The evolution of CMMS started in the 1960s, with some math-based systems which were designed to help verify manufacturing processes, documenting and standardizing them. This involved entering punchcard readings, and later paper forms readings into mainframe computers. The use of CMMS Software at this stage could only be afforded by very big companies.

The 1980s, saw the introduction of the mini-computer. Software became more affordable to medium-sized businesses. The CMMS software was also affected by the revolution. This resulted into monochrome monitor terminals at the plants where data is entered on completion of a Work Order.

Microsoft-Access based CMMS applications showed up in the 1990s. This was very successful as it were then due to the advances in networking and improved hardware. It also had it's limitations - everything was still printed, Microsoft Access was needed on every one of the terminals, lack of work order history, etc.

Towards the end of the 1990s, CMMS evolved again. This time around, it became browser based. They were accessed through a standard web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. They were on Premise solutions running on Local Area Networks initially. And later on, web-based solutions emerged. At this point, users can access their CMMS with any internet connected device - laptop, tablet, smartphone,etc. You can log in from anywhere at anytime. You can go through a checklist with your phone at home after dinner.

Next is cloud based solutions. With cloud computing came multi-tenancy solutions hosted in the cloud, etc. This is usually obtaining your solution from a Software as a service Provider (SAAS Provider).

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