Keeping a lookout for technology, regulatory and industry trends can help you identify opportunities and problems for your own organization. This type of information can also provide valuable insights for better asset, facility and maintenance management.
This monthly brief will share some of the articles and tips (including our own) that may influence your organization’s asset, facility and maintenance management decision making.
Top Asset Management, Facility and Maintenance News
Currently trending this month are a growing acceptance of alternative energy production, the integration of mobility into virtually all industries and how industries are reacting to the Ebola virus.
- Will solar and wind generate revolution or evolution?: By Carol Tombari, is an interesting article because it acknowledges that that the major power providers recognize that a change in the future of utility infrastructure is coming with a shift toward smaller, aggregated generators such as those used by solar and wind power.
- 5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment: By Jerry Matos, stresses why not maintaining equipment will lead to higher costs because of lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment. He suggests a mixture of preventive and predictive maintenance to keep operating costs low.
- Limiting the Spread of the Ebola Virus with CMMS: By Stuart Smith, discusses how hospitals can use CMMS to manage assets needed to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in hospitals.
- Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?: By Mike Pantoleano, gives a brief picture of the future of manufacturing plant management through of mobile devices and applications.
Cable, Lodging, and Other Industry Stories
Cable Industry News
This month the buzz is mostly about the emergence of Over-the-top content (OTT) changes as content providers seek new avenues for distribution. This is not a threat to cable MSOs and in fact it is just a shift in their business models that only strengthens the demand for internet services.
- Cable MSOs Should not Panic at HBO’s Streaming Decision: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS., discusses how HBO’s decision to stream as an independent service reflects the changes content providers see in how content reaches the consumer.
- CBS Takes OTT Plunge: By Mari Silbey, Just after HBO announced it would take part of its programming to streaming in 2015, CBS has launched an online subscription service of its own called CBS All Access.
- Cable sees big future in Wi-Fi as video gives way to OTT, high programming costs: By Daniel Frankel, notes that 2014 will be remembered as the year when Wi-Fi changed from a secondary network to a primary network, although it may still be a couple of years before it impacts cable MSO profitability.
Lodging and Other Industries
As I read through hundreds of articles and blog posts about the hotel industry I could not help but notice that there are an overwhelming number of pieces touting front-end applications. Revenue is great but not if a hotel ignores its operations or changes in the marketplace. This month’s articles reflect a need for operations visibility.
- 8 concerns facing the hotel industry: By Patrick Mayock, is an interesting article with a good mixture of old and new issues facing the hospitality industry including; price transparency, how to handle the Ebola virus, the emergence of limited service hotels and distribution competition such as Airbnb.
- Resort Maintenance is Elemental: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS, reminds hoteliers that how a hotel is opened or closed for seasonality purposes can have a significant impact on profitability. Checklist included.
- Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2015 and Beyond: From Gartner, Inc., a list of 10 predictions to occur over the next few years that may have an incredible influence on hoteliers. Many are technology based including smart machines, robots, 3-D printing and a possible domination by mobile technology.
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