Fundamentals of Maximo Integration Framework

Connect Maximo with external systems to move from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance in your business operations. Businesses have understood that Maximo can help us manage inventory, maintain purchasing and accounts and leverage other systems. Discover how to get more out of your external systems and IBM Maximo with Projetech.

The Need for Maximo Integration

External systems help us increase asset life and reduce operating costs, but they can also become a liability when information is not synchronized across systems. Many of the IBM Maximo features thrive on connectivity. If your enterprise asset management system isn’t synced with your ERP, then you aren’t getting the most out of Maximo.

Because of the sheer diversity of management processes covered by Maximo and other systems, it’s crucial to consider various ways to integrate these services. Maximize your ROI and operations, particularly in an asset intensive organization, by synchronizing financial transaction and business management data with external systems.

Maximo Features

Managing inventory, finances and other data can be accomplished with a range of external systems, but Maximo offers a leading way to connect these systems with industry-leading operational efficiency. This software offers improved support compared to external systems for the following key industries:

  1. Energy
  2. Life sciences
  3. Healthcare
  4. Manufacuring
  5. Transportation
  6. Aviation

As an asset management solution, you can document the asset life cycle and provide precise location information in real time. Service management allows you to setup SLAs and proactively respond to any service situation. Compared with other external systems, it can easily create contracts for rentals, labor, warranties, purchases, or leases.

Handle complex financial data with ease by using this asset management software. Explore ways to integrate this software or software as a service with your financial management software. External system integration is made easy with the Maximo Integration Framework and Projetech.

Three Advantages of Integrating IBM Maximo

While there are virtually unlimited business cases for integration with external systems, it helps to explore the possibilities by highlighting three advantages of integrating other systems with Maximo.

1. Data Consistency Across Systems

In many organizations, multiple systems are used for different purposes and it is important to compile all information collected by those systems in a uniform fashion. Using the MIF and automation to map data, Maximo can integrate with existing systems, including large ERP systems, to maintain data consistency in both Maximo and the software with which it integrates. For example, Maximo can be set up for inventory and work management, with the ERP system handling purchasing and the integration framework synchronizing the information between the two systems.

2. Provide Users Real-Time Access to Data

Enable technicians and operators to access all the data that pertains to the assets they maintain, even if that data exists in systems outside of Maximo. Integrating with Maximo allows technicians to view and validate information from other systems seamlessly in near-real-time.

3. Maximo Reporting and Analytics

Detailed business analytics are the key to moving maintenance from preventative to predictive. Fully utilize the powerful Maximo reporting and business intelligence framework by integrating with external systems. Reports, KPIs and start center portlets from a fully integrated Maximo system can provide information across the entire asset life cycle, providing the data and statistics to allow analysts to identify areas for improvement and further exploration.

The Integration Process

If implementing this process seems like a daunting task, then it’s time to discuss how the Maximo Integration Framework, or MIF, can help you. The built-in MIF offers the flexibility you need to communicate with external systems. Integrating data is accomplished through outbound message and event templates and chosen end points. Additionally, Maximo has built-in adapters for several ERP systems, such as Oracle, SAP, ESRI (with Maximo Spatial), and more.

The process uses Java messaging engine queues, or JMS queues, for asynchronous messages. Transactions that are synchronous occur through a direct connection between your external system and the MIF.

How Integration Can Help Us

These events can be automatically triggered or initiated through user actions. Through both, your external system can input data into another system or pull data from another system, ensuring that all of the information your organization requires is available in all systems. One way this can help streamline your business objects is through purchase requisitions. Send reference data from your external systems directly to Maximo to fulfill a purchase requisition seamlessly.

Supported Communication Modes

MIF can communicate with external systems through a range of supported modes and data formats. Consider these modes as you look for ways to synchronize your data and management systems to improve predictive maintenance services:

  1. JMS queues
  3. Interface Tables
  4. Flat Files
  5. Built in enterprise adapters for ERP systems
  6. Web services, including the use of SOAP headers and envelope

Representational State Transfer (REST) API

Update and query application data in Maximo with representational state transfer application programming interface (REST API). The data payload from this process can be in JSON, comma-separated files or XML. Consider each type before you choose the optimal integration approach for your external systems framework.

Transforming Maximo and Your ERP Application

A qualified Maximo consultant may be necessary to optimize Maximo in your industry. External systems can help us manage data through processing rules, automation scripts and XSL mapping, but integrating this information can pose some initial difficulties.

Your ERP or other application may have different formatting than your new asset management software. Instead of taking manual steps to map and transform the data, automation scripts or other tools can be used to streamline this process. Work with your trusted Maximo consultant at Projetech for more information about the MIF integration and transformation process.

Integrate Your Systems With Projetech

Transform the way you handle your external systems. Instead of waiting for reactive maintenance tasks, harness the power of Maximo and IoT to create a predictive maintenance process in your company with Maximo and external systems fully integrated.

As an IBM Gold Business Partner, Projetech is an authorized reseller of Maximo. Discuss purchasing this software, subscribing to Maximo as a Service, or exploring integration assistance services from our dedicated team. Contact us at Projetech to learn more about MIF integration with your external systems.

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