In this week's Stratum Radio, this is number 3 in our 3-part series on The Last Mile Configuration and End User Adoption of InforEAM.
In this episode, we address “Quick and Easy Integration for Saving Time on Data Entry“. This is real music to my ears. With system deployment, every team addresses the necessity to integrate the new platform with legacy systems. In this episode, Michael Snyder with Stratum Consulting Partners discusses how to leverage the flexibility of the InforEAM platform to make legacy integrations simple and painless. Listen to the “How” on this episode of Stratum Radio!
00:07 All right. Welcome to Stratum Radio. Thank you very much for joining. My name is Scott Mackenzie and this is a continuation on a three part series. This is number three on a three part series of last mile configuration of in for a F the support and user adoption. All important, and again, it's going to be brought to you by Michael Snyder with strategy consulting. He makes the complex easy at this particular series. Let's get going here. You've got to go out
00:35 to a stratum.com to find out more. That is a company that is dedicated to your success. Bottom line, again, we talked about front end configuration back in configuration was number two and this one we're going to talk about quick and easy integration for saving time and data entry. I know I've said it a couple of times, but boy, I'll tell you right now, Michael Snyder does a great job in making the complex easy and this is an important podcast for you or anybody who's working to implement a system. And we're going to continue the series a on into the future with other great topics, but you don't want to hear me Yammer on here's Michael Snyder. Welcome him. And we're going to continue on our three part series into last mile configuration of Eden for EAM and support end user adoption. Enjoy. All right, welcome back to Stratum Radio.
01:26 And you know, you're, you're joining this particular podcast series because you're tall, you're interested, you listener are interested in the last mile configuration, which is important again for end user adoption because if you don't have your end juicers embracing this beautiful system, uh, well it's, it's, it's not a beautiful system anymore. So, uh, the first in this series we talked about that front end configuration, getting everybody in the room, getting everybody shaking their head in the right and how that creates a level of adoption. Yeah. End user adoption. And the next one is of course, the backend configuration, the business rules, which is very important because you know, you got to maintain that integrity of the data and you've got to create those rules and you need to be able to have a company like stratum to be able to say, okay, going forward, I see that ya, we, we, we've got to keep the data clean, keep the data clean.
02:20 And that was the second in the series. And now this is, this is near and dear to my heart. The third in this particular series, quick and easy, which has never been, never been used in a sentence. Quick and easy integrations for saving time and data entry. All right. Michael Snyder was Stratum talk to us a little bit about how that can be quick. Never really in the case of my history or easy, never in the case of my history, uh, for [inaudible], uh, you know, time-saving data entries. Talk to us a little bit about what that means.
02:52 Well, you know, um, some integrations require some middleware to be able to stay stood up and then you need to be able to build the maps to be able to get that are from one place to the other place. Well in four has built into their tool set a couple of import upload utilities and um, XML, um, web services that allow you to be able to move data into EAM quickly and validate that data against the business rules that you've already built in your, in your back end. So by using these various tool sets that are, are provided as part of the in for EAM stack, you can get data into the system relatively quickly. Um, you can take the data out of a spreadsheet because you downloaded it from another system or you put it in a CSV file or whatever format that you have. You can take that data and push it back into EAM in the proper places that it belongs. And InforEAM has within it some business rules that say, this is where this piece of data goes and this is where that piece of data goes. And you can put it all into one particular data stream, one stream of data and it will parse it and put it into the different places that it needs to go.
04:13 Now I would imagine this, uh, this conversation happened. Did the, the first step that we talked about that end user, because I know that there are legacy systems. You go into any systems that got, or businesses they have legacy systems and that legacy system is the most important system in the face of the year. And I've got to be able to gather that information, stick it into my enterprise, my, uh, my new enterprise asset management system. So you're saying that, Hey, there is a sense of, and I don't be end user, I don't have to get into the trenches with this, these, these middleware solutions, this thing that bridges though, say that legacy system into your enterprise asset management system exists and it, and it makes it, well, simple.
05:05 Yeah. Simple Ash. Nothing is as easy as it sounds, but if you break it down into its various components, you know, you can, you can deal with the different sets of data that you need to be able to process because you know, you've got your GL, you're a general ledger, so you need to get all that stuff into, into, uh, into EAM so that you can validate your [inaudible] purchase orders and your purchase recs and those sorts of things. And then you've got your human resource capital, so you've got your people, you need to get them in there so you can load them in as users and as, um, as employees and as team members and build them into the proper infrastructure. And you can use the various tools to be able to get that down in there. So if you work your way across the gamut of all the information that you need to actually migrate into, yeah, yeah, I'm just standing out properly. You can get that information into, into EAM pretty quickly. And you can either do it using these, using some more complex tools or you can build some simple tools where you can have it happen on a nightly basis or a or an hourly basis where we'll actually grab the data from where you downloaded it and import it right into the proper place that it needs to go,
06:19 which eliminates the human element of saying, okay, now sit, hit send. He could just look at the data and it just automatically gets in. Let me ask you this, I see the, the, the legacy system component pushing data into the EAM in four EAM system. Correct. And the, can it go the other way?
06:38 Of course, it's um, um, EAM has some terrific tools for being able to export that you can get data out in any format that you could imagine. And it's very easy for the end user to actually build a spreadsheet based on anything that they see on the screen. So any of that data that you export, you can, uh, make available and, and push into a legacy system with DV.
07:03 And, and what's interesting because [inaudible] being an old codger lad, I am, I, um, the flexibility of the InforEAM product allows you to configure fields and that are recognizable. It's not like, okay, we've got to shove this GL number into this, you know, other sort of placeholder, but that no, you can configure the system so that it looks and feels and smells and tastes just like where it came from.
07:38 And yeah, because, uh, you know, uh, in foreign, the plain vanilla version may have a three segment, a GL code and you may have a six segment GL code. You don't want to kind of squeeze them in there. So you just extend it out to being a six six code, um, GL. And you, uh, put the data in the, uh, in the proper place. It shows up on your screens properly. You're enforcing the business logic against each one of those six segments and the relationship between those six segments. And likewise, when you pull it back out, it looks like what you want to see in your ERP or your other system using this particular data. So you don't want to, you don't want to fiddle with the daddy, you want to get it right in the system. And that, that's the value of having those backend, uh, configurations we talked about last. You get the data where it's supposed to be.
08:27 It's huge. I mean, I, I've been a part of implementations where you had to sort of shoehorn that data in and, and it, it was a work order over here and now it's a, it's a work request here and it's, I guess, and then you gotta sort of take off one hat and look at this and you should be coder ring because you don't know what it is. But that is huge. And that also supports that usability, that desire to use the system. Because now I'm getting the data that I need out of the system and it's configured. The data looks like the data. I know. And, and so that's huge. [inaudible] it's not, and I can have the systems walking and walking and talking and talking together, which is another very, a powerful solution. So, uh, I, I'm, I'm having a hard time finding any real problems here there Michael.
09:18 Yeah. And, and you know, you can do the same thing with meter reads or any other sorts of thing that you're getting there and you use some of the more modern AI capabilities and some of the, uh,
09:29 Mmm those other uh, technology is that they have out there. And that's what's so fascinating. You brought up something really pretty cool because, uh, the world is changing. It seems to me that it's really changing really fast and, and you need a system that has a level of flexibility that can accommodate this, this rapidly changing technology industry. It does to real market and they're going to want to come out and next year it's going to be, Hey we want to capture this data, we want to do this. You need to have a system that has that ability to be able to adapt quickly to the changes that are happening out in the market, I would imagine.
10:10 Yeah, exactly. That's my uh, EAM in 40 am is rated by gardener and the top quadrant is because of its flexibility, its scalability, [inaudible] meet the end users,
10:21 um, requirements. All right, listeners, we're going to have to wrap this one up. This is okay in this series and we're going to have a couple more after this. In the series we talked a little bit about once again, front end configuration usability back in configuration and why that is important and that is co corporate business rules that are also uh, the necessity to keep things moving forward and, and making sure that data integrity is there. And this one, the, the integration of other external systems into your system, the configurability and the flexibility of the simpler EAM product. Powerful stop. You need to put that down, write it down and reach out to Michael on it for, that's Michael Snyder. Go out there. Not, not, he's an important guy. They LinkedIn. I'm just like, I'm looking at him for that. It's like, Oh my gosh, strike that. It's LinkedIn mad stat card out there. Reach out to him because he knows exactly what to do and he's going to remove the pain that you have. So anyway, stay tuned. Listeners, we're going to have a couple more segments after this on the, the bottom line here, right? Last mile configuration and yen user adoption of any sort of large enterprise system and specifically in for EAM. So stay tuned, you're listening to the industrial talk podcast network.
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