMS and provides some affordable options. Fortunately, with many CMMS vendors in the marketplace, the competitive environment has driven many CMMS providers to offer lower-cost options.  Cost-conscious businesses today have a variety of products to evaluate when looking for maintenance management software.

What’s Involved When Investing in a CMMS?

Companies considering a CMMS often grapple with various cost concerns. For many, it’s weighing the cost and benefits of choosing between a cloud-based CMMS or an on-premise CMMS. While there is little difference in the features of either deployment model, there are considerable differences in the upfront investment and costs associated with implementation, hardware, and ongoing maintenance. 

Cloud-based CMMS software is available through a centralized online platform. Cloud-based CMMS is hosted on remote servers, providing users with easy access to maintenance data, work orders, and asset information from any location with internet connectivity. A cloud-based CMMS is available by subscription and does not require hardware or in-house tech to monitor and upgrade it. 

On the other hand, on-premise CMMSs are installed and hosted locally on the organization's servers, providing greater control and customization but requiring in-house maintenance of the software infrastructure. While on-premise CMMSs appeal to organizations that place a high priority on security and greater control over their maintenance management system. Choosing an on-premise CMMS requires a significant upfront investment for the software, licensing fees, hardware, and tech to manage the system’s implementation, ongoing operation, and upgrades. 

Apart from choosing from the two deployment models just described, it’s important to note that there are many options and price points in the CMMS marketplace. Making an informed and cost-effective selection can benefit from using several strategies, such as:

  • Carefully evaluate your organization’s maintenance needs to select a CMMS that aligns with its specific requirements without unnecessary features that could inflate costs. 
  • Prioritize functionalities that directly contribute to operational efficiency and cost savings. 
  • Cloud-based CMMS solutions are usually more cost-effective than on-premise alternatives, especially in the short term, as they don’t require additional hardware other than a computer, internet access, and mobile devices (which almost everyone already has).
  • Invest in comprehensive employee training to ensure staff can maximize the CMMS's capabilities, leading to better utilization and increased ROI over time. Most CMMS providers have extensive online training resources available 24/7 to users, and significant costs can be saved by taking advantage of remote web-conference training as opposed to on-site. Check out this article to learn more about CMMS user training.

Establishing Priorities

When budget constraints are a primary concern for selecting a CMMS, it's essential to focus on key features that offer the most value. Here are key CMMS features to consider placing on your “must-have” list:

  • Core Maintenance Functionality.  Ensure the CMMS covers essential maintenance functions, such as work order management, preventive maintenance scheduling, and asset management. These core features are fundamental for efficient maintenance operations and should be present in a cost-effective solution.
  • User-Friendly Interface.  A user-friendly interface reduces the learning curve and training costs. Choose a CMMS that is intuitive and easy to navigate, allowing users to adopt and utilize the system quickly without extensive training.
  • Mobile Accessibility.  Opt for a CMMS with mobile capabilities, enabling technicians to access and update maintenance data in the field. This feature enhances efficiency, reduces paperwork, and can streamline processes cost-effectively. Make sure that the mobile app is an app that can be downloaded on your mobile device and not simply a website that users need to log in through a browser. Also, look for a CMMS mobile app that has push notifications, QR code scanning, and offline mode if users will be working in areas with poor internet connectivity.
  • Cloud-Based Deployment.  Cloud-based CMMS solutions often have lower upfront costs than on-premise alternatives. They eliminate the need for significant infrastructure investments and offer scalability, making them cost-effective for budget-conscious organizations.
  • Scalability and Flexibility.  Choose a CMMS that can grow with your organization. Scalable solutions allow you to expand functionalities as needed, avoiding the need to switch to another CMMS software when your business grows.
  • Reporting and Analytics. Robust reporting and analytics features help track key performance indicators (KPIs) and identify areas for improvement. Optimizing maintenance processes and resource allocation can contribute to long-term cost savings.
  • Integration Capabilities.  Look for a CMMS that can integrate with other business systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software or procurement systems. CMMS integration reduces data silos and enhances overall organizational efficiency.

By prioritizing these features, companies can develop a path to balance functionality and budget considerations. By doing so, business owners can ensure they invest in a CMMS that meets their essential maintenance needs without unnecessary costs.

5 CMMS Products for Cost-Conscious Businesses

Click Maint

Click Maint stands out for its user-centric design and seamless implementation. Click Maint prides itself on an intuitive interface, ensuring users can navigate the system effortlessly, promoting quick adoption, and reducing training time. The platform's commitment to user-friendliness doesn't compromise its functionality, making it an ideal choice for businesses seeking a powerful, easy-to-use CMMS that is affordable.

Click Maint CMMS offers users all the key features needed to streamline maintenance operations. Software features include a request portal, work orders, preventive maintenance, asset and parts management, vendor management, reports and KPIs, and a user-friendly mobile app. Click Maint offers affordability, making it an accessible solution for organizations of all sizes. The ease of adoption further solidifies Click Maint as a top choice for those seeking a powerful, easy-to-use CMMS that's affordable.

Pricing:

One of the best things about Click Maint is its price. Click Maint costs only USD 35/month per user. Pricing is straightforward and includes the following features: request and work order management, preventive maintenance, asset and inventory management, reports, and KPIs. This price includes access to the mobile app and API for integrating with other applications. At USD 35/month per user, Click Maint allows users to track time and labor, parts, and other costs, and there are no limitations on reporting timeframe like many of the other CMMS providers. What’s more, implementation and onboarding fees are very competitive. Most implementations can be done for $1,000 or less.

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MaintainX

MaintainX is one of the fastest-growing CMMS products in the market. It came on the scene in 2018 and now has over 6,000 customers worldwide. This CMMS has the benefit of being easy to use and quick to implement, and it has a full-featured mobile app. MaintainX is also competitively priced compared to other CMMS products. This product is suitable for businesses in almost any industry. Aside from work order management and preventive maintenance, highlight features include inspections, procedures, PdM, advanced analytics, and a user-friendly interface.

Pricing:

MaintainX offers four plans addressing the needs of SMBs to enterprise-sized customers. There is a freemium option that allows for tracking work orders. As with most free options, the plan is limited and serves more as a free trial. The Essential plan is only USD 16/month per user. This is an option if you are not looking to track labor, costs, and inventory. The Premium plan is USD 49/month per user and comes with all the functionality that most mid-sized operations would require. 

Zoidii

Zoidii, located in Dublin, Ireland, is relatively new, entering the CMMS marketplace in 2020. It offers standard CMMS features, including mobile app functionality. For businesses in the EU, Zoidii is in your backyard. This CMMS is well suited for a variety of industries but seems particularly good for businesses in manufacturing. It has a unique interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate. 

Pricing:

Zoidii offers three plans: Basic at 39 USD/user, Professional at 55 USD/user, and Enterprise at 75 USD/user per month. The Basic plan has all the key features suitable for smaller operations. However, it does not include the mobile app. For businesses wanting a mobile app, they would need the Professional plan at 55 USD per user monthly. Zoidii offers a good discount for an annual commitment, which works out to 2 months free compared to the monthly subscription. Implementation fees apply if customers need assistance. These fees are not published on their website.

WorkTrek

WorkTrek is one of the newest CMMS products, making some waves. It was founded in 2021 and has offices in Croatia and the US. WorkTrek has all the key features needed for a CMMS, the UI looks great, and the price is affordable. Key features include service requests, work orders, preventive maintenance, inspections, vendor management, custom workflows, reports, and KPIs. Features that stand out are tool tracking and field service management. 

Pricing:

WorkTrek offers three plans depending on the complexity and size of the maintenance operation. Pricing ranges from USD 29/month to USD 49/month per user for the Starter and Professional plans. The Starter plan has the basics and appears to be suitable for smaller operations where inventory management is not a priority. The Professional plan offers more robust inventory management capabilities. Both plans include unlimited service requesters and access to the mobile app. If you want to integrate WorkTrek with other applications through its API, you would require the enterprise plan and need to speak to their sales team for pricing.

MaintenanceCare

MaintenanceCare began in 2003 when a group of tech enthusiasts came together to create a tool to streamline work orders for professionals worldwide. Since then, the company has grown and reports having thousands of users from various industries. The company is more expansive than most CMMSs, offering facility management features such as room bookings, housekeeping, and virtual spaces in addition to standard CMMS features. 

Pricing:

MaintenanceCare provides three plans, one of which is “free forever” but is limited to two features. Its Work Order Edition is priced at 100 USD/month with unlimited users and is restricted to work order-related and reporting features plus mobile app functionality.  Its top plan, the Enterprise Edition, is priced at 200 USD/month with unlimited users and offers a broader range of features and mobile app functionality. MaintenanceCare offers a lot of additional features as add-ons, like room booking and visitor management, but it is not clear if these come at an additional cost. For large teams, having unlimited users is very attractive for cost-conscious buyers.

The pricing table shows the lowest cost price per user along with the features available at that price point. CMMS providers offer additional features at higher price points. Check the provider's website for the most recent pricing information and features and services available.

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Conclusion

There are now hundreds of CMMS products available in the market. According to G2 Crowd, there are over 300 products available under its CMMS category. Due to the competitive nature of the space, CMMS providers are offering solutions that are priced aggressively, making them accessible for smaller businesses with less access to funds. If your business is looking for a solution to streamline maintenance processes and work orders and your budget is limited, you should consider the five options mentioned above. 

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