SAP Plant Maintenance is a powerful tool for facilities asset management. With proper architecture and methods, companies can query hundreds of thousands of records simultaneously for high-quality information with which to make operational decisions. Unfortunately issues associated with software selection, implementation, and usage greatly diminish the effectiveness of the new ERP tools, in many cases rendering those systems into electronic equivalents of manual filing systems. Data merging and assessment remain a data mining exercise for many companies. The quality of corporate decision-making suffers as a result, which in turn can lead to less than optimal operational performance, and safety and environmental incidents. Causes of these issues include lack of standard data practices, lack of engineering science and practical experience in solution design.