3-Step Approach to Interoperable Asset Ecosystems

...by Greg L Towne

If you don’t have a single view of your Asset Master Data; everything you do increases your technical and business debt while reducing your chances of remaining valid.

 A Connected Interoperable Asset Ecosystem

Digital transformation is a business-model reinvention that requires different functions (Silos) across the organisation to work together in new ways (or remove steps completely through automation of a complete function) and can happen only through smart investments in building an entirely new set of interoperable capabilities within an ecosystem.

Digital Transformation is not just a destination; it’s a permanent state of operating based on learning and adapting faster than the competition. But that can only happen if leaders 

In order to develop a Data-driven, Asset focused real-time decision-making capability, Enterprises need to build a Change and Adoption Board comprising business process and data Stewards for Governance, and a System of Systems capability mindset that monitors and controls successful change.

The 3-Step Strategic Approach for Interoperable Asset Ecosystems

Step 1

Develop a strategy to automate the mundane activities, as more than 80% of activity across an organisation is very similar; therefore, automation can be very effective and achieved by:


This strategy can easily relate to the 80/20 Rule and immediately improve productivity by 20% across the Plan > Design > Build > Operate > Maintain Asset Lifecycle.

Step 2

Set tactics to reduce Technical Debt and Re-imagine alignment to business value by:


Reduced Technical Debt, significant new ROI, and interoperable capability with everyone who is engaged (either internally or externally) with the organisation; they all now speak in an understandable and common language that is framed towards the same business goals.

Reduced Technical Debt, Increased Value and ROI

Better Data Quality, Better AI and ML Decision Making, Quantum Leaps in Productivity

DirigerHUB Benefits and Impacts

Step 3

Once the Enterprise capability is optimised via Step 2 capability, extend the capability via a progressive approach to promote flexible adoption and continued value-add through planning and mobilising a platform that: 

Adopts a methodology for long term governance, management of change, and user buy-in


A System of Systems where every system and data source is connected and completely interoperable; each activity within this ecosystem is automated; interchangeable processes and data are now managed, controlled, and measured against a common baseline. 

Basic Capability of a System of Systems Interoperability Platform

About Diriger and DirigerHUB

Diriger is an Industry 4.0 Solution Services Provider using smart technology with our Business Process Automation approach, our knowledge, and our expertise in ERP and EAM systems including Ellipse, IFS, Maximo, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics and SAP.

Diriger’s genesis has been around building new innovative solutions for various Asset Intensive Industries; these solutions not only integrate with existing ERP/EAM/CMMS technologies, but automate processes for cohesive levels of interoperability across multiple legacy systems. In order to maximise the outcomes of this need; Diriger developed its own modern interoperability Platform (DirigerHUB) and hence, furthered our interest and involvement in the Open Industrial Interoperability Ecosystem (OIIE). 

DirigerHUB is the foundational platform for all our application development and deployment outcomes and one of the only such platforms used extensively for extremely large and complex multi-system asset management interoperability solutions.

About the Author...

Greg Towne is a Co-Founder of Diriger with 35+ years of experience implementing Enterprise Resource Planning solutions and Business Process Improvement Initiatives in Mining, Utilities, Energy and Defence industries.  He is dedicated to working closely with our Customer’s in order to help them solve the BIG problems that have been in play for far too many years.