In various industries and institutions, all production and maintenance starts with the work order. Software is used to keep track of this and keep it on record. But to increase a system's efficiency, this software needs integration with a business' or an institution's entire system. Through integration and implementing its use in a system, it is possible to process every order smoothly and keep track of what still needs to be done to complete them.
Not all software for work orders are alike, though. Those for institutions such as schools and local government agencies differ in the sense that they are issued to keep facilities running smoothly. An example would be issuing them to facilitate the repair of streets or renovate classrooms.
On the other hand, work orders for business are processed from client requests and internalized. These can be simple, such as for a small business, or these could be elaborate, such as for manufacturers.
At times, a company or institution can create in-house software to process orders for service or maintenance. This is often seen for companies with employed programmers, such as those in the IT industry. Large universities usually have their own pool of programmers to develop the necessary software to manage assets and serve the academic community.
Third-party work order software can also be commissioned from a company that specializes in creating management systems. These typically are created in two types: web or browser-based and client-based applications. Depending on the business or institution, by working closely with this third-party developer, it is possible to create software that integrates best with existing systems.