These days, there seems to be software for managing every aspect of our daily lives. Our calendars and organizers are steadily becoming digital and stored on our phones, while specialized equipment gives us total control of what we watch on TV and our cars are slowly but surely becoming better drivers than some people with licenses. While some may be elated by this and others may be frightened, the fact is that specialized software is the future of human technology. Of particular note to businesses that own buildings is facility management software, a type of software that combines what had once been long trips to the boiler room and company policy regarding the opening of windows.
Facility management software, also called CMMS software, generally refers to a software platform that spans the entire enterprise for handling data related to the buildings the company owns and manages directly. Hippo CMMS is one of the best providers out there. From the factory where products are made to the stores where they’re sold, facility management software can be used to monitor several aspects of the modern building, such as energy consumption statistics, information about indoor climate control systems such as HVAC systems and temperature sensors that can make the difference between a comfortable winter work space and a long and bitter cold season, information about the building itself, a feed for weather information from the internet, statistics about the building’s occupancy and use and perhaps most important of all, statistics on the building’s utility bills that affect a company’s bottom line. Most CMMS software programs will at bare minimum have certain modules, such as a module for visualizing information about costs and energy use, a module that allows users to set up alarms and work orders, a module that manages and synchronizes all the information coming into the program from various sources across the building and a module that manages when reports about the building are made and where and who they’re sent to.
However, this software is extremely specialized and not easily available to the average consumer. Most forms of facility management and maintenance management softwares are business to business (B2B) programs, sold by businesses to businesses though it’s also frequently purchased by government agencies and the occasional private consumer. Buying your facility management software B2B is generally a solid idea, as both parties involved will know what your business needs out of a facility management software system and are staking both their companies’ reputations on a successful of the software. And, with the high costs of B2B facility management software, knowing exactly what you need out of the software’s vendor can be extremely important for everybody. Buying anything B2B takes more time than simply going to an office supply store, and you’ll have to meet with vendors, sometimes multiple vendors, in order to purchase a good facility management software system. Still, with energy costs rising, having a way to monitor your energy use and gaining insight into how to lower that use, be it by increasing efficiency or cutting back, can save your business quite a bit of money on its utility bills.
No matter what age you are, technology has changed dramatically during your lifetime. Of course, the older you are, the more changes you have seen over the course of years. It is difficult for many people in the younger generations to even fathom what life was like for people even fifty short years ago.
The fact is that technology has influenced every part of life so that the modern world is nothing like it was one hundred years ago. While fifty years ago there were some television stations and music was available through the local radio broadcasts, that was really about the only technological devices that your average person came in contact with whether at work or at home.
As technological knowledge expanded in this country and around the globe, a greater number of devices that utilized it became more commonplace. While the citizens of today certainly still have televisions and radios, these devices are often used in a different manner than they once were and have taken a backseat to the other inventions that have been designed to enhance or replace them.
During that transition time, products such as cassette players, and even eight-track cassettes went through a period of popularity. Eventually, there became more mobile ways for people to take their music on the go, such as the long forgotten Walkman and the boomboxes that still exist but no longer function in quite the same manner societally.
As for the visual media and technology, fifty years ago, people were limited to going to the local theater to see the latest movie releases and had a limited number of options for television stations. At that point, the amount of control over the content was immense, causing the content of television in particular to reflect a completely false image of what life was like day to day for people.
During the 1980’s to the early 2000’s, tremendous changes took place regarding the technology that people accessed. Computers became more popular, as did cell phones. Land based phones made innovations that were great at first but then adopted by the cell phone industry, causing these mobile phones to be preferable for many consumers today.
While the restrictions on television and movies have lightened up dramatically, and the number of channels available jumped to a virtually uncountable number due to the rapidly changing industry, the real stars of technology today are based upon the innovations related to computers and the world wide web.
In 2015, the majority of households in the nation had, at least, one computer, often more than one. Mobile devices, including tablets, are also a great way for people to connect to the Internet and each other. Technology has changed the way people pay their utility bills, taxes and so much more. These changes have made life easier for businesses to operate and for the world, in general, to get by. Undoubtedly, the upcoming years will bring even more exciting changes for everyone.