Maintenance management at Middle East conference
Rushika Bhatia

Maintenance management at Middle East conference

eSolutions, a Middle East provider of IBM Maximo, are hosting experts from regional and global organisations, 5th – 7th of April 2011, at the biennial Maximo Middle East User Group Conference. Hundreds of facilities management production, transportation, IT and asset life-cycle professionals and analysts have gathered toshare their experiences and expertise and to discuss developments in asset life cycle maintenance and life cycle management, Maximo software solutions and to learn about best practices from other users.

Speakers during the general session discussed; IBM Maximo in smarter planets, the features and product roadmap of Maximo 7.5, Enterprise asset management strategy, Maximo’s role in the future of maintenance in global organisations, how Maximo fits into the enterprise architecture of a Smart Utility, leading edge practices in an integrated asset management environment and how to optimise  asset performance in all operations using IBM smarter enterprise asset management for oil & gas and energy & utilities.

Some of the largest organisations in the region are attending the event including representatives from Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), CiM Maintenance Inc, DP World, Dubai Airports, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), EFM, Emaar, Emirates General Petroleum Corp (Emarat), and man y more.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the challenge for many organisations is the continued maintenance and management of such facilities. Airports, sea ports, transport systems, telecommunications networks, public utilities and industrial facilities require increasingly sophisticated management systems to keep them running.

“In today’s world, buildings, public infrastructure and industrial facilities are increasingly complex requiring the right management systems, business process and strategies for their smooth operation,” said Gaby Matar, Group Managing Partner of eSolutions. “This conference focuses on solutions that help organisations enhance the visibility, control and automation of their business and IT assets, allowing them to take smarter decisions. Smarter decisions can mean cost savings, new efficiencies, better workforce management and better outcomes for our environment, which is why we’ve chosen Smarter Decisions as this year’s conference theme.”

Large facilities and infrastructure projects have to manage a wide range of critical assets in order to continue operations. Many of these assets can prove to be critical to the efficient facility management and if not properly inventoried, maintained and replaced, they can cause significant disruption to the airport operations. Maximo software can reduce the number of systems required to manage such assets, freeing up resources and, importantly, provide management with a single view of asset management to support smart decision making.

“Many of the Middle East’s largest facilities are just as sophisticated as their counterparts in longer established markets, if not more so and they’re always looking for new ways to improve their operations,” added Matar. “Enterprises in the Middle East region have increasingly sophisticated demands for integrating and analysing asset-related information.”