If you got my out-of-the-office email response last week I bet you were wondering “where in the world is @MaximoMary”! Never fear, similar to my European vacation coverage, I’ve got blog coverage to share as inner city transit meets stadiums. You will want to stay on board until the very end because this blog has twists and turns that you won’t see coming! So hop on……
First up, public transportation. In most big cities you will at least have buses and a metro, and residents as well as tourists rely on services to be on-time. Whether they are traveling to work or in my case to a “fan meet and greet” at a baseball game, you can’t afford to be late……reliability matters!
As I boarded the metro on my vacation I captured observations of the assets……..the facilities, the turnstiles, the carriages, the doors, the wheels, the audio speakers…..and then the linear assets……the rails, the tunnels, the signals…….so many assets! As a passenger you really do take things for granted…..you may check on-line records for safety and on-time arrivals, but once you board the train you are pretty much trusting that your journey will be successful, Likely you are only thinking of the behind the scenes operations if you are a transit operator yourself or somehow connected to the public transportation business. And of course if you are @MaximoMary where you know the importance of a good enterprise asset management solution!
For me this was top of mind because we had just completed our first demo in our “Inner City Transportation” series……An Inner City Transportation Journey: From Buses to the Metro, Take a look to learn how reliability matters for both transit operators and passengers:
To learn more about how IBM Maximo Asset Management is helping the Long Island Rail Road follow this link to the case study.
Back to my story……next up stadiums! Maximo is used in many stadiums….from baseball to football to basketball to hockey, you name it stadiums look to IBM for a comprehensive solution to keep their stadiums operating efficiently. The value is not only important for the stadium owners but also to ensure a favorable fan experience to keep fans coming back!
For me the ultimate stadium is the “new” Yankee stadium and I was finally there! Even if you are not a Yankees fan (not sure how that can be!) you can surely appreciate the majestic value of the $1.6B stadium and the assets that need to be managed! Everything from the facilities to the machines for the concessions to the seating to the flag poles to the fleet of vehicles to the heavy equipment to the lighting to the press booths …….. and not to mention the assets in Monument Park and the Museum! WOW! As I walked in awe I continued to think of the operators behind the scenes keeping the stadium operating flawlessly and the operational efficiencies being achieved.
Did someone mention “fan experience”? I never thought that I could beat the fan experience I previously had at a stadium (reference my blog with Dan Marino) ………….until I managed to meet one of my Yankee favorites………..Tino Martinez, the week he was being honored with a plaque at Monument Park. Yes you heard right, @MaximoMary met Tino Martinez!
This will be hard for me to top, but @MaximoMary is at the ready to bring you more public transit and stadium stories! Stay tuned and as always comment here if you have someone for me to interview!