MaximoWorld 2018: Did you remember to bring your Tupperware?

By | 5 minute read | September 4, 2018

Ray Miciek, of Maximo Consultants Aquitas Solutions, shares his key takeaways from MaximoWorld 2018.

MaximoWorld: The Asset Management industry’s best Pot Luck dinner

With the latest MaximoWorld in the books, it’s is worth taking some time to reflect on the event. Recently, I described it as the Asset Management industry’s best Pot Luck dinner. A Pot Luck dinner is where each person brings forth their best dish – whether that’s ‘Big Green Egg’ smoked pork, special mac and cheese or the mythical Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies. And of course, someone is always called upon to bring the veggie tray or to be the cup-and-plate guy. It’s also the time where you connect with those you haven’t seen in a while, swap family stories and catch up on the latest successes and failures.

Ryan Boyles and Ray Miciek sharing insights at MaximoWorld 2018

MaximoWorld 2018 had some amazing dishes to be sure – from the appetizers shared in the User Group Round tables, to the tasty main courses in the form of Keynotes by Natasha Ravinand and Ben Pring. There was many a zesty quotation to take from these: ‘Things sucking is the real mother of invention’ (Ben Pring) is my personal favorite.

For those in search of meaty content there were casseroles aplenty, too – around 100 of them – covering as many different takes on how companies have best implemented, improved and enhanced Maximo to make a difference in their organization. For the newbies, there were classic dishes to cover the basics, like Nikolaus Despain’s ‘Using the Where Clause and the Power of Embedded Queries.’ And IBM’s presentation on the Maximo roadmap provided the carbs we crave. Finally, since no meal is complete without dessert, hopefully those attending also got a fill of the Expo Hall sessions on IoT, Augmented Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Spatial and mobile.

A Connected Maintenance solution demonstration

Did you bring your Tupperware? Make the most of your leftovers

As with the best Pot Luck dinners, however, there are sure to be leftovers. It’s just not possible to ingest all that fantastic fare in one sitting. So, the question is: did you bring your Tupperware to MaximoWorld 2018?

IBM’s Pam Denny was on hand to help us squirrel away the leftovers. With her help, we loaded all the attendees and events into Watson for analysis. What came out was the revelation that the conference generated around 3,681 unique, actionable ideas. Of this plentiful buffet, Watson calculated that each individual attendee could absorb an average of 84 worthwhile ideas over the three days. That’s 84 unique ideas your Tupperware could keep safe for later consumption. How many ideas did you take back to your office to apply?

Terry O’Hanlon, Maura Abad and team not only put together an awesome menu –- they were even handing out Tupperware at the end of the third day. The ‘Maximo in Action Panel’ that included myself, esteemed colleagues and customers, provided a number of containers to help you take home those 84 ideas and put them into action. Our major theme? ‘Take Action.’ Choose an idea and go for it. I particularly liked Paul Crocker, from Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, discussing ‘stepping up and becoming a vocal leader’ – moments after sharing that he never pictured himself getting up to speak in front of hundreds of people. That’s a Maximo evangelist in action!

Of my own particular takeaways (and I have 84 to choose from!) these were the most salient:

Takeaway #1: IBM is fully backing MaximoWorld to make it the cornerstone event for all Maximo users. What’s more, they are fully vested in Maximo!

Hopefully, you had a chance to catch the roadmap sessions or go by the IBM booth or listen to IBM’s keynote session. If you did, you can tell that IBM sees Maximo as a critical piece of their overall Watson strategy. This is good news for all of in the ecosystem to keep IBM invested and improving on the solution.

Takeaway #2: The Internet of Things is no longer on the fringe for Maximo users.

Judging by the number of sessions on connecting Assets to Maximo, or using Analytics to better understand and predict failure and IBM’s product roadmap, IoT capabilities are here. Now. At a price point that is totally doable. Customers are already exploring this capability. More importantly, these are not just the customers with huge IT or support staffs – the Fortune 100 – they are the midsized companies looking for innovative ways to gain control of their operations.  They are thinking big, starting small and acting fast!

Takeaway #3: The ability to connect into the ecosystem is a huge benefit to a Maximo user.

In the software industry, it’s a rare thing to see so many people offer to share their expertise. But walking through MaximoWorld’s halls, at lunch, after sessions or in the booths, you could hear people sharing both their challenges and solutions. The take home message? Take some time to reflect on a few of the contacts that you met and then make an effort to reach out to them. Be willing to take a call or two from customers looking for help. The more you connect, the more likely you will be able to improve upon your current implementation. Our industry is changing more rapidly than ever – don’t hesitate to reach out to a peer to get their insight.

Food for thought, and where to go next

There were far too much fantastic fare at MaximoWorld to handle in one sitting. But the good news is – we did record some of it! I met IBM’s Ryan Boyles to talk Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality over a Facebook Live broadcast. You can catch it here.

We’re already looking forward to MaximoWorld 2019, but in the meantime, here are some resources to help you take the next step in your Maximo journey:

If you’d like to talk about your ideas for your current Maximo implementation, or the use of new technology to advance your operations, Aquitas Solutions are here to help. Feel free to give us a call, or visit