Facilities Management Announcement at the FMMUG
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Kim Woodbury was able to provide a summary of her experience at this week's Facilities Management Maximo User Group meeting in Florida.
You'll want to read through it to see the details on the new announcement...............
What a great FMMUG meeting this year! There are still 2 days of training being offered that many of the attendees are sticking around for but I’m heading back later today from St. Petersburg Florida, and I wanted to share some of the highlights from the last 2 days.
There were 151 attendees at the 5th Annual Facilities management Maximo user group this week including customers and partners. We had great representation from IBM this year and I counted 13 of us that were here at one time or another from across the organization including sales, services and development. There were 2 IBM sessions on the agenda as well, Scott Peluso gave a support update on Monday morning and Anthony Honaker and myself provided a development overview – IBM Maximo Asset Management 7 and Beyond first thing Tuesday morning. It was here that I got to share the great news of our source code license with Drawbase that will allow IBM to provide important space management, lock and key management and data center infrastructure management capabilities integrated with the Maximo portfolio during the second half of this year.
It all started Sunday night after an afternoon of golf or boating with the social mixer and BBQ just off the beach on the hotel property. Great event and we thank Work Technologies and Banetti for their sponsorship of the evening. The thunderstorms that rolled through Sunday night were like none I’d seen before, and awaking Monday morning to sunshine and a calm sea was indicative of great things to come. The key note speaker, Ken Korba from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs kicked things off sharing with us his insights and experiences in the world of facilities management and keeping the crowd entertained and alert with various trivia questions scattered throughout his presentations. I know Scott was blogging the content of this session, so you can find his entry for all the details. Various other sessions throughout the day by customers included presentations from Broward County, Washington University, Northstar Bluescope, Palm Beach County Water and Purdue.
A little logistical mixup on room assignments made for a bit of a hectic lunch hour and the steering committee is very appreciative of the patience and understanding that all the vendors had as we moved booth graphics and boxes from one side of the room to the other. It all worked out, and the afternoon sessions kicked off without significant delay.
The roundtable discussions on both days were great, and if I could have cloned myself, I would have attended all 3 each day. The topics were raised by the attendees on a flipchart in the lobby, and the ones with the most interest were selected. We had a discussion on Maximo Facilities, GIS and Service Provider on Monday afternoon, and I was asked to lead the Service Provider discussion. The attendees were mostly higher education, and were very interested in the chargeback, billing and customer agreement capabilities offered by the Internal and External Service Provider solutions. We ended up pulling Chris Bangma, who was there to help with the IBM demonstration area into the session with 5 min notice to give a live overview, and with zero prep time he did a great job.
I was able to duck over into the Facilities discussion for a few minutes while Chris was setting up, and caught up with the discussion being led by Betsy Hillary from Purdue, and Dave Calvert and Finbar Crean, designers from IBM. They were talking about how the current GBS PPMS solution will be incorporated into Maximo which will provide property management capabilities around energy and environmental and giving an overall view of total cost of ownership for a portfolio.
Both sessions ended up scheduling followup discussions and web sessions where we can do a deeper dive into Service Provider, and provide an opportunity for interested parties to share their requirements and use cases that can contribute to the direction of the Maximo solution specifically for use in facilities management.
Monday night was vendor night and after getting some food and drink, attendees could visit with the 15 partners in attendance and learn more about their products and services. Scheduled until 9pm, there were still people lingering close to 10. There were giveaways sponsored by the various vendors throughout the night, and contrary to popular belief, the raffle was not fixed even though 2 of the committee members were winners. Thanks to all the vendors for their contributions!
Roundtable discussions on Tuesday again were topics selected by attendees and were BIM (building information modeling), Connecting Maximo to Building Automation Systems and Reporting. Again, so much interest there are followup webcasts and discussions being planned.
This was a great meeting, and I look forward to continue to work closely with all of the customers and partners who attended to help them use Maximo to manage their facilities in the most effective way.
Look at our new website , which includes a new facility management demo, a link to the press release on the Drawbase source code license agreement, whitepapers and lots of other great information.
Until next time….