We are proud to announce that sparesFinder will be sponsoring the 2017 SAP-Centric Materials & Logistics Conference in Huntington Beach, California. The conference is scheduled to run between March 5-7, 2017 and is co-located with this year’s SAP-Centric EAM conference. In addition to sponsoring the conference, we will also be part of the speaking panel. On day 2 of the conference, sparesFinder’s Richard Neidert (SVP, Sales & Marketing) will be co-presenting a session on “MRO Material Master Data Standardization, Enrichment & Governance”. Richard will be joined by Ajay Venugopalan, SAP Business Lead, Saint-Gobain and Sagar Pawar, Purchasing Category Manager – MRO & Packaging, Saint-Gobain. If you would like to see the full panel of speakers, check out the conference agenda here. Also, to those living through the chill of winter, perhaps I should remind you that Huntington Beach can reach temperatures above 90° in March (not that it would have *any* bearing on your potential attendance).
Most of our prospective customers tell us that poor decision-making within their MRO organisation is rampant. What they don’t realise is that it is directly tied to their inability for their staff to access MRO-related data in a quick and reliable manner. Think about a maintenance engineer that has been given a work-order (from SAP Plant Maintenance, for example) that requires a, semi-monthly inspection on a safety-critical pump. While carrying out their assigned task, the engineer discovers that a replacement part is required to prevent a potential failure. With their laptop in hand, the engineer accesses their CMMS to locate the Bill of Materials (BoM) for the pump. Although they can locate the pump in question, there is no BoM information available. To try and locate the right part number, the engineer finds a similar pump in a different functional location that has a parts list available. After scrolling through a few pages of materials,