Let’s continue our conversation about AppPoints for Maximo Application Suite (MAS) and cover how your organization can get ready for the switch and the options available to you. We will talk about:
- Overview of AppPoints
- Committed Term Licenses
- The conversion process
- Example conversion scenarios
Overview of AppPoints
With the move to AppPoints we now have a single IBM part number that provides access to all of the MAS included components. Over time, functionality will be added to MAS and Users will simply be able to access them via the pool of AppPoints they have available.
All AppPoints are Concurrent – Premium, Base, and Limited. You will notice that there are no “Express” licenses available.
Given a pool of AppPoints, Users can select (assuming Administrators have deployed) any function that they have access to in MAS. As they gain access, the required number of AppPoints are drawn from the pool while they are using the function.
Migrating to AppPoints also provides entitlement to Mobile functionality on current Maximo 184.108.40.206 in case you wish to provide mobile apps to your User community prior to upgrading to MAS.
As a side note: Maximo as we know it, has become Manage under MAS. Under MAS, Manage includes all of the Industry Solutions and Add-Ons for deployment and use.
Depending upon the solution(s) that the User accesses, the number of AppPoints will be determined by what they consume at any point in time. For example:
Premium User type is 15 AppPoints, giving them access to:
- Any Manage Industry solutions and Predict
Whereas a Base User type is only 10 AppPoints, giving them access to:
- Manage, and a functions such as Health, Scheduler, and Safety.
A Limited User type is 5 AppPoints giving them access to:
- 3 Modules in Manage, Monitor, Mobile, and Assist.
There is an “Install” type User that is a single AppPoint that is used to support Adapters to Manage such as ERP and Spatial.
It is worth noting that Self-Service functionality as was in Maximo continues in Manage. Those functions do not need licenses in the pool.
Committed Term Licenses
A committed term license is a subscription to those licenses for a defined period of time. It is the strategic direction for all Maximo and MAS purchases. The software is purchased along with a Subscription Term License agreement.
The minimum term is 12 months, and the approach provides flexibility for multi-year agreements. At the end of the term(s) you can renew or terminate.
This approach also aligns with the RedHat subscription model that is the foundational hosting technology for MAS.
The Conversion Process
In case it has not been clear, it is certainly possible to move to AppPoints even if you are currently running just Maximo and perhaps do not intend on upgrading to MAS for a while. Doing this aligns your licensing with the future, entitles you to Mobile (for 220.127.116.11 only), and may provide discounts and other benefits that you might not get via traditional licensing.
Whether you are an existing or new TRM client, TRM would simply perform an analysis of your situation and migrate you to AppPoints. If you are an IBM client directly, they have an established process to get you there.
To estimate your expected AppPoints volume and costs, the first thing we do is to map your current license types to AppPoints. We then use login tracking data from your production system(s) to determine the extent of concurrent usage for all AppPoints types: Premium, Base, and Limited.
Keep in mind that all AppPoints Licenses are concurrent. By evaluating the concurrent usage of your licenses as they are now, we will be able to determine the number and quality of licenses that you will need, which will save you money in the long run.
There are no actual costs in this article but given the above information TRM is able to provide you with a budgetary cost analysis, apply and discounts, and provide options.
Example Conversion Scenarios
Let’s assume for starters the basic use of Maximo including Mobile and Scheduler. Your table of licenses might look like this:
*Users are exclusively using Anywhere; no browser access at all.
The resulting AppPoints would look like this:
Our next scenario covers basic use of Maximo plus the use of the Utility Industry Solution.
The resulting AppPoints scheme would be:
One final thing to mention before we wrap up is that MAS has AppPoints management tools built in for Administrators to keep track of Users and the pool of AppPoints. The system can be set to block Users from accessing MAS functions if the pool of AppPoints has reached a minimum.
In the end, planning ahead to move your current licensing situation to AppPoints has many benefits, including financial. With the AppPoints approach, IBM Partners like TRM are able to offer approaches that better suit your current and future business needs.
Article by John Q. Todd, Sr. Business Consultant at TRM. Reach out to us at AskTRM@trmnet.com if you have any questions or would like to discuss deploying MAS 8 or Maximo AAM for condition based maintenance / monitoring.