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by | Jun 2, 2020

The Catalyst Behind the MaxiCloud Platform

The idea of BPD Zenith’s MaxiCloud platform came about more than 5 years ago as a response to clients’ desires for a fully managed Maximo Cloud application. The benefits of this new innovative environment were only just starting to resonate with the end user then, which included:

  • More efficient and quicker implementation time, to realise a much quicker ROI.
  • Less reliance on internally based Maximo system administrators freeing up internal resources to focus on business improvements.
  • Monthly subscription-based licensing to help make Maximo more affordable.
  • Flexible and scalable licensing that was easily adjusted to meet client’s demand and reduce the complexity of Maximo rules.
  • Upgrades, new versions and patches all available immediately and installed when required at no additional cost so that organisations didn’t have to suffer from out of date versions.

Port Otago was the first client and they were quickly joined by others, realising the benefits and savings noted above, but there were other benefits that would evolve from the MaxiCloud platform and these were in the Maximo Licensing area.

The development of Cloud

With the introduction of Cloud systems in recent years, alternative licensing options have become available to the market. Before considering these alternatives, it’s worth examining the driving factors for reconsidering how you manage licenses;

  • The end users were seeking far greater value from their licensing spend, as they sought to expand the use of Maximo through their businesses (eg. a lower per user cost for the system)
  • Clients wanted more flexibility to ramp up licenses when demand rose and conversely scale down use during off-peak seasonal periods. Business conditions change constantly. Think how COVID-19 has changed how you work.
  • Companies wanted to move licensing costs to the OPEX side, rather than the large upfront CAPEX requirement of traditional on-premise licenses with the annual support and subscription component.
  • Managers were looking to trial new capability such as Scheduling and Mobility without the risk associated with purchasing a large tranche of licenses.

For those companies that were ready and willing for Cloud applications, all these licensing benefits were available through the MaxiCloud platform. This fully managed option became known as Managed Software as a Service (MSaaS). It was a singled dedicated tenancy that provided availability, security and resilience.

But how did you access this licensing power and value if you are unable to move to the Cloud immediately?

For these clients this is where the evolution of the MaxiCloud platform provided real benefit. Through the MaxiCloud platform, BPD Zenith managed the business of the Maximo licenses in the background whilst offering a more simplified subscription based license service, such as monthly, quarterly or annually to suit the business needs.

IBM provided other changes to the Maximo licensing landscape such as concurrent licenses and more recently have provided token licensing (a consumption-based model). BPD Zenith negotiated license purchases that rolled up all these benefits (concurrency and consumption) and presented a volume-based license model to the market, whilst passing on all the flexibility, value and savings that the market now demands.

This model was always available in the MaxiCloud MSaaS platform, but now is also available to clients maintaining on-premise servers and infrastructure through BPD’s MaxiCloud License as a Service (LaaS) model.

~ Different licensing models ~

In conjunction with these changes, BPD Zenith also developed their MaxiCloud Industry Accelerator Solutions such as:

  • MaxiCloud for Oil & Gas
  • MaxiCloud for Facilities Management
  • MaxiCloud for Manufacturing
  • MaxiCloud for Universities
  • MaxiCloud for Ports
  • MaxiCloud for Airports

Packaged with BPD’s industry solutions, Maximo users are able to take advantage of volume-based license prices while still maintaining an on-premise infrastructure in addition to having the complexities of licensing outsourced.

The MaxiCloud LaaS model has also been used as a “bridge to Cloud” pathway for some clients, as they move from the traditional on-premise system to a fully managed service such as MaxiCloud MSaaS. This transition with significant cost savings and combined with all or parts of an industry solution has been compelling for many clients who have made the move.

MaxiCloud LaaS provides the following benefits:

Clients can maintain their on-premise or outsourced environments as their own, but move to the LaaS subscription model, combined with all or parts of a BPD Industry Solution immediately upon expiration of their current traditional S&S period. Plus, they can enjoy:

  • Immediate optimisation of a client’s license needs, no drawn out process of trading perpetual licences.
  • License flexibility in terms of ramping up or down of licenses according to client and user demand.
  • 25+ years of BPD Zenith’s asset management expertise through one of the Industry Solutions or select the parts that best suit their business needs.
  • All licenses are fully supported with access provided to new versions, patches and fix packs.
  • True value of the Maximo license is realised as the EAM application can be rolled out to more users with significant savings.

Whether you’re considering switching licensing models, wondering how BPD Zenith can help your business, or simply want to learn more – contact us.

Michael Moulton

Michael Moulton

A business development specialist providing advice and guidance to assist people and organizations, understand, navigate and continuously improve their Asset Management journey.

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