Maximo Feature Pack has released!

On October 21st, IBM released the Maximo Feature Pack to the public. This new feature pack is an update to any Maximo system currently on version or higher. See some of the new features in Feature Pack below.

Prerequisites and supported upgrade paths

If you have IBM Maximo Asset Management 7.6, IBM Maximo Asset Management, IBM Maximo Asset Management, IBM Maximo Asset Management, IBM Maximo Asset Management or IBM Maximo Asset Management installed, you can install the feature pack.

What's new in IBM Maximo Asset Management

New features and capabilities in the IBM Maximo Asset Management feature pack incorporate a new License Usage Monitor application, new Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications, and enhancements to database password resetting and the Workflow Designer. Additionally, building on the alternative user interface and Work Centers that were introduced in IBM Maximo Asset Management version, new capabilities are added to enable users to create service requests and design data sets.
New Service Requests Work Center
You can use the Service Requests application to quickly create service requests by using your desktop computer, laptop computer, or mobile device. You can also monitor the status of existing service requests that you created or are effected by.

You can add new service requests by specifying the request category, identifying the location, defining the asset, and providing a description. You can upload photographs or videos to requests to provide more information. After you entered a service request, you automatically receive notifications when the request is resolved or closed.
New Data Set Designer
Business analysts can use the Data Set Designer to create data sets quickly and without the involvement of IT personnel.

Building a data set in the Data Set Designer involves selecting an object set and specifying the content or fields that you want to include. You can then configure the content by selecting fields and applying filters and sorting. While you are configuring the data set, you can use the preview feature.

You can apply either an existing application query to your data set or you can create a new one. After you save the data set, you can export its contents to comma-separated value (CSV) format or to IBM Watson Analytics for analysis.
New Building Information Models applications
A new module, Building Information Models, is added to IBM Maximo Asset Management which includes two new applications: Building Information Modeling (BIM) Projects and Manage BIM Viewer applications. The module displays under the Assets module in the navigation. In the BIM Projects application, you can import building model data in the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) format into Maximo. After you import building data, you can view and manage the data in the Assets and Locations applications. If you install a third-party building model viewer in the Manage BIM Viewer application, you can grant access to the 3D Viewer by using security groups. Users can then access the viewer on the 3D View tab in the Assets, Locations, or Work Order Tracking applications.
New License Usage Monitor Application
You can use the new License Usage Monitor application to monitor your usage of licenses for products that are based on Tivoli®'s process automation engine. You can use this information to optimize usage of licenses and determine whether your organization has purchased the correct number of licenses.

The License Usage Monitor application does not prevent overuse of licenses and does not replace the IBM license auditing process. This application gathers information to help you understand your license usage.

To use the License Usage Monitor application, you create license records and then configure a cron task to gather license usage data from your environment. After the cron task runs, you can view license usage data in the application or by running reports.

Currently, the cron task supports only authorized and concurrent users and the following Maximo® Asset Management products:
  • Maximo Asset Management
  • Maximo Asset Management Scheduler
  • Maximo Calibration
  • Maximo for Transportation
  • Maximo for Service Providers
  • Maximo Anywhere
If you have installed any product other than products listed above, all users that have access to that product are marked as unlicensed users.
New in the Workflow Designer
The Maximo Workflow Designer application was updated and no longer requires a Java applet to function. This new design allows the Workflow Designer to be used with browsers with newer technology, such as Microsoft Edge, which do not support Java applets.

The new, non-applet based Workflow Designer is functionally the same as the old, applet-based designer. Workflow processes created with the old designer will function and can be edited with the new workflow designer.

The draw and edit process is changed in the following manner:
  • Toolbar buttons in the drawing area that represent Move/Add Nodes, Positive Line, Negative Line, Delete, and Properties are not available with the new workflow designer.
  • You can left-click and drag to pull nodes from the toolbar to the drawing area.
  • You can right-click and drag to draw Positive lines from one node to another
  • You can ctrl-right-click and drag to draw Negative lines from one node to another.
  • You can hover over and right-click properties nodes and action lines to view a context menu. The menu has a Delete action to delete an object or a Properties action to view an object’s properties.
  • Dots were added to action lines to indicate whether or not there are associated properties that are configured.
  • Zoom in and out functionality is no longer controlled with a pull-down list box. Magnifying glass icons are provided to increase or decrease the view or return the view to 1:1
  • Icons that represent Wait and Interaction nodes are changed to more closely represent nodes used in traditional flowcharts.
Note: When nodes and action lines are first dragged to the canvas and connected, it might be difficult to get them to align on the grid with straight, direct lines. After the process is saved, alignment and action lines are displayed more closely to intended. Positions can then be easily adjusted, but there might still be instances where an action line may not end up perfectly straight with its destination

The old, applet-based canvas is still available by changing the mxe.webclient.wfdesigner.usewfapplet property to true (1) and performing a live update. The default value for this property is false (0), which means that the new designer is used. Both designers cannot be used simultaneously.

How Can I Upgrade?

Upgrading to Maximo is very simple, and allows you to gain all of the benefits as listed above including some bug fixes. Need help with Maximo upgrade? Just give us a call or reach out to us for help!