ISM Jam August 28, 2009 - IBM Maximo Planning and Scheduling
Brian Downey 270002FGDR email@example.com | | Tags:  eam scheduling maximo
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Nithiya Parameswaran and I presented the new IBM Maximo Asset Management Scheduler 7.1.0 to an ISM Jam audience of 60 customers and colleagues on August 28 - same day of its official release! Despite changing nearly our entire presentation just that morning to better utilize the presentation tools for this forum, it went off without a hitch and has received very good feedback. More on the Jam in a moment. Let me just say what an amazing job the Scheduler team did getting this product built, tested, documented and packaged on time, while breaking new ground by using Agile development practices. It has been quite a journey, from the first proof of concept that we put together last fall to show customers at the Maximo Advisory Council meeting in Bedford in October 2008, to having a multiplatform, multilingual eAssembly available for download. I am so looking forward to getting out on the road now, one year after those proof of concept demos, to help enable the first group of early adopters. In fact we are going to Paris in 2 weeks to do workshops with our very first customer, SNCF (the French National Railway). I'll share that experience with you in my next blog.
The ISM Jam was a great time, we had a lot of people who were quite interested in this new way to move work orders and tasks around graphically in a Gantt chart directly inside the Maximo framework.
Many expresssed an interest in receiving a live demo to see how the navigation works. This is good news, as the product is great to demo and we have a large team of sales engineers trained and ready to go. Others wished to receive pricing information and were referred to Sales. Many were interested in whether there would be a version on Maximo 6.x. We did look into the scope of that project, but decided that the resources would be better used for new functionality going forward, and that being on the latest 7.x would be another strong incentive to upgrade. Several questions centered on the configure-ability of the chart. The chart is quite flexible in the way it depicts work orders; you can change the data columns and their order, and colorize the bars by status or priority, for example. We also had some questions about documentation. In addition to the included help system, we are putting together a guide that walks a user logically through the product's design goals, and on to a description of its main views, attributes and actions. We see this as a reference to complement the help system.
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It has been a pleasure updating you on the Scheduler and the recent ISM Jam and I look forward to blogging again soon! - Brian