A Mini PWW EAM System Trial as an A-B Design of Experiment Test Is the Best Proof

How to Get Evidence Changing the Enterprise Asset Management System to PWW EAM Brings Great Value


Doing a PWW EAM system trial is a ‘gently, gently’ approach to change management. Run an A/B Design of Experiment project to prove a new Plant Wellness Way EAM system will maximize operating asset reliability and bring new profits. Compare the old EAM system design and the PWW Enterprise Asset Management system to prove PWWEAM is best. Once PWWEAM proves to be a real benefit over the old EAM system people will ask for its organization-wide implementation.

Keywords: Design of Experiment, EAM system test, EAM system design, PWW EAM system trial, change management, management of change

Top 3 EAM system insights this article helps you to appreciate:

    • Smart organizations will check a proposed change brings real value by doing a Design of Experiment to prove that the new way is surely better than the old way.
    • Set up a mini PWW EAM system trial for 6 – 10 assets in a simple A/B Design of Experiment against the current EAM system to prove which EAM system design gets best results.
    • Microsoft EAM, SAP EAM, Infor EAM, IFS EAM, Maximo EAM, and the like are not an EAM system, far from it, they all are information and data management platforms.

You know you have a failed EAM system design by looking at its historic results. An EAM system is a failure if it is not meeting its purpose of delivering outstanding equipment reliability, extremely low maintenance costs, world class plant and equipment availability, and industry leading operating asset productivity. Every EAM system ought to be delivering the performance shown of the Plant Wellness Way EAM system arrow in the image below.


An asset lifecycle management system with poor EAM design will cost an organization more to run, while also losing huge fortunes in operating profit, due to its inability to inform management decisions fully and soundly. Reclaiming all those losses and wastes needs major EAM system and process redesign, even total replacement of some EAM system elements. Most organizations will not do that. Instead, they carry the ill effects and resulting unnecessary costs and losses for years, even decades, because of the trouble and hassle that comes with changing a major business system like a badly performing enterprise asset management system.

Your EAM System is NOT the Computer Platform Infrastructure Used to Run It

This article discusses changing the combination of elements that form a holistic life cycle EAM system design—processes, procedures, information systems, knowledge base, workforce skills, cultural practices, and physical assets—to find the most effective and efficient combination. This article is not about changing computer system infrastructure—software, hardware, and support services—used to manage enterprise asset management related information and data, such as Microsoft EAM, SAP EAM, Infor EAM, IFS EAM, Maximo EAM, and the like. None of them is a life cycle EAM system; they are information and data management platforms and infrastructure. Such computer equipment and software are a small part of an integrated enterprise asset management system.

Delay and fear of changing an operating EAM system is now unnecessary with the PWW EAM system methodology—all the lost and wasted operating profits can become big new profits in two to three years. To get corporate-wide evidence for PWW EAM you begin the management of change slowly so later you can go faster.

Gently, Gently Change Management with a Mini PWW EAM System Trial

Rebuilding or replacing an entire enterprise asset management system and its processes takes many resources, requires great effort, and disrupts most parts of the organization at various times over the 5- to 6-years needed to bed it down. Not so with the PWW EAM system trial change management approach.

When you want to compare the effects of an option against those of another option you do a Design of Experiment to observe, measure, and assess their differences. An A/B Design of Experiment compares Option ‘A’ with Option ‘B.’ The ‘A’ verses ‘B’ trial is the simplest form of Design of Experiment. You do the same when introducing a new PWWEAM System into an operation—run a ‘new way’ verses ‘old way’ A/B Design of Experiment to quantify each option’s effects on operational performance and on operating profits.

During the PWW EAM system trial you operate the PWW EAM system alongside the old asset management system. The aim is to prove the performance and profit from a new PWW EAM asset lifecycle management system design (Option A) is much greater than from the old EAM system design (Option B).

Begin by picking six to ten critical assets and design and build a mini PWWEAM system for them run with existing personnel, infrastructure, and computer platforms—that is Option A. Option B is the EAM design already in use, which stays unchanged for the PWW EAM system trial. This approach keeps trial costs low, as there is no additional hardware, software, or staff. But most importantly, because the people, infrastructure, and computers are identical in both ‘A’ and ‘B’ options, and only the design of each EAM system differs, it truly compares the new PWW EAM system design to the old EAM system design.

It takes a 3- to- 4-person cross functional team around 6-months to design, build, and implement a fully functional mini PWW EAM system trial. In the following six months the Design of Experiment will evaluate the difference in the two EAM methodologies and system designs—the old EAM verses new PWWEAM.

After 12-months of the experiment enough experience and evidence are collected to show how much PWW EAM benefits the organization. The PWW EAM system trial delivers real proof of the effect PWWEAM has on lifting operating results and profit compared to keeping with the old EAM system. Once the evidence is in on Option A compared to Option B you have real proof specific to your operation to show the organization and decide to take the PWWEAM path shown in the image above or stay on the old path.

Now you know how to prove it for yourself that introducing a PWW EAM system using A/B Design of Experiment change management approach takes half the time, with fewer pain and troubles of typical EAM system implementations.


Mike Sondalini
PWW EAM System Consultants
30 June 2022