A lot has been said about Big Data – but many asset owners are unconvinced. Big Data is in fact ideal for engineering applications – and the benefits are both real and measurable. Here are 4 reasons to think again about Big Engineering Data.
It’s not easy to connect things – so how can this help efficiency?
Our whole lives tend to be fragmented into separate silos of information – and our work is no different.
We use distinct systems to perform separate tasks (e.g.: CAD, EAM, email, search and filing systems) as that is what they are designed for. Likewise we work in departments, with each group working on its specialized area of expertise (e.g. maintenance, engineering, drafting, or finance).
But what if we could combine this knowledge in a single system where we could do the same tasks with the same (or less) effort? What if secure access showed each user only the information they are authorized to view?
We would simply share the benefit of a single point of truth and a single place to update our data.
Just because the data is connected does not make it useful – or trustworthy.
Randomly connected or incorrect information is a nightmare, and can cost a lot in terms of productivity and reliability.
The way in which information is connected is critical, and the relations between engineering files are essential for both accuracy and efficiency. Once information is verified and released (e.g. master data), any change that happens thereafter needs to be checked again to ensure that the latest version of the information refers to the actual situation.
So the information we put in must be correct. Any changes must be logged and verified. And the relations between files need to be preserved before, during and after change (which may include transmittal to multiple individuals).
That sounds pretty complicated – but what if it wasn’t? What if one system could do all of that?
That system would be the one to trust.
But how would a “bigger” system help day to day?
It’s hard to overestimate how much of a difference such a system can make to productivity.
Imagine being able to get the right information at any time, from any place in the world, from one place. No more searching in multiple places – or relying on a colleague’s memory – just instant access. No Google Glass or special app needed – just internet access and all the information you need is available in its latest, verified form.
Imagine how much easier it is to plan routine maintenance work, deal with a crisis, or just share the right files with a global team?
Working from a single system simplifies every task and saves a lot of questions.
How can having Big Data provide a big gain? And what about the small details?
Big Data can help to unlock new business opportunities and identify areas for optimization.
By connecting your systems you can see patterns that were hidden. Information that was useless now offers insight. Your data quality is improved. The cost and complexity of managing that information decreases. Efficiency increases. And you can report across silos, across systems and across disciplines. You can access information about any asset, site or project from a single system. Drill down to granular details to view performance in particular conditions.
How much could an opportunity to unlock 1% more profit help you?
Whether you need to reduce information management costs, save time, reduce downtime or enhance operational excellence, one per cent can mean a lot.
Why not get more from your data?
BlueCielo solutions provide an independent platform to manage and access all your asset-related engineering data from a single point of truth, throughout the asset lifecycle.
Our big solutions for engineering data management and asset information let you leverage your existing investment through standard integrations with multiple systems, including:
- Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems (IBM Maximo, SAP EAM, Infor and others)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics)
- Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems and
- Authoring applications (CAD and Office)