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This weeks most popular article Why Asset Management System Implementations Fail – Part I which was the first of a three part series taking a closer look at why the failure rate of asset management system software implementations is over 50%. The first post describes the importance of establishing the expectations of the customer and vendor including a description of the key role players. 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 Asset Management System Implementations Fail – Part I

Author: Stuart Smith

In the article, the root cause of implementation failure is a lack of communication resulting in the setting of the wrong expectations between customer and vendor. The article goes on to describe the key roles that people play in order to set the proper expectations.

Key Point: A successful implementation is when the customer is happy. Therefore setting customer expectations must be the highest priority.

2. Three Hotel Asset Management Concepts for Storm Preparation

Author: Stuart Smith

This post discusses how hotels, resorts and lodges can better prepare for major storms by making sure they have an organized system of checklist. The key to the checklist is the idea that inspecting assets before, during and after the storm plays a key role in minimizing damage. The article also describes how some basic software will help organize and automate much of the inspection process.

Key Point: Hurricane preparation means planning as well as organization. A CMMS will help hotels, resorts and lodges better prepare for storms.

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. Aging Infrastructure and Decreased Budgets

Author: Farhan Shaikh

Farhan’s article talks about how technology such as an EAM system or CMMS can help organizations through tough economic times by giving management the tools they need to make intelligent asset decisions.

Key Point: A CMMS can be a key element in an asset management system however, the selection of a particular program should consider how the system integrates into the overall asset management system as well as other systems.

2. Simple method to improve Chiller efficiency and reduce power consumption.

Author: Posted on Facilities.net

Interesting article on the use of chillers in India because the same issue plague chillers in use everywhere. The article suggest that chillers expend 30% more energy to operate than necessary which can be avoided by monitoring four flow methods; inline flow meter, external flow meter, delta pressure, and delta temperature.

Key Point: The best way to provide precise data, obtain concrete results, and minimize problems is to verify flow rates to the chiller for tonnage measurements and other calculations to determine efficiency.

3.How People Are Affected By Change in the Work Place

Author: Rus Slater

Mr. Slater’s article caught our attention because the underlying theme of change management is the ability to obtain buy-in by the various parties in an organization. His article suggest that employee fear of not knowing how change affects will go away when they are involved in the change.

Key Point: One way to achieve buy-in is to involve the different parties in the change to make them feel safer.

What We Learned This Week

Despite numerous technological advances, it is amazing how many senior managers or experts forget the basics of communications when attempting to implement change. It is not that the desired change is bad, in fact many times the change is for good purposes such as implementing an asset management software or better maintenance controls. The problem is that most people are naturally resistant to change because of fear. Fear can manifest itself in many ways but can usually be overcome by involving employees in the change process.