Facilities management is all about collecting and interpreting data on diverse facets of property use. Computer databases are the ideal vehicles in which to log, store and manipulate data; almost unlimited information can be measured and entered en masse. Simple databases operate very satisfactorily as stand-alone software, where a limited range of services are monitored. The strength of such information storage is its capacity for expansion and the diversity of subject. This strength is a time bomb that sooner or later destroys the effectiveness of a database as an FM tool; it becomes large and requires greater and greater operator familiarity with its structure in order to interrogate successfully.
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