How do you make a software your own?

All too often, there’s no selection involved. It’s: “I’ve got this software. What can be done with that software?”

Maybe it’s configure it differently, maybe it’s set up a reporting. Maybe it’s dashboards–all kinds of cool stuff out there–bells and whistles.

How much can I change something that I’ve already got to make it my own? Can it be customized to that level or do I need to conform my program to how that’s set up?

The answer is pretty straightforward. Almost all software will have some type of configuration or customization capability, but when it comes down to it, every software is going to have some capability of pulling data out. The data that you put into the software is just as important as the software selection.

Once you have the data in system, understanding how to pull it out and put it in some form or presentation that’s going to be beneficial for the people that are using it—that’s definitely one of the ways that you can make any software work for you. You don’t need to necessarily work through the front-end. Sometimes the interface of the software is one of the worst things about it.

As long as you can get the data out, you can build some kind of report or query (or something of that nature) to really make it work for you.

Want to hear more on this topic? We are opening up the conversation with our Common Reliability Questions video series, in which we discuss processes, best-practices, pitfalls, and opportunities for the future. Join Kevin Birkby, Solutions Director as he chats with Jereme Reed, Engineering Specialist Lead, who has more than seven years of experience implementing and consulting for MI program and RBI implementations. Tune in to receive practical takeaways that will help your facility become more reliable.