Maximo 7.6: What’s New?

So, Maximo 7.6 has finally been released (On December 12, 2014, IBM Software released Maximo Asset Management 7.6…See download links below), and IBM has created a set of videos that describe a subset of the enhancements that are included in the release. These videos are short and sweet (the longest is just five minutes!) but will help to introduce you to the usability enhancements.

The videos are helpfully divided into two playlists, depending on your level of interest. The first playlist is called Overview of the usability enhancements and is aimed at anyone who wants to get a high-level summary of the enhancements. The second playlist is called Configuring the usability enhancements and is aimed at application designers, application developers and system administrators, and describe how to set up the enhancements. The videos also include links out to further information where appropriate.


Considerations to Upgrading to Maximo Asset Management 7.6
IBM Support strongly recommends that you thoroughly review the Maximo 7.5 to 7.6 Upgrade Guide at the Maximo Upgrade Resources Page. for complete upgrade details and instructions prior to starting any 7.6 upgrade effort. This upgrade information is provided for upgrading from Maximo Asset Management 7.5 deployments that include Maximo Base Services fix pack 7.5.0.6 and fix pack 7.5.0.7.

Reporting options change in v7.5. Existing users of Actuate Reporting and Business Objects Crystal Reports need to evaluate their reporting options in the 7.6 release. v7.6 does not include the reporting integration code specific to Actuate and Crystal Reports and existing 5/6/7.1/7.5 report delivery and configuration options must be reviewed. For additional information, please click here.

Downloading the Upgrade
IBM Maximo Asset Management 7.6 is available for download. Visit the IBM site for information regarding obtaining the update and other information.

For installation instructions, click here for WebSphere or WebLogic

Maximo Mondays Pod Casts

Maximo Mondays is a series that hosts 20 to 30 minute webcasts every Monday morning at 11:00AM ET on topics identified as of interest to our customers and prospects such as upgrade planning, reporting, supply chain management, updates on IBM PULSE, calibration, and previews of new and upgraded industry solutions.

Maximo:

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IBM Maximo Linear Asset Management, Version 7.5

Product overview

A linear asset is an asset that is defined and maintained using a linear referencing method. A road, a pipeline, or a railroad track are examples of linear assets. Using measurements along the linear asset, you can locate maintenance activities, identify where characteristics change, and plan monitoring and metering.

Linear assets enhance our ability to maintain large and complex systems, such as:

  • Roads and railways that carry transportation assets
  • Water, waste water lines, and streets that connect facilities
  • Gas and electric lines that support production assets
  • Fiber optic trunk lines that connect IT and communications assets

A linear asset can contain additional assets, including a combination of linear and point assets. You can create a linear asset for a road, for example, that has additional linear assets for segments of the road and you can manage each segment separately. You can add features to a linear asset, such as mile posts and guard rails on a road, and you can group linear assets and features into logical groups using the Classifications application. In the Relationships application, you can specify relationships between linear assets, such as road intersections. You can apply existing hierarchies and relationships, or you can specify new ones.

When you install Maximo® Linear Asset Manager, its components are added to existing Maximo applications and a new Features application is added. Linear asset components become visible in the following applications:

  • Assets
  • Relationships
  • Work Orders
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Requests
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Routes

Some linear asset components are conditional and are visible only when the user is working with a linear asset.

Don’t Go Mobile unless….

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What’s great about PULSE is it gets you re-energized, gives you a shot of adrenaline, and a kick in the butt to get back out there and fight the good fight. The use case presentations for those of us that have been around Maximo for many years help re-affirm what elements lead to successful and not so successful implementations and for those new to the game provide valuable advice on what rabbit holes to avoid.  Having recently been put in charge of a new Maximo implementation I had to test my temptation of avoiding just that.  One of those rabbit holes is Mobile.  Mobile is the hot topic but be aware that the consumer experience is very different from the enterprise business experience and mobile isn’t the answer when you haven’t clearly identified where you are and where you want to go with your business processes.  You need to pay close attention to what elements lead to a successful implementation before you ever say the word mobile.  I may be preaching to the choir but it bears repeating that the following elements always seem to be at the core of successful implementation experiences:

Partnership between IT and Users – These two groups must work together towards a common goal, but the measurement of success if very different between the two.  IT’s success can be measured in a more objective way in terms of getting the software installed and configured, debugged according to the technical and software performance specifications.  But it is a completely different situation with the users.  They measure success in a very subjective manner and their definition is based more on how they perceive the user experience regardless of how well the software is running and doing what it is supposed to do.    ently been put in charge of a new Maximo implementation I had to test my temptation of avoiding just that.  One of those rabbit holes is Mobile.  Mobile is the hot topic but be aware that the consumer experience is very different from the enterprise business experience and mobile isn’t the answer when you haven’t clearly identified where you are and where you want to go with your business processes.  You need to pay close attention to what elements lead to a successful implementation before you ever say the word mobile.  I may be preaching to the choir but it bears repeating that the following elements always seem to be at the core of successful implementation experiences:

Good Data – The foundation of success is rooted in clean, reliable, accurate, fact based data.  The credibility of your system depends entirely upon the accuracy of your data.  Spend the time it takes to really find out what information you need, why you need it, and who needs it.   Don’t collect data that doesn’t matter.  Remember the more you want the more it cost to get it.  Make sure is serves a useful purpose.

Business Process Analysis – Just as important as good data is the processes of getting that data into and out of the system. This requires really understanding how your operation performs the work, obtains the required information, and how it gets that in front of those that need it.  Assessing these workflows and streamlining these processes is critical in establishing configuration requirements in support of your business.

Managing Expectations – Someone needs to be in charge of defining the dance floor.  Typically this tends to be someone from IT.  This is just the opposite of what should be.  Operations/Users are the ones that have to use it, live with it, work with it, and have to own it. Truly successful implementations are driven by users with realistic expectations and a good technical support team.

To get the most from Maximo there is nothing more important than getting processes defined and streamlined in support of what management has set as the vision and direction for the organization.  Mobile smart devices become the tool of choice when you look to eliminating paper processes and making Maximo “work like we do” to get and deliver the data to those that need it, the way they need it.  High expectations base on our personal “There’s an App for That” experience sets the standard and becomes a challenge when trying to deliver a similar experience with an enterprise business mobile application.  The solution that is “right” can be a bewildering and a hotly contested debate between users and IT.  That is why it is so important that use cases are firmly rooted in well-defined business process requirements established by users.

A few obvious and not so obvious considerations when assessing your mobile solution include:

  • Platform for devices (IOS, Android, Windows Mobile)
  • Device Compatibility – what types of devices can be used on the platform
  • License Structure (named vs concurrent)
  • Online – Offline connectivity
  • Support services
  • User interface – ease of use
  • System Architecture
  • Configurability of applications
  • Skills required to develop applications
  • Administration and deployment of applications
  • Integration needs with other systems besides Maximo
  • Security and BYOD policies
  • Device management and hardware support

Mobile is hot, so be careful that you don’t get burned. Success depends on meeting user expectations.  Get your requirements act together, set realistic user expectations, and —–partner with IT to architect a solution that simplifies the user experience.

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About Randy McDaniel:
Randy has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University at Fullerton and has spent over 35 years in the field of maintenance engineering, maintenance planning, capital projects construction, and facilities maintenance. His industry experience includes oil refineries, petrochemical plants, universities, steel mills, assembly plants, lumber mills, and utility plants.

He has spent time as a Maximo senior consultant providing business process re-engineering assessments and managing Maximo implementations. A vocal advocate of Maximo, Randy has been the Chairman of the Southern California Maximo Users Group since 1998 where he often presents best practices, tips and other real life Maximo experiences.

Currently Randy is the Maximo System Administrator and Facilities Management Information Systems Integration Manager at the University of California Los Angeles. He manages the implementation of Maximo and provides IT integration direction and vision for the General Services business unit.

This post originally appeared on the Tivoli User Community boards on March 3, 2014, and is reprinted with permission of the author