What Counts?

What Counts?

Welcome to What Counts? by TrailBlazer Consulting. The hosts, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas bring over 30 years of experience consulting with public and private organizations across industries including energy, biotech, manufacturing, and technology. We discuss proven solutions developed working with companies to solve their information and data management challenges. The typical What Counts? episode is around 15 minutes long, and each episode focuses on one aspect of information, data, or records management. We provide insight into practical ways to assess, evaluate, recommend, implement, and monitor records and information management programs – and we illustrate our ideas with anecdotes and case studies drawn from our clients. Look us up on the web at www.TrailBlazer.us.com. Or, send us an email at Info@TrailBlazer.us.com.

Episodes

February 12, 2024 16 mins
What is contract management? Why is it sometimes called contract lifecycle management? Why should you be concerned? Do contracts really rule the world? Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they introduce contract management and explain what contract lifecycle management means for your business. Each episode contains important information gained through our experience working with companies across va...
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You figured out whether to do a pilot project or a proof of concept, now document your lessons learned. How many hypotheses are too many to test for with a pilot project?  What do you do with the lessons learned that you collected? Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they give real life examples to help document and follow up on lessons learned. Each episode contains important information to help g...
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January 16, 2024 14 mins
2024 Episode 73 – What’s the difference between a pilot project vs proof of concept? Can one be more technical in natural than the other? Is a pilot project all about people and process? Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they give real life examples to help explain the difference between a pilot project vs proof of concept.
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January 3, 2024 9 mins
Changes, what changes? What do you do after you tested your organization for implementation readiness? Be prepared, remain flexible, and make sure your change management person is ready.
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December 18, 2023 12 mins
After setting up your project success factors it’s time to assess the readiness of your people, processes, and technology.
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December 4, 2023 12 mins
Just assess the impact on people, process, and technology. That’s easier said than done. Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they give real life examples to help better understand people, process, and technology for more effective project implementation.
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Do you struggle to understand why your information governance project is not gaining the traction you expected? Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they discuss best practices developed over the past 10 years for engaging key team members in your organization for keeping your project on track. Each episode contains important information to help information governance professionals make an even grea...
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November 6, 2023 19 mins
This episode is great for individuals who want to explore the root cause of information governance issues at their organization and find out how information is flowing across the organization.
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I'm sure at one point or another you were looking for a file, report, or email and said "I can't find what I want when I need it". If this is you, then listening to this episode may give you some practical insight into the root of your problem, and help get organized and increase efficiency.
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Information governance is helping companies actively use their information to make better business decisions and contributing to overall cost savings. Information governance transitioned from an administrative cost to value and capital investment.
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September 25, 2023 14 mins
This summary will review the steps necessary for creating an asset data management program that links to your asset management strategy and your company’s overall business strategy.
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September 11, 2023 8 mins
Learn the importance of having a strong asset data structure and asset information model to create the links between how the finance, engineering, capital development or construction teams can plan for the financial impact of your assets.
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August 28, 2023 10 mins
Linking parts and inventory management to your asset information management activities.
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August 14, 2023 12 mins
Knowing how many contracts are depending on an asset in your company fully functioning at optimal capacity will help focus maintenance. Join Information Governance Consultants, Maura Dunn and Lee Karas, as they discuss a plan for having revenue generating assets.
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Real-life examples of how detailed design documents may not help in finding your assets without asset definitions and naming conventions.
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July 17, 2023 18 mins
The challenge is to trace the important data that meets your asset definitions and get it into your systems so that your information is up to date.
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July 6, 2023 14 mins
Deciding on practical asset IDs does not have to be difficult and should not include building meaning into a long string of characters.
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Deciding on practical definitions for your infrastructure assets. What key factors can you use to help define these assets?
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June 5, 2023 15 mins
Why is it important for your whole company to have the same understanding on what are its physical assets? You’ll be surprised by the answers you get when you ask different parts of your organization to define what constitutes an asset.
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An introduction to asset data management for physical infrastructure assets.
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