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Tablet Implementation in Facilities at the Toronto Transit Commission – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Original date: 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

This will cover the Theory of Technology Implementation: Technology, Process, and People – Pyramid. Any technology implemented is as only as good as the people who use it in the processes you have. With proper training and clear, consistent processes, technology results can be amazing! Mobile has been floating around Plant Maintenance for around a decade but finally got the political will and funding in 2018. We were able to leverage that we were also setting up our Maximo system with Assets and PMs to make them Mobile and reporting friendly, from the start. Our Requirements gathering included realizing that we needed a disconnected solution because we work in many areas without a signal, like Subway track level and we have emergency exit buildings all over the city with no network connection. We chose Maximo Anywhere on Samsung Tab As. We are using the Train the trainer method now with COVID, to limit contacts outside each section. We have a training video produced by IT for basic functionality, but individual training material still needed to be produced. For training of our people we took the slow and steady wins the race approach, allowing each crew to really get personalized support at the beginning of their Tablet use. I always encourage people to ask questions and speak up. I even started a 10 minute rule: If you can’t figure it out in 10 minutes – call/text me! There was also training to be done with Forepeople and Supervisors: How do I see the results? What to do I do with the results? Management has been very happy with results – a picture is worth 1000 words. The Good: Results The Bad: Connectivity issues The Ugly: Early Negotiations over items that when everyone got to test on the tablet, there was an immediate consensus.

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MainTrain 2021
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Asset Management Framework Subject: 
03 Lifecycle Delivery, 3.05 Maintenance Delivery
Maintenance Management Framework Subject: 
07 Human Resource Management, 7.2 Education, Training & Development, 7.3 Skills & Qualification Mgmt, 09 Information Management, 9.1 Information Systems, 9.2 Standards & Specification, 9.3 Master Data Management, 9.5 Records Management
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Author Employer: 
Toronto Transit Commission
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I am a bilingual Professional with international and Canadian experience; specializing in extreme working conditions. My strength and experience is in maintenance and asset management, fixed and mobile, particularly planning and implementation of Computer maintenance management systems. Industries include: water treatment plants, power plants (nuclear, diesel-fired and natural gas), mining and public transit.