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Using an online calendar is easy but you may want to upgrade for features like instrument access control, billing, and statistical reports.
Hiring a consultant to build your own software gives you every feature you want. However it is time consuming and costly. More importantly you may have difficulty communicating with the software engineers, who usually don't have facility management experience.
Why not start with something that is 99% done and is customizable for you to achieve the last 1%?
FOM was designed, programmed, and user tested by real life facility managers. You will have no barrier talking to FOM developers to customize FOM for your needs.
You maintain the instrument; you do training; you oversee consumable inventory.
You do research; you wirte papers; you write proposals; you prepare reports.
You lead classes; you organize workshops; you guide tours; you design posters.
Your time is not well-organized. Most of your time has been wasted on trivial activities.
Your instrument is not well-utilized. Sometimes users double book instrument reservations, and other times the instrument is free but users don't know it.
FOM helps you organize your instrument, your users, and your time.
FOM helps you communicate with users, professors, vendors, and manufactures tech support.
FOM helps you keep track of instrument usage, repair history, and consumable inventory.