Maintenance Software Applications: Selecting the right solution for your needs

Software companies are expanding their maintenance application offerings at a rapid pace. Learn how to pick the right solution for your needs.


Many shops already have some sort of legacy maintenance software system in place. When you are looking at a new product, you need to consider how it will work with your legacy system. Will the new product be able to pull information that is in your existing product? Or will all of the information need to be migrated to the new system. If this is the case, then what type of time investment are you looking at? Although your company may have made a big investment in a software solution a few years ago, you need to consider the need to continue supporting this legacy system with the advantages of going to a new solution. There comes a time when it is not worth it to continue to support old applications. You need to determine when that point comes and make the leap to the newer technology.

Ask lots of questions

In the end, you are ready to begin the search for a maintenance software application. You have done your homework and studied the work processes in your organization. You have an idea of what you need in a product to help you achieve your goals, whether they be productivity gains, cost savings, or others. Now it is time to talk to the companies. Listen to what they have to say. Learn about how their product will fit with your needs. Most of all, ask a lot of questions. Make sure you understand what you are getting. Following this article, we have listed some of the software products available out there along with a brief description of their capabilities. This can serve as a starting point for you in your search for your new software application. AMT

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