Consultant Spotlight: Jason Wang

Jason Wang is a Principal Consultant and Support Lead at Aquitas Solutions. Known for being able to solve anything, Jason is a jack of all trades.

JASON’S INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

In 2003, Jason graduated from Georgia Tech with an Industrial Engineering degree. This field of study deals with looking at systems and processes to determine the most optimal ways to run an operation. Jason started out working with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), now referred to as Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).

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With over 14 years of Maximo consulting experience, Jason is a bit of an anomaly in that he has never had to “turn a wrench”. Despite this, Jason has had many mentors throughout his career who have that more traditional maintenance background that have helped guide him to the point where he is today. He is able to translate the Maximo software solution to the needs of his clients and discuss issues in a way that relates to the customer as if he has had traditional field experience.

BECOMING THE ‘GO-TO’ SUPPORT GUY

Jason initially joined Aquitas as a Functional Consultant in 2008. Most of the work he did dealt with identifying business requirements, applying them to the customer business processes and then configuring systems to meet those needs. Eventually Jason dove into the technical side as well, with the intent to understand all the facets of Maximo.

Coming to understand a little bit of everything, Jason became known as a jack of all trades.  CEO, Wayne Brisson saw the value in Jason’s ability and offered him a new role to manage Aquitas’ Maximo Support organization. Jason can solve almost any problem our customers bring to him, and if he can’t solve the problem he has been in the industry long enough that he knows the right person who can.

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THE EVOLVING CHALLENGES OF MAXIMO SUPPORT

When working with clients, Jason enjoys being able to answer unique and challenging questions that change depending on the day or the client. He also gets to build up relationships with customers in a way he would not be able to if he were working for a larger company.

Lately, he has found more instances where clients are requesting assistance with integration issues. Many clients today want to dip their toe into the EAM world, but expect all the bells and whistles to automatically match their business needs, especially where Maximo integrates with other systems.  As part of Support, Jason works with these clients to understand their business process, and come up with configuration and integration plans to make sure their Maximo system is successful in talking to those systems.

WHY AQUITAS FOR JASON?

Getting to work with good people, who are genuinely talented and knowledgeable, is the reason he has stayed with the company for over a decade.

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Consultant Spotlight: Gina Leonard

Gina Leonard is a staple in the Maximo community. Most Maximo customers have either worked directly with Gina or benefitted from Maximo applications that she designed. She is the perfect example of what separates Aquitas consultants from the pack. After joining Aquitas in 2015 as Principal Consultant, she quickly became a core asset to our team.

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GINA’S INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Like some of the best consultants in the industry, Gina started out working with Maximo as a customer in 1995 for Columbia Gas, where she discovered she had a knack for training. A PSDI consultant recognized Gina’s natural talent and made a suggestion that would turn out to be a life-changing career move: Gina should become a Trainer.

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Gina joined PSDI in 2000 and spent the next 15 years at MRO Software and IBM working in various areas of training, design, and customer facing projects. She eventually became a worldwide Support Specialist, supporting the whole Maximo product suite across every industry. It was in that role that Gina started to develop an expertise in supply chain. She quickly became the “go-to” supply chain person, so when the role of Supply Chain Designer/Architect for the entire Maximo product opened up, Gina was the obvious choice.

WHY LEAVE IBM FOR AQUITAS? 

Even though Gina loved her role as Supply Chain Designer/Architect, she missed the customer interaction. She had been wholly focused on supply chain at IBM and realized she missed working with the complete product suite. Gina would obviously bring her supply chain expertise anywhere she went, but she also wanted to get back into the full implementation of Maximo and working directly with the customers.

Gina looked at people she had worked with for the past 20 years like Gary Toft and Mike Lorden who were now part of the Aquitas team and very happy.

Knowing she had the full support of our leadership team, she made the transition in September of 2015.

GINA’S ROLE AT AQUITAS 

As Principal Consultant, Gina works primarily on large implementations. She just wrapped up a 9-site implementation and is now working on a 64-site rollout for a leading food distributor.

She also supports our entire customer base on supply chain issues. If another consultant needs to do a gap assessment, Gina will help make sure the right questions are being asked. She also does on-site customer visits and assessments to help our customers leverage Maximo to improve efficiencies. She is also still very active in the Maximo community.

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THE “TRUSTED ADVISOR” 

Gina truly embodies a “Trusted Advisor” role. She isn’t scared to challenge customers to think a different way if she believes something can be done better or an existing process can be improved. She can troubleshoot challenges within the organization and configure the tool to work with the customer’s business processes.

Gina is (obviously) particularly valuable when it comes to supply chain and the transactional data involved that has a direct effect on the company. We need to have flexibility to accommodate the many different ways that customers want to implement Maximo when hooking up to their financial systems. Gina is your partner to figure out how to meet the needs of the “business users” that are directly impacted by what happens in Maximo, while ensuring you are still delivering the best solution for your end users.

Want to request Gina for Maximo consulting services? Contact us!