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The Roth IAMS blog, Ramblings of an Asset Management Fanatic, is written by President & CEO of Roth IAMS, Bill Roth. In this space you will find the latest topics, trends and issues as they relate to the built environment from Bill’s point of view.

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APPA National Follow-Up – Picking Your Lucky Numbers

APPA National Follow-Up – Picking Your Lucky Numbers

This week I continue sharing ideas based on conversations I had at the recent APPA...


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APPA National Follow-Up – What’s in a Team? Understanding Who Will Be Assessing Your Buildings

APPA National Follow-Up – What’s in a Team? Understanding Who Will Be Assessing Your Buildings

I recently attended an APPA conference in Nashville and sat in on a presentation by...


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How Long is Your Runway?

How Long is Your Runway?

While I was at the gym today I was listening to a podcast interview with...


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Maximizing Equipment Efficiency: The Value of Asset Tagging

Maximizing Equipment Efficiency: The Value of Asset Tagging

Here we are, the final post recapping our Ask Bill Anything webinar.  Thanks for taking...


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The Power of Senior Level Champions in Asset Management

The Power of Senior Level Champions in Asset Management

In the realm of asset management, one question always looms large as was the case...


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Maximizing Building Assessments: Finding the Sweet Spot

Maximizing Building Assessments: Finding the Sweet Spot

How often should you reassess your buildings? This is an interesting question we encounter frequently...


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Best Practices for Levels of Service and KPIs

Best Practices for Levels of Service and KPIs

Continuing with our blog series highlighting the questions and answers from the Ask Bill Anything...


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Unlocking the Mystery of O&M Cost Estimates

Unlocking the Mystery of O&M Cost Estimates

We are going to continue our session where we expand on the questions and answers...


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Using Risk Management to Help Prioritize What Gets Your Attention

Using Risk Management to Help Prioritize What Gets Your Attention

This week we will be answering the third question we received in our Ask Bill...


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Rethinking Deferred Maintenance: The Case for DCRM Over DM

Rethinking Deferred Maintenance: The Case for DCRM Over DM

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://rothiams.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Roth-IAMS-Uncle-Sam-RC1.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video]   In a recent webinar I did called “Ask...


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The Need to Understand Where Your Costs Come From – Part 2

The Need to Understand Where Your Costs Come From – Part 2

Last week we began by making the case that you must understand the nature and...


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The Need to Understand Where Your Costs Come From – Part 1

The Need to Understand Where Your Costs Come From – Part 1

One of the most critical elements of any asset management program is a high level...


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The Importance of Taking Breaks

The Importance of Taking Breaks

This blog is going to be posted while I am on vacation with my family. ...


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What I Learned at FEFPA and NSPMA

What I Learned at FEFPA and NSPMA

Winter conference season is upon us folks.  I just wrapped up two weeks of conferences...


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Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 4 – Don’t Waste Time with Things You Can’t Control

Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 4 – Don’t Waste Time with Things You Can’t Control

Although I (hope) possess more than four pieces of wisdom worth sharing, we have come...


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Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 3 – This Too Shall Pass

Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 3 – This Too Shall Pass

As we continue through our first blog series of 2024, I hope that some of...


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Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 2 – Nobody Can Make You Feel Anything

Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 2 – Nobody Can Make You Feel Anything

Welcome to my second post of the most influential wisdom that I have gained (so...


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Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 1 – Do the Work Others Won’t

Most Influential Wisdom I Have Gained – Part 1 – Do the Work Others Won’t

I was having a conversation recently with a friend about the best pieces of wisdom...


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Happy New Year – Here’s to an Amazing 2024

Happy New Year – Here’s to an Amazing 2024

It's hard to believe that we are into the first week of 2024!  I for...


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Stay Grounded in the Offline World

Stay Grounded in the Offline World

First off, let me start by saying I am not a heavy consumer of social...


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The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 4

The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 4

With the launch of our Preventative Maintenance (PM) program at the end of Part 3...


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The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 3

The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 3

Here we are with our third post on the two biggest hurdles to getting started...


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The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 2

The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 2

After last week's short interlude which allowed me to climb up on my soapbox and...


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A Pause to Let Me Stand on My Soapbox

A Pause to Let Me Stand on My Soapbox

Last week, I started a post on Equipment Inventory and Preventative Maintenance Planning, which I...


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The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 1

The Two Biggest Hurdles to Preventative Maintenance – Part 1

Last week was the first of our new category of blogs, Operational Excellence, the second...


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Why It’s So Hard to Get Started on a PM Program

Why It’s So Hard to Get Started on a PM Program

After wrapping up another two-month blog series, I am excited to add a new category...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #10 – Putting it All Together – Chapter #2

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #10 – Putting it All Together – Chapter #2

We have arrived at the tenth and final post of this series. When I start...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #9 – Putting it All Together – Chapter #1

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #9 – Putting it All Together – Chapter #1

Now that we have introduced and dove into the details of each of the different...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #8 – Element-Level Inventory – Chapter #2

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #8 – Element-Level Inventory – Chapter #2

Last week I introduced the Element-Level Inventory (ELI) scope of work for facility condition data,...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #7 – Element-Level Inventory – Chapter #1

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #7 – Element-Level Inventory – Chapter #1

We have finally come to the most detailed and resource intensive methodology for collecting facility...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #6 – Time-Limited Forecast

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #6 – Time-Limited Forecast

Well, it only took me six posts to finally get to a point where you...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #5 – On-Site Validation of Models

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #5 – On-Site Validation of Models

In our last two posts, we explored the two most common types of building models...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #4 – Client-Informed Models

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #4 – Client-Informed Models

As part of our on-going series on the different types of facility condition datasets, this...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #3 – Building-Type Models

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #3 – Building-Type Models

Now that we have gone over how building modeling works, I wanted to provide a...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #2 – When Modeling is Right For You

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #2 – When Modeling is Right For You

This series of posts is going to explore the different types of Facility Condition datasets,...


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Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #1 – Setting the Table

Which Facility Condition Dataset is Right For You? Part #1 – Setting the Table

I have been working with a State-Level University system over the last couple of months...


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Get Your Brain Some Exercise!

Get Your Brain Some Exercise!

Last week I talked about the importance of finding and scheduling time to produce work,...


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Getting Stuff Done – Find Your Focus Time and Place

Getting Stuff Done – Find Your Focus Time and Place

As I write this, I am sitting in the Knoxville airport.  It's a nice regional...


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The Genius of the Genie

The Genius of the Genie

On the wall of my home office, you will find a Serigraph Cel (a form...


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My CMMS System Sucks…I Want a New One! Part 2

My CMMS System Sucks…I Want a New One! Part 2

Last week's blog focused on how organizations can find themselves in a situation where they...


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My CMMS System Sucks! I Want a New One! Part 1

My CMMS System Sucks! I Want a New One! Part 1

A great many of the people I talk to complain about their CMMS (Work Order)...


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The Critical Difference Between Simple and Easy

The Critical Difference Between Simple and Easy

I hear a lot of people say that the world is getting more and more...


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When is a Dollar not Worth a Dollar?

When is a Dollar not Worth a Dollar?

I am always very pleased when a client is successful in securing additional funding to...


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Taking the First Step to Getting a Promotion

Taking the First Step to Getting a Promotion

This one is going to be a short post, but I felt that it was...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 13 – Spending Your Money More Wisely

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 13 – Spending Your Money More Wisely

When I set out to write this series, I knew it was going to be...


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Patience My Young Padawan – Following the Jedi Way to Preventative Maintenance Success

Patience My Young Padawan – Following the Jedi Way to Preventative Maintenance Success

"Patience My Young Padawan," the wise and famous Obi Wan Kenobi said to his apprentice,...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 15 – It’s a Strategy Not a Solution

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 15 – It’s a Strategy Not a Solution

We made it!!! 15 Posts, nearly 4 months and we are at the final "Peeling...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 11 – Prioritization – Decision Support vs. Decision Making

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 11 – Prioritization – Decision Support vs. Decision Making

Going from a "list of needs" provided in an engineering report (i.e., a condition assessment,...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 12 – Show Me the Money

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 12 – Show Me the Money

Nearly every public sector institution across North America (and around the world I presume) has...


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Managing Multiple Generations – What a Crock!

Managing Multiple Generations – What a Crock!

I am probably going to get a lot of heat for this post, but I...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 10 – Prioritization – Which High is Higher than High

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 10 – Prioritization – Which High is Higher than High

A nearly universal challenge that organizations face is a lack of sufficient funding to address...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 9 – Open Sesame!

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 9 – Open Sesame!

In the last post, I provided support for the idea of using multiple different tools...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 8 – Avoiding the Second Temptation of Software

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 8 – Avoiding the Second Temptation of Software

In the last post, I talked about the first temptation of filling your tool best,...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 7 – Avoiding the First Temptation of Software

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 7 – Avoiding the First Temptation of Software

After six previous posts, we are now three layers into the Integrated Asset Management "Onion"....


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 6 – The Pinnacle of the Pyramid – The Nice to Haves

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 6 – The Pinnacle of the Pyramid – The Nice to Haves

Our journey to the top of the Pyramid is almost complete. This post will explore...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 5 – The Base of the Pyramid – The Must Haves

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 5 – The Base of the Pyramid – The Must Haves

We are going to take a break from our regularly scheduled trip through the layers...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 4 – Knowing Your Desired Dataset

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 4 – Knowing Your Desired Dataset

Today we are going to move beyond the core of the onion to the second...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 3 – Meeting You Where You Are At

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 3 – Meeting You Where You Are At

In the last post, I focused on the importance of aligning your Asset Management (AM)...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 2 – Alignment with Your Business Objectives

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 2 – Alignment with Your Business Objectives

Getting started can sometimes be the hardest part. The whole world is a blank sheet...


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“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 1 – An Overview

“Peeling the Onion” on Integrated Asset Management – Part 1 – An Overview

What is in a name? It is an age-old question. I thought I would explore...


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Don’t Get Outworked (With Two Catches)

Don’t Get Outworked (With Two Catches)

I was recently asked, what is the best advice that you would give a professional...


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What’s a Cyclical Renewal and Why Should I Care?

What’s a Cyclical Renewal and Why Should I Care?

In my last two post, I reviewed the different considerations that one needs to factor...


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How Far do I Forecast into the Future – Part 2

How Far do I Forecast into the Future – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I introduced the idea of an evaluation period for...


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How Far do I Forecast into the Future – Part 1

How Far do I Forecast into the Future – Part 1

As on organization begins their asset management journey, one of the first questions that their...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 2 – It’s All About the Data Baby!

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 2 – It’s All About the Data Baby!

For over a decade, until around 2010, the FCA industry continued to be focused on...


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Can Renewal be Sexy?

Can Renewal be Sexy?

It always amazes me that some organizations that have millions (or billions) of dollars of...


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What’s the Difference Between a Project and a Program – Part 2

What’s the Difference Between a Project and a Program – Part 2

Building prioritized, multiyear capital plans is an exercise in juggling all the priorities that are...


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What’s the Difference Between a Project and a Program – Part 1

What’s the Difference Between a Project and a Program – Part 1

When we are collaborating with clients to support the development of prioritized, multiyear capital plans,...


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Living the Miller Lite Way

Living the Miller Lite Way

I have focused all my recent posts on technical topics related to facility and infrastructure...


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The Difference Between a List of Needs and a Capital Plan

The Difference Between a List of Needs and a Capital Plan

I just wrapped up a two-month series of posts on the evolution of the Facility...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 8 – What About Software? – The Second Half

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 8 – What About Software? – The Second Half

Last week I wrote about the influence that software has had on the evolution of...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 7 – What About Software? – The First Half

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 7 – What About Software? – The First Half

Over the past 6 posts, I have focused on the evolution and potential future for...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 6 – What Comes Next? 

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 6 – What Comes Next? 

As am I typing these words I am listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and this...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 5 – What’s Your Story Morning Glory

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 5 – What’s Your Story Morning Glory

No matter what type of organization you are a part of, you are going to...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 4 – Taking a Longer-Term View

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 4 – Taking a Longer-Term View

As we get into the mid-to-late 2010s, many clients were making informed decisions based on...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 3 – The Emergence of the Professional Assessor

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 3 – The Emergence of the Professional Assessor

Over the years, most FCAs were completed by design, project management and/or construction professionals "on...


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Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 1 – Reports, Reports, Reports

Evolution of Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs) – Part 1 – Reports, Reports, Reports

As we are in the middle of Fall conference season, I have been having many...


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Shoring Up Your Discipline

Shoring Up Your Discipline

I am by no means an exercise junkie. After struggling during the first few months...


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Daring Greatly!

Daring Greatly!

In my opinion, one of the greatest presidential speeches (and motivational speeches as well) in...


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Our “NEED” for In-Person Contact

Our “NEED” for In-Person Contact

As I am writing this, I have just returned from the ERAPPA 2022 Conference at...


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Don’t (Just) Follow Your Passion 

Don’t (Just) Follow Your Passion 

Over the past number of years, you have heard a lot of "experts" say "Follow...


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Stretching Your Renewal Dollars

Stretching Your Renewal Dollars

In my previous post, I focused on some of the significant challenges that face organizations...


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Spending Money Is Easy. Spending It Wisely Is Harder

Spending Money Is Easy. Spending It Wisely Is Harder

I spend a lot of time speaking with Higher Education clients and potential clients in...


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Ignore the Pilot at Your Own Risk

Ignore the Pilot at Your Own Risk

Whenever it is possible, within the client's schedule, we will always recommend that a Pilot...


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Working Through the Great Resignation

Working Through the Great Resignation

As we (hopefully) are moving into the endemic phase or perhaps it’s the "live with...


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A Third Path Beyond Construction and Design

A Third Path Beyond Construction and Design

Having been involved in hiring professional site assessment staff for over 20 years, I have...


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How Collaborative Procurement Drives Collaboration, Education and Successful Outcomes

How Collaborative Procurement Drives Collaboration, Education and Successful Outcomes

Whenever an organization puts out a public RFP document, in some ways they are "rolling...


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What do I have to pay to use a Collaborative Procurement Contract?

What do I have to pay to use a Collaborative Procurement Contract?

One of the most common questions that I get with our Collaborative Procurement contracts with...


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What is Collaborative Procurement?

What is Collaborative Procurement?

I have just returned from the annual Sourcewell H2O conference in beautiful Brainerd, Minnesota (Where...


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Asset Management is Change Management

Asset Management is Change Management

When I speak with clients or prospects about increasing their team's focus on Facility and...


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 Imagine Throwing Away $100,000 (or a lot more)!

 Imagine Throwing Away $100,000 (or a lot more)!

As an individual I cannot imagine anyone that would not cringe at the thought of...


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Best Professional Development Podcasts

Best Professional Development Podcasts

I am an avid lifelong learner.  It has always been hard to succeed if you...


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Why We Chose Facility and Asset Management? Part 2

Why We Chose Facility and Asset Management? Part 2

In 2019, my grandmother spent considerable time in the hospital as a result of complications...


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Why we Chose Facility and Asset Management? Part 1

Why we Chose Facility and Asset Management? Part 1

One of our core values is Passionate.  I often get asked why I am personally...


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Introducing our New Blog

Introducing our New Blog

Welcome to our new Blog.  I am Bill Roth, President & CEO of Roth IAMS. ...


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Dealing With a ”K-Shaped” Recovery in Facility Asset Management

Dealing With a ”K-Shaped” Recovery in Facility Asset Management

As we begin to come out of COVID-19 we are starting to see evidence that...


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Roth IAMS Awarded Sourcewell Contract

Roth IAMS Awarded Sourcewell Contract

Canadian-based Facility and Infrastructure Asset Management company, Roth IAMS is pleased to announce that they...


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A Tribute to Tim Marshall

A Tribute to Tim Marshall

On May 4, the Roth IAMS family sadly lost one of its most important members. Tim...


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