Ron Lanzo 270000BY51 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  asset-management ibmontwitter space-management ibmsoftware software facilities maximo service-management eam tivoli assetmgmt ibmeam
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Asset Management is inextricably linked to Supply Chain Management. Regardless of an organizations decision manage these processes in the same or disparate systems; integrated or non-integrated, they are indelibly connected. Internal labor alone is insufficient to operate and maintain your assets, which may require fuel, lubricants, and regular replacement of parts just for routine operation. But no matter how hard we try to prevent it from happening assets break down and require repair or replacement of major components. Further, this requirement your assets have for repair may be fulfilled as a service, provided by an outside entity, for which they will undoubtedly expect remuneration. QED my friends, Quad Erat Demonstratum!
Sorry for the Latin references, there is a pay-off.
I had no intention of following up my previous post with one discussing another acquisition. But I can’t ignore the impact to IBM asset management clients. Last Thursday IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Emptoris Inc., which the release describes as a leading provider of cloud and on-premise analytics software that brings more intelligence to procurement and supply chain operations with spend, supplier and contract management for Smarter Commerce. The fact that IBM continues to make software acquisitions shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, and an Analytics firm to boot. So why should the Asset Management community care?
Look at what Emptoris has to offer: Source to Contract, Procurement Intelligence, and Category Spend Management This is truly a level above what would typically be available to a supply chain organization running with and EAM (or ERP for that matter) system.
I like to look at these things in a simple context. Any enterprise software solution is a three layer cake Data, Process, and Analytics. From a supply chain perspective Maximo has the necessary components to support our customers requirements in terms of underlying demand data and procurement processes. It’s a great solution to manage the day to day execution of orders necessary to support an asset intensive organization. What’s missing is the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data generated by the continued, regular use of Maximo purchasing and contracts applications. Emptoris seem to me to be a great fit not just for IBM, but specifically for Maximo clients.
So, Emptoris,…. As in ‘Caveat Emptor’ (let the buyer beware)… cute name for a supply chain company. Why Caveat Lectoris? Let the reader beware