What is Maximo Application Suite?
But first, let's explore what is included in Maximo Application Suite and how it is delivered. Maximo Application Suite contains the following modules:
Therefore, Maximo Application Suite (MAS) is a collection of tools from the IBM AI Applications portfolio. MAS is delivered via a single license model using "AppPoints" as a pool of licenses whilst also being provided via a new underpinning IT platform, OpenShift. OpenShift is a family of containerisation software products developed by Red Hat. Its flagship product is the OpenShift Container Platform — an on-premises platform as a service built around Docker containers orchestrated and managed by Kubernetes on a foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
How can the SRO Data Utility (SDU) help?
After a high-level introduction to Maximo Application Suite, it is evident that the key to MAS is the Manage Module. Formerly known as Maximo, Manage data feeds all the other modules. Some apply additional functionality to deliver capabilities such as condition monitoring, predictive maintenance or surface the data in different formats and provide tools to support the field-based workforce. So, we need to be able to move clients from their existing versions of Maximo, or indeed other EAM applications, to the MAS Manage Module. Simultaneously, depending on the client wishes, whether to manage their own Maximo environment or move to a hosted one, we need to navigate a change to a containerisation-based deployment model.
The SDU provides a downtime-free upgrade and data migration process that enables your business to keep running, even while the software and underpinning platforms are being updated. For example, IBM fully supports the updated Maximo version as SDU utilises the IBM upgrade process for Maximo, allowing it to retain the user configuration. In addition, SDU ensures the resulting database schemas are correct for the version of Maximo in use by enabling an offline upgrade and migration process, running in parallel and capturing all changes made to the old version. It allows users to work on the existing Maximo version during the entire upgrade process, right until the final cut-over to the new version. The only break being the time it takes for users to log on to their new version.
The SDU can also assist prolonged durations where more rigorous testing for the upgraded database is required. Additionally, organisations with multiple Maximo instances can utilise an option to upgrade one site at a time if beneficial to the business.
Utilising the SDU to manage upgrade projects ensures that a rigorous testing regime takes place and user acceptance increases significantly as they train on the live data of their new Maximo.
Hopefully, this blog will be of interest, and if you would like a more detailed discussion about how the SRO Data Utility can help your organisation on the journey to MAS, please get in touch.