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After a short absence, we are pleased to publish a recap of our last few blog posts as well as a few top CMMS and EAM asset and maintenance management stories. If you have a blog or story that you would like to be considered please make sure to send me an email with your RSS feed as this is how I find 99% of all voter link articles.

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner with the New Year right behind it. Now is the time to take stock of what went right and what went wrong to make sure that 2011 turns out to be a fantastic year for your facilities. One way to do this is to remember where your pain is, find the resources you need to make sure you make changes and step forward to be heard. Our most popular post this week was Generating Asset Maintenance and Management Content which was talked about how it is all about the workflow.

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. 12 Days of CMMS Christmas For Facility Managers

Author: Stuart Smith

This article is our Christmas parody post using the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as its backdrop. An interesting footnote in case anyone was unaware – the 12 days of Christmas are for the days immediately following Christmas and not the 12 days before.

Key Point: Have a great holiday season as we put this troubled year behind us and look forward to the good things that 2011 can bring.

2. Generating Asset Maintenance and Management Content

Author: Stuart Smith

The article takes a look at the connection between generating blog/article content for marketing and why some facility management professionals have difficulty understanding the value of EAM/CMMS software technology to ease their job burdens.

Key Point: The binding factor for all is an understanding of how work flows through an operation especially in identifying the pain points.

3. Time to Speak Up To Be a Top 50 Asset Management Resource

Author: Stuart Smith

This was a follow-up post for those individuals, companies, websites or blogs wishing to be listed as one of the top 50 asset and maintenance management resources. It always amazes me how many people can not follow instructions to leave their full name, website, filed of specialty, length of time in business on our blog -(laughing).

Key Point: The Top 50 Resources for Asset Management will be published the first week of January, 2011.

4. Thanksgiving with a Better CMMS

Author: Stuart Smith

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. Our Thanksgiving post was a top 10 list of why you could thank your CMMS for making your work efforts more productive.

Key Point: Celebrate the small victories in life such as a weekend without emergencies or coming in under budget.

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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 5 best this week are:

1. Holiday Maintenance Checklist

Author: Kathleen Richards

Kathleen’s post is a great checklist for property managers as the cold sets in and the need for heat builds up. Her article checklist is ideally managed by a CMMS to make sure the inspection checklists are being completed.

Key Point: Unplanned emergency repair work is not fun during the holidays and you have a house full of people. Better to prevent it in the first place.

2. The 5 biggest risks to effective asset management

Author: Carl March

Carl’s post includes an excellent definition of the term asset management but also breakdowns the physical asset component into 5 opportunities that facility asset managers can attend to: 1) not knowing what they have; 2) over- or under-maintenance; 3) improper operation; 4) improper risk management; and 5) suboptimized asset management systems.

Key Point: “true excellence in asset management performance does not lie only in avoiding the pitfalls, but in turning each and every one of these opportunities to fail into an opportunity to excel”

3. A SIX-STEP PLAN TO ENERGY SAVINGS

Author: Vista Films

This post found on myfacilities.net discusses a 6 step program to find, fix and evaluate ways to save energy. The program begins by conducting an energy audit to identify the pain points, researching solutions, implementing change interior/exterior, setting up maintenance for continued action and follow-up.

Key Point: Energy savings are a big buzzword but you need to know where the opportunity is before you make changes.

4. CMMS Planning, Implementing & Maximizing ROI

Author: Kris Bagadia

Kris talks about how a CMMS solution can increase efficiency, productivity, and profits if planned and implemented correctly but can hurt an organization if a CMMS is poorly planned and executed. His article provides a good detailed planning checklist for planning and implementing a CMMS.

Key Point: The effort put in up front determines the level of results that will be gained. Understanding work flow is critical.

5. Revamp Your Preventive Maintenance for 2009

Author: Jenna M. Aker

Jenna’s article, although posted for 2009 remains valid today as facility and property managers prepare for the upcoming year. The article talks about the use of checklists and CMMS software to organize and track maintenance tasks.

Key Point: Prevention is better than reaction. The article also contains a link to several good checklists.

What We Learned This Week

The secret to change is knowing where your pain is, doing your homework for solutions, developing a plan of action, executing the plan and follow-up. Just as important is having the right attitude toward change. All pain points are an opportunity for improvement versus a reason to complain. A good place to start is making sure you understand the workflow issues. These opportunities may be efficiency, energy, labor or process related. The key is to identify them first.