I can't decide , can't control my hunger and can't stop talking about Maximo 76!
In Maximo 76, the listing of new and updated BI features is astounding! Included in this feature set is Ad Hoc or QBR Reporting. Ad Hoc reporting empowers business and power users to create their own reports for their unique business and project needs. Starting in Maximo 76, numerous new features have been introduced including adding calculations on one or more... [More]
The performance was spectacular. The consumption of six chocolate and potato chip cookies was done in record time. Spurred on by their performance enablers of smell, warmth and my driving hunger, rapid morsel feasting was inevitable
In Maximo 76, numerous new report performance features are available and many existing features have been enhanced. These performance features target delivering report content quickly to meet the dynamic business needs of your users.
The new Maximo 76 Report Performance... [More]
I can't decide. Each one sounds so good. Each has features I love. Each has features ...well...I'm not so fond of. And each has possibilities I dream about at night.
How do you decide? Do you make a checklist? Do you go with your gut? Do you get inputs from others?
Maximo 76 provides a variety of report options for you to choose from via its Open Reporting Architecture. This has been designed to enable you to utilize the reporting tool or... [More]
This is a true story (film rights reserved) but some names, events and facts may have been changed (due mainly to my typing and proofreading skills)
A tale of a hero - IBM Support Assistant ( ISA ) Team Server 5 and his sidekick (that would be me)
and of a villain - RC=13
It all started one wet and miserable morning in a small dark room in a place not so very far away. Disaster had struck as my server had just run out of memory. What could I do. Where could I turn. I had heard tales of a... [More]
How long have these been here? A jar of mustard, a bottle of pineapple juice and a wedge of unidentifiable cheese in the back corner of our refrigerator? While I scratch my head trying to remember the day of their last usage - I know that these items are extremely obsolete .
Likewise, you may have a number of items in your Inventory which are obsolete or inactive . To help you identify issues like these, new Inventory Management content for Maximo is now available! This content is contained within the... [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]
The view is very different at the bottom than the top of the Grand Canyon. Both are magnificent, but offer incredible, varying perspectives on one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The view of your data is very different in Maximo than it is in Cognos . Maximo’s very effective Business Intelligence tools, including KPIs, Application Exporting and Reporting, enable operational insight on your data. Cognos offers a very different analytical view on that same Maximo data.
Highlighting Cognos’... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Last week I showed you my cubicle . This week, I used one of my favorite tools – my Magic 8 Ball – to see if I should show you more, and received ‘Reply Hazy’ in return. Okay…I’ll follow its guidance and hold for now. But what I do want to share today is more information on Report Upgrading. When Maximo 126.96.36.199 was initially released, we noted that it included an upgrade to BIRT 3.7.1 . If you were using a previous version of Maximo (and hence a lower version of BIRT) we recommended report upgrade best practices which included backup... [More]
Read my mind. Have you ever muttered those words when someone asks you where the milk is ? or if there any cookies to go with that milk? Don’t try to read your user’s mind when detailing a report specification. Instead, work with your user to fully understand his report requirements, which you can then translate into a deliverable report specification. As noted in the last BiLog entries, we have been reviewing the best practices Of report specification development which include (1) Understand report capabilities (2) Understand user... [More]
The aftermath was astonishing. An energetic team of dedicated high school students strung toilet paper from each tree branch at our house in an annual tradition celebrating seniors on their swim team . While our daughter basked in the glory of at last being a senior, I gazed at the 100’s of strands of toilet paper, and wondered ‘What will the neighbors say?’. While understanding unique traditions may make your toes twitch, understanding report capabilities is key to developing accurate and achievable report specifications. In the last... [More]
Do you know how to fold one of these…..while cramped in car traveling 72 miles per hour…with a husband exasperated that you also don’t know how to read one…along with a dog panting in your ear and your child questioning ‘ Are we there yet ?’ We’ve since graduated to the amazing electronic GPS technology where a woman in a lovely voice calmly directs us to where we need to go. Truly loving this technology where no folding is required! As maps define how we get from here to there, report specifications do the same. Report specifications... [More]
I dissected our kitchen junk drawer this weekend. Although I’m not a hoarder , I did find a 41 golf pencils , $1.53 in Change and and 3 postcard stamps! While on this clearing spree, today’s Bilog dissects how QBR reports are stored in the database to clear up any confusion you may have. QBR, or Ad Hoc reports, enable you to create reports ‘on the fly’ without technical database or report development skills. In this previous BiLog entry, best practices were reviewed to detail which specific users you may want to grant QBR security... [More]
It’s stalagmites reaching over a winding river into the mountains of Arizona. It’s a family of dolphins laughing. It’s a cool rock in the woods. Remember stopping to really take a look at something – whether it was a rock or a cloud – and everyone would guess what they saw? We don’t want you to guess what TCR is, so today’s Bilog will review what it is and how you can enable it. TCR stands for Tivoli Common Reporting. Beginning with the Maximo 188.8.131.52 released in December 2009, an integration to the Cognos Reporting Products was... [More]
Everyone is different. Different physical characteristic like heights, weights, skin tones, and eyes combined with varied backgrounds, skills, beliefs and multiple other characteristics make each person unique. I love going to large events like baseball games where you see massive numbers of diverse individuals - sharing a similar interest. Likewise, your Version 7 users are similar in that they use Maximo, but they are each unique individuals with a broad range of skills sets and job requirements. Because of this diversity, you should... [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 184.108.40.206 release . In this release, there are now two report update utilities available for Page Break and Auto Layout. Both... [More]