A smarter cities approach that enables on average 20% cost savings

When you think about the assets within a city, you think about trees, parks, vehicles, utilities and buildings just to name a few.  In addition there are government agencies and their business partners that own and manage these.  With such diversity it is no wonder that an initial struggle for cities is to get their arms around what assets they own and their location, before they can even begin to contemplate areas for shared savings.  In today’s Maximo Mary’s Microphone interview, Graham Colclough from Capgemini, an IBM Premier Business Partner will tell us about a smarter cities approach that enables on average 20% cost savings through agency collaboration and shared services.  And what city couldn’t benefit from a 20% cost savings in today’s constrained budgets?

Capgemini is headquartered in Paris and has a presence in 44 countries globally, worth over 10B Euros.  Graham Colclough is the Vice President of Global Cities and has been working with cities for more than a decade to bring ideas and solutions to help them embrace the potential from industry-leading solutions like enterprise asset management.  Not only will an EAM solution help cities to get a handle on the inventory of their assets, help them to put in place predictive and preventive maintenance processes in order to optimize maintenance schedules and minimize impact to the citizens, it can also help to extend asset lifecycles and reduce capital expenditures, for both operational and strategic value..

In most cases these are obvious goals for a city.  The reality, however is that with constrained budgets and more and more cities going bankrupt, capital resources for software purchases are not always available even for the most obvious goals – particularly if it is the technology cost that is at the forefront, rather than the value that can be realized from such technology purchases!.  The Capgemini approach of having government agencies collaborate on their management of “shared” assets and treating software “as-a-service” is an approach that is catching on.  If for no other reason than for necessity to keep operations afloat!

When I asked Graham to provide a customer scenario to help us get a better understanding of what cities are going through, he could have taken us through specific examples like the Transport in Paris or London’s Heathrow airport, however instead he told us about the approach of looking at a “city as a whole”…….the museums, public buildings, street scene, police assets, transport systems, fleet, mayoral entities, etc.  He points out that all of the assets serve the same constituency……. citizens, businesses and visitors….. just in different ways!  The game-changing approach Capgemini has pulled together offers a compelling ‘rented’ and shared service with a business case that is compelling enough that it is hard to neglect; it reduces time to implement; assures quality and consistency; at greater value and lower cost – something that those voters would probably like to see their city exploit!  

So the game changer comes when you get government agencies to collaborate on the maintenance of their assets (common & unique) and consider renting the software solution as a service.  This eliminates the need for a capital outlay and has on average saved cities that Capgemini has worked with 20% in capital savings.

Watch the video to hear more from Graham…….

IBM Maximo Asset Management and IBM TRIRIGA solutions can help your city to become a smarter city by taking this approach.  To learn about this approach to:

  • optimize maintenance schedules
  • provide better planning & risk mitigation
  • extend asset lifecycles
  • maximize revenue generation from charge backs

as well as the secondary benefits of:

  • greater transparency
  • increased collaboration
  • with the ultimate goal of “double digit value”

register for the whitepaper Graham discusses here.


Leave a Reply