In theory, integrated computer systems enable multiple uses for any single piece of data that is input only once. Data becomes available wherever it needs to be in whatever business process is integrated into the whole. In a sense it is like our brains – information and experience is registered once and available for access whenever needed for any purpose. Integrated systems should make our lives at work easier, but they seldom do that.
You’ve acquired and are now implementing a new CMMS / EAM (Computerized Maintenance Management System / Enterprise Asset Management) computer software program to help you manage maintenance. It may be a simple functional system that only looks after maintenance and likely Maintenance, Repair and Operating (MRO) spares, or it may be part of a much bigger enterprise system that handles many business functions. Regardless, one question almost always arises when converting from one to another system – what should we do about our old data?
Technology provides us with some fantastic tools to help us work better, smarter, faster and more efficiently. BUT, it doesn’t help us think any better. We can actually get too dependent on it and our thinking is weakened. If you don’t believe that, just watch what happens when you try to buy something and the computerized cash register goes down. Can they actually take payment? And if you use cash, can the clerk make proper change without looking at the cash register to tell them how much to give you.
We have an amazing array of computerized tools to help us manage our maintenance work. Literally hundreds of different options exist. Some are complex enterprise systems integrating with all your other enterprise systems for finance, human resources, etc.
Cloud computing is increasingly becoming critical to business, especially as digital technologies like IIoT become widespread. Gartner predicts that in the next year, the cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) market will grow 85%, five times faster than traditional software. For industrial companies who want to use the IIoT for predictive maintenance, cloud-based SaaS solutions offer tremendous opportunities that have the potential to disrupt the equipment maintenance world. Read more “SaaS for Predictive Maintenance in the Cloud”
We are often asked about the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on equipment maintenance for industrial companies. When it comes to repairs, we don’t anticipate that much will change because of the IIoT, except in identifying when repairs are needed. Making systems safe after they’ve suffered failures and taking things apart and replacing components will always require human intervention. In the area of proactive maintenance however, we see a big impact and huge potential benefits. Read more “IIoT for Predictive Maintenance and Big Data”
Computerized systems are important and now seemingly indispensable tools for business. Just remember the last power failure you experienced and you’ll understand. There isn’t much that isn’t computerized these days. Technology and its business applications continue to grow and proliferate. The world of maintenance is no exception. Most maintenance work is not computerized, but it is complex and managing it requires sophisticated tools. Using those tools effectively will improve the efficiency with which you deliver maintenance services. Use them poorly and you only add cost.
There are two broad categories of technology that maintainers work with: support systems and management information systems.
By Carlo Odoardi: Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software is a powerful tool for those responsible for maximizing value of industrial assets as well as those who perform maintenance work on those assets. But often, EAM software falls short of delivering all of the benefits it could. This is the second part of this blog article.
Before we talk about how to solve this problem, let’s define the term ‘shelfware’. Shelfware is software bought by an organization or company that ends up sitting up on a shelf somewhere, unused. That is a waste of money and a waste of prospective hope for an organization.
By Carlo Odoardi: Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software is a powerful tool for those responsible for maximizing value of industrial assets as well as those who perform maintenance work on those assets. But often, EAM software falls short of delivering all of the benefits it could. Why is this?
Let’s examine the reasons companies that implement EAM software may not derive the full benefit it could deliver. We’ll also offer advice to circumvent some of these stumbling blocks and realize the promise of EAM.
Information technology is complex, difficult to manage and a challenge getting people to use it. It can also be either a tremendous corporate asset or a huge drain on resources. The value of IT to your business can be highly positive or negative. Some multi-million dollar investments do little more than generate costs and tie up resources that are needed elsewhere. On the other hand, there are systems that deliver value consistently and constantly.
Regardless of the system or systems you have or choose to use, how do you make sure it is a valuable asset?