By: Jacquie Chischillie | Technical Sales Engineer
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Is an excuse for inaction” – Collin Powell
“Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet” – Scott Adams
“Let sleeping dogs lie; just turn a blind eye.” – Little River Band
In the Words of IBM
Effective April 30, 2018, fixes, patches, and telephone support are no longer provided for Maximo 7.5x and its corresponding components and add-ons of the same version. Due to the rapid changes with platform support, customers will have 12 months of notification from the time of the announcement to the effective end of support date. It is encouraged that you plan to upgrade to IBM Maximo Asset Management 7.6.
How can you remain current yet competitive without overburdening your IT crew? Where can you find a solution that is scalable yet workable? And finally, how can you leverage Maximo to create a sustainable maintenance program?
Maximo v7.6.x has been out for quite some time now and we have mastered the path to upgrade along with our network of business partners. Whether you utilize core Maximo or need one of the industry solutions, V7.6 has also proven to be leaps and bounds above its predecessor in many areas including scheduling, field service, and aviation applications. I will save the futuristic benefits and revolutionary advances, such as Watson, for another blog, though. Today I want to convey the risks and consequences you face by resisting or delaying a system upgrade any longer.
Critical to my argument is that one year from now IBM will end all support for Maximo v7.5. Not just the core application, but everything related to it. I have included the matrix below to show the extent of the end-of-support edict.
|5724-T00||IBM Maximo® Enterprise Adapter||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U18||IBM Maximo Asset Management||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U19||IBM Maximo for Nuclear Power||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U20||IBM Maximo for Oil and Gas||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U21||IBM Maximo for Transportation||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U22||IBM Maximo for Utilities||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U23||IBM Maximo for Life Sciences||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U24||IBM Maximo for Government||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U26||IBM Maximo Adapter for Microsoft™ Project||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U27||IBM Maximo Adapter for Primavera||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U28||IBM Maximo Asset Configuration Manager||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U30||IBM Maximo Change and Correction Action Manager||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U33||IBM Maximo Calibration||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U36||IBM Maximo Spatial Asset Management||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-U88||IBM Maximo Asset Management Essentials||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-Y90||IBM Maximo Archiving with Optim Data Growth Solution||7.1.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-Y90||IBM Maximo Archiving with Optim Data Growth Solution||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5724-Z22||IBM Maximo Mobile Suite||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5725-B08||IBM Maximo Space Management for Facilities||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
|5725-B43||IBM Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management||7.5.x||April 30, 2018|
You owe it to yourself and your company to seriously consider a Maximo upgrade before this drop-dead date. As the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and, well, here you have it – time stands still for no one. We must all move forward together or suffer the Blue Screen of Death ☹
It is easy to see by the matrix above that if you desire to advance with technology, continuing the use of Maximo 7.5 will surely cause some headaches. As IT professionals, we understand the incompatibility issues of operating system upgrades or new Java versions. But how do you explain that to your maintenance crew? All they want to do is enter their time and complete the work order. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will soon. And without any support from IBM you will be left scrambling to recover the maintenance system from an unplanned outage.
In addition to all the Maximo, Industry Solutions and Add-ons, several other products that you may own will be terminated. Those include:
|IBM Maximo Mobile Suite
IBM Maximo Mobile Work Manager
IBM Maximo Mobile Asset Manager
IBM Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager
|Licenses migrate to Maximo Anywhere|
|IBM Maximo Adapter for Microsoft Project||Trade up to Maximo Scheduler|
|IBM Maximo Adapter for Primavera||Trade up to Maximo Scheduler|
|IBM Maximo Asset Management Essentials||Trade up to Maximo Asset Management|
|IBM Maximo for Government||No Replacement – Use Maximo Asset Management|
|IBM Maximo Space Management for Facilities||No Replacement|
|IBM Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management||No Replacement|
|Maximo Change and Corrective Action Manager||Licenses migrate Maximo Health Safety Environment Manager|
Consider moving your Maximo to a hosted or cloud solution with our Maximo-as-a-Service (MaaS). Through our strategic network of IBM Business Partners, we can streamline your upgrade no matter what Industry or Add-on, and help you navigate this new age of cognitive data and Watson IoT.
Follow our series of End-of-Support blogs for helpful information on how you can avert the “FATAL ERROR!”
Or “Press OK to terminate the application” and learn more about “Migrating Maximo to the Cloud”.
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