I’m not sure how I got to work this morning. I remember getting in my car , putting my 2 travel coffee mugs in their cup holders, and then I pulled up to the IBM office into my favorite parking spot and walked to my cube . Auto Pilot? Hmmmm….I think its time to Explore a new route to work! On the topic of exploring, last week the OEE (Overall Equipment Effecitiveness) report was highlighted. This under-publicized, delivered report has unique drilldown capablities, uses hidden parameters and non-standard Maximo information. Another... [More]
Stored procedures are either a loved or hated feature of enterprise database technologies on the market today. They are usually loved by Database Administrators and hated by everyone else. Creating even a simple stored procedure can be a daunting task to an experienced database analyst. Yet, chances are if you are developing custom reports in Maximo, you may have access to a wealth of stored procedures and never realized you could use them to drive your business intelligence outputs until now! For the purposes of this write-up, the focus... [More]
When was the last time you had something stuck on your face, or in your teeth – and nobody told you about it? After overcoming the embarrassement (woman) or insisting it was part of your fashion statement (man) – thoughts of ‘if I had only known’ may fly thru your mind. You may also have those same ‘if I had only known’ thoughts about the OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness Report, delivered with Maximo. OEE is a metric often used in Manufacturing Industries. OEE is calculated by multiplying three components together, Equipment... [More]
You have probably noticed more embedded user assistance in
recent releases of the product. User assistance in the product helps you
complete tasks where you are working. We also provide an extensive library of
technical topics in the information center
and lots of great interactive blog and forum content here in Service Management
Did you know that you can add your own embedded content? You can even link from
any content (ours or yours) to information center topics! Here's how to make
these changes with Application... [More]
What exactly is consist management?
In the rail industry, a group of assets (cars, locomotives,
etc.) that are coupled together to form a train are often referred to as a
Consist. This may also be referred to as
a Train Set.
The process of assembling a collection of individual assets
into a train set or consist is referred to Consist Management.
What this means in terms of a Maximo process is defining the
possible contents of a two level hierarchy and defining rules around these
contents. Defining the... [More]
Smarter Infrastructure & Social Media In the world of Industrial Equipment Social Media has
become the key aspect of how we communicate, exchange and receives information.
As events happen, messages are routed in real-time all over the planet, thanks
to fast cellular networks, smart phones and vibrant people of this planet.
As we have learnt
to adapt and embrace technology to help us be more efficient, we can use
similar concepts in the world of Smarter Infrastructure. Infrastructure is
getting Smarter every day, as... [More]
portifolio is a huge range of useful solutions to our working days
and one of them is the IBM Tivoli Maximo Asset Manager that manages
the assets of an organization during all their life cycle. This
platform has a series of add-ons to support each kind of industry and
also mobile devices where the IBM Maximo Mobile Suite plays this
role. This product owns an application called Mobile Data Manager
where you can create queries and download the records into the device
the way you wish. If you
have a mobile device, you might want... [More]
Continuing with the trend of many years of amazing conferences and user
group meetings, Maximo clients gathered in Las Vegas during the first
week of March 2013 for the annual IBM Pulse Conference . As noted in the
IBM Pulse Conference from 2012 , the conference is an exciting opportunity to network and exchange best practice information! Numerous technical sessions were lead by Maximo Clients, Business Partners and IBMers on all aspects of Maximo including upgrades, intergrations, supply chain and more! The solution expo... [More]
A few days ago Pam Denny and I had a discussion on whether any aspects of reporting could be automated through automation scripts. I had heard similar questions from clients at a previous Pulse event and I was quite intrigued by the possibilities. The user need was very clear though: can the end user avoid having to click through a number of steps to configure report execution and instead of the system execute the report in a pre-configured way? Such an approach should not require Java customization.
I spent some time reviewing the... [More]
Providing logging up front is MustGather for troubleshooting in general and this entry provides the MustGather for troubleshooting email communications in particular. This includes whether the problem is server communication, outgoing, incoming, formatted, non-formatted, or template related. Websphere is assumed otherwise consult your application server's documentation. 1) Be generous with application server log rotation: In the Websphere administrative console this can be adjusted under Logging and Tracing > Server Name > JVM Logs ... [More]
Perfect Matches… Alligators and vacations, printers and relationships , Maximo and Communities . Today, I want to introduce another perfect match….Maximo Report Users and BI Tools. In the last BiLog entry, we reviewed the various levels of Maximo Users you have based on their skill sets in Maximo and their various job requirements. Additionally, we’ve reviewed the various Maximo Business Intelligence Tools that are delivered to you out of the box including Data Download, or QBE , Application Exporting , Result Sets, Key Performance... [More]
Yes, in Maximo Scheduler 7.5.1 you can right click on a work order in the Gantt chart's activity list and initiate workflow on that work record - or on multiple selected rows simultaneously. In fact, the right click produces a pop-up menu that allows you to perform many work order actions without leaving Scheduler. These include: change status; bulk editing of various work details (like priority and target dates for example); select owner; create communication; view item availability; create a follow-up work order; and others. I'm posting my... [More]
When faced with choices , I often try to remember the food pyramid when deciding between a decadent red velvet cookie and a crunchy Kale chip. Consume large quantities of green leafy vegetables, and small quantities of delicious sugary treats the pyramid reminds me – while my stomach violently disagrees. Likewise, a pyramid is key to understanding Maximo report users. When we talk about Maximo users in terms of reporting and data analysis – we put them in the five categories shown here. These categories are based on the user’s job... [More]
A best practice of User Interface design is to only show the information that a particular user cares about. To quote from Jakob Nielsen : "Dialogues should not contain information which is irrelevant or rarely needed. Every extra unit of information in a dialogue competes with the relevant units of information and diminishes their relative visibility." Showing only the information that your users care about can greatly increase their productivity and reduce your support and administrative costs. For example, you might want the... [More]
If you're looking for ways to optimize system performance, consider enabling data compression on the IBM HTTP server. You can use the Apache mod_deflate module to improve response time in
environments that have low bandwidth and high latency. The Apache
mod_deflate module compresses output from your server before the data is
sent to the client over the network.
Setting the compression level is to 3 provides minimal CPU usage and
a decent benefit from the compression. You can also set the compression
level to 6, which provides... [More]