I wish I had Maximo at home, don't you?
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Did you ever have one of those days......you know when you have your schedule planned to get all of your household chores done in a timely manner and still get to that family barbecue?
Well such was my intention this past Labor Day weekend. All I had to do was get my lawn mowed & I'd be on my way to a little rest & relaxation! But it was not to be...........I gassed up my lawn mower, turned on the switch, pulled up on the blade control bar to disengage the blade and SNAP........ I thought "oh no, that doesn't sound good"! I proceeded to pull the cord to start it however, because I was determined to get the lawn cut, you know so that I could get to that barbecue! I thought "what's a little snap", surely I can still cut the lawn & fix the "snap" later......right?
Well, not so much. That little snap was the cord for the blade control, and without it, the blade wouldn't engage. This was not good......I could see the barbecue being impacted.......
Fortunately my repair shop was open on Labor Day, so I hurried off to drop it off for a diagnosis.......sure enough, the cord was corroded & snapped. And of course, with only 15 minutes before the shop would close & no parts in stock......my grass was not going to get cut!
Could this have been avoided? Maybe not entirely because parts on mechanical items do corrode & break & basically just wear out over time. But could I have been better prepared for having this item proactively repaired, say on a day other than Labor Day when I had plans?? Perhaps I could have had it looked at during the spring maintenance cycle?
That's when I thought "if only I had Maximo at home for my lawn equipment"! Now, we all know that Maximo is for enterprises and not our homes, but the concepts that are at the core of Maximo apply to homes as well as businesses. The concepts that would have helped me this Labor Day: a preventive maintenance schedule; a warranty schedule; and parts inventory. So, yes, I did wish at that moment that I had Maximo at home!
What do you maintain at your house that would benefit from a formal preventive maintenance schedule? How much money & frustration would you save if you monitored when items were going out of warranty & had them serviced beforehand? We all have items at home that would benefit from Maximo core concepts: cars, gardens, smoke detectors, tools........heck some days I think having a schedule for my food pantry would be beneficial & help me to schedule cleaning & rotate stock before expiration dates!
Now is the time to get creative and test out your video capabilities on your digital camera or that new smart phone! If you have a fun idea, capture it on camera and submit it for our new "If only I had Maximo at Home" video campaign. It doesn't have to be to polished, it's a "home movie". This is a fun way to highlight the beneficial concepts of Maximo, but only on a smaller scale in your house, garage or neighborhood. The best videos will be shown at IBM Pulse 2012 during the Enterprise Asset Management Track Kickoff, so if you are looking for your 5 minutes of fame........this is your chance!
Here's our first submission from Ron Wallace, and ironically it is about lawn care equipment! Listen to the roaring power of Ron's equipment!
Check out more about how to submit your video is here. Videos will also be posted here on a regular basis.
When it gets closer to Pulse we will be soliciting your votes on the videos submitted, so be sure to monitor this blog for more information.