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As we head into the latter stages of Fall and prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the reminders of a tough economy are all around us. For facility, property and plant management this is an opportunity to prepare their operations for a new year trying new ideas and tools to improve performance.

When setting out plans for implementing a CMMS or EAM solution this new year, remember to take a look at how your vendor has performed over the last few years. Any solution that is chosen after overcoming objections should be from a stable vendor that will be there for you in the long term. With this idea in mind, our most popular post of the week was Jumping the Hurdles for a CMMS Solution which summarized objections to better asset management and maintenance into three categories.

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.Why Growth During A Recession is Important for your CMMS vendor

Author: Stuart Smith

This short post was a recap of a press releasing announcing Mintek making Software Magazines Top 500 List. The list published this year ranks the top software companies based upon total software and services revenue for 2009. Mintek made the list after posting a 26% gain in annual revenues from the prior year.

Key Point: Facility managers should make sure their asset management and maintenance software providers are stable and growing in order to have the resources necessary for a long term commitment.

2. Jumping the Hurdles for a CMMS Solution

Author: Stuart Smith

Our main post of the week takes a look at the objections facility management regarding the use of CMMS software. The article discusses the three primary objections of available money, resistance to change and short-term vision. The post finishes with suggestions for how to overcome objections by decision makers.

Key Point: “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

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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 4 best this week are:

1. U.S. Solar Market Insight Report shows strong US solar industry growth for the first half of 2010

Author: The Solar Energy Industries Association

This article highlights some of the U.S. Solar Market Insight report for the first half of 2010. Interesting facts include a projected solar electric capacity of over 1 Gigawatt, which is enough to power 200,000 homes. Other highlights include the continued growth of the solar heating and cooling markets as well an estimate to have over 15 Gigiwatts per year of capacity by 2015.

Key Point: The industry continues to have triple digit growth figures and is looking stronger every year. This will eventually help drive down costs with the help of new technologies just around the corner.

2. Organizational Design for Facility Departments – Functional or Integrated

Author: Michel Theriault

Michel’s article discusses asks which of the three facilities management organizational structures is the best. His post touches on functional, integrated and matrix type organizational hierarchies.. The heart of his article is the discussion on which one is best.

Key Point: Just like maintenance methodologies (preventive, predictive, condition based, reliability centered etc.) the answer to which organizational structure is best depends on the company and players involved. The final solution may be a mix of them all.

3. Peach Bottom Enters Outage to Replace Main Power Transformer

Author: Chris Reed

This post by Chris was chosen because it highlights some excellent maintenance practices including scheduling, preventive maintenance, inspections and lifecycle capital asset planning. The post also touches on how training can make the maintenance function go smoother.

Key Point: Good job Peach Bottom Atomic Reactor.

4. Economy, energy and environment initiative…

Author: Paul Studebaker, CMRP

Paul’s article talks about sustainability in the context of costs versus benefits and the type of help that is available. He notes that several federal agencies have resources available to help small to mid size manufacturers meet sustainability objectives.

Key Point: Paul suggest getting started with the Economy, Energy and Environmental (E3) fact sheet.

What We Learned This Week

The key to this weeks blogs and articles is that good companies find a way to improve regardless of the obstacles in their way. Improvement may come on the form of an organizational structure, new technologies like solar energy or new CMMS and EAMtools. The point is we should never stop trying to achieve our goals and that if we hit a roadblock, we simply find away around it.