October 11, 2016 | Written by: Brendan Crotty
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Today, even advanced businesses are falling short when it comes to scheduling their workers’ time — arguably their most precious resource. Planning and scheduling often still take place on post-it notes and in Excel spreadsheets, with work often divided up by supervisors based on gut feel. Important factors such as weather or traffic are rarely taken into consideration with this kind of scheduling, even though they can impact project timelines and customer commitments.
Poor maintenance and service schedules that don’t factor in contextual data sources will often result in unscheduled interruptions, cost overruns, dissatisfied customers and continued erosion of equipment reliability.
Intelligent planning and scheduling boost efficiency
Recent studies have illustrated that without proper planning and scheduling, maintenance is at best haphazard and at worst costly and ineffective. The University of Michigan estimates that organizations can recover as much as 8 labor hours per worker weekly, as a result of smarter scheduling practices.
According to Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Coordination, a properly scheduled worker will complete 30% more work per day than one that is not. The message from these studies is clear: If you’re not taking advantage of the latest technology to optimize your scheduling, you’re leaving time and money on the table.
Introducing Maximo Scheduler Plus
IBM is excited to announce Maximo Scheduler Plus, an advanced work management solution built upon Maximo Scheduler. Scheduler Plus helps businesses optimize their maintenance and service scheduling practices, by offering:
- Weather integration – Schedule customer appointments and maintenance tasks based on up-to-date weather data, or kick off alternate job plans during severe weather events.
- Appointment booking – Use location information to match a customer’s location with a technician’s skillset.
- Dynamic dispatching – Tap into real-time traffic and severe weather data to rearrange worker schedules and daily priorities.
- Tools for managing complex projects – Model and manage complex network dependencies and the relationships between various tasks in a single graphical view.
Join us on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. EST for the Announcing Maximo Scheduler Plus Webinar, to learn more about Scheduler Plus capabilities.