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

IBM Pulse is now IBM Interconnect

The world of IBM just got a little more interesting for the events folks. IBM Pulse has combined with two other shows, Impact and Innovate, to form IBM Interconnect.

InterConnect has become the most comprehensive and collaborative event ever, providing an even richer experience to you and your colleagues. Join the largest community embodying the full life-cycle of IT, assets and infrastructure — from Development to Architecture to Operations.

The event will still be held in early spring: More precisely, it will be Feb 22-26, 2015 at both MGM and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. By combining shows, the event swells to over 20,000 attendees.

Call for papers is through October 10th, 2014 , and may be submitted at
https://www-950.ibm.com/events/tools/interconnect/2015ems/.

Maximo Spatial Database Federation

Originally posted on the developerWorks blog.

Maximo Spatial Database Federation

Author: Rodrigo Dombrowski, Maximo Product Designer & Architect
This article describes the Maximo Spatial architecture that integrates the IBM Maximo Asset Management database with a GIS geodatabase.

All information below is valid for Maximo Spatial 7.5 version.

Maximo Spatial integrates with the GIS database using a concept called database federation, often also called database links.

Database Federation provides the following benefits:

  • No data replication needed as GIS data can be exposed and displayed on Maximo forms
  • Distributed database transactions to ensure consistency
  • Higher performance for batch read and creation of GIS records and Maximo records
  • All Maximo framework functionality and security available when displaying and editing GIS data
  • Multiple geo databases support

Documentation about how to configure Maximo Spatial to integrate with feature class tables is available in:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v49r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.spl.doc%2Ft_ctr_configuring.html

Documentation about how to expose GIS data to Maximo forms is available in:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v49r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.spl.doc%2Fconfigure%2Ft_ctr_customize_spatial_apps.html

The Maximo Spatial database configuration is done independently for each feature class that the client want to integrate with Maximo. This allows supporting multiple geodatabases and feature classes in any database schema. For GIS data insert and updates Maximo Spatial requires that both databases be from the same vendor. Oracle+Oracle, or DB2+DB2, or SQLServer+SQLServer.

Configuration Overview

Configuration Overview

In some cases it is not possible to have both Maximo and GIS database from the same vendor or it is not possible to configure database links.
For these cases currently there are the following options:

Option 1 – Read only mode – No database federation (database link)

  • Same configuration process, including Database Configuration steps, but without database link
  • It makes Maximo Spatial only read-only mode for GIS data
  • Map toolbar tools like selection, query by attributes and update GIS list stays working
  • No GIS record link or cron task will be available
  • No GIS geometry creation and editing from Maximo

Option 1

Option 1

Option 2 – No federation, read/write GIS data moved to local Maximo database

Example: Maximo running on DB2 and GIS data on Oracle database

  • Full Maximo Spatial functionality for the GIS data that is moved to Maximo database
  • No federation required when GIS is on the same Maximo database instance
  • GIS data that can be read only to Spatial can stay on Oracle
  • May require additional ArcSDE license
Option 2

Option 2

Asset Life Cycle with Maximo for Transportation

This post originally was posted on the  IBM Asset & Facilities Management blog and was written by Vito DeMalteris.

 Asset Life Cycle with Maximo for Transportation

The Asset Life Cycle is an important process to monitor for any industry. All asset owners make some attempt at monitoring this cycle in order to develop enlightened, informed decisions regarding maintenance strategies, spare parts requirements, operational procedures and repair/replace options. The key requirement in making these decisions is knowledge and information. Some of this will come from the manufacturer, some from user experience but the most significant source is from the operating and maintenance history of the specific asset. As you read this document, review the features in theTransportation page.
Maximo for Transportation provides significant detail related to the asset history. The asset application contains information related to that specific asset so that it is made readily available for the user, and in one location in Maximo. Information about warranty coverage, a significant process in the transportation industry, is displayed so that the user will always know what the warranty status is for each asset without having to look for it in the warranty applications.
Advanced Metering capabilities enhance the usage and Preventive Maintenance processes to further the maintenance strategy for your assets. Each asset record has a history option which provides a view into the asset including Work, Preventive and Predictive schedules and history, meter readings history, status change history, condition status history, move history, usage history for motor pool assets, Telematics reading history, activity history, axle position reading history and a chronological history of activities. All of this information is made easily accessible.
Utilizing the Depreciation Schedule provided in the Asset application allows the user to track the monetary value of this asset up to the current date. This information, used in conjunction with the maintenance and meter history of the asset, can be used to help make the repair/replace decision that is inevitable in the transportation environment. 
To help the organization prevent unnecessary work, Maximo for Transportation will display any recent or repeat repairs on the asset whenever a work order against that asset is created. This feature not only helps eliminate duplicate work orders but also helps identify recurring problems which may be an indication of other issues related to the asset, its environment or perhaps training for the technicians performing the work. All of this helps extend the asset service life by pushing valuable information to the user. In summary, Maximo for Transportation provides detailed information concerning the asset to enable the user to extend the asset life cycle and provide the data needed when the time to replace that asset is near. Hear this information for yourself from one of our Transportation clients (Royal Boskalis Westminster). Link to video.