IBM Maximo Asset Management’s new
With Maximo 7.6 IBM is now using a Continuous Delivery process to deliver new features. Instead of releasing all the new features in one chunk in the major releases, IBM is now pushing new features into the feature packs (the old good fixpacks) each 4-6 months.
Based on the IBM definition Maximo feature packs content will be a combination of bug fixes, and product features and enhancements. New functionality will be delivered in each of these and documented.
All other aspect of the feature pack as compared to the fix pack will remain unchanged. The feature packs will continue to be cumulative, be accompanied with documentation, and provided via Fix Central.
Regardless of your Maximo update policy, it is a good idea to understand what features have been recently released by IBM in order to plan your next update.
Improved updated commands to minimize downtime
When you install a feature pack or upgrade your current deployment, the configuration portion of the process includes tasks to update the database and build and deploy application EAR files. The application server must be stopped during this phase of the deployment, which can lead to extended downtime of your production environment. Maximo 18.104.22.168 feature pack delivers an improved updatedb program that splits the preparation of product class files and database updates into two separate commands: updatedblitepreprocessor and updatedblite. The first step of the updated process does not require stopping the application server.
New inventory reports
Three new reports were added in 22.214.171.124 to display the inventory item cost type (Average, Standard, LIFO, FIFO) and calculate its ABC, Economic Order Quantity (EOQ), or Report Output Period (ROP) by evaluating the transaction tables. The three new reports are Inventory ABC Transaction Date Analysis, Inventory EOQ Transaction Date Analysis, and Inventory ROP Transaction Date Analysis.
What’s new with inventory usage documents
Inventory Usage application forces a complete issue of all items on the usage document. In the past if you wanted to do a partial issue of items on the usage document, you had to manually create a new usage doc with the remaining items. In 126.96.36.199, you can now issue a partial quantity of an inventory usage document and create another usage document for the remaining quantity.
New Invoice Cost Variance report
The new Invoice Cost Variance report displays the cost variances for LIFO/FIFO items. These variances occur when there is a difference in the received Purchase Order Line cost and the Invoiced Line cost. This report can be used to reconcile cost differences.
SAML authentication protocol support
The application server can now be configured to integrate Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication protocol that authenticates your session to an Identity Provider (IdP) rather than directly to the system.
Maximo 188.8.131.52 allows the creation of asset depreciation schedules to reduce the value of an asset according to user-defined period thresholds. This feature provides you with a more accurate view of an asset’s current value and facilitates better decision making regarding an asset’s lifecycle.
The Maximo Integration Framework JSON API is now improved for IBM Maximo Asset Management 184.108.40.206. These improvements make it easier to send data in and out of Maximo.
Maximo 220.127.116.11 provided support for a RESTful JSON API to access Maximo data in a synchronous model using ‘Maximo JSON’-formatted data. New capabilities are now provided to support asynchronous integration of JSON messages through the integration JMS queues. This support is provided for Enterprise Service (inbound) and Publish Channel (outbound) messages. In order to support this capability, a JSON Mapper component is provided that supports the conversion of JSON data to and from Maximo XML. This is needed since the Integration Framework natively processes Maximo XML in order to interact with the Maximo Business Objects (MBOs).
The JSON Mapper application is being provided to allow an implementer to define a map of a JSON formatted message to and from a Maximo XML message that is defined by the Object Structure associated with the channel or service. The application allows the user to select JSON objects and properties and map them to Maximo objects and attributes. The map acts as a customization layer on the channel or service in a similar manner that is supported using Java™ or Scripting. As part of its definition, the map identifies the Channel or Service for which it will be executed. This map capability can also be used with an enterprise service that is invoked synchronously (no JMS queue) but where there is no support for a JSON Map with an Invocation Channel.
No Java in direct printing
The direct print feature no longer uses an applet and is now accessible on more browsers.
Data download from Start Center
This new feature allows you to download the contents of results sets in a Comma Separated Value (CSV) format via a new download button.
Work Centers are a brand new user interface for Maximo that simplify the way you can access and complete daily tasks without opening multiple applications. Work Centers are role-based user interfaces that you can access on any device, including desktop computers, notebooks, tablets, or smartphones. Four work centers are ready and available in Maximo 18.104.22.168: Business Analysis, Work Supervision, Work Execution, Business Analysis.
You can now configure authorization for data loaded through integration object structures. In the Object Structures application, developers can define and implement signature options (sigoptions) for an object structure. In the Security Groups application, security administrators can now grant user access to a specific object structure. Users who are associated with an inbound integration transaction can be granted read, insert, save, and delete access.
Improved Upgrade capabilities
The configuration tool includes a new upgrade action called Configure Existing 7.5 Environment for Upgrade. This action configures an existing Maximo Asset Management 7.5 deployment so it can be upgraded to a Maximo Asset Management 7.6 environment.
The configuration tool includes a new optional deployment action Update the database with the UpdateDBLite feature. This action helps you decrease the amount of production server downtime for upgrades and fix pack installations.
Service Requests Work Center
The brand new Service Requests Work Center allows users to quickly create service requests by using your desktop computer, laptop computer, or mobile device. You can also monitor the status of existing service requests that you created or are effected by. You can add new service requests by specifying the request category, identifying the location, defining the asset, and providing a description. You can upload photographs or videos to requests to provide more information.
Data Set Designer
Business analysts can use the Data Set Designer to create data sets quickly and without the involvement of IT personnel. Building a data set in the Data Set Designer involves selecting an object set and specifying the content or fields that you want to include. You can then configure the content by selecting fields and applying filters and sorting. While you are configuring the data set, you can use the preview feature and then you can export its contents to comma-separated value (CSV) format.
Building Information Models (BIM) applications
A new module, Building Information Models, is added to IBM Maximo Asset Management which includes two new applications: Building Information Modeling (BIM) Projects and Manage BIM Viewer applications. In the BIM Projects application, you can import building model data in COBie format into Maximo. After you import building data, you can view and manage the data in the Assets and Locations applications. If you install a third-party building model viewer in the Manage BIM Viewer application, you can display 3D view of the BIM models in the Assets, Locations, or Work Order Tracking applications.
License Usage Monitor application
You can use the new License Usage Monitor application to monitor your usage of licenses for Maximo products. You can use this information to optimize usage of licenses and determine whether your organization has purchased the correct number of licenses. The License Usage Monitor application does not prevent overuse of licenses and does not replace the IBM license auditing process. This application gathers information to help you understand your license usage.
No Java in Workflow Designer
The Maximo Workflow Designer application was updated and no longer requires a Java applet to function. This new design allows the Workflow Designer to be used with browsers with newer technology, such as Microsoft Edge, which do not support Java applets.