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What is EAM software?

Enterprise asset management (EAM) software collects and analyzes data for physical assets during all phases of the asset lifecycle, including the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal phase.


The global market for enterprise asset management software is valued at $4 billion, and it’s expected to grow at a CAGR of 11% per year.


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Best for organizations

with multiple facilities and hundreds of physical assets

Collects and analyzes data

that streamlines management of asset lifecycles

Used by asset managers,

procurement, and financial teams inside organizations


EAM software is used by large organizations that have outgrown basic CMMS software. These organizations have hundreds of physical assets (machinery, equipment, etc) and employees that are responsible for managing the asset lifecycle. These employees, referred to as asset managers, are also responsible for making decisions that require them to track warranties, depreciation, and downtime.

In terms of features, the lines are becoming blurred between CMMS and EAM software as some CMMS products allow asset managers to track these items. But true EAM software gives asset managers the ability to track every phase of an asset’s lifecycle and provide full transparency about its historical and present state to other departments. Simply put, it’s much more than work order management software.

How EAM software facilitates asset lifecycle management

The asset lifecycle is broken into four main parts or phases (indicated in blue in the graphic below). EAM software gives organizations the ability to track each phase by entering data into the EAM software. The software then produces reports that help organizations make business cases for acquiring new physical assets and repairing/replacing existing assets.


Design and specify

Organizations review maintenance and performance reports for existing and decommissioned assets with EAM software. These reports help organizations design a strategy for acquiring assets that provide the greatest output or utility at the lowest cost. Specifications of the ideal asset are documented and sent to procurement.


Procure and build

A purchase order feature is included in EAM software to facilitate the procurement of new assets. When a purchase order is fulfilled, asset managers and procurement departments are notified. When the asset is delivered, the asset is installed and data is built out in the EAM software. Relevant data includes commission date, equipment value, asset location, primary technician, and PM schedule.


Operate and maintain

The EAM software records and analyzes the asset’s activity that’s recorded by the equipment’s users and maintenance personnel. Barcodes can be attached to assets. These barcodes are connected to the EAM software. When an asset breaks down, the user scans the barcode with a mobile app and creates a work request. Technicians also use barcodes to easily view active and historical work orders for an asset onsite.


Decommission and dispose

When an asset reaches the end of its useful life, asset managers and financial departments review depreciation, maintenance costs, and other information that helps the organization decide whether to decommission the asset or keep it operational. When the asset is disposed, records are archived in the EAM software for future audits.


An organization without hundreds of capital assets and multiple locations may not require EAM software. A better alternative is CMMS software.

However, because each type of software can contain similar feature sets, it’s best to make a purchase decision based on the applicability of the product rather than the product’s software category.

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