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It was not that long ago ( March 2013 ) that the Eventful Group’s SAP-Centric EAM 2013 North American Event  ( Supported by SAP and ASUG ) was held in Huntington Beach, California. This event brought together the EAM community to network, share ideas and experiences, and explore solutions for Enterprise Asset Management. We were very fortunate to hear excellent presentations from SAP Customers, Partners and SAP Experts.

In reflecting back on 2013 as we approach the end of yet another year, I wanted to share with you some of the quotes that I obtained covering most of the SAP Centric EAM 2013 speakers. These quotes covered a variety of different EAM focused topic areas.

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For more detail on some of the highlighted presentations from the SAP-Centric EAM 2013 Event – See the 12 Part Blog Series.

Another year is soon to begin and with that SAP Centric EAM 2014 is fast approaching, I have attended the SAP Centric EAM event ever year for the past nine years and I am looking forward to the upcoming tenth year of this event. I have already registered, booked my hotel and plane ticket …Austin will be a lot warmed than my home town of Calgary in February, so this is yet another added bonus to attending this event.

I am really looking forward to February 24 – 27, 2014  in Austin, Texas for what should be our best SAP Centric EAM event ever, especially given the excellent sessions and speakers that have been scheduled tp participate in the program. Looking forward to more great EAM insights and speaker quotes from this upcoming event.

Enjoy these quotes and I hope these words of wisdom inspire you as they have inspired the people that attended the SAP Centric 2013 Event.

I would be interested in hearing what is your favorite speaker quote from the many great quotes to chose from in list below ?

Keynote Speaker Quotes –  SAP Centric EAM 2013

SAP Enterprise Asset Management – Enabling Asset Managers and Maintenance Professionals

“Of course you can use your SAP system to support maintenance execution, but imagine how life could be if you used it for linking asset management to your business objectives.”

Achim Krueger, SAP

The Top Five Transformations in SAP to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead in a Global Market

” The future value opportunities for your business can be found in your data, make sure your data is accurate and reliable. “

Joseph Grobler, Reveal USA

The Next Great Innovative Leap: Design for ROI

“Our skyscrapers, office parks and plants aren’t filled with process flow diagrams.  They are filled with people.  Here is where innovation will be discovered.”

Harold Hambrose, Electronic Ink

Achieving 100% Reliability: Learning from Top NASCAR Teams

“Why is it that we often struggle to improve the way our equipment and facilities run – faster, better, consistently ? It should be a lot easier… and it can be easy. Reliability is more about the ‘human factors’ than it is about new technologies and tools.”

Robert (Bob) Williamson, Strategic Work Systems

How Adding a Visual Layer to EAM Brings New Depth in Maintenance

” The visual plant can be likened to having a pair of X-ray vision goggles for your plant – enabling real world transparency of your assets while navigating through layers of digital asset information.  “

Mark Foster,  Revisia

What Every EAM Professional Needs to Know about Asset Management Standards

“Unless organizations can remove the silos between their financial, engineering, operational, and maintenance organizations, they will never fully realize the benefits that they could achieve with asset management strategies.”

Terry Wireman, Vesta Partners


Main Program Speaker Quotes – SAP Centric EAM 2013

Building Integration Literacy between Major Projects & Operations

” In the automobile industry, master data on a $25K vehicle (30,000 parts) & their related repair & replace procedures is readily available for any vehicle to any licensed mechanic (i.e. “Snap-On” tools & software). So why is this surprisingly difficult to attain & maintain for a  multi-billion dollar plant. ”

Mario Abella, Suncor

Improving Work Planning & Scheduling Using Root Cause Analysis

” We need simple robust processes to make our tools, like SAP, work for us. Then we need to stick to the process and not cheat. Then if the processes isn’t working fix it, but above all, don’t cheat. ”

Keith Berriman, Agrium

A Simple Screen Modification Can Renovate a Crafts World

” What if SAP were as easy for technicians to use as an ATM machine?  Creating a simple, “One-Stop-Shop” transaction inside SAP can help them execute transactions and receive assigned work with ease.  “

Wes Dean, MillerCoors

Mobility Challenges Beyond the Application

“In designing a mobile application, Customers should design the process, where-as, Users should design the screens.”

Marty Johnson, ConocoPhillips

SAP Asset Data Quality Rapid Deployment Solution

”  You cannot undertake effective asset management without good quality asset information ”

Dean Fitt, SAP

Using BOMs to Gain Planning & Scheduling Efficiencies

“The true value of SAP EAM is the integration with all the modules, if your company is not taking advantage of the integration then you are missing pieces to the puzzle.”

Jeff Smith, Fairfax Water

Plant Maintenance and Project Systems Integration for Turnarounds

” Rely on the data and build with what you know, use Project Systems to tell you more about your Plant Maintenance. “

Jason Seymour, Dow Corning

ROUNDTABLE: Connecting EAM Metrics to Business Goals

” To get the respect maintenance deserves, show the connection between your goals and C-Suite metrics which are in the annual report.  Then, you can obtain and retain management support. “

Ralph Rio, ARC Advisory Group

Work Clearance Management: Operational Switching Achieves Greater Safety and Best Practice Compliance

“ SAP Work Clearance Management is an exceptional way to improve operational safety and integrate your isolation process with your maintenance process – would I do it over again ?  You bet – only much sooner ! ”

Wendy Underhill, Department of Water Resources

Optimizing Resource Planning with Real-Time SAP

” Maintenance schedulers should provide a challenging schedule, not an impossible schedule. By ensuring that resources are appropriately utilized throughout the plant and clear expectations are set, we set our trades up for success.”

Sarah Jo Rowley, Hemlock Semiconductor

Improving Productivity and User Acceptance within SAP Plant Maintenance

“You are implementing your EAM solution in a new area. Time and people are scarce. How do you increase buy in, save time, and still get your required data ?  Simplify the user interface. ”

Jason Moore, Marathon Oil

” It’s all about making SAP EAM flexible, accessible, and mobile.  Enable and deploy your Maintenance workforce anywhere, anytime. “

DeeDee Kato, Synactive

Update on EAM Enhancement Packages SAP

“ Enhancement packages and business functions enable you to considerably simplify the process of introducing and using new SAP developments for Enterprise Asset Management. You can selectively introduce individual new developments to optimize selected business processes. ”

Dean Fitt, SAP

Managing the T&D Network: An SAP-GIS Integrated Approach

Cesar Martinez, Hydro One Networks
Tyler Towers, Hydro One Networks

Leveraging SAP HANA for Insight in your Maintenance Operations

” SAP HANA is groundbreaking technology that will allow you to aggregate and analyze asset data to gain insight you may not have believed possible in the past. ”

Joyce Swanke, SAP

SAP PM/EAM Continuous Improvement through the Cycle of Communication

“Pay now or pay forever.  When data is wrong or missing, invest the time and resources to ensure accuracy.  Otherwise, you will be doomed to pay for that single error multiple times throughout the life of the asset.“

Alex Lackner, Dow Corning

Effective Data Governance for Material Mass Update

“Data Governance for Materials Management is not just about establishing the IT systems and data requirements for controlling master data, it’s about empowering field staff with simple tools to manage the process.  Material updates made easy.”

Rex Ahlstrom, BackOffice Associates

Marathon Uses Standard SAP to do Daily Maintenance Order Scheduling

“Take it to the limits – Our conviction has been to understand the capabilities and the limits of SAP, then exploit what its standard functionality has to offer prior to pursuing 3rd party bolt-ons to maximize ROI and minimize TCO.”

Sarina Miller, Marathon Oil

Making SAP EAM Easier for the End User

“If you want accurate and reliable asset information out of SAP,  you need to make it easy to get the information into SAP.”
Kim Bassuener, Johnsonville Sausage

It’s Not the Silos, It’s the Bridges

“SAP is a tool which gains its value and power from the strengths of those who use it. Any organization that commits its time and efforts to empowering their people, will be able to maximize the power of the SAP system.  “

Natalie Christensen, City of Abbotsford

Using Syclo Mobility to Improve MRO Materials Management

”  It is hard to believe that in 2013 there are still companies that aren’t taking advantage of mobile bar code reading capabilities, when you consider that nearly every store you go into has been scanning bar codes for years.  “

Gene Wakkuri. MeadWestvaco

Linear Assets Configuration Details and Demo

” Many EAM business transformation initiatives do not succeed because users find it difficult to navigate new processes and they often blame the SAP system. Delivering a simplified user interface leveraging existing SAP functionality provides a more user friendly way to execute your processes. ”

Augustine Spivak – Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Tools for Contractor Service Entry

” Accurate and timely service entry by service providers, anywhere with an internet connection, with real-time comprehensive cost and progress reports.”

Edgardo Rivera, Chevron Phillips Chemical

PANEL: Should the EAM Community Seek Compliance with ISO-55000 ?

“ If companies do not pursue some form of a documented Asset Management Strategy (PAS-55, the developing ISO-55000 standard), the regulatory agencies and insurance companies will eventually increase their cost of doing business to a level that will make the company unprofitable. ”

Terry Wireman, Vesta

” The most obvious examples of strict compliance to standards are in the Airline Industry and Pharmaceuticals.  We trust both with our lives……..why should EAM be any different ?  “

Norm Poynter, NLAS

” Start with PAS-55 compliance as preparation for ISO-55000 compliance when it finally comes out. When your PAS-55 compliance business gaps are bridged then pursue certification or shift to ISO-55000 compliance then certification. “

Robert (Bob) Williamson, Strategic Work Systems

” International standards and best practices are most effective when you build them into your business processes and they are visible within your day to day business data and controls  “

Joseph Grobler, Reveal USA

An EAM Policy — Can Your Organization Improve Without One?

“Why pursue EAM ?   The rationale for EAM can be defined in terms of three goals/objectives – Safety, Reliability/Availability, and Analysis. Our efforts and behaviours have to support this rationale and EVERYONE has to understand, support and contribute through their daily activities.”

Norm Poynter, NLAS Possibilities

” Out of the box  SAP EAM is void of master and transactional data and without this, its an empty shell.  Our role is to define the policies, standards, processes/procedures and measurements to ensure behaviours are established such that SAP EAM goes from an empty state to a wealth of valuable asset information”

Norm Poynter, NLAS Possibilities

Use of Integration PM-PS for Effective Long-Term Planning

” Implementing EAM is not just talking about maintenance software functionalities,  it’s foremost having in mind that our assets are at the center of the company. Optimizing their management IS optimizing our business. “

Joseph Layani – Societe de Transport de Montreal

Data Quality Taxonomy & Failure Coding Structure at Owens Corning

” Simple, robust and accurate failure reporting and asset classification in SAP can be a reality today. Just imagine … ease of use by a craftsperson, quality data stored for reliability analysis, and an easy methodology for querying the data. “

Brian Gilson, Owens Corning and Ralph Hanneman, Meridium

Mobile Asset Management: Successes and Roadmap

” Using mobile solutions SAP EAM  customers have seen reduced downtime/production delays by 20-30 percent and maintenance backlogs reduced by up to 60 percent “

Karsten Hauschild, SAP

Achieving Operationally Efficient Information Handover in Large Capital Projects

” Having master data is like mining precious metals, when it’s good quality and readily available it provides generous returns on investment. “

Brian Darragh, Code Expert International

“Managing Capital Project Information Handover can be like attempting to drink from a firehose.  Fortunately the technology, industry standards and best practices are catching up with the challenge.”

Mike Jordan, Utopia

Asset Repair Process Made Trouble-Free

“Tip #1 for Asset Repair Process Made Trouble Free; Managing asset repair costs can be a nightmare when budgets are tight. Assign the repair cost to inventory and defer your costs until you are ready to install the asset.”  

Kenneth Allenburg,  PSEG

Leveraging Sustainability Efforts to Improve Capacity Utilization

“SAP is a tool. Putting it in a manufacturing a site in it does not make them better. Continuously coaching them on how to use it better improves the business.”

Ray Kastle, Merck

SAP  EAM Education Center Speaker Quotes – SAP Centric EAM 2013

Effective Real World Reporting

“Real world reporting involves focusing KPI’s on the core business processes.   Without this focus, KPI’s become just a numbers game.”

Terry Wireman, Vesta

“Real world reporting requires all parts of the company, even different plants, to have complete consistency of their data as it is collected and analyzed.  Unless this occurs, it is impossible to compare performance across the various organizations within the company.”

Terry Wireman, Vesta

Making your CBM Strategy a Reality

“ It’s time to step up to Condition Based Maintenance and reap the benefits of a leaner, more efficient approach to maintenance execution. ”

Martin Stenzig, Vesta

Integration — Making It Work

“ Take a Modern approach to Integration. Let current Technology help you exceed business expectations. ”

Martin Stenzig, Vesta

Getting Away from the Standard GUI

“ SAP is too hard to use” – We have all heard the statement, SAP has heard the statement and has responded by making significant investment in tools and the User Interface for entering or accessing information that makes “SAP easy to use ”

Len Harms, Vesta

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise for EAM – Learn How it Can be a Window to All the EAM Information Your Team Needs

” Have you ever thought about how efficient you could do business with a user experience integrating 3D visualization – as provided by the latest release of SAP ? “

Rainer Jahraus, SAP

PANEL: Getting the Most of Your EAM

“ When you get great minds together, you can have a great impact on the profitability of a company. ”

Kahn Ellis, Vesta

Interested in hearing what is  your favorite quote from these SAP Centric EAM Experts  ? 

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  1. Mark Winship

    My favorite quote is below. To me this integrates EAM efficiency with business effectiveness.

    What Every EAM Professional Needs to Know about Asset Management Standards 

    “Unless organizations can remove the silos between their financial, engineering, operational, and maintenance organizations, they will never fully realize the benefits that they could achieve with asset management strategies.”

    Terry Wireman, Vesta Partners

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  2. K Jogeswara Rao

    Most of them are great quotes.

    If asked to pick only one favorite Quote, I would go for the one below.

    It’s Not the Silos, It’s the Bridges
    “SAP is a tool which gains its value and power from the strengths of those who use it. Any organization that commits its time and efforts to empowering their people, will be able to maximize the power of the SAP system.

    Natalie Christensen, City of Abbotsford

    Given a chance, I would pick more…

    Achieving Operationally Efficient Information Handover in Large Capital Projects

    ” Having master data is like mining precious metals, when it’s good quality and readily available it provides generous returns on investment. “

    Brian Darragh, Code Expert International

    Achieving 100% Reliability: Learning from Top NASCAR Teams

    “Why is it that we often struggle to improve the way our equipment and facilities run – faster, better, consistently ? It should be a lot easier… and it can be easy. Reliability is more about the ‘human factors’ than it is about new technologies and tools.”

    Robert (Bob) Williamson, Strategic Work Systems

    and I’ll not miss this

    A Simple Screen Modification Can Renovate a Crafts World
    ” What if SAP were as easy for technicians to use as an ATM machine? Creating a simple, “One-Stop-Shop” transaction inside SAP can help them execute transactions and receive assigned work with ease.  “

    Wes Dean, MillerCoors

    Jogeswara Rao K

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