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Rock 2019 With a Little Help From Your Friends (in Planning and Scheduling)

by Elyse Gagné on January 3, 2019

When you work in the field of enterprise maintenance Planning and Scheduling, the only constant is change. Whether you're adapting to break-ins in your schedule, or learning new ways to simplify IBM Maximo CMMS, you always have to be ready to pivot. And by that, we mean ready to learn something new.

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We did our fair share of "pivoting" in 2018, examining the exciting new changes in enterprise maintenance technology, exploring Maximo tips, and talking with real Planning and Scheduling experts about their greatest challenges and successes. It's been a big year full of experimenting, learning, and collaborating.

But as we head into 2019, we wanted to start your year off right with a quick summary of the biggest and most helpful posts of 2018! A year's worth of learning, wrapped up with a bow in one blog post. 

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10. Listen Up! How to Schedule With the Latest IBM Maximo Data

How is IBM Maximo like packing for a road trip? Our own Shannon Smith digs into how you can avoid being surprised by work that needs to be scheduled with a great little trick for IBM Maximo that ensures you always have the latest data that's relevant to the schedule you're working on.

9. Top 10 Signs Your Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Isn't Working

Having trouble selling the value of Planning and Scheduling? Just check out this list compiled by Matt Midas of the dangers, costs, and risks associated with poor Planning and Scheduling. It ain't pretty!

8. What Should You Do if Your IBM Maximo Consultant Makes You Cry? 

When your Maximo workarounds are making you pull your hair out, what do you do? Richard Almendarez explores an interesting problem solving situation that may or may not have led to actual tears being shed. 

7. My Top 3 Recommendations for IBM Maximo Power Users 

Elliot Bonilla has been working with IBM Maximo for give-or-take 14 years. That's a lot of experience! In this blog article, he shares his top three implementation rules for Maximo power users. 

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6. Augmented Reality in Enterprise Maintenance: Is It Worth the Hype? 

We sat down to interview the CEO of Oculavis GmbH, a company specializing in augmented reality wearable technology and asked him the hard questions about this very hyped new gear. Does it provide real value? Which items are the most practical and advanced? What challenges is AR still overcoming? 

5. Use This AKWIRE Function to Enhance How You Prioritize Enterprise Maintenance

In this article, Bill Steudler (Pennsylvania State University) shares the function he and his team devised to automatic calculate scheduling priority -- so that it is no longer left up to "gut feeling". He outlines all the math and logic behind the calculation so that you can see if it would work in your Planning and Scheduling department. You can download the function for free directly from the blog article. 

4. Maximo World 2018: Key Takeaways From a First-Time Attendee to the Maximo Masters

Maximo World is one of the most important Maximo events of the year. 2018 was no exception with tons of great content, knowledgeable speakers, and fun events. If you couldn't make it to Orlando in August, this article covers the highlights of the event directly from "the horse's mouth" -- some of the attendees! 

3. Digital Twins: What are They and How are They Shaking up Enterprise Maintenance?

It seems like everywhere we look, there's a new discussion about Digital Twins. Though this new technology is still in its infancy, it goes without saying that it has massive implications and huge potential for virtually every industry. How will digital twins be used in enterprise maintenance? What value do they bring and what challenges does the technology still have to overcome? Read on to find out.

2. What is a Maintenance Backlog and How to Tame the Backlog Beast

Do you feel like you're constantly fighting fires while your PMs get backed up? You've probably got a backlog problem. Don't sweat it, we've got six steps to help you get it under control.

1. Your Quick Guide to 5 Maintenance as a Service (MaaS) Business Models for Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is re-shaping the world of enterprise maintenance, so it's no surprise that this was our top blog article for 2018. John Soldatos explores the stakeholders who have a role to play in bringing Predictive Maintenance to their organizations and MaaS business models that are on the rise. 

PS- Notice that there aren't any Maximo how-tos in this list? That's because we compiled a separate Top 10 list just for that! (Go ahead and do your happy dance. We won't judge.)

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Elyse Gagné

Content and Marketing Specialist.

Elyse is a writer, editor and content marketing specialist whose forte is writing for the tech industry.

She holds an MA in English Literature from Queen's University and an Honors Bachelor of Arts from Bishop's University.

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