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Mr. Kenneth Forlemu with InforEAM talks about Powerful Insights into Asset Transactional Data
16th November 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 Kenneth Forlemu, Solutions Architect at Infor and Infor EAM about "Using the power of Transactional Data for Insights into your Asset Health". Get the answers to your EAM questions along with Kenneth'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. All right. Welcome to the industrial talk podcast. absolute honor absolutely an honor that you've joined the industrial talk podcast where we celebrate industrial heroes, the women and men of industry, the women and men of manufacturing, and everything in between. You are bold, you are brave, you dare greatly you innovate. When you innovate, I love the innovation side. And you're changing lives and you're changing the world. That's why we celebrate you on the industrial talk podcast, in the hot seat in the industrial talk, hotseat Kenneth Forlemu. Forlemu. Nope, I got that right. InforEAM is the topic. Let's get rockin, you know, what's a great town.


We had a little family matter to address, not just a friend.


And we had to go up to Nashville. And we spent some time up there. You know what's so great about Nashville? They've got seasons, they've got great food. They've got great music, they've got great people. It's a great place. So anyway, we had a good time up there. And


highly recommend if you've put that on your bucket list if you've never been there. Great, great. town. All right. We've been talking a lot about asset management and


this IoT world that we live in, how do you enable all that? What do you do? You need a platform, you need a platform like InforEAM. And that's the sort of the Industry4.0 enabler you need, you know, you're collecting all this data, and you need a system. But this conversations just a tad bit different. And what makes it so interesting is that many of the individuals that I have spoken to, and we have talked a lot about IoT IoT Industry4.0 edge, everything cloud, you name it, we've talked about it in that space. And it's all great conversation. But what if I want to approach it incrementally? What if I want to take this digital journey incrementally, you will need a system you will need a platform to be able to proceed forward into the future creating that business of resiliency, you're going to have to do that you're going to have to have an enterprise Asset Management System. You know, just put that down? Why not start there? So you say okay, I'm going to start there.


I understand all about the devices, I understand all about the great innovation that is taking place within this industry4.0, but if I want to just do it incrementally, can I do it with a system


and and just be able to capture transactional data to get really clear indication on the health of my assets? And the answer is absolutely, positively Yes. And that's what this is about. So let's say you want to go down this journey, you're gonna have to have a system, right? You're gonna have to have a system?


And can I leverage that system to be able to generate insights into my right into my, the health of my assets and my business on a real time basis? And the answer is yes, you can take existing transactional data and be able to draw from that clear indication of the health of your assets. That's what we're going to be talking about with Kenneth. He is a Solution Architect, I go out to his stat card out on LinkedIn. Yep. Here is the cool thing about it. He's been with Infor right? He is a I want to say a senior architect. Yeah. He's been with Infor for 21 years. Well, so he knows his stuff. He understands what business needs. He understands how to leverage technology to its fullest. Mark my words, you're gonna love this particular interview because we're just, we're just helping listeners and individuals. Take this journey forward this industrial 4.0 journey and how do I do it? There's just a lot of moving parts. But I'll tell you right at the center of that is an enterprise system that you need to put in place and can add system right can add system be able to analyze the health of your overall assets and condition of your


Business and the answer is absolutely. All right. Let's get a go in with the interview candidate Forlemu, that's fo r l e m EU senior architect. Not many of those guys out there so you'll be able to find him reach out to him on his card. We'll have all the other contact Information at So enjoy the interview with transactional data's on the hotseat. Let's not mess around with that. Enjoy. Alright, Kenneth, welcome to the industrialtalk Podcast. I am so glad that you made time in your schedule to be able to be on this particular podcast and share your sage advice with acid management's. There you go. That's my that's my introduction. How are you doing? I'm doing great. I'm doing great. Thanks for for inviting me to join your podcast. It's definitely the the honors on all on this side. Which is because I got your stat card up there, I've got your, your LinkedIn stack card, I've got your form that you filled out. And I'm telling you, you've got mad, mad street cred out there when it comes to maintenance asset management and and that the InforEAM platform. And I always think that that Infor aim platform is a facilitator of the industry4.0, because it's one thing and we're going to go into this and you're going to tell the story, but I have to get this off my chest listeners, bear with me. So okay.


All this talk and all this excitement that's wrapped around industry 4.0. And it's like, I've got to go out, I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna do that. But they have no place to put the data. Like, you got to have it. And then when you get the data, you got to be able to sort of do something with it. Not you have to stick in some fashion Yes, site collection of data for the sake of collecting data. Well, it's like digging a ditch, just because I mean, yeah, did I mean did it cosmic transformation is quite quite a quite a big deal these days. Because, as you know, they call it big database is all about it, basically AI


diligence is days that we can actually manage such unstructured data. Before we get into that. So let's give us a little background on who Kenneth is. And then we're gonna dive into transactional asset health.


Yes, so my name is cannot follow me I hail from originally from Cameroon. That's in the west part of Africa. I'm came to the States to study


in 1994 and went get an MBA and join in for 1999. And here I am. Today it so 21 plus years. You're one of the old ones. That dinosaurs Yeah, but boy, do you? You know, that system? You know that? If Have you always been with the sort of the EM platform? Yes. Yeah. So.


So I started with MPT, which is the right, the brainchild of eating four of em, then progress to, to info E, which I've been using for, for the last, I'll say last 1819 years. So, as you've seen a lot, I've seen a lot. And I've, I've gone through the ranks tools from consulting to project manager to architect which I am today. So it's the full breadth of the implementation. There's no question I could ask you that you don't know. I hope so.


Because I can imagine you just sort of sometimes sit back and you say, Hey, I was with Mt. Two, we, we had this system, we were pretty proud of it and all this good stuff. And it did a lot of fun stuff to where you are today. And you're looking at what, you know, the cloud suite that in for all of those solutions, how they talk to each other and link and collect data, great insights. I've just, I can't imagine how far that is. But the good news, the good news about InforEAM is that is growing very rapidly, which means that I have never bought to learn new things. So every single release has a lot of stuff that that I have to learn. So it's a it's it's probably I mean, it's progressing very, very fast. So that's interesting you make and we were talking briefly prior to the podcast, innovation never stops, and that he nodes with the Infor em platform. And that's like, that's a pretty doggone robust platform. And it's all evolved point C growing, adding new features every every, every half a year, I have to ask one question I have to where are you getting? Is that internal? Or do you listen to users and user saying, Hey, we really would like this thing to do XYZ, would you? And then of course, create the the you know, yeah. But there's really three areas. We have to have user conferences. Yeah, that we stay users actually share his experiences. We have what we call the product product improvement requests that users customers can also actually submit requests for improvements.


And then of course, we are on the road implementing em. And we meet new challenges every day, which we need to meet customer demands and customer need. So we all project that back to our development team, reviews them, contacts, industry experts, and then put them in the roadmap was for what is necessary. See,


once again, as just industry wide, we just never stop innovating. Oh, and that innovation always constantly impacts the enterprise. So it's a beautiful thing, honestly. So it's a beautiful thing. And I bet, I bet you still get to the point where it's like, Wow, that's cool. I That's all it is. Yeah, this in fact, just two days ago, I saw something in E in E info E and which I have not seen before. And I said, Well, that was really cool.


This is just slightly some new features that nobody talks about, which are very neat. See, you know, and cool is a technical term. Yeah, I might have. Yeah. Cool.


All right. Before we can really get into the conversation, I want to sort of frame this discussion because this is interesting. I've, I've had the fortunate opportunity to interview a lot of people and this whole industry 4.0, IoT, IoT, edge cloud, you name it all under the industry 4.0 sort of banner, digital journey five, it never stops. Yes. The interesting part about that, if I put my business hat on, is it sir? I mean, do I have to really go down that road? One or two? I have existing data that I just don't even access? I would see. And that's where we start talking about transactional data? Can you sort of outline that a little bit?


Yes, transactional data for us means that


this is data which is being created from using InforEAM. So when you capture all your inputs, all your attributes on work orders, whether it is work management, procure to pay, plan to inventory, when you have all that data in the system living in structured data at this point, you cannot use it because you have all the attributes you use it for, to actually use some algorithms, some logic. So business use cases, to actually capture exactly how you want what you want to capture out of the system. So we use our current transactional data to, to develop algorithms to to measure whatever want to measure, in this case, perhaps asset health. And you say that's not even you haven't even deployed an IoT device yet? Not yet. Just looking at transactions with Yes, within the business. And that's great in a work order. That's correct. Can I have my asset registry, Ticket Ticket Ticket Ticket, and I've got data behind it now. But but there's a lot of work that has to be done to get to that point, right? Well, yes. And that's part of the implementation. Because when we go to implement em, we need to do to find out what are the overarching requirements for the customer? What What's your goal? Right? He has, I mean, you're gonna achieve a lot from em, want to make sure that as part of implementation, we're capturing all the inputs that may be used to actually calculate as a health? See, that's interesting, because you can sit there, have that conversation, have that design conversation saying what's important? Yes. Where are the gaps? This is how it how the system sort of deals with it. And to be able to really say, I got a good picture. Let's take this transactional data and create this dashboard, this insight, this ability, and it's really just from the system itself from from a system itself. Normally, I mean, the only edit


I guess energy would be to, to to come up with the algorithm on watch the finance asset health in your industry, what do you consider asset health


care differs from industries, but you're glossing over, you've got to put the time, energy and effort in the beginning to be able to do that. Right. A lot. Yeah. And and my, my history and recommendation to the leaders or listeners is the fact that that has to be done. And don't cut, don't cut corners. It can be arduous, painful, but don't don't cut corners on that. It makes I agree. Yeah, I agree. It makes probably the implementation


far more accessible. And that I think that what you said is very, very interesting because they are different. When we go to customer sites, they are on different levels on their maintenance operations. We are very mature companies. We have companies that just getting into maturity. Those companies are very mature in their operations, the company, the companies that want to make sure that they have all the inputs to capture that asset health are the companies that may not be at that step, same level.


Just go incrementally.


Just phase it in, right? We don't have to do everything at one. And phase one, we can go to phase two, phase three or phase four. She can just progressively go into into the implementation to make sure that by phase five, that's where you're gonna end. You have all the inputs actually capital asset health, she doesn't have to anyone. That's good. So you can you can deploy the Infor em platform incrementally. Yes. Wow.


That's good. And that's what we advise, in fact, because what we've discussed, we've discovered is that many customers who want to get get everything, all the bells and whistles before they...