February 2013

Successful EAM & CMMS Implementations: The Importance of Culture & Change Management

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Bob Steibly, Principal Reliability Consultant

Preparing to implement a new (or upgraded) EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) or CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) should always start with understanding and addressing the culture prevalent within the maintenance organization. Most often, this change management element is not considered or addressed, which ultimately leads to either failure or less than optimal utilization of the EAM system.

Far too many EAM implementations begin with addressing only the technical aspects such as conversions from an older system to a newer, development of codes, development of procedures, user training, etc. However, the human element is very often ignored and is not given enough consideration, if any, until much later when the software is being implemented. This is a fundamental mistake most companies and organizations make and which leads to a much less than optimal implementation.

Why do so many implementations fail? Some of the reasons are change management related. This would include lack of clearly-defined roles and responsibilities, resistance to change, a history of failed initiatives, organizational silos, and fear of an uncertain future. Do you see some of these characteristics within your organization? Addressing the culture is fundamental to success.

Read the full article here.

Webinar: Maintenance Work Planning & Scheduling: A Best Practices Overview

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 10:00am – 11:00am CST

ABS Consulting & GenesisSolutions are hosting a webinar on Maintenance Planning & Scheduling: A Best Practices Overview on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 from 10am-11am CT.

Planning & Scheduling is a key component in achieving Enterprise Asset Management improvements, specifically for maintenance activities and subsequent equipment & facility reliability.

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This webinar presentation will demonstrate and facilitate a discussion on:

  1. Key Principles of the Planning and Scheduling Function
  2. Requirements to Implement an Efficient Planning and Scheduling Team
  3. Realizable Benefits to an Organization through an Effective Program
  4. Examples of the Impact to the Overall Effectiveness of the Maintenance Team

We hope you can join us for this educational session.

Please Click Here to Learn More or to Register


February 25 – 28, 2013

Knoxville, Tennessee

ABS Consulting & GenesisSolutions will be participating at MARCON 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee February 25 – 28, 2013.

The conference, in its 17th year, is a forum for all (practitioners, specialists, educators, students) including the new and uninitiated to learn and exchange information on new and emerging technologies as well as on tried and proven methods and techniques in the area of Reliability and Maintenance Engineering and Management.

MARCON 2013 will allow attendees to immerse themselves in ideas – some new, some reinforcing already known truths – to help them better understand each individuals role in leveraging reliability and maintainability programs to achieve world-class results.

Randy Montgomery (ABS Consulting) will be leading a workshop on “Basic Reliability” on Monday, February 25th.

Steve Cormack (GenesisSolutions) will be leading a presentation on a pharmaceutical healthcare shutdown project summary on Thursday, February 28th.

For more information on MARCON 2013, please visit the conference website.

IBM Pulse 2013

March 3 – 6, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

GenesisSolutions will be participating at IBM Pulse 2013 as a Gold Sponsor, Exhibitor and Presenter. IBM Pulse 2013 is the largest annual

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