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New feature lets Maximo maintenance program be operated over the Internet

Nov. 7, 2001 -- A supplier of maintenance management software has extended its capabilities so its program can be o...

Nov. 7, 2001 — A supplier of maintenance management software has extended its capabilities so its program can be operated over the Internet. MRO Software, Inc. recently released Maximo 5.0, the next-generation of its enterprise asset maintenance software. The new version takes advantage of a 100% pure Internet component-based architecture that allows customers to support their global enterprise or single sites via a web browser.

The pure Internet technology permits universal access from any browser-enabled device, including wireless, for increased mobility. “With the new pure Internet architecture, MRO Software is keeping us on the forefront of technological advancement,” said Dan Myer, group manager of facilities support service, at Ralston Purina. “Because we can access information through any device that has a web browser, we will be able to more efficiently manage our business requirements and make more informed, timely decisions.”

According to consultant Gartner Inc., “traditional monolithic, client/server architectures offered by the leading manufacturing application vendors today will be severely challenged by a new crop of vendors that offer architectural characteristics that are more well aligned with the c-Commerce (Collaborative Commerce) vision. Many manufacturing application vendors claim to have embraced the web-centric, c-Commerce vision by offering web-enabled capabilities with their existing products (e.g., read-only Web browsers). While this is a step in the right direction, it’s only a baby step,” the company stated.

“Instead of simply adding a browser front-end to a legacy application, we’ve re-engineered Maximo with a pure Internet architecture,” commented Jack Young, executive vice-president, products and technology, for MRO Software.


Some of the primary advantages of the architecture include lower cost of ownership (it eliminates client-side installations and upgrades, leading to lower cost of implementation, integration and on-going support); open standards for collaboration with trading partners and for integration with other enterprise applications; and advanced enterprise deployment for all sites, optimizing the initial and on-going infrastructure cost.

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