Do you need a quick way to determine what customizations you’ve made to your Maximo Asset Management 7.5 installation?
If so, check out the Customization Detection tool. The tool currently works on Maximo Asset Management Version 126.96.36.199 and higher. The tool provides information about customizations for business objects, field classes, and services that were customized (extended/added) for the out-of-the-box system. It does not provide information about UI bean classes or other configuration changes.
For information... [More]
I need to set limits when faced with these. Knows as Fluffernutters, smooth, decadent peanut butter and sticky marshmallow topping on plain white bread form the ultimate comfort sandwich. With a cold glass of milk, the number I can toss down is crazy high.
You may also need to stop your users from over-indulging by setting records limits when they create Ad Hoc or QBR (Query Based Reports.) The creation process of ad hoc reporting is where users select the fields, application query,... [More]
Recently, I encountered a use case of crossover domain that worth blogging about.
The concept of crossover domain is simple. It is a way to trigger something to happen when an attribute is being populated. That something is to copy one or more attributes from a related object to the current object that is involved in the operation at this moment. For example, you want to “crossover” the item’s description when you are putting the item on the purchase order that you are creating.
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]
Even though in the out-of-the-box configuration, the LONGDESCRIPTION table and its LDTEXT field are audit enabled, it does not mean all objects’ Long Description fields are audit enabled. For audit records to be generated for a specific object’s Long Description field, you need to set the object as well as its DESCRIPTION_LONGDESCRIPTION field to audit-enabled.
For example, if you'd like to audit the ASSET table's Long Description field, these steps need to... [More]
When following the current Best Practices for Performance white paper, one of the Generic JVM arguments that is recommended is to set the -Xdisableexplicitgc parameter. Setting this parameter turns a System.gc() call into a no-op.
This parameter works well for the vast majority of our clients. However, there have been a few cases where JVM memory is fairly tight due to the specific workloads that the end users are generating. In some cases, requests for object memory grow faster than the Java virtual machines decides to... [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]
The Nightmare of Accidentally Closed Work Orders
How do I stop my users from accidentally closing their work orders?
I had a user who accidentally closed 350 work orders, what should I do?
How can I un-close a work order?
I get these kinds of questions all the time. The problem here is closed work orders are closed. We have a closed status for a reason. Its meant to say this work order is done and I don’t want anyone making any more changes to it. But what about human error? People... [More]
Have you noticed a new look and feel for the Maximo Asset Management
wiki? That's because we moved the wiki to the IBM Connections
platform. The URL for the Connections wiki is
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/connect/IBMMaximoAssetManagement/ This wiki is being upgraded and will be in maintenance mode from Friday, April 12, until 9 a.m. EST on Monday, April 15. You will not be able to view the wiki during this period. After the upgrade, you'll notice new features and enhancements to the user interface. Bookmark the URL and check... [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]
The Middleware Installer for Maximo and other Maximo based products provides an option to install and configure IBM Tivoli Directory Server as an LDAP server for Maximo Security. Sometimes, it may be desirable to install and configure ITDS manually. This new Wiki page outlines a step by step procedure for installing and configuring ITDS for Maximo Security. You can also access the page at this shortened url: http://ibm.co/XtFE3U The procedure detailed in the wiki page includes steps on adding the required Maximo security users but can... [More]
An established Maximo Asset Management 7.5 deployment can be copied into multiple environments. This allows you to duplicate environments for the purposes of development, testing, and prototyping. You can refine best practices for your product in development and test environments. You can then apply the best practices to the production environment. A new document describing the cloning process for is available on the IBM Maximo Asset Management wiki . This document provides information on cloning a Maximo Asset Management 7.5 environment... [More]
At IBM we often get asked about security vulnerabilities and
how our products are impacted. Did you know there is a pro-active step you can
take to stay informed? IBM has a community, similar to the Asset Management
one, where you can subscribe to security alerts and bulletins. Here you can
find IBMs response to all of the things that you may hear of on the news and
resources for improving security in your own organization.
Customers and outside organizations report possible issues to IBM and then
uses standards similar to the... [More]
Maximo Mobile 7.5.1 has just recently been released and in
addition to being supported on Windows and Windows Mobile devices, it can now
be run on Android phones and tablets. This is great news for many clients who
have had trouble finding mobile devices they are happy with. Android offers a
number of options from ruggedized devices to phones and tablets. With this
Android support, we can also support voice to text data entry, taking pictures
with the camera and having them become attachments without having to leave the
application and... [More]
You can create screencasts (also known as viewlets) of Maximo to help your employees learn more about the product or to help them understand and complete complex tasks. Often, a company customizes Maximo and screencasts are a good way of providing company-specific information to your employees that is not available in Information Centers or other IBM platforms. A screencast is basically a recording of the computer screen, which can be produced and edited to create video demonstrations. Used correctly, screencasts can be an engaging and... [More]