The Andrew James Advisory Group provides training and consulting services for organizations focused upon the application and use of ISO 55000. The standard enables organizations to realize the full value of their assets through managing risk and opportunity, and achieving balance between cost, risk and performance.

What is Asset Management? Asset management involves balancing costs, opportunities and risks against the desired performance of assets to achieve an organization’s objectives. It enables an organization to determine the need for and performance of its assets, and the application of analytical approaches to managing an asset’s life cycle. International standard ISO 55000 provides a global consensus on asset management and what it can do to increase value generated by all organizations.

Why us?

Many of today’s CEO’s and CFO’s view maintenance departments as a drag on the bottom line instead of applying a Strategic Asset Management Plan to realize an untapped financial resource.

Maintenance organizations just want help on the three most critical elements that impact the overall effectiveness of any maintenance organization: reliability, planning & scheduling, and materials. Andrew James Advisory Group (AJAG) has the processes and network of seasoned professionals to address these areas. The AJAG ISO-55001 Asset Management & Maintenance Value Realization Model identifies what is working and what needs assistance to achieve value realization

We provide consultancy services that enable our clients to establish excellent management systems, to improve their existing business processes and to design new, lean processes for start-up operations and diversifying companies.

AJ Advisory Group has considerable experience in developing integrated management systems that support the strategic aims of our clients’ organizations.

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Areas of Concentration

One size doesn’t fit all, so by specializing in the following areas we believe that our clients get the type of service they deserve and expect.

ISO 55000/1/2 Training
Organizational Change Management
Enterprise Resource & Planning Solution Oversight
Master Data Management and Governance
Risk Identification & Mitigation
Business Process Analysis &  Improvement
Asset Value Realization

Materials & Inventory Management

Plant Maintenance

In Detail

ISO 55000/1/2 training

Although it is possible to use self-study of ISO-55000/1/2 materials, many people learn better in a classroom environment. There, an expert instructor is able to explain concepts and answer questions, and relate instruction to the students’ own experiences. Instructor-led training is more personal and can be better targeted towards the students’ needs, including the desire to pass certification exams. Andrew James Advisory Group provides experienced instructors and course materials that include quizzes to assess the students’ understanding of the material as the course progresses. This unique approach facilitates immediate review of materials where needed, improving overall understanding

The main focus area of training is for ISO 55001 ALN Certification. AJ Advisory Group training courses enable you to develop and implement effective management systems to meet your organization’s needs and achieve ALN certification.

We offer public courses and in-house courses in the US, North America and worldwide. Our tutors are both highly skilled trainers and working consultants. They make the learning process as easy as possible and ensure that the whole training experience is comfortable, rewarding and enjoyable.

So your people got the training; now what? Let AJ Advisory Group help you pivot from training to execution. Whether it’s defining a S.A.M.P. or looking at your certification strategy , we can help.

Organizational Change Management

To ensure greater acceptance, a faster ROI and a step-by-step guided approach, AJAG uses Organizational Change Management techniques to provide a clear vision of what is to be accomplished, and an accurate roadmap on how to get there. 

Visioning Support – Having a clear vision of where you want to be after the change is a key element in aligning stakeholders with a sense of purpose and direction. 

Team Building – It’s not enough to pick who’s available. Proper team selection can make the difference between a successful team moving forward and a team mired in argument and conflict. 

Facilitation – We are not there to tell your people what to do. The only lasting solutions are those that come from the people involved who will champion the solutions long after your advisors have left. We guide you through the discovery process. 

Process Blueprinting Support – Breaking down processes graphically allows people to identify bottlenecks, duplication and unnecessary steps that result in inefficiencies and costly delays. 

Process AS-IS and TO-BE Gap Analysis – By comparing the current process to the proposed future process, you can document your improvements and areas for future consideration. 

Goal Realization & Champion Development – The Plan – You establish a vision and identify goals to create the vision. You identify initiatives and allocate resources to reach the goals. Next you establish KPI’s to monitor progress. Everyone who is making a contribution can see how it is aiding in reaching the vision and can share in the pride once attained.  

Enterprise Resource & Planning Solution Oversight

AJ Advisory Group’s team of highly qualified advisors and consultants are able to provide you with a range of assessment and oversight services which can enable your organization to focus improvement actions where they will deliver the greatest value to your organization.

Whether you are implementing EAM, MDM, MDG, or any programmatic change requiring skilled advisors and oversight support, the outcomes should be:

· Demonstrable compliance with legal and other requirements.

· Demonstrable compliance with corporate strategic goals.

· Effectively managed risks.

· Significantly reduced costs.

Master Data Management and Governance Services

Data Standardization and Cleansing – Are your EAM/ERP/CMMS records filled with duplication, typos, materials and equipment that are obsolete or no longer used? Let us help you with our five point assessment that evaluates your;

Organization: Compare/ map the project specifications against Data Stewardship charters

Data Management: Compare/ map the project specifications against Data Architecture principles

Standards and Policies: Check compliance of project data requirements and specifications against Data Standards

Governance: Check adherence of project specifications against Data Governance rules and regulations

Measurement: Compare/ map the project specifications against Data Quality and KPI measurements

Risk Identification & Mitigation

Many companies and their managers are under continuous pressure to implement cost management programs from a multitude of stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, and regulators. It is a critical activity that can come with much risk.

Unfortunately new projects and maintenance are very often seen as an easy target where cost cutting targets can be easily and quickly achieved.

Let us help you reduce maintenance costs without increasing risk by:

· Evaluating all new projects using a Cost vs Risk vs Value methodology to ensure it’s within your Strategic Asset Management Plan policy.

· Evaluating stores inventory and procurement processes with respect to a Cost vs Risk vs Value methodology that ensures that parts being maintained minimize unnecessary risks

Business Process Analysis &  Improvement

Methods and Maintenance Strategy and Process Evaluation and Best Practices Workshops – We can help you evaluate typical maintenance strategies and processes, including:

· Facilitation of Business process As-Is and To-Be process and gap analysis workshops to identify roles, technology, and process steps, leading team members towards best practices applicable for your industry.

· Repair vs. Run-to Failure Analysis

· Lost Production Cost Analysis due to PM Practices

· Predictive Maintenance Technology Analysis

Asset Value Realization

Materials & Inventory Management

· Review of the asset lifecycle process ensures that ghost assets (assets no longer in use or no longer on site but still on the books) are not costing you in unnecessary taxes.

· Bill of Materials (BOM) Development – An accurate BOM is crucial for ensuring the right parts go out with the work order. Let us work with Planning & Scheduling to develop accurate BOM’s.

· Kitting Program Support – Do you have technicians standing in lines at the storeroom? How much is that costing you?

· Inventory Turns/Risk Evaluation – Are you carrying materials in stores that don’t turn at least once a year? What happens if you don’t have a part? What is the risk?

· Spare Parts Analysis – What parts are ordered and at what frequency? Can we transfer this burden onto our vendors?

· Vendor Evaluations – What vendors go the extra mile and which vendors should just go?

Plant Maintenance

· Assessment of current Maintenance Strategy – Have you determined whether it’s more cost effective to perform maintenance or to run a piece of equipment to failure? To repair in-house or buy a replacement? These and many more questions are answered by helping you build your Strategic Asset Management Plan.

· Schedule Variances Cost Evaluation – Do you know the costs associated with last minute schedule changes including lost time, expedited shipping, and lost production?

· Maintenance Value Realization Training – Recognizing  inefficiencies is the first step in correcting them.

· EAM/ERP/CMMS support incorporating Maintenance Value Realization activities – No matter the system, we have the experts.

· Technical specialist support – For the evaluation process, our trained facilitators have years of experience walking people just like you through some of the most difficult processes.

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Portfolio of Industries

AJ Advisory Group has an excellent team of management advisors and a network of experienced consultants, all seasoned professionals who have developed their expertise in many different sectors and in diverse cultures around the world. We take great care to appoint the right advisor and/or consultant to each project to ensure the most capable blend of skills, empathy and understanding with the client. One of our key differentiators is our laser-like focus on Industry Sectors that we know and advise on every day. These include:

Health Care

There are a number of ISO standards specific to healthcare, so why ISO-55000/1/2? Instead of keeping your health care organization under its natural departments of Lab, Radiology, the Operating Room, ISO 55000/1/2 enables the organization to view the hospital as one system, where all of the operating assets are prioritized, inventoried, and assessed as a whole. This is akin to a patient visiting their Internal or Family Medicine physician prior to their specialist.

Under ISO-55000, the hospital has a cohesive and holistic view of all of the organization’s assets. The three basic values – reliability, planning & scheduling, and materials – are optimized throughout the assets’ lifetime. The purchase, use, and maintenance of all assets within the system subsequently serve the healthcare organization’s goals at all times. For the hospital building, this is different than for an MRI scanner, but they both provide a service, are needed to deliver quality patient care, and are inextricably linked. Today, management struggles with this as over the years the building becomes less and less aligned with changing healthcare innovations and processes. Smart ‘real estate management’ is required to keep the performance of the building, risks and costs in line with current healthcare practice demands. ISO-55000/1/2 is designed to ensure hospital managers have the methodology and standards in place, so that managers have the information and operational rigor to be able to be smarter with their assets.

Utilities (Public & Private)

Andrew James Advisory Group recognizes the utility industry is in a state of flux. We have the advisors and consultants with extensive operations technology, business process, regulatory and utility IT expertise in Generation and Transmission & Distribution who can assist as you seek solutions for the following issues:

· The impact on the aggregation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into a reliable grid resource.

· The proactive states’ plans to push forward on clean energy regardless of the administration’s rollback of certain EPA regulatory requirements. How can nuclear plants receive extra compensation for their carbon-free attributes?

· The impact of the New York State initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) that shifts away from the traditional cost-of-service revenue model. Many state regulatory commissions are encouraging new utility revenue models and incentives.

· The need for the regulatory model to change.

· The emergence of new rate design solutions — such as time-of-use rates and demand charges — in response to utilities pushing fixed charge increases in response to DERs and stagnant load growth,

· Is Energy Storage mature enough to be considered a viable grid-scale resource?

· Policymakers looking for ways to save zero-carbon nuclear resources, with gas and renewables suppressing power prices in organized markets. Is your plant at risk?

· Continued growth and even acceleration in natural gas growth. How will this affect your generation decisions?

Oil & Gas 

The oil and gas industry faces three major challenges as a result of rising global demand, volatile price swings and increasingly stringent environmental regulations:

· How to reduce costs

· How to improve the performance and extend the life of its industrial base assets

· How to improve its environmental footprint



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