The underlaying structure of the Maximo System is its Data. The data is used for data driven decision making that uses hard empirical evidence and not on speculation. Building a data strategy is one of the most critical aspects of the implementation process. This strategy session gives the customer the opportunity to review all the capabilities to select for their Maximo Environment. Our consultants will guide the client through Work Management, Asset Lifecycles, Supply Chain, and Procurement process to identify the proper naming conventions for primary and supporting data.
All our client’s new or existing data will need to be loaded into the Maximo Environment. In some cases, the data will need to be cleaned or manipulated to meet the desired standard decided on during the Data Strategy Session. Our consultants have extensive experience with the Maximo data structure, including tools to quickly load data into Maximo. It is critical that the data is loaded correctly into all Maximo Environments to ensure successful use of the Maximo System.
Location and Asset hierarchy is where Asset Management begins. Hierarchies are used in finding assets, tracking lifecycle cost, facilitate organization of systems, and enable rotating asset capabilities to list a few advantages. The experienced Lynx Consultants with the client’s input will produce a final location and asset hierarchy that will meet the client’s needs. Completing a solid hierarchy structure will serve as the structural relationship of physical and functional placeholders necessary to logically organize the organizations assets.
Maximo Workflow automates the routing of Maximo records. The benefits of Maximo Workflow are it applies and enforces your organizations specific business rules in handling records. It assigns records to specific work groups or individuals depending on what stage the record is in the process. Lynx consultants will work to identify what processes are best suited for Workflow and work with the client to identify and achieve the most effective solution. Whether it be using existing Maximo tools, Results Sets, Saved Query, or Maximo Workflow.
Every Maximo Environment has several supporting applications and configuration settings that must be set up as part of a Maximo Implementation. Examples would include Locations, Assets, and Work Order Statuses, Classifications and Attributes, Lookup List, Storeroom and Procurements settings, etc… Lynx consultants can provide guidance for each client to make the best decision for each circumstance.
Reactive maintenance cost 3-5 times more than preventive maintenance. Developing a PM Maintenance Program is critical in extending the useful life of an organization’s assets. Lynx consultants will assist in working with each client and help them understand the Maximo PM Application functionality to setup the Maximo PM Records. Establishing the frequencies and sequences for the PM’s will be demonstrated, configured, and tested. Also, establishing the workflow, routing, and automation of PM Work Orders for each business within the organization.
The Lynx consultant will oversee the processes to build and test your Maximo Solution. As with any software solution Lynx will provide oversight and guidance to ensure that the final build meets the technical and functional business needs of the organization. As part of the implementation process testing is a critical function that Lynx will assist in.
Once the Maximo System is configured and the Data is in place the Technical Developers will create test scripts that will make sure the system is working as expected from the design and requirements documentation. The business owners and software developers will sign off on the Build and the project will be ready for user acceptance testing to begin.
Lynx and the client will work together to determine the testing process and make sure the test scripts meet the business requirement. Lynx consultants will aid in creating the use cases and provide mechanisms for tracking and resolving failed test. After the System has been tested and the system is working as expected the go-live will be ready to be scheduled.
The Lynx consultant will work with each client, typically during the testing phase, to build a training strategy. With an upgrade the client specific changes will need to be included in the training. For both an upgrade and new implementation there are several options for training. The Training Materials approach will be finalized which could include, Train-the-Trainer, End-User Classroom, or Self-Service Training Videos to be created.
In the process of managing assets, it is very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance issues and lose track of the bigger picture. There is always something urgent that needs to be fixed and users request that demand urgent attention. As a Facility or Assets Manager, using reporting is the way to keep an eye on the organization’s overall performance. Lynx Consultants will help each client understand the different options such as BIRT, Ad Hoc report administration, Start Center Templates, and KPI Graphs. Then recommend the best path forward using Maximo reports.
Maximo Start Centers utilize Maximo KPI’s and Result Sets that provide a window into your systems performance. Together they provide a comprehensive, individualized User Dashboard that brings the organizations maintenance information to the user’s fingertips. Lynx Consultants will present to each Client a Start Center overview, discuss best practices using Start Centers. And assist in creating efficient Start Center Templates, building a strategy to manage and an editing approach going forward with each business within the organization.
Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool (BIRT) reports are saved into the Maximo Application and are run from application in Maximo at any given time that provide up to date information about the chosen record sets. The Lynx Maximo Report Developer will use the process of defining the client’s requirements, Data Mapping, Design Report, Develop Report in BIRT Designer, Test and get customer sign off, then add Report to Maximo System.
Maximo Ad Hoc Reporting was introduced in Maximo 7.1 and part of the Maximo BI Tools and QBR Functionality. Ad Hoc reports allow for individual reports to be created on the fly that will reduce the number of custom reports your organization will need and maintain. Features have grown to include multiple object selection, editing capability, summaries, and calculations. The Lynx consultant will help the client to work through the Create Reports Dialog Box to review the process and business rules so the client will thoroughly understand the functionality to maximize the use of Ad Hoc reporting.
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