Within the Maximo and Version 7 product lines, there are numerous ways you can analyze your data. As a Balderdash lover and an IBMer immersed daily in a sea of acronyms, these data options are listed below in increasing range of data analysis capability. QBE – Query By Example. Using your application’s filter and/or query, you can immediately download your results for additional analysis in Microsoft Excel. KPI - Key Performance Indicators. Visual indicators displaying status against predefined targets. RS – Result Sets. ... [More]
QBE (Query by Example) is an excellent way for you to quickly take the results of your application query and/or filters and export them to Microsoft Excel. You can then view each of the list tab fields, and perform additional analysis, combine the data with other queries, print, or save. However, often users want to see additional fields in the exported data. And the fields that one user may want to see are not the same as fields another user may want to see. You can modify the list of fields that displays with the Application Designer. ... [More]
Coming in on a Monday morning after a great Red Sox win over
the Yankees last night…I can’t help wonder what is the biggest team win you’re
recently experienced. Was it the 2004
Red Sox World Series Championship? Or maybe a political lobby you have been
involved with for something like the approvals of Wind Turbines? Or maybe something simpler like your child’s music,
baseball, or lacrosse team win this weekend?
One of the biggest team wins I’ve recently been involved
with is with the release of our latest software, Maximo... [More]
Throughout the last few BiLog’s
we’ve been introducing you to the new report features in the recently released
7.5 product – while keeping you immersed in acronyms, Boston Red Sox Trivia and
other amazing facts on erasers and how long it took to build Rome .
And while you may expect a trend
here to continue, let me take a slight detour
and introduce a new backronym, RTF. If
you’re not familiar with backronyms, it is where you have an acronym – and then
find the words to form one. So – while you
would expect RTF in this... [More]
Have you ever encountered or built
a cairn ? Cairns
are stacks or formations of rocks that you can often see on hiking trails or
parks. Some believe they are used as
trail markers, while others state they are artistic monuments celebrating
nature. I saw a number of cairns while taking a break from teaching a course in Arizona last week, and added
my own interpretation while heading back from Squaw Peak Trail.
As I thought about this week’s
blog – I couldn’t help but think back to those really cool cairns and how they... [More]
On June 10, 2011, a new report option has been made available for Maximo 6 clients in the version 6.2.8 release. This option extends our current suite of reporting tools to enable the user of BIRT reporting thru a Maximo version 7 instance. This new integration is called Version 7 Report Integration, or V7RI.
The V7RI integration utilizes the ERI, External Report Integration to integrate your existing Maximo 6 environment to a version 7 Environment, which is configured for reporting only.
To enable this... [More]
Choices. Every aspect
of our lives is packed with them.
Firefox, Chrome or IE? Small,
Medium, Large or Jumbo? Mouse or
touchpad? Blueberry pie – with or
without ice cream? Shoes, Sneakers or flip flops? To tweet or not to tweet? Keeping with that trend, we are now enabling you additional
choices for your development of V7 reports with the delivery of Portrait Report
Report Templates are one of a few different ways your report
developers can create custom reports in the Version 7 Report Design Tool.... [More]
Clear. Cold. Refreshing. Three words which could describe anything from a glass of water, a plunge in the Arctic Ocean, rice noodles, a class mint Mojito, or a run thru a sprinkler on a hot July Day. Maybe another image comes to your mind...and you may quickly see where I'm going with this. Text descriptions can often lead much to the imagination . Visual ambiguities however, can lead to serious issues in our work environments, as everyone must have the same, consistent understanding of assets, items, or work orders. A solid way to enable... [More]
Do you remember the feeling when you put on a pair of pants that you
haven’t worn in awhile, and find money in your pocket? Whether its $1, $5 or even sometimes $20 –
its an unexpected surprise – finding this great treasure that you didn’t
know you had. Over 4 million Facebook
users agree with this amazing feeling of ‘Finding Money In Your Pocket’! This same feeling holds true to the Business Intelligence (BI) features in Maximo. We often spend so much time talking about the new features in each release, that we neglect the... [More]
When disasters like the massive earthquake earlier this year in Japan, or the deadly earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, people and organizations from all over the world work together to help and rebuild these devastated areas. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to help locally by rebuilding houses for people in need through Habitat for Humanity. This weekend I worked with an amazing team of individuals, including power company employees, a school teacher, a housewife, a retired architect, and high school teenagers, in rebuilding a... [More]
In last week’s BiLog , we talked about report usage, and how
you can utilize a variety of mechanisms, including reports, KPIs or result sets
to monitor which reports your users are and are not using. Report usage information is also critical in identifying
your reports which take to longest time to execute, as you want to insure these
are optimized for report performance.
Why is this important?
Like so many things, reports follow the 80/20 rule, where 80% of your
report processing is done by only 20% of your reports. So as... [More]
Do you ever find yourself stuck in car or airline traffic? If you have, do you find yourself deeply sighing or groaning in agony thinking of where you need to be? Or do you become a pounder – pounding your fists on the steering wheel or your feet thru the airline concourse while a number of choice words come muttering out of your mouth?
Living in the Boston Area for the last 12 years, I’ve encountered a number of car and airline traffic jams. My most recent traffic jam was last night... [More]
have questions on the future reporting direction of Maximo? Have you heard about V7RI for Maximo 6 but don't know what it is? Are you having problems locating the listing of delivered reports in the Version 7 releases? Is it
true you can edit a QBR report in the 7.5 releases? To get these and other Maximo reporting questions answered, please join me on Tuesday, September 20th at 10am EST for 90 minutes of a live, interactive session on Maximo reporting. In the first 30 minutes of the session, we will review the report options... [More]
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Not only are these three words critical to insuring a sustainable environment, but they can also be critical to how we approach reporting.
Reduce the number of custom reports you design, develop, test, administer and maintain.
Reuse functionality to meet varying user business needs.
Recycle what you have learned, and apply to existing and future releases
T oday, I’m going to focus on reusing functionality - -... [More]
On Tuesday, September 20 th , I had an amazing
opportunity to host a web conference for our Maximo and Version 7 clients. This session shared the latest information on Business Intelligence and Reporting, but most importantly - was opened up for over 60 minutes to give you - our clients - the opportunity to ask questions. With representatives from over 15 companies, you asked tremendous, detailed questions on reporting strategy and functionality. Your questions led others to ask questions -- so you quickly learned information and best... [More]