Maximo Monday Blog – Maximo Mobile
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This is a blog posting from David Havican, the Lead Designer and Architect for Maximo Mobile. Check out his profile.
Hello there. This is my first post on the Maximo Monday Blog and I’m kind of excited about this new forum for sharing Maximo knowledge with all you folks out there.
Today I thought I would take some time and talk about the new Maximo Mobile release that is due to come out later this year. There are some very exciting new features on their way. As some of you may already be aware, we have two Maximo Mobile products today – IBM Maximo Mobile Work Manager and IBM Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager. Our new release will both enhance the two existing mobile applications as well as introduce a brand new one called IBM Maximo Mobile Asset Manager. My team and I have spent a lot of time this year doing our best to respond to the requests from clients for a number of specific new features.
The real highlight of this release is the new Mobile Asset Manager application. One of the things a number of clients have asked for is the ability to manage their assets and locations directly. Today they can manage the work being done on those assets via the Mobile Work Manager application, but this always required the existence of a work order. Clients kept telling me that they want to work directly with the assets and locations without the need to create and manage work orders. This new application will allow them to do a number of things. The biggest request was to be able to send people out to the shop floor or facility and audit all of the assets and locations. The idea is that a person would go to a particular location and scan the location code off the wall or enter it manually. This would bring up a list of all the assets that are ‘supposed’ to be in that location. The user could then scan those assets in to verify that they are present. Having done this, the user can then identify and flag any assets that appear to be missing. If new assets are found in this location, they can be easily added as well. This tool is great for adding new locations and assets to the Maximo system.
The other common scenario is auditing the configuration of the assets being inventoried. Each asset found can be compared to how Maximo has that asset configured. Any discrepancies in the configuration can be easily rectified right on the spot. Routes can also be managed; a user can create routes on the fly as they inventory their fixed assets. There are many other abilities in this application as well. Most of the things you can do in the core side Asset and Location applications will be possible now in a mobile environment.
There are also a number of other very exciting enhancements being done for this release:
One of the most requested enhancements I hear about will be included in this release: Automatic/Remote Software Updates. This new feature will enable the mobile devices to determine the current version levels of the software and when they detect a more recent version, the can automatically update themselves remotely. No more need to bring the mobile device into the IT shop to have it manually updated. This feature will also allow a user to take a brand new device and remotely load the mobile software onto it from scratch.
Full screen UI support will now be available. We had some limitations in the mobile UI architecture that prevented clients from fully utilizing the larger screen sizes of laptop and tablet devices. Now, clients can take advantage of the full screen real estate and present more information on each screen. There will also be a choice for clients to choose between small and large fonts and icon images (many clients complained that things were too small on the screen – now they can choose the larger size). With this enhancement, we will now fully support Windows XP and Vista (in addition to the currently supported Windows Mobile 5 & 6 operating systems).
This new release will incorporate linear asset support and crew management and crew time reporting to the Maximo Mobile Work Manager application. In addition to this, mobile users will also be able to send independent status change information to the Maximo server which allows them to keep core side Maximo as up to date as possible with the status of the work more easily.
These are just some of the more significant enhancements coming. I’m very happy with the amount of new features we’ve added to Maximo Mobile this year and I hope all of you will be to.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post
Until next time,
Next week's blog will be an interview with Jack Young, Vice President of IBM Asset Management, Tivoli Software.