I have been in Maximo Support for many years and often the question comes up what does LIFO/FIFO do?
You can define your costs on an item by item basis by changing the cost type in Inventory on that item or a default for your site in the Organization application->Select Action->Inventory Options->Inventory Costs.
In here, you can define what accounting method you want to track so that your costs reflect the standard for that item.
When you do that, the Inventory application displays a different table.
It is around that time of year again when budgets are released, so the cash pours in(or seen the current economic climate more like trickles in..) to do a Maximo or TPAE upgrade or installation.
With that I have noticed over the years recurring questions of many of you out there how any redundant or not operated Maximo Add-ons or Industry Solutions can be un-installed.
The simple answer is , Maximo Add-ons or Industry Solutions cannot be un-installed.
To name some Add-ons or IS' , but by no means all of the widely used... [More]
Contributors: Steve Hauptman, Ted Lyons, Mike Sielian, John Cook, Melody Bienfang
This post describes a technical solution that gives clients the flexibility to delete attached documents (DOCLINKS) seamlessly and with ease. By leveraging existing functionality in Maximo namely Escalations and Automation Scripting, you can purge attached documents from the location where the document physically lives. A selection criteria should be defined in an Escalation (e.g. STATUS... [More]
The Maximo Support Resources pages have been redesigned to meet IBM Mobile standards and provide a better user experience. These pages provide a Maximo centric view of the IBM online experience with quick access to all sorts of resources including Support, Developer Works, SMC, Documentation all in a single location. In addition, these pages are built to deliver quick results on the topics most requested from our clients. With a single click, all documents related to a particular Maximo topic are returned... [More]
Email Interaction Setup (EIS) application application is included in Maximo Asset Management Fixpack 188.8.131.52 and above.
With EIS users can interact with Maximo using a smartphone without having to login to Maximo:
Change the status of a record such as a work order
Accept or reject a workflow assignment
Update attributes such as the start date
The overall benefit of using Email Interaction Setup is that progress is not held up while waiting for the action of an end user.
Below is a... [More]
After upgrading to Maximo 7.5 many clients have decided to keep on using Issues and Transfer application. One of the reasons for using Issues and Transfer application instead of the new Inventory Usage application is due to training issues. Users do not want to learn a whole new application and business owners do not want to spend money on training.
However, Inventory usage application is actually quite easy to use and it offers all the features available in Issues and Transfer application.
The current Migration Group, CLASSIFICATIONDATA, does not migrate the Attributes and Measure Units.
This can result in missing descriptions on Attributes and Measure Units which can be confusing for the end user.
The solution is to add two new Migration Objects for these two objects so that they can be migrated and then to create
a new Migration Group containing the exisitng DMCLASSIFICATION Migration Object and the two new created
Migration Objects for Attributes and Measure Units.
Creating the two new Migration Objects
with Steve Haupman, Anamitra Bhattacharyya and Sampath Sriramadhesikan (IBM US)
The purpose of this article is to present a technical solution using Maximo Automated Scripting to the problem of plain text white space content via email appearing flattened in the SR ticket Rich Text Editor (RTE).
Before getting into the nitty-gritty details, it's important to mention that this is a single application of scripting to this type of problem. If the plain text is coming in... [More]
One of Jakob Nielsen’s top ten rules for usability is: Minimize the user's memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Sometimes adding an additional field or section into an application can greatly improve the efficiency of your end users. You can add fields or sections to an existing user interface through configuration by using the Application Designer. Here’s a tutorial on adding a simple field into the user interface that was posted... [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]
A best practice of User Interface design is to only show the information that a particular user cares about. To quote from Jakob Nielsen : "Dialogues should not contain information which is irrelevant or rarely needed. Every extra unit of information in a dialogue competes with the relevant units of information and diminishes their relative visibility." Showing only the information that your users care about can greatly increase their productivity and reduce your support and administrative costs. For example, you might want the... [More]
Interested in HA and DR configuration with SCCD and Maximo? A new RedBook draft is now available for download. In today’s global environment, more and more organizations need to
reduce their downtime to the minimum possible and look for continuous
availability of their systems. Products based on the IBM® Tivoli®
Process Automation Engine (TPAE), like IBM Maximo® Asset Management,
Maximo Industry Solutions, and IBM SmartCloud™ Control Desk, often play a
role in such environments and thus also have continuous availability... [More]
A new installation guide is available for installing Maximo Asset Management version 7.5 on WebSphere Application Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Active Directory. For detailed information, see the technote: Installation Guide for Maximo Asset Management version 7.5 (WebSphere Application Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Active Directory) . In July 2012, as part of the 184.108.40.206 fix pack release, customized installation guides were published to focus on some of the most common middleware configurations. These guides contain... [More]
Support technical exchanges (STEs) are educational sessions led by our subject matters experts (SMEs) from within our product support team. These SMEs can provide a fresh prospective on your Tivoli products, as well as, best practices you can take home. To find the upcoming schedule of STEs, as well as re-plays from previous STEs, for the Maximo and Maximo based products (SCCD, TSRM, CCMDB) check out this link: http://ibm.co/OGKGUv
Do you receive daily deal-of-the-day
emails from websites that feature discounted gift certificates such
as Dinner: Buy one, get one free , or 50% off the price of
selected beauty treatments ? The Buy Now button can be tempting
but if you're like me, you like to get more information before you
decide to click.
When you receive error and warning
messages in Maximo, you also might like to get more information
before you proceed. Starting in Maximo 220.127.116.11,you can find additional information on the error and warnings messages as topics... [More]
A friend of mine recently lost her cell phone and all her contacts. It got me thinking about how most people don't memorize phone numbers anymore as they are readily available as needed from our cells - much like Maximo system properties. As there are 400+ system properties in Maximo Asset Management 18.104.22.168 - far too many to remember - we have categorized and documented the properties in the Maximo Asset Management Information Center. Categories include automation script, database, email interaction setup, OSLC, report integration, server,... [More]
The TPAE/Maximo Multi-tenancy development project is the latest to adopt a fully transparent development approach. Through this approach, the development team is providing open access to key development assets so that clients and business partners can provide direct feedback and make a direct feedback on the direction of the project. These development artifacts include the following, each of which can be accessed from the project dashboard on Service Management Connect : Release plan Individual plan items within the release Demos Access to... [More]
On July 27, 2012, IBM Software released the Base Services 22.214.171.124 fix pack for Maximo Asset Management, Maximo Asset Management Essentials, and Tivoli Asset Management for IT. L2 Support and Development strongly recommend that you apply this maintenance to insure your system has the latest fixes and enhancements. For more information on this Fix Pack including links for download,
prerequisites, and considerations see the download document located
In July, IBM released the following fixes for Maximo Asset Management and related products. Please read the considerations and prerequisites before installing. Details can be found below: Maximo Asset Management Fix Pack 126.96.36.199 July 20 http://bit.ly/maximo7503 Maximo Asset Management Essentials Fix Pack 188.8.131.52 July 20 http://bit.ly/mx7503ess Maximo Asset Management Interim Fix 002 for Fix Pack 184.108.40.206 July 20 http://bit.ly/mam7502if002 Maximo Spatial Asset Management Fix Pack 220.127.116.11 July 12 http://bit.ly/mxspatial7501 Maximo For Utilities... [More]
IBM Software released the 18.104.22.168 fix pack for Maximo Asset Management and Maximo Asset Management Essentials. For more information on this Fix Pack including links for download, prerequisites, and considerations see the download document located here: http://ibm.co/ODHec2
Introduction Sometimes during the execution of Escalations and Workflow processes in Maximo it is necessary for customers to implement additional processing or logic that may be specific to their business needs and/or processes. Maximo provides a simple yet powerful hook into the Maximo Business Object (MBO) framework in the form of an action custom class. Customers can develop and write their own customization's using the Java programming language and register them inside the Action application. The custom actions can then be invoked from... [More]
Independence of security groups are one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Maximo/TPAE security construct. Why would you want a group to be independent? What are the implications of checking that check box? Basically, security group independence exists to allow you to configure site specific access to a set of applications, options or controls. If you are not configuring site specific rules you don’t need an Independent group. If you only have one site, you should never have Independent groups. By default, security groups combine with... [More]
Problem In Maximo we provide the capability to send Role based emails. A role is defined in the Roles application and is typically attached to a communication template while sending an email. Behind the scenes Maximo resolves the email addresses of the members in a role and sets the "TO:" field with a list of email addresses. However there is always a chance that one or more of these addresses on the list could be invalid due to a variety of reasons. When there are one or more invalid email addresses on the "TO:" list... [More]
A new article has been published on developerWorks that assists users with configuring IBM Maximo for Tivoli Directory Integrator. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: IBM® Tivoli® Directory Integrator enables synchronization,
transformation and migration of generic and identity data across
heterogeneous systems, helping organizations maintain consistent and
trusted data across multiple resources. Tivoli Asset Management for IT (TAMIT) solutions deliver increased
visibility, control and automation to support efficient,... [More]
Conditional Expressions are a powerful tool in Maximo and other TPAE-based products. However, it may be difficult to understand all the possible usages of such feature or to determine what is the best solution to implement a particular personalization. There are four ways of using Conditional Expressions. Conditional UI - Allows to dynamically change the presentation elements for an application based on a combination of the security groups the user belongs to, and the conditional expression being used. For example, if the asset is a type=IT,... [More]
A recent article revealed the 25 worst passwords of 2011 according to SplashData's compliation of lists posted online by hackers. Some are the 'usual suspects' but many are much more unexpected. As a reminder, strong passwords: Are case-sensitive Be at least 8 characters long Require a number and/or special character Never be the same as the user ID Never be a word that is easy to guess such as ‘password’ or ‘maximo’ Must be changed regularly, such as every 90 days Here is the list of the worst passwords of the year password 123456 12345678... [More]
Here in the Maximo development team we try to reinvent the wheel as little as possible. Part of the reason we run on application servers such as WebSphere is the robust feature set that they offer – and that we don’t have to build. Especially in the area of security, we leverage the capabilities of the application server for a great deal of functionality. Many of our certifications for things like IPv6 compliance and encryption standards come directly from the capabilities of the application server. We use application server capabilities for... [More]
IBM released Maximo 7.5 in April 2011. This release is built
on top of Tivoli
process automation engine (Tpae) 7.5. Tpae 7.5 provides a number of
improvements and enhancements in many different areas. One of the key Tpae
components with significant new features is Migration Manager. These features
were added based on customer input and experience using Migration Manager. The
goal in adding these new features is to accelerate migration package design and
the overall migration effort while reducing the implementation... [More]
If you are a developer working with Maximo's MXServer API you may find the following public methods useful. They are exposed via the MXServerRemote interface and can be accessed through a static reference ... MXServer.getMXServer(). These methods are available in TPAE 7.5 and higher and also in fix packs 22.214.171.124 and higher. ___________________________________________________________________________________ public ArrayList getMboCounts() throws MXApplicationException This method returns an ArrayList of MboSet and Mbo counts. The Array... [More]
Are you interested in solutions that handle high availability for unplanned outages considering all the components of your Tivoli's process automation engine (Tpae) based product? The white paper "Providing High Availability for Tivoli Process Automation Engine based applications" is now available on the ISM Library at http://ibm.co/oeuy1c
This paper explores high availability solutions for products based on Tpae. High availability solution for these products rely on the high availability of underlying components such as IBM... [More]