Maintenance has been around as long as humans have existed. From the routine sharpening of man’s earliest spears and tools to the repair work needed for modern technologies, our tools and machines have needed upkeep and repair. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” is an adage that has been repeated for decades. But is that a viable approach in today’s plants? For the most part, the answer is no, especially when it comes to asset-intensive industries and smart factories. To illustrate that point, let’s consider three different maintenance strategies, when they’re effective and when they’re not – and how data can help improve them.
Allison Fellner took a sideways turn from a consulting career into human resources and never looked back. She loves being able to combine strategic, problem-solving, and operational skills into one role at a company like Aptean “because people are the cornerstone of how you’re going to be successful as a business.”
By John Weber, Director of Business Development and Product Management, Aptean
With ecommerce growing 23% year-over-year, the preferences of customers are changing as well, specifically amongst younger demographics. 50% of Gen Xers and 70% of Millennials prefer shopping online, and that trend is expected to continue. Because of this, distributors need to be prepared to meet the expectations of the next generation of customers as well as their retail partners. And that comes with some new challenges:
As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “the only thing constant is change.” Anyone who has been involved with a software implementation recognizes the truth in this statement. Between the time the project has been approved and the time it’s implemented, roles change, resources are reallocated, people leave, and learning is lost. Aptean Ross ERP has developed a new professional services offering that supports knowledge transfer after a customer’s go-live.