If you feel that you are working in disconnected workflows, you are not alone and lack of clarity is a barrier to common understanding, introducing risk and inefficiency. One good measure of interoperability is how well information travels across the enterprise. If tools are not integrated in an enterprise context, how reliable is the data? How timely is it? Inaccurate or incomplete information can lead to re-work, cost overruns, and project delays, and can cause employees to mistrust information systems. Those systems then get bypassed and employees start storing information in inaccessible databases, spreadsheets, documents, and paper in personal filing cabinets. What if we could reduce the gap between an engineer's or a manager's mental model of a plant, its performance, and its representation in IT systems? Collaborating effectively in a managed environment, we can streamline processes, better support our enterprise systems, provide consistency, and reduce risk. Improving information management and workflows requires:
- information federation - information mobility - configuration management - immersive interfaces
Controlling information and managing change throughout the asset lifecycle, ensuring the delivery of accurate, trusted information to operations and maintenance teams - wherever and whenever it is needed. Configuration and change management best practices means that vital information won't "slip through the cracks." Ensure that workers have access to accurate information, in context because visibility to related information enables better decision making.