Colin Beaney

Colin is the Vice President for Energy, Utilities & Resources within IFS, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. Colin has been involved in implementing and project managing IFS software into many project and asset-intensive organizations in Europe and worldwide. These cover many industries including energy, utilities, pulp & paper, aviation and defense. He is therefore ideally placed to understand the real challenges faced by organizations working in the service and asset-intensive industries. He is a key member of the IFS product directions board and plays an instrumental role in the decisions regarding IFS product strategy. Prior to this, Colin worked as a management consultant specializing in maintenance continuous improvement philosophies such as TPM and RCM. He completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship many years ago and spent over 15 years working in automotive manufacturing including time as a maintenance and facilities manager.

| | 5 minutes | Energy, Utilities & Resources
The heat is on in 2018: 3 trends driving change in the energy & utilities industry
production et de distribution d’énergie

Renewables, smart homes, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a massive impact on how energy…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Events, Service
IFS & innovation comes together at EUW 2017
IFS & innovation comes together at EUW 2017

A recap of the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW 2017) event and more. It’s now been just over a few…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Agility, Business Technology, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Mobility
Two very important things your enterprise software should be able to do
Two very important things your enterprise software should be able to do

Partnering, collaboration and a rapid implementation – what more could a utility organization want from enterprise software? Clearly, the answer…

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| | 4 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Research, Strategy
Is your adherence to EAM excellence really just surface deep?
Is your adherence to enterprise asset management excellence really just surface deep?

Research shows that the fundamentals of asset management and maintenance excellence will remain integral to the optimal performance. Organizations in…

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| | 4 minutes | Business Technology, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Research, Strategy, Supply Chain
The UK Smart Meter Programme: Meeting the challenges in an evolving market
The UK Smart Meter Programme: Meeting the challenges in an evolving market

In the UK, our government has told energy suppliers that they must install smart gas and electricity meters in every…

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| | 6 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Mobility, Research, Service, Strategy
The 4 trends lighting up the energy & utilities industry in 2017
2017 energy & utilities industry predictions

Changes in consumer demand and new opportunities in renewable energy production are leading energy companies to invest in alternative sources,…

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| | 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Finance, Mobility, Supply Chain
Delivering efficiency improvements through GIS integration – The story continues.
Delivering efficiency improvements through GIS integration – The story continues.

Earlier, I had blogged about how the investments and efforts we’d made into our GIS integration. And, these investments are…

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| | 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Strategy
A step-by-step to asset management excellence
Asset Management

Back in October at IFS World Conference 2016, some delegates from William Grant & Sons explained their asset management journey…

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| | 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, IFS Applications, Strategy
EAM – Where does it sit in the Asset Performance Management (APM) landscape?

An enterprise asset solution will always be a constituent part of an APM strategy— the key is ensuring it sits…

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| | 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Technology
4 Things your company should look for when selecting asset-intensive software

Do you know which four features to look for when evaluating asset-intensive software? As I mentioned back in June of…

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| | 2 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology
Selecting the right EAM product

An Enterprise Asset Management application that will flex and adjust to your evolving business during this age of digital transformation is…

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| | 5 minutes | Business Agility, Business Technology, Energy, Utilities & Resources, Strategy
Diversity, integrity & greener portfolios are bringing change to the energy & utility sector

The Internet of Things really is here, so set your strategy now. But what must energy and utility companies do in…

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