CMMSradioMay 02, 2023
From Military to Manufacturing to CMMS Solutions Consultant and Beyond!
This episode features Corey Dickens, CMRP sharing his background that links together his military background, transitioning into manufacturing, deploying a CMMS for the first time, to now being a CMMS solutions consultant at Brightly and the many lessons learned along the way. His insights and approach to decision making are both refreshing and actionable regardless of where you're at on your CMMS journey.
🔥 The importance of asking questions and learning from mistakes.
🔥Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
🔥Traditional OEE and TEEP (Total Equipment Effectiveness Performance).
🔥How to use the OODA loop, a decision-making framework.
🔥The risk and impact of losing tribal knowledge.
🔥Get multiple internal champions early in your CMMS selection process.
There's much more in the episode but this gets you an idea of the topics discussed.
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Doug Houser CMRP on the Qualified End User Program and his Reliable Plant 2023 experience
A brief interview with Doug Hauser of WM on his experience at Reliable Plant 2023, in ORlando Florida, as a qualified end user program attendee with some video footage of the Boston Dynamics robot dog called "Spot."
A CMMS Journey Story with Ecotrak CEO Matt Singer and COO Mike Snyder
This episode features Ecotrak CEO Matt Singer and COO Mike Snyder (co-founder) sharing the journey story including... The original problem Ecotrak solved How that problem impacted the P&L How the restaurant industry changed The asset first approach Being advicors, not just selling software Emerging markets you serve Asset management over facilities management IFMA world workplace 2023 - Ecotrak is speaking! Ecotrak 2.0 coming in late September 2023 Concerning trends The fun questions - Music, Sports, and work-life balance Rob K's Ahole Bosses Thank you Matt and Mike for joing CMMSradio to record this episode to share your Ecotrak journey. If you're dealing with an A**hole boss check out https://www.howtodealboss.com/ to grab the free eBook by Rob Kawarlowsky or sign up for his program. Get $50 off by entering coupon code: CMMSradio when ordering here: https://elitehighperformance.mykajabi.com/offers/XhaHniY2/checkout
CMMS Selection and Utilization - A Course at University of Wisconsin with guest George Williams of ReliabilityX
Thank you, George Williams of ReliabilityX, for joining CMMSradio to discuss the upcoming course offering on CMMS selection and utilization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (in person or online). A much-needed course to help maintenance professionals thrive when it comes to their CMMS journey. Get the process and reasons behind the process right before you select a CMMS. Lots of insights in this episode including some practical views on... Who should own the CMMS? Setting your requirements Right system for your size and type of operation Strengthening the value proposition for better CMMS adoption Setting expectations Having a course run by a Bonafide maintenance and reliability professional, like George Williams, is what's needed to bridge common gaps maintenance professionals deal with across teams when they get this CMMS selection part wrong, or they have to adopt a system already in place (totally possible). There are healthy debates, and the interactive nature of the course assures everyone is on the same page and learning these principals to selecting and utilizing a CMMS platform.
A new and quicker way to start your CMMS journey with FlowPath CEO and Co-Founder Alex Cummings
Learn about a new and quicker way to start your CMMS journey!
A New Offering - An alternative to complex systems and high prices.
Data should always be yours and never held hostage.
The IFMA World Workplace Conference
Visit booth 954 if you're attending!
Know your Waste Change your Culture and CMMS as a tool with Joe Kuhn of Lean Driven Reliability
Thank you to Joe Kuhn, for being on CMMSradio to discuss why maintenance and reliability cultures are important to him, why and how he passes on the guidance and tribal knowledge, and that best practices can be implemented at your plant despite all the frustration that's happening out there. Tune in to hear all about the following: Culture Importance: operational success tied to maintenance and reliability cultures. Challenges and Change: The daunting task of culture change - use practical steps. New Manager Advice: 7 steps for new MMgrs, waste reduction, and problem-solving. "Go and See": Know and understand your waste for effective solutions. Tools for Efficiency: CMMS and other tools target and minimize maintenance waste. Cultural Shift: Maintenance team involvement, and awareness, is crucial to culture change. Value of Kitting: Kitting reduces frustrations, improves culture. Employee Well-being: Process focus prevents burnout, values time, toward more work-life balance. Sharing Knowledge: Joe shares his experience for the current and next generations benefit. Contact Joe: firstname.lastname@example.org or search Joe Kuhn on Linked in and search for Reliability Man on YouTube to access all of Joe's informative videos filled with real, practical, effective guidance to help you navigate maintenance and reliability, plant optimization, or life after retirement. It's all linked together!
Mountain Man Wisdom with Shon Isenhour of Eruditio on CMMS radio from Reliable Plant 2023
A BIG thank you to Shaon Isenhour of Eruditio for joing CMMSradio to discuss his recent learning session at the Reliable Plant Conference 2023 in Orlando.
This episode has numerous insights and guidance for maintenance professions, CMMS users, and the like to understand a bit about work management and the best practices behind how teams can get moving. We discussed the services offered by Eruditio, including the Inspired Blendded Learning Curriculum and the RMIC certification offered at The University of Tennessee Knoxville. We get into the skilled trades gap, ADKAR, and RASI + the importance of building a job plan library, into your CMMS, for PM (Preventive Maintenance) and CM (corrective maintenance) to upskill and guide incoming employees for proper execution of said tasks as the folks with tribal knowledge retire. This is 20 minutes of pure gold for anyone wanting to learn from a maintenance and reliability professional that knows how to get tyhings done and create sustained reliability within organizations of all types.
Thank you to Noria Corporation, Reliable Plant, and Machinery Lubrication for making it all happen. See you in Chicago in June 2024 for the next one!
Talking maintenance, mindset, culture, and a hole bosses with Rob Kalwarowsky
Rob Kalwarowsky joins CMMSradio to discuss his background, his recent TEDx talk in Japan, and much more. What personal experiences lead him here and how does mindset, and leadership, play a role in best practices for maintenance teams? What are some of the bad boss types and characteristics that negatively influence performance and well-being? Rob discusses personal development, mindset, culture, and leadership within the context of maintenance and facilities management. Rob introduces the concept of internal family systems, explaining how different facets of the mind drive behavior and the role of protective mechanisms. The takeaway is the importance of authenticity, vulnerability, and empathy in leadership, highlighting how leaders who embody these qualities can drive positive transformations in both personal and organizational realms whether in maintenance or other aspects of operations and business with an emphasis on the impact of genuine connections, mindset shifts, and cultural transformations on teams and overall performance. Rob discusses living abroad, his love for water polo and guitar, and his notable online presence across platforms like LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. He also provides a free eBook on effectively managing difficult bosses (a**hole bosses), along with an exclusive discount for his program for CMMSradio listeners. Visit https://www.howtodealboss.com/howtodealwithanassholeboss and enter the coupon code CMMSradio at checkout for a $50 discount on the program so you can learn how to deal with your A**hole boss.
Reliable Plant Conference 2023 Shout Outs - Thank you to Noria Corporation for this incredible event!
It's been about 2 weeks since the Reliable Plant Conference and Exhibition in Orlando Fl - Co-hosted by reliable plant and machinery lubrication thanks to Noria Corporation and it was their 25th anniversary show. What an amazing event this was. Next year they'll be in Chicago, June 2024 for another great event!!! BIG SHOUT-OUT to the entire team at Noria (way too many to list). What a class act and so incredibly supportive of every single attendee, exhibitor, and presenter. A few other quick shout-outs... George Williams, of ReliabilityX, who was on CMMSradio not long ago gave me some great advice for the conference - he recommended I grab a ZOOM H6 hand-held recorder, and his advice was spot on! ☘️John Morris☘️ from In The Club - Powered by Club Colors: Club Colors really came through and it's important to note - it's the podcast that John hosts that made that happen. Shon Isenhour, CMRP CAMA CEO of Eruditio - We sat down for a great interview following his presentation on Mountain Man Wisdom. Katie Sanders, Account Executive, was very helpful coordinating my sit down with Shon. What a dynamo!! Dr. John Ross, CMRP Ross was on CMMSradio a few months ago. I finally got to meet him in person and we recorded another episode at the Emerging Tehcnologies Theater where Noria set me up for recording. I visited with John Q. Todd of TRM, Limble CMMS, eMaint, and Brightly. I was able to interview Haider Istanbouli from AI Sight as well. I met the team at IFS, I-care Reliability Inc., and TRACTIAN plus several others. Cody Jackson from EffectivePdM LLC was there delivering a learning session. It was great to finally meet him in person. Matthew Knuth of SPM Instrument was there, and we had several conversations about IoT and sessor monitoring (he knows that space very well). We're planning an episode very soon on CMMSradio. Kevin D. Clark - Thank you for the many insightful conversations and advice about the industry. Stay tuned for the upcoming interviews, and the sound bites, from the conference and get ready for next year - The Reliable Plant Conference is happening in Chicago, IL in June of 2024. See you there!
Talking All Things CMMS with a bonafide Maintenance and Reliability Expert George Williams ReliabilityX
Hang on to your hats! This episode is loaded to the brim with a talk about all things CMMS with George Williams of ReliabilityX, and the Practical Reliability podcast, telling us about his background, experience, and dropping serious and practical knowledge around CMMS and maintenance and reliability best practices. There's too much in this one to type it all (you're welcome). Seriously - It's a rock-solid episode and I look forward to the next time we can have George on CMMSradio. Thanks George - This was awesome! General list of topics: Background & experience that led up to the forming of reliability crossing 3000 followers on LinkedIn CMMS design intent – Location or Assets? …and how your maintenance strategy builds itself. The reality of CMMS in orgs. Making in meaningful Getting buy in from management & Understanding how you develop partnerships grow both direct and indirect influence Meeting, and more meeting decision making requires information and input from others Implementations & why adoption fails Get better demos by asking these questions skill set shortage and maintenance and the labor shortage The gap between the shop floor and upper management services of Reliability Practical Reliability Podcast Upcoming conferences and events
The Critical Connection between Digital Transformation and Sustainable Continuous improvement with guest John Todd of Total Resource Management
John Todd, Sr. Consultant at Total Resouce Management, joined CMMSradio to discuss his upcoming learning session at the Realiabile Plant Conference happening in Ornland Florida 7/31/23 - 8/3/2023. John is a Reliability Engineering Professional, a Lean/SixSigma Black Belt, with extensive real world experience and expertise. We cover a lot in this episode including: A preview of The Critical Connection between Digital Transformation and Sustainable Continuous improvement Managing just work orders is not enough What organizations MUST do with all this great data What John is looking forward to at Reliable Plant The services offered by Total Resource Management and more.
Talking CMMS Maintenance and Reliability with guest William Sloan of Eruditio
This episode features guest William Sloan, CMRP CMRT and MLE - He's a consultant at Eruditio with a heavy focus on MRO storeroom improvements, Root Cause Analysis, asset management and more with an extensive background in all things maintenance and reliability. The list is extensive and you can look him up on LinkedIn to learn more. He has a Passion for Training, Teaching, and Coaching Others. We discuss CMMS and how it fits into maintenance and reliability best practices plus much more... Roort causes for CMMS failures (failed deployments, failed adoption) Getting to the deeper layer of a CMMS Why must we go deep on CMMS training Challenges to gathering equipment data Concerning & welcomed trends in CMMS and maintenance A little bit on Artificial Intelledence (AI)
Better Predictive Maintenance and how CMMS plays a role with guest Cody Jackson of Effective PdM
Thank you Cody Jackson, Founder of Effective PdM, for joining CMMSradio to discuss your IMPLEMENTATION Training programs teaching maintenance teams HOW TO EXECUTE predictive maintenance programs at their own facilities. Cody is presenting at the Reliable Plant conference (From Training to Triumph: Empowering Maintenance Teams through Infrared Inspections) on August 3. The conference takes place July 31 - August 3 in Orlando Florida. When did your journey into the world of maintenance start and how did that lead to the founding Effective PdM? You understand the way predictive maintenance actually gets done - What is it that holds in-house maintenance teams back from optimal performance? Can you give us a brief synopsis of what people can expect from your session at Reliable Plant on August 3rd? I would imagine you've dealt with CMMS platforms over the years - Where do you see the challenges when it comes to predictive maintenance vs preventive maintenance? You've trained a lot of maintenance teams - Do you ever hear about CMMS being a disruption or benefit to how teams really work? How can maintenance teams better utilize their CMMS platforms for predictive maintenance best practices? Where should folks start if they want to move toward a PdM process? BTW everyone - The TMCC Slack channel is back and you can connect with people like Cody Jackson and several maintenance and reliability experts. It's free to sign up. Just go to upkeep.org/CMMSradio to register and join the conversation.
Talking Lubrication Management, CMMS, and Reliability with guest Wes Cash of Noria Corporation
This episode features Wes Cash, the Vice president of services for Noria Corporation and the host of Gear Talk, the podcast that connects maintenance and reliability professionals with reliable information insights and experts, discussing his background and experience in construction, HVAC, and more culminated into his current role at Noria. There's a lot covered in this episode including: Lubrication Management It's not just about changing or toping off your oil levels Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) The benefits of having both The Reliable Plant Conference Coming up in Orlando Florida How Noria is Curating knowledge Maintenance, Reliability, and beyond Gear Talk - A Noria Podcast
CMMS for Healthcare Systems - The FSI journey story with guest Joe Serwinkski President and Founder
This episode features Joe Serwinski, Founder and Presdent of FSI, discussing the journey to building a purpose-built CMMS for healthcare maintenance management. Hospitals, and healthcare facilities of any kind, need the right software that follows their process. Joe built it and tells us about the journey. A 35 year journey during which Joe launched Facility Survey, in 2002, to help hospitals collect and load the right data into their CMMS platforms. FSI was launched later based on a specific CMMS build out for a hospital system with 17 locations. Other hospitals wanted to use the same platform, so they entered the market with one of the first SaaS based healthcare specific CMMS platforms. Turns out it is CMS, rather than just CMMS, which stands for Cutom Maintenance Software with a mind towards including the right flexibility needed to help varying types, and sizes, of hospitals and healthcare facilities keep moving foward instead of trying to adapt some other CMMS to their working style. This episode covers:
- The journey to creating FSI and Joe's background
- Worrisome trends in CMMS and maintenance
- Trends that are net positive (good) for the industry
- The importance of standardization (ASHE, etc.)
- Data for the next generation
- The role of AI
- Integrations now and in the future - WHy they matter
Tune in to listen and let us know how you liked this episode. Send us a topic, question, or schedule a consultation for your CMMS project. We'd love to hear your CMMS story so we can share it with the masses. Thanks for listening to CMMSradio!!
Your CMMS is the accounting system for maintenance and reliability with Dr John Ross CMRP
This episode features Dr. John Ross, CMRP - The president of Maintenance Innovators, Inc. and a maintenance professional with nearly 4 decades of experience driving process improvement through teaching and implementing maintenance and reliability best practices. There's a lot covered in this episode thanks to John's dedication to being a net contributor to the maintenance community.
- What's the worst thing one can do when selecting a #CMMS and how to you assure success in your CMMS search?
- What is the factory acceptance test for software?
- CMMS is the accounting system for maintenance and reliability.
- Data driven decision making is a MUST to achieve continual process improvement
- The course through Noria Corporation
- Reliable Plant Conference Preview (7/31-8/3/2023 Orlando FL)
- SMRP conference workshop preview (October 16-19, 2023 Orlando FL) – No one has ever done this!!
The Maintenance Mindset on CMMS radio with guest Jim Vantyghem
Jim Vantyghem, CMMS Senior Support Manager at Associated Materials - Gentek Building Products, joins CMMSradio to discuss the maintenance mindset, how maintenance happens in the real world, why the basics of maintenance are so critical (and what are those basics), how systems create your maintenance culture, and much more. Several decades in this space has given Jim and insight from which we can all benefit. How do we get upper management to buy-in (to CMMS, etc.)? Why do CMMS implementations fail? You've got to have an end in mind before you start! There's a lot more in this episode - Tune in and listen - then let us know what questions you have about CMMS, what challenges you're facing, or share a topic you'd like covered on CMMSradio! You can leave a voice mail here on the channel page or you can reach out at www.cmmsradio.com to tell us, "What's on your mind?"
CMMS Radio Maintenance Mindset and more, with Jim Vantyghem, Episode Preview and announcements May 9, 2023
Here's a preview of our episode with Jim Vantyghem, on the Maintenance Mindset and more, set to release next week. We also have announcements about resources. The Reliable Plant Conference happens 7/31 - 8/3/2023 in Orlando Florida. Noria has given a special discount code, GC10, to CMMSradio listeners. Reliable Plant Conference Registration https://bit.ly/3AMQ30N Discount Code: GC10 The Maintenance Community Coalition - TMCC Slack Channel - This is a free resource to connect with industry experts, ask questions, and explore maintenance challenges. Visit www.upkeep.org/cmmsradio to sign up and participate. Introducing Beskar Solutions - Beskart is an IT Services company here to help you get further, faster. Visit beskarco.com or find them on LinkedIn to get help with an MSP or other information technology services. visit www.beskarco.com to learn more.
CMMS radio with guest Chris Palumbo discussing Llumin CMMS+
Chris Palumbo joins Greg on CMMSradio to discuss his journey into CMMS and the Llumin CMMS+ computerized maintenance management software solution. Several years in manufacturing and working with plant managers, and related verticles, made moving over to Llumin a good fit to continue helping manufacturers achieve their goals. We discuss how to make it easier for orgs by understanding the alignment of personnel when it comes to implementing a CMMS. Helping people benchmark their curent state to then set a plan to reach their goals. Differentiating preventive maintenace from predictive maintenance Sensor monitoring and solving problems before they happen Reduced downtime, increased throughput, via real-time data Another CMMS horror story How Llumin helped The most rewarding part of engaging with clients
The importance of Lubrication Management in Maintenance & Reliability with Travis Richardson LubePM
This episode feature Travis Richardson discussing Noria's LubePM - A lubrication management system - and the intricacies of designing lubrication, and oil analyses, protocols in your plant environments. LubePM goes beyond the limits of CMMS platforms when it comes to next-level maintenance and reliability best practices and it allows for API utilization should you wish to get data from LubePM into your CMMS platform. What is the main problem LubePM solves? What factors go into assessing a plant environment and how does that contribute to the creation of lubrication routes? How does this data, from LubePM, translate into the KPIs management needs to see while also being easy for technicians to handle their workload the way they like to work? We discuss ReliablePlant - The ReliablePlant Conference takes place in Orlando, Florida July 31 - August 3, 2023.
The LimbleCMMS journey story, on CMMS radio, with Founder and CEO Bryan Christensen
In this episode we explore another great journey story with LimbleCMMS Founder and CEO Bryan Christiansen. How it all started, what "Limble" actually means, and how they make a difference for their clients and the CMMS industry. Bryan is a serial entrepenuer (since his childhood), a self-taught full stack engineer, content marketer, and has heavy experience building products. A friend of a friend got Bryan introduced to the maintenance world and found some challenges he could help splve with great software to make complex things simple. The journey starts right there with real pain, real inefficiencies, from someone who was on the front lines giving Bryan an insider's view to the problems common to maintenance management. Bryan went on to validate these pains to make sure he had a comprehensive list of what needed solving. What Bryan found in his research Building an easy-to-use system that techs will actually use Getting to an MVP (minimally viable product) How they got through the first 5 years Why they started with Success and not Sales Why LibmleCMMS has so much flexibility Why and How they have such a diverse set of clients It's a nimble and limber (flexible) Advice on seeking out a CMMS - how to do about that A quick CMMS horror story Current trends and the future of CMMS
We wish to thank Bryan Christiansen for joining CMMSradio to share the LimbleCMMS journey story. It was an honor to have you on the podcast.
Answering Your Burning CMMS Questions with guest Bryan Bieschke CMRP
This episode features guest Bryan Bieschke, CMRP helping us answer questions from a recent CMMSradio LinkedIn poll. We cover several questions with insights and guidance for anyone looking to find, or improve, their CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) outcomes plus being mindful of if/when to switch CMMS platforms. Here's a brief list of what's covered: ⦁ Fixing CMMS failure to launch ⦁ Improving CMMS user adoption ⦁ CMMS - Keep it simple or Go BIG (complex)? ⦁ Empowering team CMMS adoption ⦁ The mindset of maintenance techs/departments, past and present ⦁ How to champion internal support from upper management for CMMS ⦁ Stop looking at this as a cost ⦁ Dollars and cents (Sense) ⦁ Be mindful before switching CMMS systems
CMMS radio with FlowPath CTO and Co Founder Brandon Cummings
This episode features guest Brandon Cummings - FlowPath CTO and Co-Founder sharing his view onthe origin and journey story, how data plays a critical role in modern facilities management, current and future trends in #CMMS , and the mysterious puffin that appears throughout the FlowPath journey. Brandon and his co-founders, Alex Cummings and Griffin Hamilton, came together to solve some specific problems they saw in how CMMS platforms at the time were not quite what the industry needed. The challenge - how to create a solution that works the way people actually work without all of the complexities common to most other platforms on the market. Facilities management simplified!
CMMS radio with Facilio Co-Founder Raj Subramanian
Raj Submaranian joins CMMS radio to discuss the Facilio journey. Raj is Co-founder and head of product Strategy at Facilio - an AI-driven property operations platform providing O&M teams real-time visibility into their operations. We discuss his background, the original problem Facilio solves, advice for organization stillusing legacy CMMS platforms, and how AI within Facilio comes into play and why is it important to facilities operations and maintenance.
CMMSradio with guest Bennett Fitch - Noria CSO - CMMS, why Lubrication Management matters, RelaiblePlant, LubePM, and more
Bennett Fitch Fitch, Chief Strategy Officer of Noria Corporation, joins Greg Christensen on CMMSradio to discuss #CMMS, the critical role of lubrication in maintenance and reliability, the Reliable Plant conference, and much more. Noria gathers and curates the knowledge, learning, and best practices in reliability, lubrication management, and maintenance across industries. They have unique and powerful lubrication management system, #LubePM, built for the frontline workforce managing lubrication in manufacturing and other industries.
Guest Bryan Bieschke - Align Machine Company - 42 minutes of REAL insights into CMMS, Maintenance and Reliability, and more
This 42-minute episode, with guest Bryan Bieschke of Align Machine Company, is packed with insights and guidance on CMMS, Maintenance and Reliability, culture and the human element, doing the basics very, very, well and the importance of your frontline workforce (the doers!) achieving fundamental excellence. It's at least 5 episodes in one and well worth the time to watch/listen. Thank you, Bryan Bieschke, for joining CMMSradio for this episode!
Bryan Bieschke is a bonafide expert in maintenance and reliability best practices. He knows CMMS, and how to properly deploy a CMMS, extremely well. His background (U.S. Navy, heavy equipment mechanical expert, maintenance and reliability specialist) gives all of us a chance to learn and move into better execution using stage gating, understanding the "why" behind the change, and including the people using your solution in the pre and post CMMS selection and implementation process.
Bryan Bieschke joins CMMSradio to discuss CMMS, Maintenance and Reliability, and more. Episode Preview
Bryan Bieschke knows maintenance and reliability - He's an expert in the field. He spoke at length in an upcoming episode of CMMSradio. Here's an extended preview where we talk about: The human element, the people doing the work, companies with high availability and reliability do the most fundamental things, in maintenance and reliability, really well. If you're not implementing fundamental excellence you will be going back to re-do things - until you fix that first. Tribal knowledge is at risk of going away. Bryan shares an important trend to embrace - the investment in your frontline workforce - Connect with the people that do the work, show them the value of change, and connect them to the business. The right culture solves this and sets you up for fundamental excellence! The full episode is coming next week!
CMMSradio with Jeremy Burge COO Louisiana Truck Stop and Gaming
Jeremy Burge, the Chief Operating Office at Luisiana Truck Stop and Gaming discusses his background and experience, along with CMMS insights, running several locations. Jeremy points out what to watch for when selecting a system and the ways he's leveraged CMMS platforms for operational success.
Bryan Jolley - VP at HES Facilities Management discussed the journey, CMMS, and much more
This episode features guest Bryan Jolley; Vice President - Facilities, Operations & Maintenance - at HES Facilities Management. We cover the backstory as a lead into Bryan's journey and the HES journey. Bryan shares many insights relative to his experience in "built environment" and servicing some of the most important facilities in America - our Higher Education campuses that often include medical facilities - HES is very specialized and has core philosophies that drive their pursuit of excellence in what they do for their clients. They are very focused and do not do anything else. This episode is well worth a listen. We all get an opportunity to learn from Bryan and he truely wants to help the entire industry be successful. We talk about that in this episode as well. Enjoy the episode and please like and follow CMMSradio.
CMMSradio with Nick Haase, Co-Founder and Go-To-Market at MaintainX
This episode of CMMSradio features guest Nick Haase, Co-Founder; Go-To-Market at MaintainX discussing the origin and journey of MaintainX, why your CMMS must be "Stinkin Easy" to use as a product, the Deskless frontline workforce, and how using MaintainX can push ROI quickly for early adopters.
How data availability improved through the process for clients, that Magic Moment, and why it's critical to deliver a solution that can "Do it really well; in a simple way" to deliver the outcomes clients need. Core functions matter most (it sets your foundation) and organizational transparency makes a difference.
Ever wonder about the C-Suite and top-down vs bottom-up approaches to software selecting and implementation? The "Why?" is very different from each perspective. You cannot improve what you are not measuring while how that happens creates accountability. The global procedure library, in MaintainX, speeds up iterative changes to near real-time which improves your ability to make impacts in measurable and incremental ways.
You get a dsired outcome by empowering all levels of the organization and it seems evident that Millennials want accountability, measurability, with autonomy, which creates this new digital transformation movement. MaintainX empowers people to use the system by leveraging a purposeful design resulting in a system they can put to work and drive instant value.
Where is the ROI in non-manufacturing environments? What’s the biggest change/trend in CMMS you see coming ahead? What do you see as the role of #AI in CMMS?
Enjoy the episode and please send feedback, submit a question, or tell us about a CMMS project you have at www.CMMSradio.com using the "what's on your mind" link.
The FlowPath Journey with Alex Cummings
Alex Cummings, Co-Founder and CEO of FlowPath, joins CMMSradio to discuss his past experiences, including as a USMC Veteran, played a role in the launch of FlowPath - This journey story includes the Puffin, what sector Alex loves working with and helping, a bit about co-founders Griffin Hamilton and Brandon Cummings, and a new tool on the getflowpath.com website to help clients get a feel for FlowPath prior to engaging in the sales process. We might have a barking dog visit the show at some point. Enjoy the episode and be sure to tune in to CMMSradio to help you on your CMMS journey.
Are all CMMS systems the same?
This episode came from a recent discussion and the idea that CMMS systems apear to have 80% similar functionality and 20% different functionality - This begs the question, "are all CMMS systems are the same?" The answer is up to you but it sure appears to be a common view of CMMS platforms - Have a listen to this episode and let us know your thoughts.
Keeping up with UpKeep Founder and CEO, Ryan Chan
In this episode Ryan Chan, Founder and CEO of UpKeep, shares the origin and journey story of UpKeep along with several insights into maintenance best practices. We discuss the Asset Operations Management (AOM) methodology - born of the UpKeep journey - and how to approach system deployment for your CMMS, EAM, and FM solution. Customers over Revenue, Grit over Prestige, and Progress over Perfection are central to the UpKeep approach to delivery for their clients. Tune in to hear Ryan discuss all things UpKeep, current trends, and the innovative AOM methodology!
The FlowPath Journey with Griffin Hamilton - BTW what's a Puffin?
This episode features Griffin Hamilton, FlowPath Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), to discuss the origins of FlowPath and some the journey story. These journey episodes can help you get to know a CMMS or Facilities Management Software vendor, how they came into existence, and a bit about what matters in the FlowPath approach to delivering for their clients.
We talk pre-FlowPath, the gap (problem) Griffin identified, how it all came together to create FlowPath facility management software. We discuss The Modern Facilities Management Podcast, that Griffin hosts (two years in), plus a few other topics like The Puffin, recent FlowPath news (the integrations news and the new logo designed entirely in-house), and Griffin's advice on CMMS deployment around where to start and what's really important.
I still have to ask, what the heck is a Puffin?
Thanks for tuning in, enjoy the episode.
CMMS to Get Ready for Winter
It’s that time of year! Summer is over, Autumn is here and "Old Man Winter" is right around the corner. How can your CMMS get you ready for Winter?
If your CMMS or FM system has work orders there is likely an option to build recurring schedules for various maintenance tasks that come with each seasonal change and for those tasks you should perform while that season is unfolding.
The goal is to prevent any seasonal mishaps that could happen in the winter by getting a few things on schedule starting now and keeping that schedule for subsequent years.. Now, in late October, we’re going from Fall to Winter. Fall brings its own challenges with wind and debris build up around drain systems, for your buildings and grounds, while also giving you one last chance to inspect roof tops before they’re covered with snow, ice, or any heavy rain starts pouring down as winter arrives.
CMMS for the next Generation
This episode, on CMMS for the next Generation, came from a recent blog post I read by FlowPath. It’s called Maintenance Management Software for the Next Generation of Facilities Managers.
I’ve talked about FlowPath in past episodes and I really like how they work with their clients. You can find them on our affiliates page at CMMSradio.com
If you’re still using spreadsheets and manual processes to manage work orders and facility data; you’re bogged down by menial tasks that could be automated; and you’re tired of sifting through incomplete data to figure out where you’re at in FM operations - there’s a better way.
Thank you for listening to CMMSradio - Enjoy this episode and let us know how we can help you on your CMMS journey.
Switching CMMS Systems
You’ve decided to switch CMMS systems because the current system has problems, bugs, and poor customer service from the CMMS provider. There are many reasons to move to a new CMMS provider. Changing from one CMMS to another can be a daunting tasks but sometimes necessary - It requires planning and great execution to be successful. Here’s an episode discussing some of the things to consider before and after making the switch to a new CMMS provider like what to do with your data, how to approach giving notice, when to start the implementation, and how to prepare your users.
Your Dream CMMS
Inspired by a listener submission this episode includes a CMMS scenario, the listener's dream CMMS, and guidance on the challenges around the dream CMMS outcome - what to be aware of and how to approach these types of projects. Often time we see the dream and reality of CMMS projects in constant conflict, and it tends to come from too little research ahead of the project or too much effort toward forcing things or departments or even systems to work together. Let us know what you think makes for better CMMS projects and outcomes after listening to this episode.
How Preventive Maintenance impacts EVERYTHING & EVERYONE
Preventive Maintenance, or PM activities and tasks, represent one of the biggest areas to drive positive impact across all of your people, places, and things that a CMMS platform, when setup and used properly, delivers as what we might call a “big picture” outcome. This topic came to mind because of a recent survey, on LinkedIn, from Griffin Hamilton (host of The Modern Facilities Management Podcast), asking Facilities Managers what they would prioritize with an extra 4 hours a day? I chose PM tasks simply because it impacts everything in a positive way. It keeps equipment assets running better while eliminating unplanned failures – the failures that literally steal time from your team members – and that permeates throughout your facilities and maintenance operations. It’s the concept of creating proactivity, thus reducing reactive responses and work, to build momentum in efficiency. More preventive maintenance efforts, even non-equipment related PMs, not only frees up time but it has a direct impact on how your personnel (employees), tenants of a building, students at a school, and facilities (the building, the building envelope, even grounds) perform throughout a given day. Tune in tothe episode to hear more on How Preventive Maintenance impacts EVERYTHING & EVERYONE.
CMMS ROI calculators, do they work or not
CMMS ROI calculators, do they work or not? Be realistic about potential vs realized ROI on your CMMS journey.
I’ve seen a lot of ROI calculators in the CMMS industry, along with countless other industries, and maybe you’re seeing the same while searching, analyzing, and trying to decide on your CMMS solution. Sometimes they make total sense but often they drag you into the weeds, with way too much detail, causing information overload. Sometimes they’re too general. Does that mean the answers are somewhere in between? Maybe? Setting realistic expectations and understanding that ROI calculations are a constant moving target, highly-relative by client, and no one-size fits all when it comes to prospective ROI. might help. The reality is that ROI is important and depends on several factors while also being a little bit of eye dressing to tell a story that makes sense. Tune in to learn more.
Your CMMS is the sixth man!
The sixth man concept, taken from basketball, is useful when considering how CMMS can help facilities maintenance and management teams from get the extra support they need in 2022 or beyond. I’ve seen how systems, like CMMS and FMMS or others, can really bring a smaller team, that can’t add players or lacks bandwidth, get the job done and do it well. Think of the role the bench plays, specifically in basketball, and the 6th man. The sixth man (6th man) in basketball is a player, not in a starting role (they play lights out, by the way, but they’re not in a starting role) that comes off the bench more often than the other reserve players, and they bring high impact, production, and deliver in the gaps when starters need to rest, get injured, or you need extra help at a specific spot or at several spots on the court. Your CMMS, computerized maintenance management system, is your sixth man in facilities and maintenance management. How does your FMMS or CMMS do this? have listen to this episode to find out.
CMMS to Beat the Heat
It’s that time of year again – it’s hot and that means your air handlers, AC units, and condensers are working overtime. Building systems are taxed to the max and that means potential failures – The AC stops working, or underperforms, and that put people, your business operations, students, and staff at risk.
This episode covers how you can leverage your CMMS functionality to avert costly and dangerous Air Conditioning failures
CMMS Gone Bad!
In this episode we discuss CMMS Gone Bad with the goal of understanding some of the reasons why a CMMS can go bad to help you find a strategy to fix or move away from your bad CMMS.
It’s more common than anyone wants to admit. Your CMMS was great – solid functionality, useability and speed, with great service from the SaaS provider - then it all went down hill from there and you might even be stuck.
You’re thinking, "maybe we can fix this from our side." Why are you thining this way? Because replacing your CMMS might be the answer but it means taking a risk with a new vendor. Then again, there might be a path forward that allows you to avoid the trouble of making this change. Let’s explore that.
Tune in so we can share insights and ideas on how to get you ouf of this "CMMS Gone Bad" situation.
CMMS Pricing is Confusing!
In this episode we’re discussing CMMS system pricing to help you make sense of the many options you have when buying a system on your CMMS journey.
Why? Because CMMS Pricing is Confusing!
There's price per user, per site, per location, per square foot, per asset, per module, or a mixture of everything – sometimes called variable pricing. How do you figure out what is best for your operation? The first place to start is with what fits your operational process - your teams' working style. There are several pricing models to consider but don’t forget the real reason you’re getting a CMMS – to solve a problem or set of problems. Let's talk about these pricing models and try to make sense of it for your CMMS journey.
What is a CMMS and Why Use One
In this episode we discuss Computerized Maintenance Management Software and how CMMS is used to manage facility and property operations such as work orders or asset maintenance. A CMMS system gets your company organized and on track with day-to-day mission critical maintenance activities. There seems to be no limit to the industries, and company types, that can benefit from implementing a CMMS if only to bring in a basic process to an otherwise difficult-to-maintain approach like paper, emails, voice mails, and spreadsheets. We'll cover a bit on work orders as well. Thanks for listening to CMMSradio.
What should schools track in their CMMS platform
Schools, Colleges, and Universities have a lot to track when it comes to facilities and maintenance operations leaving the questions of "what should a school track in their CMMS platform?" It is easy to jump on that with "everything" and it is kind of true. The reality is we need a place to start that is not overwhelming but rather follows a building block approach. In this episode we cover the basics but in a detailed way. We want to keep it light but still get you off to a great start.
- It makes sense to track building, areas of each building, grounds, and other parts of your school or campus setting.
- Track your equipment assets - They're a critical part of your facilities.
- Preventive Maintenance - That's important. Realize HUGE gains with a proper PM program in place.
- Don't forget your users and your vendors. This might include your supply vendors.
- The process is different when starting with no system at all versus a lift and shift from an existing system.
- Get ready to dump all of those excel files, spreadsheets, emails, and post it notes. It's time to roll out a CMMS platform and do it right.
- Hire a consultant if you need help with your CMMS project.
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CMMS in Schools and Educational Settings
In this episode we discuss CMMS in School and Educational settings - K-12, colleges, universities, and the like - with a review of common drivers or reasons as to why CMMS is so important to these settings, what it is like without a CMMS in place, and the benefits to implementing such a solution.
This is a great episode if you need to keep up with day-to-day maintenance and grounds operations, or physical plant, in a school or campus setting but do not have a system in place or you have an outdated solution and need to make a change.
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Maintenance and Reliability best practices with James Kovacevic - from Rooted in Reliability
In this episode, we have a special guest, James Kovacevic, to help us learn about maintenance and reliability specific to assets and preventive maintenance. He’s the host of Rooted in Reliability – The Plant Performance Podcast where he’s Helping organizations improve the “triple bottom line” through improved asset management practices. James is a maintenance management professional, a certified maintenance and reliability professional, and a certified asset management assessor. He discusses his background and philosophes on building out preventive maintenance programs, along with how to improve user adoption and the challenges therein, for your CMMS or other software/technology solutions. Enjoy this episode packed with several beneficial topics, tips, and perspectives to improve your asset and preventive maintenance best practices.
Thank you to James Kovacevic for being a guest on CMMSradio and sharing your many insights, experiences, and approaches to this critical area of process, and process improvement, so important to all organization maintenance programs.
The CMMS discovery experience
This episode covers the CMMS discovery process that is often a part of your CMMS solution search. It might take place with a consultant or a vendors that provides CMMS software or both. It usually happens early in your CMMS search and our goal is to give you a sense of what is involved in the discovery process so you know what to expect. What questions will they ask? What type of information do they need and why? Take a listen and let us know if we left anything out. Thank you for listening to CMMSradio - Enjoy the episode.
How a simple work order process, or system, creates efficiency
A simple work order process, or system, creates efficiency in many areas of your facilities, maintenance, and other operations. Notice that I said a simple work order process. That’s important and I will tell you why right now.
If you do not have a work order process in place that is where you often start, with a simple system, because that is the tolerance we often see in the CMMS, Facilities Management or Maintenance, and related industries. You can sometimes get a good launch with something advanced or complex, or maybe something in between. We’re going to keep it simple for this episode and make it about simple work order management.
The basic work order process, from paper to digital, should be straight forward, nothing crazy or complex, to web-enable your existing process in an effective yet non-disruptive way. Have a listen and let us know if you have ideas, questions, or need clarification on any of the details in this episode. Visit CMMSradio.com to submit feedback, a CMMS story, or suggest a topic. Thank you for listening to CMMSradio.