Maximo Utility Working Group Sets Attendance Record (Again) in Phoenix
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Time really starts to fly around this time of year with Thanksgiving Day (and Black Friday) behind us and more holidays just ahead. Speaking of flying, three weeks ago I flew to Phoenix on my favorite airline – Jetblue. I was traveling to Phoenix for the Fall MUWG meeting thinking about now great the weather and sunshine would be in Arizona. However in a strange twist of weather fate, it was nicer in Boston than in Phoenix – something that never happens in Nov
It’s been 14 years since the first meeting of the Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG), 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 IBM liaison. The MUWG includes a subgroup called the Maximo Supply Chain User Group which active seeks companies in any industry who are interested in Maximo’s supply chain capabilities.
The meeting hosted by Arizona Public Service during the week of November 7th set new records for attendance, with 330 attendees from 98 different organizations. This has been a trend for several meetings now and one thing we are noticing is at least one-third of attendees are there for the first time. In fact, for our next meeting in May in Atlanta, we are going to have some dedicated “first time attendee” sessions.
Our keynote was delivered with a great deal of wisdom and humor by Scott Cusanek, Director of IT at Arizona Public Service. He traced APS’s journey with Maximo since the mid 90s, as APS moved off the mainframe, onto a distributed systems, then to a growing “server” population and now consolidating. Bringing their technology journey full circle. Scott’s message was clear around technology – don’t do technology for the sake of doing technology – it must add value to the business.
Scott had several other notable quotes that made good sense as he explained them.
So what’s new with Maximo you ask? Believe it or nor – it has been 5 years since IBM acquired MRO Software and Maximo. Inside IBM, Maximo and Enterprise Asset Management have continued to grow according Gartner, ARC Advisory and other analysts groups. Maximo is the leader in marketshare, ability to execute and completeness of vision. In fact, on the first day of the meeting Gartner released their Magic Quadrants for Power Generation and Energy Delivery confirming our leadership position again. Soon you will be able to see the full report on ibm.com.
The MUWG Steering Committee never sleeps and they are working to fine tune the agenda and make changes to attract 400 attendees at the next MUWG meeting in May in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!