FMMUG Highlights from April 27, 2010
Mary Gorczynski 1100006B54 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  eam bim tivoli service-management smarter-building building-information-mana... asset-management smarter-planet ppms property-portfolio-manage... space-planning facilities-management maximo
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I'm so happy that Scott Peluso has agreed to be my eyes & ears at the Facilities Management Maximo User Group meeting in Florida........the next best thing to being there!
Here is his summary from today's session.........you will want to read all the way through for an announcement made today.
Today started off with a presentation by Anthony Honaker and Kim Woodbury of the Maximo Product Development and Strategy team. Theme of the presentation was the continuation of product enhancement, increased value to customers and leveraging other Tivoli/IBM products within the Maximo ecosystem. Anthony illustrated value add through new capabilities and applications by citing the introduction of Optim, ITM Agent, Cognos and others.Anthony promised continued development of the Industry Solutions, Maximo Spatial, and functional enhancements in supply chain, linear assets, and archive applications.
Looking ahead, there are three focus areas. Visualization and optimization was the first item. While Maximo Spatial, Scheduler and MEO products have visualization abilities, the goal is to move these capabilities to other products/apps. Similar approach re: optimization. Anthony also mentioned Real Time Asset Locator as an example of a new product that takes advantage of these capabilities and can be integrated into Maximo.
Second area is leveraging other IBM technology. iLog was referenced as an example of how using other technology has enhanced Maximo functionality (Maximo Scheduler). Cognos and Lotus were mentioned as other IBM brands that will be leveraged to improve and enhance Maximo capabilities.
The final focus area is Development's significant efforts and investments in facilities related areas. He used Smarter Planet as an example and in deference to the audience used facilities management as a specific area. Anthony handed off to Kim Woodbury at this point.
Kim started with a review/clarification of facility management framework and components. Kim then discussed how we will be providing means to better help the facilities managers be more efficient. Space planning, data center infrastructure management were used an an example. Kim referenced the Property Portfolio Management Solution (PPMS) as a currently available product. PPMS is available through Services. Kim then brought up a slide that would make any IBMer proud. Lots of colors, blocks, inter-connected lines. It wasn't as convoluted as it looked and Kim rapidly went through the main points of the slide and then overlayed the IBM product components/applications that would accommodate these requirements.
Kim specifically mentioned Drawbase and their ability to manage some of the required capabilities. Kim stated that Maximo would eventually cover space planning requirements and that in near term, Business Partners would play a key role in fulfillment of these needs.
Kim then turned to the concept and definition of the smarter building. Key points are lifecycle, integration with other building systems, and expansion to systems outside of the building itself (example was city traffic around building). Kim talked about taking this information and then being able to more effectively manage a facility/building/location. This data review and analysis would be performed by Maximo and other IBM products. Kim spoke about the Maximo/Johnson Controls relationship. Johnson Controls is one of the largest Maximo customers; they service over 120 companies using Maximo. They are also development partners with IBM which allows them (and us) to integrate our products with their systems controls and other applications.
Kim then went into a discussion on Building Information Management (BIM) model. The concept of BIM is to use a 3 dimensional model to provide a user with various information about a building, it's components (think a room or a pump), and then link directly to whatever application or system or more detailed information (such as a scanned picture of the room or pump) to provide the required function or goal needed to manage that building component. Kim then went through some of the PPMS abilities that can accommodate these needs.
Kim then discussed some of the issues around space planning and efficient building utilization. These issues also include energy optimization.
Kim ended with the notification that the Drawbase deal has been signed and completed. IBM will now be licensing the Drawbase technology that will be a key component in a Maximo based space planning solution.
Scott will have more updates for us, so watch this space....