The customized reports developed in BIRT and added to Maximo Base Services applications can be easily available at Industry Solutions cloned applications. To describe these steps, here is an example of adding a report from Work Order application (Maximo Base Services) to Work Order (Oil) application (Maximo for Oil and Gas).
Considering a customer who has developed a customized BIRT report in Work Order application and wants to make this report available at Work Order (Oil) application.
Customer's report... [More]
A few days ago Pam Denny and I had a discussion on whether any aspects of reporting could be automated through automation scripts. I had heard similar questions from clients at a previous Pulse event and I was quite intrigued by the possibilities. The user need was very clear though: can the end user avoid having to click through a number of steps to configure report execution and instead of the system execute the report in a pre-configured way? Such an approach should not require Java customization.
I spent some time reviewing 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]
Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Dogs and Baseball and Champagne on New Years
work seamlessly together to produce winning combinations. These timeless combinations produce great happiness
to all of us fortunate to consume them.
And today, I’m thrilled to announce a new classic combination member --
Workflow and Reporting - - which is sure to bring great excitement to all your Maximo users.
With the IBM Maximo 7.5 products, extensive capability is
available in the functional areas of reporting and workflow. Now, these two key... [More]
Got Game – Holiday Game? Game
from cheering on the Packers, maximizing your consumption of apple or pumpkin
pie, or Game from braving the crowds on Black Friday? My game came into play last week in a
Lasertron Match with over 40 family members after an incredible Thanksgiving
Day Feast. While my phaser accuracy would cause teammates
to cry for trades, our family had an amazing time in our annual, Buffalo tradition.
As we turn from holidays back to the work week, we change from
Got Game to Got Audit Requirements.
While getting our English Bulldog ready for Halloween on
Saturday (reference last week’s BiLog entry on an unexpected snow storm which delayed
the Halloween Happenings!)....I kept thinking that in contrast to Max’s very
stubborn demeanor….his costume is amazingly simple and flexible. Max is a reindeer for Halloween, a reindeer
for Christmas, and a reindeer again when we ring in the New Year! Just like Max’s diverse, flexible reindeer costume, Maximo reports
are very flexible in that they can be executed against three different sets... [More]
Weighing in at over 1,200 pounds, seven feet in height and with antlers over 5 feet wide, moose are intimidating and inspiring. This week I'm heading to Maine, whose official State Animal is the moose. I'm driving to Maine to see a Maximo client - and while it would be incredible to see a moose on the drive up - -I'll be more than happy to see the occasional squirrel storing up his acorns for the winter.
The client has asked me to spend some time with them on getting started with their... [More]
Terry Francona, manager of the Boston Red Sox who led them to two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007...out after experiencing one of the worst team collapses in Sports History. Rory McIlroy, 22 year old golf professional and winner of 2011 US Open..in. Whoopie Pies In (OMG..Aren't they the greatest!) ...Cupcakes Out. Blue In...Grey Out. Shipment Details In...Purchase Requisition List Out. Like changes in sports, food or colors, the reports that are delivered from one Maximo release to another also changes. Delivered reports... [More]
During last week’s reporting web conference , one question that was asked was how you could configure your favorite reports to display directly on the Start Center. These might be reports you frequently access, or that you want your users to focus on as they contain critical information.
One way you can do this is by using the Report List Portlet. Within this portlet, you can select any number and types of reports to display on the Start Center, including detail, Ad Hoc, and reports... [More]
In the Version 7 releases, you can create very powerful ad hoc reports in within the various Maximo applications - without requiring developer's technical skills or database knowledge - to meet your individual business and project needs. This functionality is often referred to as QBR, or Query Based Reporting. Throughout the BiLog (Business Intelligence) entries, I've touched upon some of the features of QBR reporting including
Using an application's query and extending thru QBR at http://ibm.co/hzh70D
In the last few BiLog entries, I've talked about a variety of performance enablers, including
Enabling Complex reports to be executed via schedules only at http://ibm.co/ov4ShP
Defining‘non-peak server time’ when complex reports should be executed at http://ibm.co/qUYirf
Setting record limits to minimize user data (process) overindulgences at http://ibm.co/qy6JbX
While doing this, I’ve also brought in some analogies on enormous food buffets, and agonizing Boston Area Traffic.
Today, I'll build upon the... [More]
Sitting here in my cube with my stomach growling at a increasingly rapid pace, I can’t help but think of how the Maximo database is like a food buffet. Those huge, long food buffets overflowing with food often found on a cruise ship, in Las Vegas, or if you’re lucky, at a neighbor’s open house. We often overindulge at these buffets, eating well over our capacity – because the food is there and we think we need it.
Like buffets, Maximo users often have access to large amounts of data. And with this access, users may believe they... [More]
During the last week of July, over
800 individuals gathered for IBM Tivoli’s Pulse Conference in Melbourne, Australia. At the second largest Tivoli Pulse Conference, attendees networked and interacted to learn from IBMers and Business partners on the latest functionality and products and from other
attendees on implementation best practices. This blog post has more details: Australian Pulse Conference. I had the amazing opportunity to present on Maximo Reporting at this conference, and a key topic that came up with a number of clients was... [More]
…the tools that give us the power
of change. From the Faber Castell Eraser
that lets us fix the mistake on our college math test, the whiteout we use to
correct information on a form or the magical F2 and backspace keys that let us
fix our occasionally turbulent keystrokes.
Sadly, some things in life can’t
be edited. We can’t go back 25 years
ago to 1986 with our eraser and correct Bill Buckner’s fielding error with the
Red Sox that cost them the World Series, or buy oodles of Microsoft Stock when
it went public at... [More]
The previous BiLog entry discussed
the key items to consider when defining maxrelationships in your ROS.
One of its major components is c ardinality, which is used to define
the type of the database relationship.
In the case of reporting, there are two types: One-to-one (1:1) or single relationships, or One-to-many
(1:N) or Multiple Relationships.
To highlight the differences in cardinality, let’s use an
example from the Purchase Requisition application.
The relationship between a Purchase
Requisition and a Company... [More]