I forgot. I had my headphones on.....and I forgot what a terrible singer I was when I let my voice escape. I also forgot what summer feels like, who won the superbowl in 2003 and how to make a mouth-watering Reuben sandwich. But I haven't forgotten what a report resource file is.
Resource files are .gif or .jpg images used in report designs. Within the Maximo delivered reports, two resource files are used. These are IBM_logo_black.gif and tivoli.gif, which are the two logos displayed at... [More]
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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]
Sometimes TWO is better than one. Speeding Tickets Noooooooo. Red Velvet Cookies , Coins and databases – YES!.
You may want to configure your Maximo environment to use TWO separate databases.
The first database is your production, transactional database that your Maximo UI servers utilize. The SECOND database can be configured for your reports to execute from. This second database is a snap-shot of your production, transactional database, and is... [More]
I can’t decide. Some days I want a pie. Other days, I only want a bar.
The new Maximo BI Workspaces are perfect for my indecisiveness. I can change the display of the metrics from a pie, to a bar or from a wide range of other graph types. Using the Work Order Metrics by Classification workspace as an example, I initially view the Backlog work order metric in column format.
This column format is very clear, but I want to re-structure this metric so I can view the data... [More]
Do you have a pair of these on your desk? Even if yours aren’t fire engine red with cubic zirconia sparkles…glasses enable us to see things more clearly.
Likewise, the Maximo Business Intelligence (BI) Packs enable you to view Maximo data in a much clearer format.
Frequently, your users export the results of an application query to Microsoft Excel to view and analyze Maximo data. However, as shown here, the results of that data can be overwhelming, and tedious... [More]
They are not for everyone. Some people cringe or run away quickly when seeing them – while others embrace the beauty of these amazing succulent plants.
Likewise, the new Maximo Business Intelligence (BI) Packs introduced here are not intended for every user in your environment. Its functionality targets a specific segment of your users. And giving this tool to that segment of users will enable them to dynamically and efficiently analyze Maximo data.
As detailed in these BiLogs earlier, we often place... [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]
X is misunderstood. It can drive some to hold up a plane’s takeoff. Others may celebrate with unusual sounds or squirm in agony when faced with it on their tile board. Second only to Q and Z with its 8 point value, X should be recognized as a critical alphabetical character.
Report request page xml is also often misunderstood. Misconceptions exist on what the request page xml is, when it needs to be generated and when it doesn’t need to be generated. To minimize that... [More]
Some rules are hard to follow. Not eating dessert before dinner. Always walking inside of the crosswalk. Not bringing my favorite Diet Raspberry Ice Tea to a movie theatre.
Business rules in Maximo specify product functionality. In the Maximo Cognos report integration, there are some key business rules to be aware of for the metadata publishing process we’ve been reviewing the last few weeks. As noted in the last entry, you can publish Report Object Structures... [More]
I made it to Step 294. In addition to my sneakers getting a workout over the last few weeks, we’ve also reviewed the Maximo- Cognos Report Integration.
Using Cognos reporting in your Maximo environment is one of the many report options available to you with Maximo’s Open Reporting Architecture. You can read more about these options in the Maximo 7.5 or Maximo 7.1 Report Upgrade Planning guides available here.
In the last BiLogs, we’ve talked thru... [More]
By Randy McDaniel
Whether you have 10 or 100 workers, do they have a clear idea of what is on their plate each day? Or do they kill time waiting or looking for supervisors to tell them what to do? Organizing work so it can be assigned to the right people at the right time is a challenge for achieving Plant and Facilities Maintenance Excellence.
Here are three simple concepts that will lead to effective and efficient work management:
Where? Where did I leave my keys ? Where is my to do list ? But most importantly…where are the cupcakes?
Where is a frequently used term in reporting – as the Maximo ‘Where’ clause is the key to launching any type of report from Maximo.
You can access Cognos Report Studio reports from within Maximo in a number of different ways as detailed in this prior Bilog entry . These Cognos reports can be executed using the Application query, also... [More]
My plant grew hands. I think he wants to stretch towards the sun, or at least ACCESS some of the cherry tomatoes growing on either side of him.
Likewise, you may want to ACCESS Cognos reports from Maximo. There are three ways that you can do this, including -
1. From an application’s Action Menu, you can select ‘Run Reports’ and access any registered Cognos Report. Once you select the Cognos report, its request page appears for you to enter parameter... [More]
I have an unwarranted fear of bridges. I attacked this fear head-on last week and forced myself to walk over a beautiful bridge in Portland, Oregon while attending the stellar MUWG conference. My legs were unsteady and my mind continually meandered to the rust surrounding me – but I eventually claimed victory on the other side of the Williamette River.
To minimize your meandering while looking for Maximo Report documentation, a new, downloadable spreadsheet has... [More]
I was fired from my first job. I was 16 years old, working as a busboy for a busy restaurant in Buffalo when my boss told me to refill the ice in the salad bar. As I carried a large bucket filled with ice past the busy dinner crowd, I suddenly lost my grip. As the ice chips settled everywhere – in plates of hot lasagna, bread baskets and under the feet of waitresses - my boss icely told me to grab a mop and then head home.
While I quickly learned that moving ice was not a viable career option for... [More]
They stack rocks higher in San Diego. Walking by the San Diego Pier while attending the fabulous FMMUG conference last week, I saw cairn rock sculptures over 10 feet high carefully being built.
Speaking of rocks…have you seen the new Maximo Report Wiki Site ….. and doesn’t it ROCK? Over 100 report wiki pages are available to you with virtual, detailed, dynamic information on a range of topics from report options, resources and... [More]
In 2012, IBM introduced the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk, a unified platform for IT Service Management.
In Feb 2013, we released updates to SmartCloud Control Desk, adding
more features, and another step towards the vision of a true control
center for your enterprise. Key new features include
Ability to set up an internal “enterprise app store” with automated backend fulfillment of the applications Map integration which enables ability to narrow down the geographic location of incidents and assign nearby resources “What-if” impact... [More]
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]
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]