Enterprise asset management professionals are among the most generous group when it comes to knowledge sharing. Itās wonderful to see so many impassioned experts willing to share their IBMĀ® MaximoĀ® Asset Management knowledge to help their peers succeed. In this instance, Iām talking about Andrew Jeffery, the founder and author of Maximo Secrets. Maximo Secrets is dedicated to spreading information about all things related to Maximo applications.
We had the opportunity recently to speak with Andrew about why he shares his insights with the greater enterprise asset management (EAM) community. His dedication and love of Maximo Asset Management is apparent. Thank you, Andrew, for sharing Maximo Secrets with us. Youāve provided a wealth of information for the entire EAM community. This type of work is priceless!
How did you get involved with Maximo Asset Management?
My involvement with Maximo goes back 22 years. I started working with MRO Software around the time Maximo Asset Management V3.0 was released back in 1996, and I stayed on with IBM for almost 10 years after the acquisition. What Iāve liked about Maximo over the years is that itās impossible to get bored. Asset management is so different across the industries, and Maximo isnāt just for physical assets, but digital assets, as well.
āYou could never, ever get bored in a career in Maximo. Now that Maximo is growing into the IoT, cognitive and analytics spaces, thereās a great number of products that will inevitably be driven or linked to it at some point. I didnāt know that when I joined, of course, but looking back I think, āWhat a fantastic choice of career to have followed.ā Iām very happy to still be in it, and I hope to still be in it when Iām 70.ā ā Andrew Jeffery, founder and author of Maximo Secrets
Where are you currently working?
Iām a Maximo subject matter expert (SME) at ZNAPZ. Theyāre a Premier IBM Business Partner and European leader in asset management systems. Because of my experience as a Maximo analyst and designer, Iām likely to be the lead functional consultant on a project, but Iāll also help ZNAPZ get projects up and running, perhaps performing a quality assurance role. Iāll be involved in training other consultants and also with business development.
Why did you create Maximo Secrets?
As Iāve mentioned, Iāve been working with Maximo for decades. Over the years, there have been things I wanted to do in Maximo that Iāve done beforeā¦ but it may have been years before. Iāll think I know how it worksāand nine times out of 10 Iām rightābut Iāll want to re-test it just to make certain it works the way I remember. Iām writing things down and documenting it so I wonāt have to test again next time.
But itās evolved beyond that. I thought, āIf Iām doing all this re-testing, then everyone else is doing this re-testing, too.ā So while I do Maximo Secrets for my main audienceāme!āI like to provide the same sort of materials to my colleagues at ZNAPZ and anyone who is a Maximo client or doing Maximo consulting. Itās a gift: my way of leaving something behind for people to use into the future.
āAs Maximo changes with add-ons, industry solutions, mobile applications, standard integrations and, of course, an extensive configuration capability, Iāll aim to drill deep into various topics to reveal nuggets of functionality that many users and practitioners will be unaware of: the secrets to Maximo.ā ā Andrew Jeffery, founder and author of Maximo Secrets
What Iām doing is more of a reference guideĀ geared around the applications and their functionsāMaximo clients are sitting on all this wonderful stuff but they often donāt realize it.Ā Iām not saying how to use Maximo or why you would use a function. Although I try to introduce some of the why, my goal with Maximo Secrets is to help users piece together how all the applications are linked and reveal pieces of functionality that are sometimes tucked away and out of sight.
Do you focus on a specific Maximo function?
No, the whole blog is not focused on a specific function. But around January this year, I gave myself a New Yearās resolution: to really understand the IBM Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager (HSE) suite of applications once and for all. HSE is a huge, monster add-on to Maximo that Iāve dipped into and out of over the past 10 years since it came out.
I started off on HSE by doing a set of diagrams of how the applications fit together, with one overall end-to-end map. For example, hazards, precautions and lock out/tag out fit closely together, so theyāre one diagram. I ended up with 30 diagrams total. Iām using the end-to-end map to provide me with a logical order. If you look at my HSE posts, thereās a color for each module to help the reader (and myself!) follow along.
That sounds like a ton of work. How often do you post?
It is time-consuming, but well worth it. Iām trying to do moreāknocking out one post a week. Iāve published seven HSE posts now, I have several others just waiting to be published, which will put me more than 50 percent through HSE. Just to give you an idea: Iāve already written 188 pagesājust short of 60,000 wordsāso itās getting there. I think it will end up being around 350 ā 400 pages by the time Iāve finished. It varies enormouslyāone post may be only four pages. Then one will be much longer; for example, risk assessments ended up being 22 pages. Some applications have a lot more complexity than others.
āI enjoy writing Maximo Secrets. If I didnāt enjoy it, I wouldnāt be doing it. I hope more than anything else it ends up a useful tool for everyone.ā ā Andrew Jeffery, founder and author of Maximo Secrets
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