Manufacturing Maximo User Group Meeting at Honda Manufacturing North America
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Today's blog comes from Eric Luyer.
The Maximo Manufacturing User Group has been in existence for about 3 years and in that period a select group of automotive companies continues to drive the initiative. People from companies such as General Motors, Ford and also Honda NA are really committed to making this user group a success and are very supportive in every meeting. As we heard in Sudhee Subrahmanya’s recent blog this year’s user group meeting was hosted at the Honda North America Manufacturing Plant in Marysville, Ohio.
In today’s blog I will give you a bit more insight into the content and presenters at the meeting.
With good preparations from the steering committee combined with the lively leadership of Mary Bunzel of IBM the meeting was quite successful, and attended by 74 people in total, including business partners and some from IBM.
The meeting started with a dynamic and interesting introduction by the Honda team regarding how Maximo is being used in a dynamic automotive plant where every division is being involved and can learn of other experiences. Then interesting topics from both customers and IBM were presented, as well as new developments on functionality within the Maximo solution. A good example is the new asset management standard PAS 55: after introductions and background of this standard and how Maximo supports major parts of this standard, Rob Sackett of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics shared his experience around the benefits as they have experienced implementing PAS 55, while using Maximo.
Another topic was around Reporting: nice and interesting presentations - from both Ford (as the customer), Reporting House (as the implementation partner) as well as from the subject matter expert on reporting with Maximo in IBM: Pam Denny - provided the audience with a nice and thorough array of possibilities and ways of working to meet increasingly different and complex reporting requirements.
It is always a very interesting and well-received item to hear how IBM is constantly working on enhancing the solution portfolio around the software and its capabilities to meet all kinds of needs and requirements from a variety of end-users. Also this time Anthony Honaker provided good insight to all the new things and positioning leveraging smart working in all dimensions from design & build, operate, manage and maintain, as well as combining the value proposition from asset and facilities management operations.
An example here is how customers need functionality around scheduling and planning work orders and labor. The director of IT in Lafarge gave an excellent presentation how they are using Maximo Scheduler in a global environment outlining all the different steps in a complex process.
The last session was a very exiting roundtable discussion about all kinds of topics that were on people’s mind. Almost everyone in the audience was well involved and lively discussions continued around topics like:
Imagine complex situations in major global customers such as General Motors or Ford or Lafarge: each with thousands of users, facing global training, different languages, different reporting requirements, naming, service or help desk requirements, etc. Standardization is really important here. A global template which every site, facility or location can use, is than almost mandatory to streamline productivity and increase efficiency on a global or corporate level.
All in all again an interesting and productive day, where Maximo users were pleased to network with their peers to exchange their experiences, learn from others as well as from subject matter experts from IBM. This Manufacturing Maximo User Group is excited to continue the current momentum and is planning for a next meeting in the Fall 2012, this time hosted by General Motors.
Next time I’ll tell you all about the other exiting events that are planned for June in Europe: on June 5 the European Maximo Rail Summit at the IBM Forum in La Gaude, France and on June 7, the European Manufacturing Maximo Customer Networking Event in the Solution Center in Montpellier, France.
Thanks for reading and please look out for my next blog!