Employee Spotlight: Brian Benedict

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Employee Spotlight: Brian Benedict

Brian Benedict

1. How did you come to do what you do?
My dad was a lifelong salesperson and sales leader, so a career in sales and leadership was always something that was in the back of my mind. After graduation, I needed to get started and his company was hiring, so I took the lowest level job possible 500 miles from home and the rest is history. I’ve worked for several companies at this point, each in a sales, sales & marketing and leadership capacity and I’ve found challenges and opportunities it each. It’s been a good ride so far.

2. Was this a lifelong goal?
Being a sales leader? Not specifically. I always liked coaching, developing and mentoring individuals and sales leadership offers those opportunities quite frequently. Getting to meet new customers, discovering their challenges, and helping them find the right solution is really rewarding. I also enjoy problem solving and sales, particularly sales in a new arena or industry, are always full of interesting problems to figure out.

3. What motivates you every day?
Having a positive impact and doing it with integrity. There are days where you make the big sale or make a great connection to a potential new customer and those always feel good, but most days are just moving the ball slowly down the field to put yourself in position to score that touchdown. Those days are not as exciting, but in many ways are more important because they set you up for success.

4. What makes you unique and different?
I have a diverse background of companies, both exceptionally large and small that I’ve worked for, and I think that I bring a unique perspective based on that experience. I am open to innovative ideas and new ways of working through problems with the ability to use the ‘tried & true’ as well. I like to think I am easy to work with and encourage others to offer their perspectives to a challenge or opportunity as they might have a different view that just might be the right answer.

5. What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
I like “whole business” projects – projects that involve multiple facets of the business to achieve a goal – Finance, leadership, development, marketing, sales all working together to get the job done. Solving a difficult challenge, or entering a new market are particularly enjoyable.

6. What are your future career goals?
I’m too old to play centerfield for the Yankees, so I’m working to progress to a senior leadership position in sales or sales and marketing.

7. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
You must be open to new opportunities to grow yourself and your career. I started in Washington DC, moved to Rochester, NY, then to Chicago, back to Buffalo and now I live in New York City. I have moved from construction products to orthopedic footwear, to plumbing products and now to Arora selling and marketing software. Each one of those moves was for an opportunity that I had not been considering six months before, but each has added such valuable experience in both my professional and personal life. Betting on yourself, being willing to work hard and trusting that things will work out generally do.

8. Tell us what your day-to-day looks like at EDI.
I wear several hats at EDI and such, no two days are alike. Some days are filled with developing and executing our Digital Marketing strategy, other days are lots of follow up, reach out and cold calling of prospective customers, working with the Development team on our next product or service or working the Arora/EDI booth at a tradeshow. We now have three distinct products and services that we sell, so they take up a lot of my time. We run a lean and mean team, so being available to help someone else out, or work on something new is always present.

9. What do you enjoy most about working at EDI?
Everyone that I’ve met has been great to work with. I know a lot of companies say that they are a “family” but that is absolutely true at Arora/EDI. The entire team is professional and do an excellent job, but from leadership on down, people really care about you as a person and as a professional and want to help you grow to be the person you’d like to be. It has been great working here from minute one. I do really enjoy being in the field meeting our customers and learning more about what they do, how they do it and what they think can be done to make it easier. Taking that information and feedback and applying it to what we do is very worthwhile.

10. What has been your favorite memory while working at EDI?
I’ve been lucky to be present for EDI’s MaximoWorld wins in 2021 and 2022. Speaking with those customers and understanding how we’ve made their jobs so much easier is very rewarding and winning is always fun.

11. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
I like to golf, ski and travel. I have a 20-month-old puppy that my wife and I are training to be a hunting dog, so that takes up a lot of my time. I’m learning how to fish, shoot sporting clays and a little bit of woodworking at our home in the Hudson Valley. I’m an avid Buffalo Bills fan, so I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.

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Employee Spotlight: Madelyn Bush

Madelyn Bush

Employee Spotlight: Madelyn Bush

Madelyn Bush

1. How did you come to do what you do? 

I started working as a proposal coordinator for an aviation composite supplier, and from there I interviewed with Arora and got the job here at EDI.

2. Was this a lifelong goal?

I’m not sure anyone reaches lifelong goals at 26. If they do, I need to talk to them!

3. What motivates you every day?

I find a lot of motivation in knowing that what I’m doing is making a difference to someone (or several people). 

4. What makes you unique and different?

I’m probably the most positive person on a regular basis that I know. I almost always steer away from the negative to try and find excitement and value in the day to day. 

5. What are your favorite types of projects to work on?

I mostly work on projects of the same goal, but I’ll go a step further and say that the best part of that is seeing when all of what the team has been working on intersects with the customer team finding that the changes we’re making for them are going to be helpful and provide a lot of value. I can’t wait to watch that continue as some of the projects I’ve been assisting with since I started come closer to their launch into go live.

6. What are your future career goals?

I always thought I’d be working in Marketing or some sort of social, internal capacity. The more I work in Project management, I see definitely a path forward here, too, and I’ve really been enjoying learning the process and working with the team and clients.

7. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?

I think something I do very well because I had to learn it in a previous role is time management. Accompanying that would probably be taking notes on everything. It’s incredibly important and saves a lot of time and stress for everyone when everything is written down and can be referred to. 

8. Tell us what your day-to-day looks like at EDI?

My day-to-day consists of a mixture of team meetings to go over project updates, assisting in solving support tickets for projects and getting project hours up to date and accurate, and overall assisting the project managers.

9. What do you enjoy most about working at EDI?

Everyone who works for EDI is very goal driven and extremely kind. It makes for an excellent work culture, and I can’t wait to see more people join the team. 

10. What has been your favorite memory while working at EDI?

I was asked to assist with a conference recently, and that was a blast. I got to meet several clients I’d been working with virtually, learn more about Maximo and made personal connections with other attendees that all work in the industry.

11. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

I play on a softball team on Sundays and do CrossFit or yoga most days, spend time with family. I also love going to see movies, reading, and taking my dog on walks or to the dog park.

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EDI Awarded Best Maximo Asset Information Management at MaximoWorld 2022!

EDI Awarded Best Maximo Asset Information Management at MaximoWorld 2022!

EDI was honored to be recognized at the 2022 MaximoWorld conference in Austin, Texas for Best Maximo Asset Information Management project. This award was presented to EDI and Kansas City Airport (MCI) for our Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Implementation work on the New Single Terminal and Parking Garage at Kansas City International Airport.

The new $1.5 billion terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in Kansas City history. MCI’s modern 1M SF single-terminal will debut in early 2023, and feature 39 gates, updated amenities and dining options, and the addition of a 6,300-spot six-level parking garage with covered commercial curb connects to both levels of the new terminal via roadway crosswalks on each level.

MCI applied an innovative approach to implementing asset management at the very beginning of the new terminal project. EDI, along with Arora Engineers (Arora), worked to ensure that operations and maintenance staff were in a position to use and maintain the entire new facility (the organizations most critical asset) from day one. MCI was therefore able to reduce their implementation costs by approximately 50% with a digital delivery compared to a traditional asset management implementation.

This is the second year in a row EDI has received a MaximoWorld award. Last year, EDI and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) were awarded for Best Maximo Enterprise Asset Management Implementation Program at MaximoWorld 2021.

Congratulations to our team on this terrific accomplishment!

To learn more about our work on the new terminal project, as well our Data Interoperability Services and how facilities can protect organizations from losing data when datasets are created, read our case study.

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Salt Lake City Int’l Supports New Terminal With New Enterprise Asset Management Software

Enterprise Asset Management Software

Salt Lake City Int’l Supports New Terminal With New Enterprise Asset Management Software

Enterprise Asset Management Software

Electronic Data, Inc. (EDI) was featured in an article by Airport Improvement entitled “Salt Lake City Int’l Supports New Terminal With New Enterprise Asset Management Software.” Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) began the transition for a new enterprise asset management system by working with a consultant to outline the functional and technical requirements. Ultimately, SLC chose the Maximo system.

Having launched the previous system on its own, SLC wanted a partner with experience implementing asset management systems at other airports to lead its upgrade. After considering multiple options, the airport contracted EDI for planning, configuration, testing, training, deployment and post-deployment support.

Scott Yates, Chief Operating Officer of EDI, is featured in the article, saying he considers it a major victory for SLC to have the new system operational just three months after the purchase contract was signed. “The airport didn’t lose the opportunity to get good maintenance history about this new facility,” he explains. “Had we not done that, they’d be keeping a lot of paper records and might never get the data into the system.”

Ultimately, SLC will be able to tie smart assets around the airport into Maximo. For example, sensors can be placed on baggage handling equipment, people movers or passenger boarding bridges to gather usage information that will drive maintenance decisions. Yates explains that such information will help SLC proactively head off failures, optimize preventative maintenance and provide better operational metrics.

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On-Premise Asset Management vs. Asset Management in the Cloud

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On-Premise Asset Management vs. Asset Management in the Cloud

Asset management is a crucial yet complicated part of business operations in practically any industry. When the business grows, expands, and handles remote tasks, it can be difficult to determine which asset management solution a company should use, and whether it should be hosted on-premise or in the Cloud.

Let’s review the two hosting options, why managing media assets in the Cloud may be beneficial, and why some companies prefer on-premise control of their asset management.

On-Premise Asset Management

On-premise asset management is the traditional method for managing the system. This type of asset management is self-hosted through the use of a company’s servers and is managed by the company’s internal IT team. Everything is handled in-house, which allows an organization to manage the system’s IT infrastructure.

Like any other system, this management type has its benefits and setbacks.

PROS

  • On-premise hosting allows for significant customization, integrations, and security protocols.
  • These systems may be ideal for companies that have an experienced IT team.
  • These systems might be extremely beneficial for businesses with hosting capabilities.

CONS

  • On-premise systems are expensive
  • The company is responsible for all integrations and maintenance procedures.
  • These systems take significant time to deploy.

Asset Management in the Cloud

Digital asset management in the Cloud is partially or completely managed by the vendor the company utilizes. Because these systems are hosted in the Cloud they reduce employee maintenance burdens and internal infrastructure costs.

PROS

  • Cloud-hosted asset management solutions are typically more affordable than on-premise systems, as these systems don’t require the company to have hosting capabilities.
  • They’re accessible remotely so employees can access the data they need from anywhere.
  • Cloud system vendors often provide much of the security protocols for the company, and IT asset management in the Cloud takes the demand off the company’s IT department.

CONS

  • Cloud-based system speed will depend on the user’s internet connection, so performance will suffer if files are accessed in a remote location with poor connectivity.
  • Shared servers may decrease the speed of a company’s system performance depending on how many companies are using the server at a time.
  • If using proprietary programs is a requirement, this could make migrating, editing, or exporting files complicated at first.

Each organization has different needs, so there isn’t a universal answer regarding which hosting type is best for asset management. Exploring the capabilities and restrictions of each asset management system is necessary to come to an informed decision about which method your company needs.

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Your Management Wants a Digital Twin. How Can You Deliver One That Works?

Digital twin technology

Your Management Wants a Digital Twin. How Can You Deliver One That Works?

Digital twin technology

Once an organization has developed a comprehensive understanding of digital twin technology, the next question is often: “How can my team deliver a digital twin that works and can be sustained?”

Developing a successful digital twin involves far more than creating a digital replica of a physical structure. Producing a model that proves to be an asset to your organization will require sufficient planning and experimentation.

If your management wants a digital twin, be sure to include the following steps in your team’s collaboration efforts for a productive developmental process. These thorough, organized planning tips are essential when designing a digital twin your organization can use.

Outline the Purpose

At the start of your digital twin journey, it’s crucial to fully understand the purpose you want this technology to serve. Discuss with your team exactly what you’re planning to create a digital model of and how you anticipate it will be used. This will require a thorough review of work processes and decisions (aka use cases) that will benefit from the digital twin. This review should assess how these use cases are being addressed today and what efficiencies or new capabilities the twin will provide. This understanding will help you prioritize how the digital twin can most effectively be used and, therefore, how the most return can be gained on the investment made.

By carefully planning and listing the use cases that the digital twin will address, it becomes easier to outline the creation process and recruit the guidance of the necessary qualified parties.

Consider the following as your team initiates the implementation of a digital twin:

  • What facilities and assets will the digital twin cover?
  • What use cases will the digital twin address?
  • Who is this twin for?
  • What data will the digital twin require?
  • How will this data be maintained?
  • What skill level will the typical user have?
  • Will the digital twin be accessed remotely or on-site?
  • Should the software that supports the digital twin reside on-site or in the cloud?

Determine the Scope

To develop an effective digital twin, it’s necessary to determine the scope of the digital twin and efforts to implement and sustain it. Different digital twins serve different purposes, so taking a broad look at what you need the twin to accomplish can help prioritize the use cases.  Detailed functional and then technical requirements documents can then be produced to guide the development of data and configuration of software to address these requirements.

Data is Key

Digital twins rely on facilities and asset data to operate as they are, by definition, virtual representations of physical assets or systems. Depending on the scale and use of your desired digital twin, the task of capturing and organizing your data could be significant. Utilizing “Smart” assets makes this easier, but for legacy systems, enabling sensors to capture your desired data (air flow, water flow, motor vibration, and temperature, for example) is a must.

Once you’ve determined what you want your digital twin to accomplish, targeting systems to upgrade with data sensors is a relatively straightforward task. From there, you must build data crosswalks to input your new sensor data into your digital twin software. Building an enterprise-level digital twin is achievable but doing so takes a lot of work by both your IT and Facilities Management team.

Without good, real-time asset data, as well as accurate data depicting the facility itself, the promise of a digital twin will not be realized.

Address Challenges

Before and throughout the development process, team members must proactively address challenges and propose solutions that satisfactorily overcome concerns. For example, the collection and recording of physical details should be checked and confirmed to be accurate, and issues experienced during data collection need to be addressed by team specialists.

Satisfy Requirements

During initial planning, the implementation team should have developed functional requirements for the digital twin. At this point, each of those functional requirements needs to be re-examined to satisfy technical requirements.

The requirements differ somewhat from the intended functionality of the digital twin since they involve a closer look at the system’s included features rather than the outcome of the model’s development.

Examining and satisfying requirements should be approached with the following question in mind: “What features and components does this digital twin need to serve the intended purposes?”

Explore hardware components, data management tools, and software specifications required for the project to come together.  It’s equally essential to determine which programs the digital twin technology needs to integrate with, how system updates are intended to proceed, how collaboration concerns are fully remedied, and how any conflicts or errors are resolved.

Remedying challenges, overcoming obstacles, and meeting all requirements are crucial steps involved in developing and delivering a digital twin that works.

Test the Digital Twin

Finally, after you have produced a functional digital twin, perform adequate testing to scan for system bugs, errors, shortcomings, or failures missed during the design process. You will need to revisit or repeat many phases involved in digital twin development before the digital twin is ready to serve the functions of its design.

Testing, troubleshooting, and system repair will ensure that the digital twin development team has produced a model that meets needs and operates as intended.

Depending on the project’s complexity, some digital twins are relatively simple to design with the help of a small team. More involved projects, however, should employ the expertise of industry experts. You can trust Arora to streamline the process of developing advanced, intricate digital twin technologies.

Browse our website or reach out to Arora to schedule a discussion of how a digital twin can best be designed and implemented for your organization. We will spearhead every step of the design to ensure your organization’s needs are met as effectively as possible.

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EDI Employee Spotlight: Scott Conklin, Systems Developer

EDI Employee Spotlight: Scott Conklin, Systems Developer

1. How did you come to do what you do? Was this a lifelong goal?
Originally, I was going to be an audio engineer, but pursued computer networking.

2. What do you enjoy most about working at EDI?
The thing I enjoy most about working at EDI is working with management and my associates. They are great team members to work with!

3. What motivates you every day?
The thing that motivates me every day is to learn more and expand my skills as much as I can.

4. What makes you unique and different?
Fingerprints 😉

5. What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
My favorite types of projects to work on are the ones where you have to get creative to find solutions for the clients.

6. What are your future career goals?
My future career goals are to learn more and keep growing with the company.

7. Tell us what your day-to-day looks like at EDI.
My day-to-day at EDI includes collaborating with my fellow associates to complete the various assigned items for the projects we are working on.

8. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
The best career lesson I have learned so far is to enjoy what you do.

9. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my seven year old daughter. I also enjoy playing twang on the guitar and going fishing occasionally.

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Why the Right Mobile Solution Can Take Your Enterprise Asset Management System to the Next Level

Why the Right Mobile Solution Can Take Your Enterprise Asset Management System to the Next Level

Enterprise asset management systems (EAMs) are immensely beneficial for streamlining asset management in large organizations. However, once managers implement an EAM system, they often assume that the company’s asset management efficiency couldn’t get any better than its current system-guided successes.

Fortunately, there is always room for improvement through innovation! Deploying a mobile solution that helps an organization’s disparate groups adopt the EAM system as a regular part of their day-to-day operations is a perfect example of how businesses can further increase productivity and cost savings.

Let’s examine several of the added conveniences companies can incorporate into their business practices with the right mobile solution.

Paper Reduction

A user-friendly mobile solution significantly reduces the need for outdated clipboards and paper forms. Utilizing a mobile system ensures that every document needed is readily available for conducting inspections and work orders.

For example, airports are required to perform CFR Part 139 inspections of their runways each and every day, so a mobile solution that allows an airport to automate their previously paper-laden and cumbersome CFR Part 139 airside inspections can be tremendously beneficial. The best mobile solution would allow the said airport to perform and record both their airside and landside inspections, eliminating the need to train staff to use different systems to perform inspections in these different areas.

The right mobile work order management system seamlessly integrates with your EAM system to provide real-time, actionable information.

Dependable Organization & Storage

On top of reducing paper waste, a mobile solution prevents the misplacement of and damage to important documents. The system allows technicians to record, access, and organize all of the critical asset documentation stored in a company’s EAM, including:

  • Inventory Availability: Keeping track of parts available and automatically restocking inventory levels decreases interruptions in service schedules.
  • Analytical Reports: Reports generated can be analyzed by both AI and managers to predict an asset’s lifecycle and maintenance requirements accurately.
  • Equipment Billing and Warranty Information: This feature helps businesses avoid late fees, cancel services before automatic renewal, and schedule repairs while an asset is still covered by a warranty.
  • Maintenance Schedules: This includes past maintenance performed, technician information, and maintenance deadlines.
  • Asset Locations and Details: This feature prevents wasted time and lost property by ensuring that an asset is readily available when maintenance or usage is scheduled.
  • Technical Staff Availability: Ensuring staff availability prevents scheduling conflicts when it comes to maintaining, repairing, or utilizing assets at a given time.

Accessible, Centralized Information

The best mobile solutions are designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. Storing pertinent asset data affords each team member the resources they need to complete tasks the first time they’re dispatched. Team members can review task checklists, step-by-step protocols, parts information, maintenance schedules, and company regulations at the touch of a button to ensure that unexpected roadblocks don’t occur.

Making every piece of information a technician or manager needs easy to locate and accessible both online and offline reduces labor hours, costs, and the potential for technical errors.

Location-Based, Geolocated Tasks, and Mapping

One of the easiest ways to improve labor efficiency in any maintenance organization is to deploy a mobile solution that utilizes task locations. Integrating your EAM system with your Geospatial Information System (GIS) and/or geolocating your individual assets enables your technicians to locate priority issues quickly and easily and efficiently plan their day. Utilizing maps and location data dramatically speeds up engagement with individual tasks, enabling technicians to access and complete the work more quickly.

Additionally, providing location data to technicians helps bridge the knowledge gap newer employees may have that requires a more senior member of the team to “escort” them to the location of the problem. By utilizing a mobile solution that integrates with maps and geolocation, critical institutional knowledge is captured and passed on to the next generation of technicians.

Task Automation

An EAM system simplifies task automation, allowing managers and technicians to focus their efforts on tasks that require human involvement. For example, the right mobile solution pre-populates all the necessary information a technician needs to complete their assigned work order, inspection, or other maintenance tasks, eliminating the need for extensive data entry and allowing the technician to focus on the task at hand.

Along with automation of specific tasks, the mobile solution will track and monitor task progress and trigger notifications when a task gets initiated, completed, or needs further attention. With these automation capabilities, AI handles low-impact tasks and organizes information to make it easy for managers to review, reschedule, or eliminate items as they see fit.

Automation changes are recorded in real-time and are available for staff members to review as needed, which reduces misunderstandings and person-to-person communication issues.

Technician Inclusion at a Distance

Mobile solutions enable management team members to access real-time asset information no matter where they are located. With mobile capabilities, technicians in the field are just as well-informed as maintenance managers in the office.

Mobile technology also enables technicians to inspect equipment from a distance without disrupting production or even traveling to the asset’s location in some cases. Examining technical data and checking technician availability on the EAM dashboard can simplify the process of determining when preventive maintenance needs to be performed.

Additionally, field technicians no longer have to travel back and forth between company offices and site locations to record the data collected. Information can be added to the EAM system from anywhere, anytime. Real-time updates allow managers to review the data as soon as it’s added, regardless of their location.

The right mobile solution can help an organization enhance the vital organizational, analytic, and performance power that their enterprise asset management system provides them. By making tools and real-time information available to each team member, regardless of time or location, organizations can reduce error risks, extend the life cycle of critical assets, save time, decrease labor costs, and foster a thriving, efficient company.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Maximo Application Suite 8

Frequently Asked Questions about Maximo Application Suite 8

Frequently Asked Questions about Maximo Application Suite 8

Frequently Asked Questions about Maximo Application Suite 8

The implementation of Maximo’s Application Suite 8 has generated a great deal of excitement, but it has also left many people with lingering questions. For convenience, we have collected and answered some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding MAS 8, its new features, and what upgrading to the latest version will mean for you and your business.

Q: What new features are included in Maximo Application Suite 8?

A: We cover many of the new features of Maximo 8 in our webinar series, but some of the key elements of Maximo Suite 8.0 include:

  • Easy integration capabilities, which makes accessing full asset lifecycles simple. Managers can examine any point in the asset lifecycle and expand into additional management areas.
  • Deployment through Red Hat, Open Shift, and hybrid Cloud, which enables various options for utilizing the Maximo digital suite across an array of devices
  • Scalable solutions that can improve asset management throughout an organization regardless of size or industry
  • Improved data sharing across applications which streamlines the process of digital transformation and analysis
  • Enhanced user experience
  • A transition from on-premise to cloud-based storage
  • Ease of access and operation to reduce the burden on administrative professionals
  • Significantly improved security

In addition to the main feature enhancements of Maximo maintenance software, the add-on features available aim to enhance performance and simplify day-to-day operations for growing companies in many technological sectors.

Q: What industry-specific solutions are available with Maximo Suite 8?

A: Industry-specific solutions include:

  • Maximo for Aviation
  • Maximo for Transportation
  • Maximo for Utilities
  • Maximo for Oil and Gas
  • Maximo for Civil Infrastructure
  • Maximo for Nuclear Power

Q: How can I upgrade to Maximo 8 from my company’s current suite?

A: A Maximo upgrade is applicable if your company utilizes Maximo 7.6.1.2 or a higher version. If your company uses an older version, you must complete the upgrade in more than one step: first upgrading to 7.6.1.2 and then moving up to Maximo 8.

Q: Can Maximo Suite 8 be customized for specific industries?

A: Yes, Maximo Application Suite 8 can be customized to meet the functional requirements of businesses in a variety of industries. The features can be configured to monitor inventory levels, services, contracts, and asset procedures in the following sectors, just to name a few: Oil and Gas, Transportation, Energy, Utilities, Aviation, Nuclear Technology, and Manufacturing.

Q: What parameters does MAS 8 monitor?

A: The asset management capabilities of the IBM Maximo Application Suite include, but aren’t limited to, the following parameters: technician availability, asset locations, warranty information, leasing information, maintenance history, maintenance schedules, parts inventories, and contract management.

Q: What kind of savings can businesses expect when using Maximo Suite 8?

A: Utilizing Maximo’s upgraded maintenance software and the new asset management features can significantly increase ROI and time and money savings. According to IBM statistics, MAS 8 can reduce up to 20% of labor costs, up to 25% of time waste and equipment downtime, and up to 15% of inventory costs.

Q: Are there add-ons available with Maximo Suite 8?

A: Yes, there are several available add-on options that integrate with Maximo Suite 8, including:

  • IBM Maximo Enterprise Adapter for SAP Applications
  • IBM Maximo Enterprise Adapter for Oracle Applications
  • IBM Maximo Linear Asset Manager
  • IBM Maximo Asset Management for Managed Service Providers
  • IBM Maximo Spatial Asset Management
  • IBM Maximo Asset Management Scheduler
  • IBM Maximo Asset Management Scheduler Plus
  • IBM Maximo Asset Configuration Manager
  • IBM Maximo Anywhere
  • IBM Maximo Calibration
  • IBM Maximo Health, Safety, and Environment Manager

Q: How does Maximo Suite 8 improve efficiency?

A: Maximo’s maintenance software provides businesses with impeccable organizational capabilities. By collecting, organizing, storing, and monitoring asset information, Maximo 8 allows you to schedule preventive maintenance, ensure staff availability, keep track of assets on-location, monitor warranty deadlines, adhere to regulations, and avoid unnecessary fees. The careful organization of each asset reduces labor hours, time waste, and asset losses.

Q: How can MAS 8 help with contracts and organization?

A: Maximo 8 can simplify monitoring and management of contractual information, service agreements, corporate standards, laws and regulations, inventory, warranties, parts, logistics, and vendor information. The system collects, organizes, and stores information and generates notifications when important deadlines are approaching or contractual information needs review.

Q: Where can I learn more about MAS 8 features?

A: To learn more about the Maximo 8 implementation, check out our webinar series designed to help you navigate the ins and outs of the MAS 8 upgrade.

Looking for more information? Visit our website to receive a personalized demo of a solution that fits your needs.

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What Is a Digital Twin and Why Is It One of the Hottest Topics in the Boardroom Today?

What is digital twin

What Is a Digital Twin and Why Is It One of the Hottest Topics in the Boardroom Today?

What is digital twin

Have you heard about Digital Twin technology, but you’re not sure how it works or why it is relevant to your business?

As we continue to connect increasingly complex enterprise software and building systems, we require digital models to give us a glimpse into what is happening and can happen with physical assets. That’s where Digital Twin technology comes into play.

Let’s briefly cover what Digital Twins are and how Digital Twin software can benefit countless applications and processes.

What Is a Digital Twin?

A Digital Twin is an exact virtual replica of a physical object, asset system, facility, or enterprise. By using real-world data pulled from its physical counterpart, Digital Twins can simulate processes to predict how an asset or system is currently performing and how it will perform in the future.

For example, a Facility Manager might look at the Digital Twin of a specific building system, such as an HVAC system, to run simulations, research the system’s design, and plan ways to enhance the system’s performance. It’s safer and easier to look at the digital version of a product in many cases, as it allows professionals to take a very detailed look at specific components.

Types of Digital Twins

There are many different types of Digital Twins, which vary depending on the industry, object, process, or need. Developing several Digital Twin types for a single process, object, or service is not uncommon.

Some common Digital Twin types include:

  • Component Twin: Used to create digital copies of small parts or components of larger systems. It’s the most basic digital twin software application.
  • Asset Twin: Designed to allow professionals to observe interactions between components. This type is often used to gauge performance.
  • Unit Twin: Used to examine how certain assets work together. Like asset twins, unit twins are used for performance analysis.
  • Process Twin: Monitor the way that various systems work together. They’re used to perfect synchronization, production, and efficiency.

The Significance of Digital Twins

Digital Twin software offers several benefits for professionals who develop, design, and manufacture products and services. Creating detailed digital images enables more efficient research and development. Data collection and analysis features help predict complications before they arise, enhancing performance results. Digital planning also reduces unnecessary costs by perfecting objects and processes before physical production starts.

For Facility Managers, Digital Twins offer the ability to enable predictive and proactive maintenance plans for digitally connected building systems, extending the life cycle of these systems and maximizing system uptime. This advanced capability is one of the many innovative features a Digital Twin brings to an organization.

For example, by examining the digital version of a piece of machinery, engineers and manufacturers can run tests to determine which components need improvements. This way, they can bypass the steps that come with changing parts of the physical model and comparing the effectiveness of said changes.

Additionally, Digital Twin technology can be useful in monitoring existing products and services. In doing so, developers can simultaneously examine several approaches to achieve the highest possible efficiency. Methods that yield positive results can be introduced immediately or implemented into new versions. Implementing this monitoring and subsequent processes helps Facility Managers optimize their labor and automate as many maintenance tasks as possible.

Finally, Digital Twins can be beneficial in planning the next steps for equipment that has reached the end of its lifecycle. Examining the Digital Twin allows manufacturers to separate recyclable parts from parts that must undergo a different form of disposal.

Current Digital Twin Usage

While this type of technology may sound futuristic, Digital Twins are already widely used in several industries. Areas of utility include:

  • Aviation: Digital Twin technology helps airports efficiently and effectively operate and maintain their assets to maximize return on investment.
  • Healthcare: Digital Twins help determine patient care and interpret sensor-generated data.
  • Energy: Through the use of Digital Twins, engines can be designed to handle predicted workloads as efficiently as possible.
  • Structural Design: Digital Twin software can help architects and contractors design safe, efficient structures, such as industrial buildings.
  • Community Planning: Designers and engineers can use Digital Twins to plan the design of buildings and their capacity requirements based on real-time data.
  • Automotive: Digital Twins can assist in the development of high-performance, efficient vehicles.
  • Factory and Manufacturing: Digital Twins are now a key component of designing and building products in a factory setting.

To conclude, Digital Twins provide engineers, designers, and manufacturers with a piece of equipment or series of processes that they can examine from the palm of their hands. Digital Twin technology allows tests to be conducted, specific components to be examined, and enhancements to be made before ever having to dispatch labor for the physical version of the product.

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