When you plan to use application server security to authenticate TPAE/Maximo users against an external directory you also have the option to synchronize users and/or groups and group memberships. There are a few decisions you need to make before you begin. Who will be synchronized? You can use a standard LDAP filter to synchronize a subset of users into the system. These users can be in a pre-defined OU, role or group or can simply meet a standard query. Synchronizing a subset of users will improve the performance of the sync and also improve... [More]
I found $1.36 in my pocket this weekend. After experiencing mixed emotions of where did this come from and why don’t I remember to take money out of my pocket – I settled on the thrill of finding something unexpected as I detailed here last year. You also may find something unexpected in Maximo with the Report Update utilities. These utilities were introduced in June 2010, and have been enhanced in the Maximo 126.96.36.199 release . In this release, there are now two report update utilities available for Page Break and Auto Layout. Both... [More]
IBM Software released the 188.8.131.52 fix pack for Maximo Asset Management and Maximo Asset Management Essentials. For more information on this Fix Pack including links for download, prerequisites, and considerations see the download document located here: http://ibm.co/ODHec2
The database is central to the functionality of IBM Tivoli service management products. It stores all data that is collected and calculated by the applications. This database also stores metadata for configuring and maintaining the environment. Reporting also generates resource-intensive management reports. Because all functionality is based on database performance, the database can be a key focus for performance tuning. SQL query tuning and creating indexes against a database can help to obtain maximum performance from IBM Tivoli service... [More]
Got Game – Holiday Game? Game
from cheering on the Packers, maximizing your consumption of apple or pumpkin
pie, or Game from braving the crowds on Black Friday? My game came into play last week in a
Lasertron Match with over 40 family members after an incredible Thanksgiving
Day Feast. While my phaser accuracy would cause teammates
to cry for trades, our family had an amazing time in our annual, Buffalo tradition.
As we turn from holidays back to the work week, we change from
Got Game to Got Audit Requirements.
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]
In this blog we will work through an example of adding a query to Maximo Anywhere Work Execution App. This is a typical setup/configuration that is done after initial install of the Maximo Anywhere solution, where the Work Execution App is tailored to show the appropriate Work Orders that the technicians need to see/work on a daily basis in the customer environment.
In this scenario, we will add a Query from Maximo Work Tracking app as a Query Base to show on the Work Order List in the Work Execution App.... [More]
MORE Maximo BI Pack Content!
Supplementing the existing Work Order Management and metric reports, the Maximo BI Packs have been further enhanced with the new Asset Management and Asset Failure workspaces and reports.
The critical assets in your business often define the health of your operation. These assets may be vital to production processes, reliability of your operation, or safety processes. If these assets are not properly maintained, your business processes may be severely... [More]
you ever feel like Bill Murray or Scarlet Johansson in the film Lost
in Translation and consider the Maximo Asset Management 7.5
Information Center your equivalent Toyko? If
you use secondary languages in your product, you will notice that
regardless of whether you install a Maximo 7.5 product for the first
time or whether upgrade to a MAM 7.5 fix pack, such as 184.108.40.206 or
220.127.116.11, only the updated English content is available in the
Information Center (IC). As you navigate through your secondary
content, such as French or Japanese,... [More]
My relationship with my alarm clock is complex. Like my love-hate relationship with our office printer, I have implemented a system to smooth the abruptness of our interactions. The actual time on the alarm is set to a time that I would like to see when I wake up – not the actual time. This false alarm clock time has been derived over years and years of wake ups, and is not a simple value of 1 or 2 hours ahead. However, when its loud alarm this morning caused me to go thru the multiple mathematical calculations to derive the actual... [More]
As companies are becoming more security-aware they are conducting security audits of their key applications and looking for ways to ‘harden’ their implementations. Maximo and other TPAE based products are scanned using IBM's Rational AppScan tools to identify and remediate known security vulnerabilities. There are many suggested configurations to make an implementation more secure. Deploy your system over SSL. Most security auditing tools will alert if information, especially user session information, is sent over a network and not encrypted.... [More]
One W separates brownies from bronies. Brownies are incredible, delectable chocolate goodness, while bronies are followers of a children's TV Show. Bronies and their collections of Little Ponies have become increasingly popular in the Software Development world thru their features in Wired Magazine . While I’m not a bronie, whenever I hear about software and collections, my mind jumps over to data collection. Last week, I talked to a client about long descriptions, which are available in the various Maximo applications to collect large... [More]
Compatible unit estimating (CUE) is a fundamental component in a utility transmission and distribution work management process. You use compatible unit estimates to calculate the cost of work, determine the labor hours and the bill of materials needed to perform an specific or a work package. Today I'd like to share with you a wiki document that shows a step by step information about how the Compatible Unit Estimation process works. Since it's a complex process that reuse most of the Maximo data (inventory, crew, assets, tools, services ... )... [More]
Large chunks of succulent lobster lightly tossed with chilled mayonnaise and nestled between a sweet-butter grilled hot dog roll. Ahhh….the Lobster Roll…a true New England experience. And as the lobster rolls represents New England Cuisine, one of the most powerful representations of Maximo is its ease of customization . Throughout the BiLog entries, a number of ways you can customize Maximo reporting have been detailed including 1. Record Limits. Defining the maximum records reports can execute against as a performance enabler. 2. ... [More]
Spurred by the quest to enable our client’s additional functionality and coached by Agile processes, the 7503 development team introduced the Maximo 7503 release on July 20, 2012! This enabled a repeat team performance highlighted last year with the Maximo 7.5 release . One of the largest components on the 7503 release, were major updates to Maximo Reporting . The embedded reporting tool, BIRT, was upgraded from Version 2.3.2 to 3.7.1, and a new Direct Integration Option to Cognos 10.1.1 was enabled. Over the next few weeks, we’ll detail... [More]