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For many companies, enterprise asset management (EAM) is still synonymous with the dispatch, management, and tracking of preventative maintenance activities, or the leaning out of spare parts inventories. But as companies are increasingly forced to view their assets through an energy management lens, they might discover a host of low hanging asset management opportunities in commonsense areas like building systems, facility, and power infrastructure management.
Energy management touches nearly every aspect of the company, from data centers and fleets of mobile assets, to facilities and fixed production equipment. While there's no magic software that will solve the energy management issue, companies are surrounded by countless opportunities to improve their energy consumption profiles by simply better monitoring and managing assets. Solutions are here today: building automation and control systems, environmental monitoring systems, maintenance systems, fleet asset management systems, and even the simplest power metering technologies.
Enterprise asset management, in its broadest sense, must tie together these disparate islands of assets and their respective management processes into a cohesive framework that can, at a minimum, monitor the energy performance of the corporate grid, with an eye to conservation and efficiency.
Source: AMR Research, http://amrresearch.com
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