The difference between CMMS and EAM
Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software—also known as an enterprise asset management (EAM) software—improves the way leaders manage maintenance operations, teams, inventory, workflows, compliance, and other processes or activities.
What is the difference between CMMS and EAM software?
When searching for maintenance management systems, these terms—CMMS and EAM—are often used interchangeably.
CMMS software packages maintain electronic databases of data about the maintenance operations of an organization. CMMS is traditionally used to schedule and dispatch work, improve efficiency, help management make more information decisions, to support regulatory compliance, and more.
EAM is the optimal life cycle management of an organization’s physical assets. EAM includes aspects of business such as operations, maintenance and decommissioning/replacement of a plant, equipment and facilities, design, and more.
At one time, CMMS and EAM were considered vastly different solutions for maintenance management. However, with the modern systems on the market today, the lines between the two have blurred. To help explain the primary differences between CMMS and EAM, let’s quickly rewind 30 years to the inception of CMMS and EAM, and then discuss how the differences have evolved from software functionality to a maintenance “state of mind.”