After looking at the headlines of various blog posts and news articles printed over the last week, I have determined that every positive action (innovation, leadership, business process management, etc.) is now compared to the actions of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computers. I see no problem with this. In my opinion, Steve Jobs was a genius who changed the world of computers, personal electronics, software, and the way people interact with data for the better.
The Apple Macintosh was first released in January 1984 and change the world of computing forever. While previous computers (and other contemporary computers like those running MS-DOS) relied on cumbersome text-based commands, the Apple Macintosh pioneered the use of the mouse. This mouse combined with a graphical user interface (and allowed users to open files and access programs by clicking on icons). Such a change made using computers easier for non-technical people and made it easier for everyone to locate and access data.
As I was recently thinking of Steve Jobs' contributions, some of them are not unlike those related to asset performance management. While Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems contain loads of equipment-related data, often it can be difficult and cumbersome to access that data. As a result, it is difficult to improve asset strategies in an EAM system because it takes so long to find the data. Luckily, like the Apple Macintosh, tools like Meridium APM Software can get you down into the data "in just a few clicks." This saves time and facilitates reliability improvements.
Randy King of NOVA Chemicals explains how Meridium APM Software has helped his company find and use data. NOVA Chemicals integrates Meridium into their maintenance processes in order to achieve reliability best practices.
Like Steve Jobs and Apple Computers, APM software revolutionizes traditional asset management, making it more effective and easier to use. For more information on APM Software, click here.