Voices: Asset Manager

David Berger, P.Eng. has been a contributing editor since 1992, providing advice to management from Maintenance, Engineering and Operations on how to manage assets more efficiently and effectively. His monthly column, Asset Manager, covers a broad range of topics including asset management strategy, CMMS/EAM, asset management best practices, and organizational design issues.

Learn how to manage campaigns with your CMMS

David Berger describes how best to mount a campaign and carefully track progress until its successful completion.

By David Berger

Replicating a change across multiple components, assets, facilities and lines of business can be a daunting task without a proper tool for ensuring on time and on budget delivery. Rather than trying to manage the replication using spreadsheets, project management software, or other standalone tools, the preferred approach is to use your CMMS. This column describes how best to manage the replication process by mounting a campaign and carefully tracking progress until its successful completion.

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David Berger says tech requirements, cash flow, vendor partnerships, and business case will get what you need.

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David Berger says align maintenance processes with CMMS functionality.

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David Berger says approach PAS 55 implementation with skepticism.

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David Berger says balance the costs and benefits of a CMMS upgrade if you hope to achieve improved performance.

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David Berger explores the art and science of data conversion.

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