Halloween is this Sunday. For my sons, this means dressing up to obtain the ultimate candy stash and yet for others , Halloween is just a nuisance. I just wished my boys would share more of their chocolate with me, I do enjoy a good Snickers or Milky Way bar. For everyone from businesses to individuals, we wish you a safe evening and hope that you have taken all the precautions necessary (inspections and preventive maintenance) to ensure the safety of others.

Not surprisingly, our most popular article of the week was titled Avoiding Hotel Halloween Horrors with a CMMS. We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.1. Hosted EAM and CMMS Solutions Offer Better Security

Author: Stuart Smith

What is the number one security concern for IT administrators? The answer according to Microsoft’s security intelligence report is theft. This is good news for hosted EAM and CMMS providers because their software along with its database does not reside on equipment that can be stolen. For example, if a laptop is stolen, only the laptop is lost and not the information being viewed.

Key Point: There are far fewer headaches and IT concerns when asset maintenance and management software is being hosted.

2. Avoiding Hotel Halloween Horrors with a CMMS

Author: Stuart Smith

Halloween can be a fun event unless you are the manager on duty at a hotel this Sunday night. The reason is masked people can be difficult to identify which can cause liability issues if hotel security measures have not been inspected and maintained properly.

Key Point: Inspection of security cameras, unsecured objects as well as lighting are crucial to preventing unwanted accidents.

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Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 3 best this week are:

1. Green & Clean

Author: Tracey Schelmetic

Tracey’s post made light of the fact that you do not need to have a degree from MIT to understand that Green initiatives can be found in almost every industry because they can create substantial savings to organizations. These Green initiatives rely on software to streamline efficiencies and reduce energy costs.

Key Point: “Using a decent enterprise asset management system, companies can track, monitor and improve their use of energy, cutting costs and emissions at the same time.”

2. Banks still not lending for Capital Expenditures

Author: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

Kerri’s article strikes the point that even though the hotel industry is slowly rebounding, banks and other institutional lenders are reluctant to provide capital financing for projects unless their is a fairly strong relationship or contractual requirement. This has forced hoteliers to defer maintenance and only do what may be legally required.

Key Point: Some hoteliers are using their regular operating budgets to cover capital projects. This puts regular preventive maintenance and asset are at risk due to cutbacks. This is a losing proposition for hotels because a lack of maintenance will increase capital needs.

3. Data mining and analyzing the information found in a CMMS…

Author: Ralf Gitzel, ABB

This article discussed the results of a case study to determine if historical maintenance data from a CMMS can lead to a good prediction mechanism for future failure behavior. On one side of the debate are people who believe reliability planning is the only way to go and on the other are those who firmly believe inspections and preventive maintenance provide the best results.

Key Point: The sample was too small to be statistically sound and the results seemed to be in favor of a CMMS. However, the data provided by the article would suggest that due to a variety of factors including equipment costs, complexity, age etc. that no one solution is best for all. Each maintenance operation is unique and therefore what works best for one may not work so well for another.

4. Green CMMS: The engine of sustainability

Author: M.C. Australia

This post echoes many of the points we regularly make on our blog. Most notable of these are how an EAM/CMMS can bring value to an organization. The article goes onto point out the positive role an EAM/CMMS can play in energy utilization as well as going paperless.

Key Point:”When used and implemented to high standards, maintenance software can be the most powerful tool in your belt on the path to sustainability.”

5. Hotels altering maintenance budget strategies

Author: Shawn A. Turner

Shawn’s article is the sister article Kerri’s article above. The post points out that because of difficulty in obtaining capital financing, hotels are shifting their maintenance budget strategies to reflect smaller projects that are more manageable financially.

Key Point: Maintenance cannot be avoided, buy can be managed better.

What We Learned This Week

The best things in life don’t always cost a lot of money. Sometimes just taking a step back to revisit a problem uncovers a viable alternative. This is true especially if you are trying to figure out how to get the same amount of work done with fewer resources or getting more done with the same resources. The answers are out there. For asset and maintenance management the answer is probably going to be the integration of technology (like an EAM or CMMS) with a little common sense. After all we are a nation built on ingenuity.