Don’t Panic, and Maximo On!

Don't Panic!

When I think of how complicated Maximo can be, I think of a quote by Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

(If you like British humor, or Science Fiction, you should read this. If you like both, you probably already have, but I digress.)

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the (pharmacy), but that’s just peanuts to space.”

Now, replace the word “Space” with “Maximo”.

I’m sure you’ve felt the same way.

So, I will be adding a few guide posts to help you on your quest for Maximo enlightenment. AKA: Here are  a few helpful links.

Tivoli User Community
The TUC the official IBM community site, and may be the largest online and offline organization of Tivoli professionals in the world. Face to face and virtual groups collaborate at group meetings and with the online, global community to answer technical questions, find business solutions and learn about the latest innovations.

 You’ll need to weed through the Non-Maximo groups, such as Storage, cloud and other topics. There are blogs, and each group has a forum The central hub for several regional user groups. This confederation of Maximo User Groups represents users from Boston to Los Angeles. Most topics revolve around the upcoming in person meetings, but it does feature a forum area for users who wish to ask questions and share information. Each member is manually added, so avoid using a hotmail account, which spammers will often use. Keeps the forums strictly for Maximo Users.

Features a links page to currently active MUGS, and also a calendar of all “real life” MUGs, regardless of affiliation on the lower front page.

Maximo Yahoo Group The granddaddy of online Maximo help, it has been in existance since 1999. You’ll find a wealth of information within the archives. You will need to have a Yahoo account, and request membership. Make sure you give all the pertainent information, such as company, version of Maximo and why you want to join. Each person is manually validated.

Your IBM Guru
Of course, your IBM rep or System Integrator is also a great source of information.

Where ever you turn, there is help on the Maximo front. Sometimes it helps to chat with other folks that are “in the trenches” and understand your day-to-day processes. Or are the SQL gurus. Or, just have had that same problem, and can help you get through your particular issue. Just remember: Don’t Panic.

Kat Pullen is a Convergence Specialist at DataSplice, LLC, a mobile computing company founded in 2001 to deliver handheld technology to Maximo users in the field. Working as a freelance graphic designer, she originally took on a contract with DataSplice in 2004, and the rest, as they say, is history. She is also a Science Fiction nut and costumer, so please be patient with any random nonsense you may encounter.