Which Maximo User Group Meeting is Right for you?
I have also been a big advocate of user group meetings. They offer a unique way for
users of a specific software application to connect with users in their industry or region.
Although events like PULSE or the MRO World’s of the past serve as large vendor
driven user group meetings, I am thinking more about the smaller user driven events.
Today there are a number of Maximo User Groups established in specific geographical
regions or around a specific industry. Many of the these groups have been very
successful in pulling users, business partners and IBMers together to share experiences
and gain insight on how to maximize the use of Maximo within their organizations.
Today there are 12 industry groups and 18 regional groups worldwide (see below).
Many of the these groups are all self funded and led by a strong group of clients
users often in conjunction with a Maximo business partner to help with logistics.
I have been thinking about the “Key Success Factors” for these groups based having
worked with them for many years. First, it is very important to have a strong steering
committee of committed users and to keep the events user-driven with the focus on “
users learning from users” featuring client presentations, breakout sessions and
opportunities to socialize. I have also found that it is helpful to develop a charter
with the mission statement and goals which clearly states who will make up
the “members” in the group
By now I think you realize I am speaking about “face to face” meetings.
As a rule the regional meetings are often one day and the industry oriented
user group meetings tend to be a 2-day format. Typically, these begin
with a reception on the evening before and followed by full days of
presentations and breakout sessions.
Industry Oriented User Groups
Airport Maximo User Group
ANZ Maximo Airport User Group
Education Maximo User Group – EDU MUG
Facility Management Maximo User Group, (FMMUG)
Global Maximo Oil/Gas User Group
IBM Maximo Marine & Offshore User Group
Life Sciences Maximo User Group - LSMUG
Maximo calibration Special Interest Group, (McSIG)
Maximo ITSM User Group - Premier
Maximo Supply Chain User Group (MSCUG)
Maximo Transportation User Group
Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG) Premier
Regionally Oriented User Groups
Australian IBM Maximo User Group – New South Wales & ACT - Premier
Australian IBM Maximo User Group – Queensland - Premier
Australian IBM Maximo User Group – South Australia
Australian IBM Maximo User Group - Victoria & Tasmania
Australian IBM Maximo User Group – Western Australia
Chicago Area Maximo User Group (ChicagoMUG)
DC Maximo User Group, DC MUG
Hong Kong and Macau Maximo User Group
Indianapolis Maximo User Group (IMUG)
Maximo User Group - UK & Ireland - Premier
Maximo User Group Brazil
Maximo User Group Pakistan
Mountain West Maximo User Group – MWMUG
New Zealand IBM Maximo User Group - Premier
Northern California Maximo User Group (NorCalMUG) Premier
Pacific Northwest Maximo Users, (PANMU)
Rocky Mountain Maximo User Group – Rocky MUG
Southwest Region Maximo User Group (SRMUG)
How can I get involved with a Maximo User Group Meeting?
Visit the Tivoli User Group site online at http://www.tivoli-ug.org/ and
click the “asst management” tab.
One more way to become acquainted with some of the Maximo Industry
User Groups is to come to PULSE in February a day early. There will
be 8 industry user group meetings held on Sunday, February 7th
between 2:00 and 5:00. The groups holding meetings including the
Maximo Utility Working Group, Airport Maximo User Group, Facility
Management Maximo User Group, Global Maximo Oil &Gas User Group,
Life Sciences Maximo User Group, Tivoli/Maximo ITSM User Group,
Maximo Supply Chain User Group (part of MUWG), Maximo Transportation
User Group and the new Maximo Manufacturing User Group.
I hope you all find the Maximo User Group that is “right” for you in 2010.