MaximoWorld 2018 Recap – Did you remember to bring your Tupperware?

With the latest MaximoWorld in the books, it is worthwhile to take some time to reflect on the event.  I recently described Maximo World as the industry’s best Pot Luck dinner. A Pot Luck dinner is where each person brings forth their best dish – whether that might be the “Big Green Egg” smoked pork, the special mac and cheese or the mythical Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies.  And of course, someone is always called upon to bring the veggie tray or to be the cup and plate guy.  It is also the time where you connect with those you have not seen in a while, swap family stories and catch up on the latest successes and failures.

MaximoWorld 2018 had some amazing dishes to be sure – from the appetizers shared in the User Group Round tables or the tasty main courses served up by the Keynotes from the inspiring young Natasha Ravinand during the WIRAM luncheon, or Author Ben Pring who provided the best quote of the show, “Things sucking is the Real Mother of Invention”.  Or how bout all those casseroles – nearly 100 of them covering so many different takes on how companies have best implemented, improved, enhanced, etc.… Maximo to make a difference in their organization.

Don’t forget about the availability of the basics, like Nikolaus Despain’s “Using the Where Clause and the Power of Embedded Queries” for the newbies or IBM’s presentation on the Maximo roadmap that provided the “carbs” that we crave.  And hopefully you took part of the deserts chock full of IoT, Augmented Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Spatial, mobile, etc… offered up during the sessions and in the Expo Hall, including Aquitas’ Connected Maintenance solution.


The question is… did you bring your Tupperware to MaximoWorld 2018?   There are two things that I have learned when ever my sisters throw a potluck dinner.  One, my sisters are fantastic cooks and two, there will be leftovers!  With that in mind, I make sure to equip myself with a few Tupperware containers to be sure I can easily squirrel away some of their fantastical fare for later.

So back to my question – did you bring your Tupperware to the event?  In working with Pam Denny at IBM, we loaded all the attendees and events into Watson which then analyzed the data to determine that there were approximately 3, 681 unique actionable ideas that were generated from the conference.  Off the idea buffet table, Watson then calculated each individual attendee on average, could absorb roughly 84 worthwhile ideas over the three days.  84 different unique ideas that then could be put in your Tupperware and consumed at a later date.   How many ideas did you take back to your office to apply?

Terry O’Hanlon, Maura Abad and the rest of the ReliabilityWeb team not only put together an awesome conference menu – it takes a lot to coordinate that there are a variety of dishes available- they even were handing out Tupperware at the end of the third day with the “Maximo in Action Panel”.  The panel which included myself, esteemed colleagues and customers, provided a number of “containers” to help you take home those 84 ideas and put them into action.  The theme of most of the messages was – “Take Action”.  Choose an idea and go for it.  I particularly liked Paul Crocker, from Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, discussing “stepping up and becoming a vocal leader” – just after sharing that he never pictured himself ever getting up in front of hundreds of people to share what he learned.  That is a Maximo evangelist in action!

So, what are the things I took away from the event?

  • IBM is not only fully backing MaximoWorld to make it the cornerstone event for all Maximo users, they are fully vested in Maximo! Hopefully, you had a chance to catch the roadmap sessions or go by the IBM booth or listen to IBM’s keynote session.  If you did, you can tell that IBM sees Maximo as a critical piece to their overall Watson strategy. This is good news for all of in the ecosystem to keep IBM invested and improving on the solution.
  • The Internet of Things is not on the fringe any longer for Maximo users. Judging by the number of sessions on Connecting Assets to Maximo or Using Analytics to better understand/predict failure and IBM’s product roadmap, this capability is here now at a price point that is totally doable.  There are customers exploring this capability now – more importantly, these are not just the customers with huge IT or support staffs, the Fortune 100, they are the mid-sized companies looking for innovative ways to gain control of their operations.  They are thinking big, starting small and acting fast!
  • The ability to get connected into the ecosystem is huge benefit to a Maximo user. It is rare in the software industry that you see so many willing people offer to share, help, assist, etc.  Walking through the halls, at lunch, after sessions or at the booths you could hear people sharing both their challenges and solutions.  Take some time to reflect on a few of the contacts that you met and then make an effort to reach out to them.  Be willing to take a call or two from customers looking for help.  The more you “connect” the more likely you will be able to improve upon your current implementation.  Our industry is changing more rapidly than ever – don’t hesitate to reach out to a peer to get their insight.

A final comment is that there was so much “food” that it was a challenge to taste everything.  Again, I want to give a shout out to ReliabilityWeb and all of the presenters and customers that make this conference so special.  All of these presentations have been recorded and will soon be made available in their neatly labeled Tupperware containers.  Don’t miss the chance to go back and listen to ones that you feel are most applicable or maybe even one or two that you have no idea if it is applicable.  Listen to one a week – a lunch and learn approach – and my bet is that you come away with another potential idea to implement.

Want to talk about your ideas for your current Maximo implementation or the use of new technology to advance your operations?  Feel free to give us a call or visit our website at


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Aquitas at LiveWorx 2018!

This was my first time attending LiveWorx, and the Aquitas teams’ first time as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Speaker. As a relatively new PTC partner, we were excited to dive in and establish ourselves in the PTC and ThingWorx community as an Elite Sponsor, gain exposure for our new Connected Maintenance solution, and build relationships with other partners, customers, and various integral members of the PTC team. I have to say…. this conference did not disappoint!


The Xtropolis floor was bustling non-stop with an air of excitement for this age of Digital

Transformation that we are in with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of ThingsIMG_5254.JPG (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. The Aquitas team felt right at home with our new Connected Maintenance solution that officially launched earlier this year.

Michael Hayes, our Director of Development, was busy showing demo after demo to customers, members of the PTC team, and curious neighboring IoT exhibitors. We have a pretty sharp demo (if I may say so myself!) to show how the integration between the leading industrial IoT technology of ThingWorx and IBM’s Maximo system allow you to listen to and respond to your assets in real time.

In the demo we apply pressure to a running motor, thus changing the conditions being monitored to a level that an alert is triggered to follow your maintenance processes. In our demonstration, a work order is generated in Maximo for maintenance to check on the asset, with all of the information from ThingWorx clearly accessible through Maximo.

Here is an exclusive sneak peak at our demo motor running with it’s Digital Twin overlay which displays conditions like vibration, humidity, temperature, RPMs, and more in real time.

With Connected Maintenance, we use advanced condition monitoring and anomaly management with automated workflow… As soon as a set of conditions is met that indicates a problem, automatically have a work order or service request generated in Maximo. Learn more about our Anomaly Management & Alert System. 


 Nikolaus Despain, Senior Director Maintenance Operations at Leprino Foods,  was on-hand at LiveWorx to share a direct customer perspective on why it makes sense to get started now with IoT in maintenance, and how to turn small wins into huge returns on investment through transforming their preventive maintenance program.

“We can theoretically reduce our preventive maintenance activities by 50% per year. Just do the labor math. What would that mean to your organization?”

-Nikolaus Despain

Director of Maintenance, Leprino Foods


IGNITE SESSION – “Getting started with IoT: Think big, start small, act fast”

For me, the highlight of the conference was watching Ray Miciek captivate a crowd in the IoT Innovation Center during a 15 minute “Ignite Talk” that was included in our sponsorship, in which he would discuss the idea of getting started with IoT in maintenance. Our booth was close to the “theatre” where Ray’s talk was going to take place, and turnout had not been great at previous talks. We predicted Ray would have 6-8 people in the audience.

Instead it looked like this….

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What struck me was the fact that the entire crowd stayed and listened to the very last word. They would nod their heads in agreement to one of Ray’s ideas. They would signal to their colleague, “Are you hearing this?”

When Ray’s 15 minutes were up, there was a line of people waiting to talk to him.

What this tells me is that customers not only want to learn more about the Industrial Internet of Things, they are ready to look at solutions and figure out the best strategy to get started.

As Ray said in his presentation..

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Your assets are talking. There is hidden treasure on your plant floor. …. THINK BIG. START SMALL. ACT FAST.

Download Ray’s Presentation HERE

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