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EAM Community Content Sharing – ” In Pursuit of Perfect Asset Management ” ?

EAM Community Content Sharing  – ” In Pursuit of Perfect Asset Management ” ?

I wrote my last blog at 34,000 feet on my way to an SAP EAM Event in Australia, this blog is being written grounded in Germany with many other people due to the Iceland Volcano eruption. I had the pleasure of being in Waldorf, Germany at SAP Headquarters for a number of meetings talking about many subjects with SAP including SAP EAM, Utilities and Oil & Gas. That was the good news.

 The bad news  …. was that I was stranded in Germany for five extra days in a town called Mainz. It is a very nice town about 20 minutes away from Frankfurt airport. My office became a hotel on the Rhine river, and these five extra days in Germany give me a lot of time to reflect on our SAP EAM and our new Community. Here is the view from outside my ” office “, Hyatt hotel in Mainz and the view from my ” office” window. Okay, so from the picture you can see my being stranded here was not quite so bad after all.

Mainz View


EAM Community Content Sharing

What makes a community great, other than the people involved in it, is the willingness of members to not only share their stories but their  content. There have been a lot of great presentations and articles over the years that our SAP EAM Community members have done.  I would encourage community members to share their content with our new EAM community.

If you need help in sharing content with the community please go to see the following link on ” How to Contribute ” for more information on how to do this ABAP Frequently Asked Questions

Content can be submitted in many forms including articles, whitepapers, tutorials and rich media. Rich media includes things as streaming videos and presentations, video blogs, recorded web conferences, or podcasts.

 You can look forward to our community members submitting material in many different forms over the months to follow. 

” In Pursuit of Perfect Asset Management ? ”

 Here is one of my very first contributions to sharing with this community in terms of content in the form of a pdf chapter of a book that I was fortunate to be involved in.

While stranded in Germany last week,  I was reflecting back to 2007 when Pat Kennedy, Vivek Bapat, and I got together first at SAPPHIRE Orlando with the idea of creating a road map for designing and operating manufacturing operations for the new era. A methodology and best practices were needed, we felt, to help companies design their own perfect plant. We set out to examine every important facet of manufacturing across the process, discrete, and utility industries. And in 2008 we published our results: In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant. Our goal in creating this book was twofold: on the one hand, to provide information and suggestions to help companies improve the quality of their plant. And on the other hand, to show companies how they can use the vision of the perfect plant to help make incremental improvements that are unique to their own environment and corporate strategy.

We were fascinated by the range of difficulties that companies encounter on their path to becoming the perfect plant and sought to survey them in our book: from choosing the right objectives to understanding the performance of the plant, from sales and operations planning to quality, energy management, and enterprise asset management to list a few.

It is the Asset Management Chapter from this book that I am pleased to share with the BPX Enterprise Asset Management Community. Creation of this chapter was enabled by bringing together leaders in the Enterprise Asset Management Community to create this content. 

This chapter and the book is written in a conversational and lively fashion, this chapter shows how to combine new elements of information technology with time-tested production technologies and best practices along with the rest of the book.

Now EAM may be not be ” perfect ” in any company, but it is a goal of all of us to strive to improve asset uptime and reliability, in essence in pursuit of new ways to improve asset performance and management in our organizations. Such, was the spirit of creating the ” In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant” book to share information based on community experience and the spirit of this community in sharing information.


I hope you enjoy this Asset Management chapter and that is stimulates some thinking and some questions to ask.

Much as I have shared this with you …I hope you can share your content with the community …or at least participate in the community in other ways.


Paul Kurchina

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