FLMUG June Meeting – Excellent Despite Difficult Weather
The Florida Maximo User Group met on June 6th at Raytheon’s Orlando facility under difficult weather conditions, and with the support of the most gracious Raytheon hosts and good event planning, a very successful exchange of Maximo knowledge took place without a hitch.
The difficulty was in the form of tropical storm Andrea, the Atlantic’s first tropical storm of the year. Andrea brought 45 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and 8 confirmed tornadoes to the Sunshine State. While some members decided to stay home, the large Raytheon conference room was filled and the session continued without so much as a flicker.
James Cappoza presented lessons learned from Disney’s experience with Maximo 7.5 upgrades, primarily from an IT perspective – which was very well suited to the large number of IT and Systems members in the audience. Disney’s Maximo deployments extend to a worldwide base encompassing many unique configurations and characteristics. In particular, discussion of use of multiple languages was lively.
Gerry Schoonmaker of Sarasota County led discussion on the topic “Preventative Maintenance Best Practices”. While sharing a number of best practice successes with the audience, Gerry managed to include considerable discussion by exchanging questions and answers with the audience.
Round table discussions followed with what seemed like 100% participation. Topics included Planning and Scheduling, Maximo Spatial & GIS, and a very forward-looking discussion on Analytics.
Vendors DataSplice and Solufy also shared their latest information on Mobility and Scheduling products. Maven Asset Management was represented by CEO Jennifer Gatza, and several other vendors also contributed insight to many of the discussions.
The Florida Maximo User Group certainly has very friendly members who are willing to share their knowledge and experience in an unusually cooperative way. This group truly lives up to the knowledge-sharing pupose it was created for. If you are located in Florida and have not been attending these sessions, we suggest that you consider attending future meetings.