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]
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]
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]
Let's talk Pulse!!!! In just 4 short weeks, we hope to see you all at IBM Pulse in Las Vegas! Maximo will be featured under the 'Smarter Infrastructure' Track - and there are a number of tips and tricks we'd like to share with you to MAXIMIZE your Pulse User Experience. 1. Headed out Early? Be sure to participate in some of the Pre-Pulse Industry Solution Meetings including Saturday, March 2nd Maximo Rail Industry Summit 8:30 – 5:00 . Sunday, March 3rd Maximo Industry User Groups, 3-6 PM There are a wide variety of... [More]
At an area of 56 square feet with Lshaped tables, a single chair and 6 drawers of file cabinet space, each cubicle surrounding me is the same. Like the template that the contractor used to insure each cubicle is the same, Maximo uses templates and library files for consistency and re-usable components in its reports. Today, let's review the Maximo System Library, and key considerations for its configuration. Libraries store re-usable components, functionality and images. Each Maximo report is dependent on this library, and utilizes... [More]
Do you remember that movie Multiplicity where Michael Keaton clones himself to become more productive? A similar approach can be followed when using Maximo 7.5: if you want to perform work in parallel to become more productive, you can launch multiple browser tabs or windows as the same user. However, there are some limitations that you need to learn before attempting concurrent sessions. Server Sessions When you first connect to Maximo and login, you receive a unique Server Session between your client and the J2EE server that hosts the... [More]
Depending on how BIRT reports were developed, they may look fine on screen (HTML), but can be displayed in a different way when they are exported to or printed using PDF. A simple approach can be used so that BIRT reports will look the same on screen and when they print in PDF. This approach follows: 1) After a new report is created by clicking on File -> New -> Report, select all the report containers (table, grids, etc) and on their layout tab, select the Property Editor tab, Properties sub tab and the General option as per figure 1... [More]
With the sun warming his speckled skin, and in anticipation of his breakfast of insects, Leroy loves mornings. And similar to One Eyed Al , and the odd ostrich, I’m a member of their pack loving mornings and the explorations the day holds.
Today, let’s explore another component of the Report Upgrade. In this previous BiLog entry , the impact the report upgrade to version 371 in Maximo 7503 could have on your custom reports was detailed. But how do you know what reports may be impacted? Depending... [More]
In my experience as a software engineer, the value of an IBM Redbook in software design, implementation and maintenance can never be overemphasized. I started using Redbooks as reference material in my development projects back in the 90s. Learning and applying techniques and best practices always helped me deliver quality software to my customers on time. Back then I couldn't have imagined I would be part of a Redbook authors team! Time has moved on and I am really happy to share with all of you the link to the updated Migration Manager... [More]
Transaction processing associated with Maximo integration scenarios involving a high number of external systems, might not necessarily be the optimum when working with a SINGLE continuous queue. Application server’s queue configuration values will be driven by the largest common denominator that addresses the transactional needs of ALL external systems. Are you aware that is possible to specify to each external system in your integration scenario a dedicated continuous queue? By configuring Maximo’s integration framework continuous queue... [More]