Rail Summit in La Gaude draws key industry leaders
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Today's blog is a collaboration of feedback from our key IBM Maximo Transportation specialists: Ken Donnelly, Carey Clarke, Rob Powell and Ed Jones.
In case you missed it, last week the IBM Business Solution Center in La Gaude, France hosted the Maximo Rail Industry Summit. There were 90 participants from all over Europe, as well as some participation from North America. With 11 presentations, an innovations panel, separate tracks for rolling stock (trains) and linear infrastructure (track) and an "immersive" tour of IBM Live Integrated Solution Prototypes at the Global Industry Solution Center, the attendees had a wide selection of content. Feedback from attendees was very positive and we expect to have a similar summit in Europe in 2012.
It was great to see key rail industry leaders including Norweign Rail, KiwiRail, SNCF and Ned Train present their stories on topics ranging from Conditioned-Based Maintenance in the Rolling Stock track to Modeling Linear Solutions and Mobile Solutions on the Linear track. Business Partners including Accenture, CapGemini, Motorola, OXplus, Syclo and Zebra were also active and many were sponsors for the event. As we've seen at Pulse, when industry leaders get together to share their stories, everyone can benefit and learn new approaches to solve similar challenges.
In addition to client presentations we had participation from the Maximo Architects providing rail related solutions - Carey Clarke (Maximo for Transportation), Ed Jones (Maximo Linear) and Rob Powell (Maximo ACM). The clients commented very positively on the ability to meet and connect with our software architects. Each of the architects presented a topic, with the second highest overall ratings given to the "Modeling Linear Assets at KiwiRail" presented by Ed Jones, with assistance from Don Beahm of Accenture. The top talk was delivered by Laurent Troger, President of Services for Bombardier Transportation, who presented "Condition Based Maintenance & Maximo in Transit Rail".
Maciej Guzek, from AUIT, an IBM Business Partner shared this on the summit: "I had a chance to listen to people who actually use the transportation solution - which was great, as well as their willingness to share the experience and knowledge. In my opinion having dedicated, industry-specific conferences is a great idea and you have done a really good job." Maciej works with PKP, a railway in Poland that recently purchased Maximo Asset Management and found having the summit enabled PKP to have access to the architects and clients in order to ask questions about both Maximo and the implementation process. We'll have to wait to see if PKP can share their success story at a future rail summit.
Cyril Delaitre, from the French National Railway SNCF and main sponsor of this event, also provided a good overview of the event. He said, "This meeting was a great opportunity to share best practices between the Rail companies participating. It outlined that each of us have the same needs concerning the use of Maximo products. The expo at the IBM La Gaude Global Solution Center convinced us that mature solutions do exist for our industry. We can also see that there are perspectives to increase our efficiency, using IBM Products with RFID chips for example. Connecting to other processes now appears to be ready for the rail industry and bringing us new business opportunities".
Take a look at photos from the event here.
Let us know what topics you'd like to see addressed in the next Maximo Rail Summit.