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Mr. Clay Bush with Stratum Consulting Partners an InforEAM Partner talks about Asset Lifecycle Management
16th October 2020 • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie
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In this week's Industrial Talk Podcast we're talking to Clay Bush, President of Stratum Consulting Partners and Infor EAM Solutions Partner about "Infor's Cloudsuite EAM solution for Asset Lifecycle Management". Get the answers to your EAM questions along with Clay's unique insight on the “How” on this Industrial Talk interview!

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Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's go. Alright, welcome to the industrial talk, podcast, absolute honor and a joy that you have joined the industrial talk podcast. And it is here that we celebrate the women and men of manufacturing, the women or men of industry, because they are bold, they are brave, they dare greatly. They innovate, what do they innovate? They never stop innovating. That is so cool. And they're changing lives. And they're changing the world each and every day. Why not celebrate them? Thank you. Thank you, thank you for what you do. All right, in the hot seat, industrial talk Hot Seat today, we got a gentleman by the name of Clay Bush, President Stratum Consulting Partners, and they're a partner within for em, a heck of a system. heck of an enterprise Asset Management System. We're going to be talking a little bit about how you look at those assets from a risk ranking criticality and you name it. Alright, let's go.


Big time.


He's dude, he's great. And I'm just right off the bat right off the bat. It's podcasts. Don't get me wrong, podcast, podcast podcast. But Clay has a wonderful


diagram of what we cover in this particular podcast. And it's, you know, step by step by step by step. And it's clear, concise. So yeah, you're gonna listen to podcasts, it's all good. Listen to this podcast all fine and dandy. But I highly recommend that you also look at that video and that of the interview, because the diagrams really good now, say to yourself, Scott, I can't, I can't, I can't watch. I can't watch that video. And I'll say, okay, no big deal. Just go out to industrial we're gonna upload that particular document. And then you'll have it, and then you can refer to it.


Excellent, excellent document. Now, one of the things about asset management,


and the system that we're talking about in 4am, absolutely powerful, powerful system, a lot of flexibility. Chest capabilities galore, right. But what is really pretty cool about it is if you look at asset management,


from from the perspective of a doctor, right, these practitioners, these Asset Management practitioners want to keep that asset healthy. And they're going to be running tests, and they're going to look at data, and they're going to continue to just constantly look at that information, and to make sure that that asset is healthy. So if you look at it from that perspective, it's got tremendous value. And the people like Clay and others who are in this particular profession.


I mean, they're, they're doctors in asset management, and they're, and it's really pretty good. At this particular conversation, of course, just lays out step by step by step. And it makes complete sense. And you're just gonna is going to enjoy this conversation. Clay is fantastic, and his team at Stratum Consulting Partners, one of the best at deploying the infor em platform. Now, one last comment, before we get into that interview, right?


I'm going to continue to challenge you. Because we need you as not just, you know, we need you as a company, we need you as a professional, we need you to be engaged, we need you to be at your best. And and to do that I'm once again going to challenge you to collaborate with people, not just internally, not drinking from the same well, but externally as well. To be able to, you know, challenge some of your thoughts, you got to collaborate and find answers that are once again, the second one is, is innovation. So collaboration for innovative solutions, not just technology, but also just people right. And and I'm constantly learning about how to work with people better. And one of the challenges I have, of course, is I'm very driven. And sometimes that's a that's a challenge. So I've always got to work with and I've always got to be innovative, so collaborate, innovate, and educate. There's no reason the speed at which this this industry for Dotto, IoT, IoT AI and everything else in between


is moving at a feverish pitch. And many who are in the industry. God they publish out there right there. They've got information out there. You've got to stay current


You've got to stay current because it is changing fast. And it is something that is never ever, ever, ever going to go away. So it's important that you educate. And it's important that you do it with a sense of speed and tenacity. You can't give up, you can't get lazy. You can't just sort of go, Okay, well, whatever it's on there. Because back to the doctor analogy, right? You're not going to go to a doctor, if that doctor graduates from medical school, and then just sort of stops learning, right? But we all know that the the field of medicine, just like the field of manufacturing, the field of industry, the field of asset management, and everything else, constantly changes. And it's because of people like Clay and others are innovative. That's what it's about it is. So you're not going to go to a doctor that doesn't keep current and doesn't educate themselves. Educate yourself. Alright, Clay Bush, is in the hot seat, go out to a stack card. And I want you to type in Clay bush. And if there's multiple Clay bushes, which are probably as I want you to just sort of put a little comment in there type in Stratham. That's str at USM. And I guarantee you, you'll find them


great picture out there. No, no doubt about it. And you'll be impressed with his stack card, his depth of skills as not just with him, but but team Stratum. So


enjoy. Remember, it's going to be probably the majority of that video, got a diagram doesn't matter, because you're all committed to education. That's why this is going to do well. So enjoy the conversation.


All right, Clay, welcome to the industrial talk podcast. Again, it's an absolute honor that you have joined, and to share your absolute wisdom with the listeners of the industrial talk podcast. We're very happy that you're here we are good morning. Hey, good. To see you. Good to see you again. Yeah, good to be seen again. Absolutely. Especially in this whatever this next normal is new, normal, exactly whatever it is, but it is absolutely, it's you know, what's fascinating, is the fact that we can be able to have this conversation using technology and still sort of, you know, add value, add content, add information for people who are are listening, and truly want to learn and grow and all that good stuff. All right, let's level set real quick, let's give us a little background on who Clay is. And then we're going to proceed forward from there. And we're going to talk a little bit about infor cloud suite EA m product. So listeners, you're not going to want to miss this. And and and note itself, it's going to be a video. So we're gonna, we're gonna look at a diagram. So you're just gonna have to go out to industrial Find the doggone video and look at what Clay is talking about their play. All right. Yeah. Thanks, guys. Sure. Broadcasting from Denver, Colorado today, and representing Stratham consulting says the company I founded back in 2003. So we are an in for Alliance partner, and we implement the infor em product line exclusively. So we're very narrowly focused and deeply skilled around that product line. So that's what we're here to talk to you about. Yeah, or Yeah, see, and I think. And as we dive, as I digress real quick, I think pre


pandemic pre virus, I think we were just sort of a little lazy, little distracted by maybe we're moving forward with business, that's all good. And but now we're in this particular post, whatever it looks like world we live in. And I think that to truly be a business of resilience, you're going to have to leverage technology, you're going to have to be innovative, because you never know if, if this will ever happen again. And you don't want to be in a position where you were when we were free. I think the conversations around technology and innovation are far more sharp and point to greater success. That's just me. Couldn't agree more. We're there just in the nick of time for COVID to hit for us. Yeah, manage all this stuff remotely. So yeah, absolutely. All right. listeners, we're gonna start talking a little bit about em, enterprise asset management in force, the company aim, and we're talking about a cloud sweet. So the data, this particular platform resides in the cloud, you don't see it, but it's up there. And it's powerful, it's nimble, it is, it's flexible for whatever product or business that you are in. So let's start with that. We're going to we're going to start shifting and sharing a diagram. And we're going to start talking a little bit about that. So if you are out there on video, we're going to go down this, okay, we've got a concept map, talk to us Clay about this particular map. The reason I put this map together is to try to demonstrate, of course, not all of the features inside of em because they're voluminous and they wouldn't, it would be a much larger diagram. But what's important to know about this diagram is that over the years, the platform has grown. Of course, it's grown


But it's grown to the point where you can really manage the assets lifecycle completely front to back. From the time that you purchase it, even when you're planning to purchase it all the way through to the point where you can estimate how long it's going to continue to live, and plan for its replacement well in advance of the need to do so. So you've got a complete set of tools. And in the past, some of these tools were really point systems that were outside of the ATM, but now the footprint of VA has grown. So it's kind of subsumed, a lot of those little point systems that used to be sold. And there's no longer need for that it's all in one platform. And I like it, because the conversations that I've been having, with many within the industrial space, the manufacturing space have been around how do we innovate? How do we leverage this digital journey? And what do we do because you can, you can quickly get disconnected. But em and the platform and the flexibility of this particular platform lends itself well with all of the technology and all of these enablers that, that companies are looking for to succeed. And and that's what makes, you're gonna have to put it someplace. And that's why this particular platform is so powerful. So let's start a little bit about agis asset registry them. And if you're not out there on video, we're talking left to right. Asset registry top is sort of a hierarchy, asset registry work management, long term Capital Planning, planning, and then sort of business analytics, modeling and so on that's at the top. So let's talk a little bit about asset registry play. Yeah, I think this is a timeline. And Scott, the asset registry has always been the foundation, a VM, that conceptually that hasn't changed. What has changed is the richness of the asset registry, the functionality around asset data that can be put into em has really grown. So yes, you still have the basic equipment master. But now you have, for example, the ability to add, you know, virtually unlimited fields, and content, rich media attachments, all that stuff,


you have looking at the bottom, you have now the ability to spatially visualize your assets, whether that's in a 3d model like AutoCAD, or BIM, or a 2d mapping model like GIS, regardless of what your asset type is, the state of the art is you need to be able to visualize it on a drawing or on a map. It's not just text in a screen anymore. Now, with that said, that's, that's powerful stuff now is that on, it cannot be done, let's say my asset on a real time basis, so I have a motor out there. I've got it in my asset registry, I have all of that capability, be able to look at that, that motor is their way of being able to sort of spatially look at that asset and and the health of that asset on a real time basis. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Even like, even if it's a GIS map, or if it's a 3d drawing this, the principle is the same, you need to be able to visualize that asset where it exists in overall asset structure. And you need to be able to drill into it and find out it's held work order history, its criticality, and pop up the drawings, all of that stuff from within that visualization right now and clicking on a record on Yeah, and it's foundational play, I mean, you get, you've got to really invest a lot of time, energy and effort to be able to do that accurately and correctly and create those processes. Now, just like anything else, within a in a business in a manufacturing or an industrial environment, I'm going to change that motor out. If I do this correctly, that that switch, can that switch out of motor is relatively easy. And then that same visual or spatial visualization would exist for that new piece of equipment, right? Yeah, yeah, you get into topics like replacement, unchain versus management of change, which also is handled by EA and but the process itself is pretty simple. Yeah, man. He says, yeah. And then, you know, within that asset registry buckets got there's a, there's another one, I've got listed there called equipment ranking, which is kind of deceivingly simple, but very, very important. And this, this...