IBM Maximo 7.6 is coming!

February 5, 2015 Stacey Miller

Update - Maximo 7.6 was announced on December 12th of 2014 - New features and improvements in: usability, integration, installation, and business intelligence are designed to help your organization achieve greater efficiency in asset management using Maximo® Asset Management 7.6.

Interested in learning more about 7.6 - Interloc will have a session at InterConnect 2015 on Maximo 7.6 run by Greg Hoile, Vice President, US Consulting Services. The session will be on Monday, February 23, 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM at the Mandalay Bay, South Pacific Ballroom A. Join our experts in a discussion on key Maximo 7.6 features and benefits and how they can help your business. 

For a complete list of features, functionality and specifications you can download IBM’s Maximo 7.6 announcement letter here.


IBM is releasing the next version of Maximo and if you are considering an upgrade, now might be the perfect time for you. Read more for some of the highly anticipated changes.

New Features

Maximo 7. 6 is expected to have some cool new features including the capability to support crew management as part of the core product. IBM also is expected to introduce a Log tab for Quick Reporting, Purchase Requests and Purchase Orders. Rounding out some of the new features are a Public Map API and Application Designer functionality for map controls giving you access to include Google and Bing Maps on application screens, and the ability to add service addresses for assets and locations. For those of you using Service Provider, multi-tenancy support is also becoming available.

New User Experience

Maximo 7.6 provides an improved user experience, including updated fonts, colors, and styling. Additionally, you’ll see hover-over dialog boxes, increased available icons for more short-cuts, an updated Start Center which improves the look and feel, better options for locking records where exclusive edits are required and improvements for date and time management across time zones.

Reporting and KPI’s

Maximo 7.6 is expected to have more focus on reporting and KPIs, including improvements to the Business Intelligence packs:

     - Improved executive dashboards with multiple objects per results set
     - Scheduling KPI’s
     - Historical data analysis and trending
     - Performance improvements
     - The ability to set a limit on the number of records returned in a results set (also aids performance)
     - The ability to add calculations to adhoc reports (QBR’s)

Specific to KPIs, you will see a new KPI template and viewer as well as access to Cognos functionality (limited to your Maximo data only).

Technology

In this release, IBM is making a big investment in technology improvements including:

     - New, easier installer
     - Automation of common configuration scenarios, such as middleware reconfiguration
     - Better installation scripts

Platform Support

One thing to keep in mind is that with this new release, 32 bit Linux is no longer supported. However Maximo 7.6 is intended to support both Safari and Chrome as well as Internet Explorer 11.

Continuous Delivery

With Maximo 7.6, IBM is going to introduce a continuous delivery model. What does that mean, you ask? In 2014, IBM introduced Maximo SaaS (software as a service). With the continuous delivery model fixes, enhancements, features and functions will be released to Maximo SaaS as soon as they are tested. Then, periodically, IBM will bundle these features for a new “on premise” version. The intention will be for updates to be specifically applicable as they are available rather than waiting for an entire large upgrade.

More Information?

If you are interested in learning more about Maximo 7.6, we invite you to talk to our Maximo consultants. As technically Gold Accredited IBM Premier Business Partners, Interloc is in a position to be your trusted advisor. Need help deciding what licenses you need? Check out our Maximo Licenses blog post and learn more about what licenses your business needs.

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