MRO Software hosted its first Oil & Gas User Group meeting during the recent MRO World event in Dallas. MRO Software’s flagship Maximo product is used to manage and maintain assets across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. The MRO User Group (MRO-UG) is headed-up by a steering committee with representatives from MRO, Occidental and BP.
Russell Bee (MRO Software) presented MRO’s ‘vision’ for the oil and gas sector. Future releases of MRO Software’s Oil and Gas Industry Solution will offer greater functionality for the refining and exploration and production markets and increased integration capabilities with other technologies such as Primavera and Intergraph to provide further ‘depth’ to the solution. MRO is also migrating specific oil and gas functionality to the new Maximo Enterprise Suite (MXES) platform. Users will see ‘more flexibility’ and extended asset types along with the ability to set, manage and track service level agreements.
Dean Edmundson (Primavera) presented a paper on asset and resource use optimization. Primavera’s clients integrate core operation and maintenance software systems. Some of the world’s largest refiners report ‘increased plant up time through better asset management and resource forecasting’. Others have increased productivity by integrating asset and resource management systems.
Ahmad Al-Anezi from Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company and IBM’s James Neophytou discussed Maximo’s 5.2 release in the context of the petrochemicals business. PIC and IBM collaborated on a major Maximo deployment at a Kuwait Petroleum Company chemical plant.
Shortly after the MRO-UG, MRO Software announced that it was to team with ESRI to embed ArcGIS components into Maximo Enterprise Suite (MXES) to spatially-enable MXES. The solution is to leverage open standards-based Java development environments from both companies. MRO Software will incorporate ArcGIS components into Maximo’s J2EE technology framework, creating a user interface that supports robust interactions between the work and asset management and the GIS from a single application environment.
ESRI Director David Wieseler said, ‘This collaboration is an important step in the geospatial enablement of the enterprise. MRO Software and ESRI now share a development architecture that enables the seamless integration of our respective technologies.’
MRO executive VP Pat Foye added, ‘Many clients have asked us to integrate Maximo with GIS using native ESRI components. The fact that MRO Software and ESRI are working together has sparked a great deal of interest internally within our respective companies as well as within our respective client bases.’
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