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Best Practices for Securing Maximo

Steven Shull, Projetech & Tyler Caldwell, CISSP, Projetech

Maximo comes with a lot of great security controls, but most are not implemented. All the changes we’ll discuss require minimal effort to implement and have extremely low or no performance impact on your system. We’ll discuss the changes in full detail, including why you should implement the control, related changes that you may need/want to make, and what versions of Maximo you can implement these on (you don’t have to be on the latest version for most of these changes!). Some examples are secured attachments, preventing unauthenticated web services, and better security around integration accounts. Along with securing the Maximo application, you must also secure the Maximo environment. Securing the Application Server through the implementation of role-based access control, policy-based network access, and enforcing SSL communications greatly minimizes its attack surface. With these controls in place and the use of system performance and event monitoring, you can implement your Maximo environment with a defense in depth security approach and provide industry security best practices for your Maximo users. To round out the security approach for Maximo is the administrative controls. The administrative controls include Change Management, Monitoring of IBM Advisories Communications, and Policies and Procedures around daily usage.

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Top Tips for Maximo Administrators

July 7, 2020 2:00 PM

Chris Winston, Projetech

Maximo is huge, having more than 200 applications, more than 1,100 persistent tables, and more than 15,000 persistent fields to start with. Going further, Maximo can be extended with custom applications, interfaces to/from other applications and there are add-on and vertical solutions to make Maximo BIGGER. Maximo Administrators end up with the unenviable task of leveraging the scaling capability to do more while tailoring Maximo to the end-user for what is needed, especially as it relates to WEM. We will review key areas where decisions are required to get master data set up and maintained to support the implementation, including recommendations based on many existing implementations still in use. These will include automation, preventive maintenance setup/settings, system properties, hierarchies, application modifications, domains, roles, and the use of security to streamline the user experience. The goal here is to make it easier for the user to interact with Maximo – providing more and better data for analysis and doing so in a way that is less intimidating. Needless to say, there is a lot to cover and try to fit into an hour. I highly recommend you review https://youtu.be/crAjvrRtjt4 before attending, and you will be better prepared.

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Enhancing Maximo with Automation Scripts (Episode 1)

July 21, 2020 1:00 PM

Steven Shull, Projetech

Automation scripts have empowered administrators to expand Maximo functionality to make the Maximo system work better for your organization. In addition to delivering new value to users, we also develop automation scripts as temporary resolutions to Maximo issues until a patch is developed by IBM and/or until the customer can get the patch deployed. But with a topic this large, especially one improving on every release, it’s often hard to get started. “How do I do…” is a common question and sometimes the best answer involves writing automation scripts. If you’re new to automation scripts, or looking to learn new ways to improve your scripts, this is for you. For this webinar, I plan to cover a few of the most common scenarios where we utilize automation scripts and describe how and why we use them. In cases where the functionality can at least partly be accomplished with out of the box Maximo configuration, I’ll explain when you would use an automation script over some of the other alternatives. Some examples of scenarios I’m planning to cover is defaulting values on record creation, creating attribute lookups, handling object deletion, and enabling users to invoke scripts with an action (push button and/or more action menu). If you have a specific scenario you’d like me to demo, let us know and if it’s a good fit I’ll use it. There’s no better way to learn then utilizing real world problems. Presenter: Steven Shull (IBM Champion), Director of Development, Projetech

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Top Tips for Maximo End Users

July 28, 2020 2:00 PM

Chris Winston, Projetech

Maximo end users face numerous changes now including new responsibilities in addition to old ones, remote work requirements, and lack of on-going training to keep them current. Of the more than 200 core applications, the largest group of users will be end users who access less than 30 of those applications, and update fewer than 15. There are many things in common that work the same way in each application, as well as a few nuances. Today, we will dig into a few popular topics such as defaults (application and query); navigation enhancements; querying: list tab, advanced search, where clause, saving, and creating it as a result set on your start center; statuses and the historyflag; select field assistants and more. Here are a few short videos to get you started: https://tinyurl.com/MaximoEndUserShorts

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