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Asset Integrity Management Software: Selecting The Right Technology Partner

April 17, 2021 Reading time 6 min

“Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning”

Bill Gates

In today’s oil and gas market, there are a number of different types of software for Asset Integrity Management (AIM). You may even already be using one of the many pieces of software available, but are you confident that you’re using the right one for your organisation?

To figure out if you’re using the right software for your needs, you need to consider two things:

  1. How is your software currently dealing with Asset Integrity Management?
  2. Can it adapt to your future needs?

In today’s technology-driven world, it’s important that your business doesn’t get left behind; developments in technology will only speed up and it can be difficult to catch up!

In order to secure the future of your organisation, you need to set clear goals for the future. Once you’ve set them, it will become easier to select the perfect technology partner that can help you achieve your goals. In order to get started, follow these three steps:

1. Define And Plan Your Digital Roadmap

“Start with the end in mind”

Stephen R. Covey

As an organisation, you need to look at your digital roadmap holistically and with a thought for the future. It’s important to take digitalisation seriously, as it’s likely to determine the future of your operations and keep changing down the line, so it’s beneficial for you to get ahead!

Creating a strategy for digitalisation is key. Make sure that you have a full understanding of the latest developments in technology and predictions for the future, then compile a list of what software and technology you will require on your journey.

You will need to consider and compare what current and future requirements your organisation needs, such as:

  • Basic engineering software modules that facilitate basic dashboards and calculations VS single cloud database with automation, artificial intelligence and live stream sensor data?
  • Hiring a technology partner that you’ll need to push and finance to take on the latest technology VS hiring a technology partner who incorporates future and current technology while investing in their own roadmap and approaching you with cheaper options?

These are just a few of the questions that you’ll need to answer when you’re deciding on the digital future of your organisation so that you can implement and effective strategy.

2. Choose The Right Technology Partner

“Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. A business partner should take care of everything in front of the kitchen doors” Bobby Flay

If you are committed to taking on advancements in technology and any future changes, it’s important to select the right technology partner. The technology partner that you choose should:

  1. Already be using the latest technology in their catalogue of products.
  2. Have a strong reputation
  3. Have a strategy that lays out how they will develop and implement new advancements in technology into their software.

A few key questions to be mindful of when considering a good technology partner given the current technological advancements are:

Why would you chose this partner to others?

  • Do they use machine learning and cloud computing?
  • Does their software cater to management and multiple disciplines?
  • Is it possible for me to use predictive analytics to analyse my data?
  • Can workflow be tracked automatically?
  • Does it have the capability to facilitate real-time sensor communication?

It’s also vital for you to ensure that your provider will not only provide software but will also be suitable as a technology partner.

Make sure that the provider is capable of implementing your strategy and that they will take care of everything. Be diligent in your approach today in order to secure your organisation’s future.

3. Make The Transition And Implement Your Chosen Solution

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates

To set your organisation up for the future, you also need to be prepared to make changes! Making these changes doesn’t have to be as complicated as it appears, however.

To get maximum value from the transition, you can cleanse and migrate your data simultaneously by leveraging technology, which should be provided as standard from an effective Asset Integrity Management (AIM) software provider.

This will minimise the burden on operations and smooth the transition process, meaning that the new software goes live with an accurate baseline data set, verified and configured for the full lifecycle.

Rather than having to deal with the stress of pushing your software provider to make updates, your new partner will be responsible for developing and implementing new technologies to improve your current operations.

By making the transition, you are now able to save money by reducing your budgets for training. You’ll no longer have numerous operating systems and new technology to train staff on, and you can rest in the knowledge that your business is prepared for the future and is set up for success.

It seems like a complicated process to begin with, but with the right technology partner this can be turned into a positive by sorting out your data set, making everything much easier in the long run.

Conclusion

With the few steps described above, a diligent approach can be taken in order to select the right technology partner for your organisation.

Firstly,you must acknowledge where your organisation currently stands today and create a strategy of how you’re going to move forward in the future.

Then do your research into different partners whose product roadmaps line up with the vision of your organisation, making sure that they can demonstrate how they differ from your current software provider, making sure to base your decision with the future in mind.

If you’ve followed these steps, you should end up with a technology partner who will migrate your systems efficiently whilst cleansing your data and take the initiative to implement new updates in technology without you having to push them to take action in the future.Thus, future proofing your organisation’s digital roadmap.