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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Does your data need some spring cleaning?

tulips-bed-colorful-color-69776.jpegAt TRIMax this past fall, Ray Miciek gave a great talk on Data Management that really resonated with me…and hopefully some customers too… He took us on a trip down memory lane to all of his different moves; from when he first moved in with his wife, all the way to present day when they moved with 4 kids, and clearly a lot more stuff.

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Here is a slide showing Ray’s moving progression

As I listened to him compare moving to Data Migration, I reflected on my own recent experience moving, and realized I needed to get ahold of my own inventory just like I tell customers to do. So with spring around the corner, I decided to do some spring cleaning on my own data, and take similar steps we would follow with customers to cleanse, classify, and enrich their data.

How did I get here in the first place?

My experience mirrors a typical customer story. Each time I moved, I brought with me things I no longer needed and stuff that no longer fit in the new space. I would accumulate more thing which I would then take to the next house, and so on. (If I’m being completely honest… there are a number of boxes we never even unpacked from our previous move. I don’t even know what’s in those boxes at this point.)

Each time customers migrate their data from one system to another, combine data from multiple systems, or go through an upgrade, data quality can be negatively impacted and customers can end up with obsolete, incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, or illogical data.

Lack of system control and multiple plants/sites are also contributing factors to bad data. I made the mistake of letting  my husband help with some of the packing, and not only was there no method to how he packed boxes, the only thing he wrote on the boxes was whether or not they should just go in storage. (Thanks honey!)

What do I do now?

I threw away all of the boxes I haven’t opened in over 3 years……. Ok that’s a lie…. But I did throw away or donate anything we no longer use or want. Once the junk was gone, I could start developing my Schema and Classification to organize and categorize what I have. From there I could move into my Cleansing phase, which is where customers would standardize their Master Data, eliminate duplicates, and create data uniformity. For me, that meant categorizing all of my things, getting all new storage bins, and standardizing how I document what is inside each bin.

The last stage is Enrichment. For a customer that means sourcing any missing data, but for me it just meant I needed to fill in what I was missing. For example, when I looked at my now classified and cleansed home inventory, I realized I did not have any air filters or light bulbs that worked in the new house, nor did I know what kinds I needed. So I figured out what kind of air filters and light bulbs I needed and went on a Target run to get some pretty hand towels, a great smelling candle, a couple dog bones, and some wine only air filters and light bulbs.

What is the value?

For me the value was pretty simple. When a few light bulbs went out in my kitchen last week, I knew I had the right inventory on hand to replace them. I spent no time with a dark kitchen, and I know exactly how many more bulbs I have left before I need to reorder. For customers, managing your data and improving data quality can have so many positive benefits on your organization including reduced down time (MTTR & MTBF), faster retrieval of parts, better spend management, and reduction of maverick purchases to name a few.

How to get started?

One of the other things I have learned from moving is that it always takes a lot longer and is usually a lot harder than you expect. Just like moving, managing and cleansing your data is something no one actually WANTS to do. Lucky for you, Aquitas offers a Master Data Management solution that can do it for you. Get started with a quick and easy Data Audit, where we will extract data from your system, run an analysis, and provide a report with insight into the quality of your data, scope for improvement, and a detailed action plan.

Don’t wait – contact us today to get started!