Maximo Utility Working Group Set Attendance Record in San Francisco
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The Maximo Utility Working Group known as “MUWG” has been meeting twice a year since 1998 making it the longest running industry user group for Maximo Users. This user group is focused on the exchange information, methods and experiences by Maximo users in the gas, electric, water, and waterwater utility industries. The MUWG is a user driven organization run by a steering committee of users and a program manager plus me as the
The meeting hosted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) during the week of November 2nd set new records for attendance, with 300 attendees from over 75 different organizations. I think it must have set a record for distance traveled by international attendees as well, including representatives from Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Fingrid from
The MUWG meeting has a two and a half day format, with a day for extra training at the end. After a “meet and greet” on Monday evening, the general sessions kicked off with a keynote by Lewis Harrison, the Division Manager for SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise Collection System. He explained how Maximo supports SFPUC’s Asset Management Lifecycle approach based on the National Association of Clean Water Agencies asset management handbook. He spoke about the value of visualizing data from Maximo in their ESRI
The MUWG meeting includes another user group called the Maximo Supply Chain User Group and this group tried an innovative approach in their breakout session. There was discussion on “where to draw the seam” between Maximo and various supply chain functions and the group invited Kristian Steenstrup from Gartner to join via phone from
The afternoon breakout sessions covered the following topics: Power Generation, T&D, Water & Wastewater, Supply Chain and Information Technology, in addition, there was breakout session with the Nuclear Power Development team and a Maximo “demo” room.
One of the highlights of the MUWG meeting is called “Vendor Night”, during the evening about 25 business partners setup tabletop displays for consulting services and addon products for Maximo. In the middle of the room there was a full buffet and beverages. Plus the evening included a band composed completed of SFPUC employees.
The last day included several interesting presentations, everyone’s favorite was Stacy Arledge from Southern Company who spoke about the challenges to communicate “change management” in your organization. This was followed by Mustafa Aziz from Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority; he focused on ADWEA’s efforts to become a “smart utility” as part Adu Dhabi’s goal for becoming one of the top cities in the year 2020.
The Arizona Public Service Company recently upgraded to the latest version of Maximo and their team lead by Scott Gudeman and Ruchi Mitter took the audience through their processes. Other presenters were Clay Cook from the Lower Colorado River Authority on upgrading to Maximo 7.1 and Joe Jordan from the Mosaic Company, the world largest producer of potash, on their use of Maximo for everything including supply chain.
At the end of the meeting we asked attendees to complete a survey form and turn it in. Then we used them in a drawing for “door prizes”, we had digital cameras, a digital video recorder and MP3 players, many people completed the surveys and stayed for the drawing, since you had to be there to win. As the day drew to a close, the Steering Committee reviewed the surveys while enjoying a beverage after the meeting, and were pleased the see 86% were “above average” or “excellence”.
Feeling good about the meeting, I headed for the airport and proceeded to airport security. And, as I reached into my backpack for my laptop, I realized I didn’t have it. I couldn’t imagine what I had done with it. Still I had to go the rest of the way through security until I could call the hotel. Luckily, they had it. Boy, this was the first time I was ever happy about having to pull my notebook out for the security checkpoint. Otherwise I would have made it all the way home without it. Thank you,