Maximo Monday: Asset Management FasTrack
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This week's blog comes to us from Ron Lanzo, technical sales specialist for IBM Maximo Asset Management.
My boss gives me this book the other day. We were meeting in Chicago as a team, and he thought it fitting to share with us One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko (link). For those not familiar with Royko he was a Pulitzer prize winning columnist for a series of Chicago papers, and eventually syndicated in 600 papers nation-wide. He was also the author of Boss, the classic account of city machine politics. He often wrote from the perspective of the every-man, and railed against bureaucracy, hypocrisy, and political correctness wherever he found them. I got hooked straight away.
Two points here, first is that when you have a blog to write, don’t bring a book on the plane. Second, is that I want this space to be irreverent. Without a specific topic or theme, within the broad category of Asset Management let’s take on some interesting topics. I’ll share my perspective on those topics, make good points, tell truth to power, and be funny… or at least try.
Asset Management software vendors, all software vendors really, extensively promote new releases. They adapt their marketing strategies to leverage current thinking and link their products to “what’s hot” in today’s market. This can clearly be seen with the proliferation of products marketed as Green. So when hot topics turn into hot money, the vendors will have products named with the right key words and some hot new function(s). This means that there are new products on the market today for Process Optimization, Advanced Analytics, Asset Sustainability and the like.
There are clients out there for whom all this is a lot of sound and fury. The truth is they still can’t get out of decades old practices that are killing their assets. They’ve bought several rounds of software applications for CMMS, ERP, CBM, ABC, and the rest… and they still don’t know why their stuff breaks and where they spend their money. They were sold on the dreams of what was hot in years past, but those dreams did not get past the implementation. They need to start again, and this time they need someone to tell them the simple truths. I thought those days were gone forever…..
Then I saw IBM Maximo FasTrack.
FasTrack is a pre-configured Asset Management solution with hardware, software and services offered as a single solution bundle with optional add-ons for integration to client’s business systems. It’s based on IBM Maximo Asset Management, but includes a series of common sense solutions to basic EAM problems. FasTrack provides pre-configured standard system configuration, application screens, and workflows based on over 100 client implementations. This solution provides a disciplined approach to an initial EAM implementation, based on a philosophy of planned work, without getting lost in the clouds.