Co-STAR Awards

Co-STARS are awarded to outstanding teams of employees. The Co-STAR winners are the Maximo implementation team: Lynn Gustafson, Melody Hansen, Moose Ivens, John McLain, Brian Millberg, Diane Nohner, Rodney Olson, Geri Richart, Robert Schmitt and Rob Verke.
Finance and Property Services and Information Technology

Program Assistant Nora Gallagher nominated the Maximo implementation team for taking an enterprise approach to upgrading the existing Maximo work order system while staying “energetic and relentless” throughout the lengthy process, which has taken years.

“Upgrading the existing Maximo Work Order system was a huge undertaking. This team took an Enterprise approach to the problem, which made it more complicated and time consuming, but far more valuable as an end result.

“Public Works end users were consulted, and their needs incorporated into the product. IT kept the project moving forward and on track. Finance & Property Services collaborated on integrating the Maximo system with COMET.

“The departments had to coordinate to agree upon a common nomenclature for assets. They had to think outside the box, and realize that although the types of assets may be wildly different, the concept of inventory and asset management can be the same. This made the new system able to be used by a much wider range of departments. A common system allows for sharing of information, cross training of staff, and cost savings to the City. It also allowed the cost to be distributed across multiple departments, making this a more affordable and cost effective solution to a Citywide need.

“In order for this project to be a success enterprise wide, it involved collaboration and coordination between IT, Public Works, and Property Services. It also required that the team think of other City users, and be willing to compromise on specific items when the cost became prohibitive, or the needs of others were greater. This project is a great example of what can be achieved when the right people are given the resources, and are open minded about working together to accomplish something for the greater good!”


Published Jul 25, 2017



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