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What is Maximo Application Suite?

  • 1.  What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 30 days ago
    Edited by User1971 26 days ago
    1. What is Maximo Application Suite?
    2. Is Maximo Application Suite stable, and is it available now?
    3. What are some key differences between Maximo Application Suite and Maximo Asset Management?

    Thank you.



  • 2.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 30 days ago
    To the best of my knowledge as someone who does not work for IBM...

    Maximo Application Suite is the next major release of Maximo (i.e. Maximo 8). There are some fairly significant changes planned for the release, both from new functionality being delivered as well as the back-end infrastructure supporting Maximo. The suite will be organized into:
    • Manage: This is the current Maximo Asset Management capabilities
    • Health: This is the current Maximo Asset Health Insights product add-on
    • Monitor: This is a new offering that will enable connections to SCADA systems and other data aggregators
    • Predict: IBM's Predictive Maintenance solution
    On the back-end, Maximo Application Suite will be utilizing OpenShift containers.

    I believe that the current release timeline is Q1 2021. There's a good possibility that the above suite could be rolled out module-by-module.

    Hope this helps,
    Alex

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    Alex Walter
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  • 3.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 30 days ago
    Maximo Application Suite is really "a suite" what I understand.
    Maximo application suite 8 consists of several "products" including Maximo 7.6.1.2, which will be renamed to "Maximo manage" . The Asset monitoring products in the suite will be called "Maximo Monitor"




  • 4.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 30 days ago

    Speaking purely based on what I've seen in public roadmap sessions. Similar to Alex, I do not work for IBM.  

    1) Maximo Application Suite is taking a lot of existing products that were under the Maximo brand (some of them relatively recently renamed) and creating a more coherent solution that includes all of those products together. As an example, creating a single identity that all the products can utilize and enabling single sign on to each product so that it doesn't feel like you're using different products.

    As Alex mentions, the core Maximo product (along with industry solutions/add-ons) is referred to as Manage (which they separate Mobile & Scheduler into separate apps, but I still include mentally in this category), and there are Monitor, Health, Predict, Assist, Safety, & Visual Inspection applications that are added to that. These were previously additional offerings you would have to license that had varying levels of integration inside of core Maximo. 

    2) You can buy Maximo Application Suite today as a generally available product but it does not contain all of the applications. While you are given entitlements to core Maximo for example, it isn't inside the Application Suite today and would have to be installed and configured similar to how it is managed today. As Alex mentions, IBM is targeting getting the core Maximo product in the Application Suite in Q1 of 2021 with some of the other apps planning to be added in between.

    3) Different is hard to describe until everything is implemented as I think the list will grow pretty quickly but there are a few ways that we know now make it very different than core Maximo. The first is that everything will be running entirely in OpenShift. Very few customers are using containers to run Maximo today because there have been various limitations. Up until 7.6.1.2 for example, you had to pay and host a WebSphere MQ if you wanted high availability JMS. With 7.6.1.2 IBM has added the ability to use Kafka as an alternative JMS.  

    Second is around licensing. The Application Suite will use a concept similar to token licensing (but unique to application suite) called App Points. This makes licensing based on concurrent users instead of named users. These licenses also include multiple products, depending on which level you choose. For example, the first tier (5 app points) includes Limited user entitlements (including for industry solutions), calibration, spatial, linear, Monitor, and Mobility (Maximo Anywhere). Traditionally you would have to buy licenses for each of those, so it might be more cost effective depending on what you intend to utilize. 

    Note that unlike Maximo today, there isn't an Express license equivalent or an Anywhere only user license. Self-service is still allowed at no charge. 



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    Steven Shull
    Director of Development
    Projetech Inc
    Cincinnati OH
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  • 5.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 29 days ago
    1. I recently updated the Maximo Overview on Maximo Secrets, page 20 is what you will be interested in. http://maximosecrets.com/portfolio/maximo-overview/
    2. IBM are adding products in stages MAS 8.1 is out, 8.2. is expected soon, 8.3 which will incorporate the Manage element (Maximo as we know it) is due Q121 but dates may change. If you have a new project today you should be looking to license on MAS even if you only implement the Manage element, entitlement to Manage was available in the first release.
    3. The latest Maximo is 7.6.1.2. But Maximo has many products, Maximo Application Suite will bundle many of these (not all), you pay for what you use, when you use it. If you could see MAS 8.3 today (which you can't) you are unlikely to see many differences except for the Work Centers which will move to the unified user interface based on IBM standard - Carbon. The non-Work Center applications are likely to be identical, but my guess is that IBM will update the skin to reflect a little more how it feels with the Carbon interface.

    You need to look further ahead to think about your strategy with regard to Maximo versus MAS. This month Maximo 7.6.0.x had End of Support announced. There will be a time in the future when 7.6.1.x will also reach EOS. IBM will not want to support multiple versions into the future, so inevitably clients will need to look to migrate to MAS. That involves changing the license model from perpetual to term based, so there will need to be a negotiation with IBM sales. The other point I would make is that IBM are likely to want to make changes to the Maximo element in the MAS version. Maximo 7.6.1.2 may only get bug fixes and small enhancements, that is what IBM have said, but in practise that may be more difficult as you wouldn't want to manage, say, two versions of HSE. But IBM need to find a way of getting clients over to MAS eventually, so new features in MAS that does not exist in Maximo may be the answer.

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    Andrew Jeffery
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  • 6.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 28 days ago

    Hi 1971,

    MAS is 3 things, in my opinion. 

    Firstly it's a broadening of scope.  Maximo is moving into Operations and APM.  MAS brings together Maximo, Connect, Health, Predict, and in the future, Assist and MROIO.

    Secondly it's a new technology platform.  Maximo and all the components listed above used to be separate monolithic applications.  They have been, or are in the process of being, refactored on to OpenShift.  This will allow for easier management, and deployment on internal servers, or on IBM or 3rd party Clouds.

    Thirdly, its a new licensing paradigm.  We are no longer licensing sub-modules and add-ons separately.  Maximo users will map to one of 3 t-shirt sizes (I hate that term, but it is descriptive).  Ultimately all Maximo users will get access to everything they need to be effective without having to go back to their mgmt, or IBM, to license components.

    Your second question - is it stable?  Yes, the team is being careful to manage the migration to ensure it can be supported.  I'm not a technologist but I think moving to Openshift will improve reliability - it certainly improves scalability - which is correlated at our largest clients.


    Your third question - how is it different?   Mx v7.6 is just business as usual.  It will be supported per the support policy.  It won't have the new licenses, new platform and new functions explained above. 

    Feel free to call or email me if you'd like to discuss.



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    David Smith
    Asset Management for Utilities
    IBM
    3154007419 smithad@us.ibm.com
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  • 7.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Thanks everyone for your input. It has helped clear things up.


  • 8.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 18 days ago
    All,

    Thanks for the insight.  
    Do you know if IBM offers any demo of Maximo Application Suite where we can login to know more its capabilities?


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    Dianne Woodley
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  • 9.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 18 days ago
    Dianne,

    On this page (https://www.ibm.com/products/maximo) there are two Demo buttons. Watch the Demo on the left and Try Demo on the upper right.  The Try demo will ask you to input contact info (hey we wanna sell to you right? 😉 ) Hope you gain more usable info. Also please explore the web page and its children pages.  There is a lot of good info here.

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    Bradley K. Downing , MBA
    IBM Certified Adv. Deployment Prof. Maximo v7.6.1
    IBM
    Bakersfield CA
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  • 10.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Bradley,

    Unfortunately, that link doesn't actually work (or at least it doesn't today). Even when you search for Maximo there, clicking on the link just gets you back to the main list of products.

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    Frank Tate
    Gulfsoft Consulting
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  • 11.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Frank,
    Thanks for the heads up.  Interesting thing appears to have happened.  I googled the following phrase: "Maximo Application Suite Demo". I got several hits.  I went to the non-ad, clicked on the link copied the url and typed away on the above post.  Never really looking at the URL.  I did take a close look at the page.  Never tested the buttons to which I referred.  This morning did the same thing and as you said the link from the google page takes me to some random products page with no reference to Maximo Application suite, no demo, no nothing!  Ugh.... So,  fair call out on your part.  It appears to me, that something changed.  Take a look at the embedded image, try the google search and then also look at this URL.... https://www.ibm.com/au-en/products/maximo


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    Bradley K. Downing , MBA
    IBM Certified Adv. Deployment Prof. Maximo v7.6.1
    IBM
    Bakersfield CA
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  • 12.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Thanks for the reply, Bradley. That link gets me to the information. Also, since I'm in the US, this one works: https://www.ibm.com/en-us/products/maximo . What's CRAZY is that once I click on that site, the URL that shows in my browser is the original one you posted (without the language/locale part of the URL).

    Thank you again.

    Frank

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    Frank Tate
    Gulfsoft Consulting
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  • 13.  RE: What is Maximo Application Suite?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Frank,

    hehehehehehe... what is REALLY ugly is that not fifteen minutes ago when I read what you had written and was checking this out it was still as you had indicated.  Now it is back! Huh?  Some junior web master is not sure of what he is doing?  I dunno...... That is some other division of IBM.  Hahahaha!   ...ugh....

    BTW Dianne, sorry for all the gyration....

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    Bradley K. Downing , MBA
    IBM Certified Adv. Deployment Prof. Maximo v7.6.1
    IBM
    Bakersfield CA
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