Maximo Monday Blog - Maximo Everyplace
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In today's posting we hear from David Havican, Maximo Architect.
Hello everyone. It’s been a couple months since my last post. Today I’d like to tell you about a really exciting product called IBM Maximo Everyplace.
Maximo Everyplace provides access to the same Maximo you use from desktop browsers, but with expanded browser support for Mobile Safari so that you can use Maximo applications on an iPhone and iPod touch. You can configure screens for mobile devices running supported browsers through special App Designer features. This configuration happens on a desktop machine, not a mobile device.
We created Maximo Everyplace because we’ve found that customers want quick access to specific Maximo functionality on a mobile device without downloading anything on to the device in order to use Maximo (Everyplace is entirely browser based; nothing to install on the device). People want the WYSIWYG configuration capabilities that the Maximo Application Designer provides, and they don’t want to invest heavily in the devices (you can get an iPhone starting at US$200). In addition, because connectivity is becoming more common, having an always-connected mobile version of Maximo complements Maximo Mobile, which still exists for users who aren’t always connected.
So, for example, someone who is rarely as at a desk, but wants to check into Maximo via iPhone while on the go to view records and change status on those records could easily do that via Maximo Everyplace.
Included with Maximo Everyplace is new Application Designer functionality to make designing for different screen sizes easier and a new look for Maximo applications that can be applied on a per-application basis. It makes interacting with Maximo easier on a touch screen. No new apps are included. Rather, we’re delivering the toolkit in the Application Designer to help customers make their own applications easier to use across a range of devices. All the Maximo functionality that is configurable via the Application Designer is available for use in Maximo Everyplace applications
Unfortunately, Maximo Everyplace does not work with Blackberries. Currently there is only support for the Mobile Safari browser, so the iPhone and iPod Touch are the only mobile devices that support Maximo Everyplace. In addition to this, Maximo Everyplace will work on devices using browsers we currently support like IE, so devices like the Panasonic Toughbook as well as many tablet PCs and netbooks are supported. We intend to add support for more browsers and devices going forward. Browsers using the webkit engine are the most likely targets as they seem to handle Maximo best. Blackberry does not currently use a webkit-based browser
Maximo Everyplace is currently available in English only as a limited release. It requires that Maximo 188.8.131.52 or later already be installed.
Until next time. Stay warm (It’s cold and snowy here in New England).