Just added to the InfoMine Consultants Database: M.G. Currie & Company

The picture shows an older man than he appears in real life—there is a kind of youthful energy bubbling out of a keen intellect that this picture fails to capture.

You cannot get to know someone in half an hour by chatting across a corporate conference room table, so I went to his website to read his publications. The first is called The Four Basic Rules of Enterprise Software. The first rule I gleaned from this paper, is that it’s up to management —improvement in productivity is the result of good management; failure to improve productivity is the result of poor management. The computer codes you load onto your company computers contribute almost nothing to productivity improvement or absence thereof. This rule is summarized by the author as Software isn’t Strategy. Here are the other three rules—I do not try to summarize them:

  • You can show them the money.
  • A simple plan, violently executed, will defeat a perfect plan every time.
  • It’s never over.

I suppose you can summarize this by saying if you install management software, you can save money, but you got to work hard and forever on it.

The second paper is Where did all the people go? The new case for condition monitoring. Its main message is that because all the old guys like me are retiring, there are not enough folk around to fix the machines on mines (and elsewhere), so those who remain in the work force better get data on how the machines actually run, on how long they last, and try to formulate a maintenance schedule that minimizes labor hours at the same time minimizing pesky breakdowns.

If you need help implementing these ideas on your mine, you can contact him at the links we give here.

Incidently the management software categories in question include: Enterprise Resource Planning; Enterprise Asset Management; Customer Relationship Management; Materials Requirements Planning; Human Resource Management; and Supply Chain Management.