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Options for connecting Anywhere 7.6.4 to Maximo (ex. exposing URL publicly)

  • 1.  Options for connecting Anywhere 7.6.4 to Maximo (ex. exposing URL publicly)

    Posted Thu July 23, 2020 09:27 AM
    Edited by User1971 Mon July 27, 2020 09:58 AM
    What are the options for connecting Anywhere 7.6.4 to Maximo? (on-premise)

    1. Expose the server's URL publicly (via a proxy server)
    2. Use a VPN

    Are those two options correct? Are there any others?

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    Thanks
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  • 2.  RE: Options for connecting Anywhere 7.6.4 to Maximo (ex. exposing URL publicly)

    Posted Mon July 27, 2020 09:22 AM
    I think the two options you have presented are correct.

    The Anywhere devices will need access to Maximo, to initally log in and upload and download data. If these devices are going to be joining from outside your internal network then you will definitely need to make Maximo accessible somehow.

    Both options 1 & 2 are perfectly viable. I have connected Maximo Anywhere to the Maximo Server over VPN before (Cisco Anyconnect on an iPhone) and it works fine. This is potentially the more secure method, as it doesn't expose your Maximo System to the public. However, it will be easier for you end users if they don't have to connect to a VPN each time.

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    Joseph Lightfoot
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  • 3.  RE: Options for connecting Anywhere 7.6.4 to Maximo (ex. exposing URL publicly)

    Posted Tue July 28, 2020 10:46 AM
    Edited by Bradley Downing Tue July 28, 2020 10:46 AM
    The most common method is through the use of an MDM.  Mobile Device Managers are the norm in a connected mobility model.  Whether the enterprise pursues a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or an Enterprise provided device model the use of a viable tool to manage the device is paramount in application and information security for the enterprise.

    Most of the MDM tools provide a micro VPN at time of application start. This will establish the security you need at the time the application is launched on the device. This approach is the most common and relieves the user from having to ensure the VPN is started before opening up the Anywhere application.

    Some of the most common MDM tools are readily available o the web.  PCMags top eight pics are 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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