Your Guide to the Maximo Application Suite

Posted by Cohesive Solutions on August 10, 2021


What is the Maximo Application Suite? 

Maximo Application Suite, also referred to as MAS, is an integrated, multi-cloud deployed suite of IBM applications that enable organizations to optimize asset reliability by accessing remote asset monitoring, maintenance, and reliability applications in a single platform.  

Maximo Application Suite combined industry solutions, extensions and add ons, digital twins and third party ecosystem to create an integrated, flexible approach to asset management. 

Maximo Application Suite Applications: 

  • Maximo Manage – Intelligent Asset Management 
  • Maximo Monitor – Monitor and Detect Anomalies 
  • Maximo Health – 360 View of Assets 
  • Maximo Predict – Predictive Failures 
  • Maximo Visual Inspection – AI-Powered Insights 
  • Maximo Assist – Prescriptive Assistance 
  • Maximo Safety – Actionable Insights for Worker Safety 
  • Maximo Industry Solutions / Add Ons 

What is the Purpose of Maximo Application Suite?

The Maximo Application Suite was designed to meet the changing needs of maintenance programs. With more information available and the ability to make smarter decisions, faster - The Maximo Application suite provides one, integrated platform to monitor, manage and maintain assets in a streamlined process.

Predictive maintenance can reduce overall cost by 15-20%. With the remote asset monitoring and integration of maintenance and reliability applications in a single platform, the Maximo Application Suite helps organizations reduce maintenance cost and increase asset availability.

The Maximo Application Suite:

  • Helps to increase uptime by providing more accurate alerts and anomaly detection
  • Drives maintenance organizations to predictive maintenance with the ability to analyze data with the combination of AI
  • Increases efficiency and first time fix rates of field technicians with the right asset data available at the right time, and on the go
  • Is flexible deployed on premise or on the cloud
  • Has a “pay for what you use” licensing model based on user consumption

What Industry Solutions are Provided in MAS?

  • Maximo Manage Transportation
  • Maximo Manage Nuclear
  • Maximo Manage Utilities
  • Maximo Manage Oil & Gas
  • Maximo Manage Aviation
  • Maximo Manage Civil Infrastructure
  • Maximo Health & Predict Utilities

What is containerization? 

Containerization: Containers are a standard way to package an application and its dependencies so that it can be moved between environments and run without changes. Containers work by isolating the differences between applications inside the container so that everything outside the container can be standardized. 

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Docker Engine: A docker engine is a program that creates, ships, and runs application containers. Runs on any physical server or virtual server, as well as locally, in private cloud, or public cloud.  

What is Kubernetes? 

Kubernetes is a container orchestrator across a large cluse of nodes. It runs and manages container deployment and can support multiple cloud and bare-metal environments. Kubernetes manages the applications.  

Kubernetes Pods: Kubernetes Pods are the smallest deployment unit of K8s. Pods are a collection of one or more containers running on a worker node. Each has its own IP, but a pod shares a PID namespace, network and hostname.  

Kubernetes Services: A K8s service is responsible for enabling network access to a set of pods. 

What is OpenShift? 

IBM Maximo Application Suite is deployed on RedHat OpenShift and Hybrid Cloud. OpenShift is the new operating environment for the Maximo Application Suite. Your OpenShift license comes with the IBM Maximo Application Suite, unless you are using OpenShift to deploy more systems outside of Maximo. Talk with your consultant about the best option.

What is a Hybrid Cloud? 

A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines on-premise datacenter resources, with  public cloud resources, allowing data and applications to be shared between them. Currently, 92% of enterprises are currently using a mix of cloud models. 58% of enterprises are using more than one public cloud provider.   



What is CP4D – Cloud Pack for Data? 

IBM Cloud Pak for Data simplifies and automates how you collect, organize, and analyze data and infuse AI across your business. Seamlessly integrate a broad range of data and AI software, leading governance and security, and a unified experience for collaboration. 

What are AppPoints? 

What is the Maximo Application Suite Licensing Service? 

The license service for Maximo Application suite controls the AppPoint allocation for users, admins, and applications. Consumption based check-in, check out services.  

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This is beneficial for organizations as the scope of teams is ever-changing. The licensing and app point system gives organizations flexibility to “check in” and “check out” of apps as they use them. Talk to your Maximo partner or implementation team, who will help you gauge what this looks like for your organization’s use of Maximo. 

What are the prerequisites for the Maximo Application Suite? 

There are technical system that make up the architecture prerequisites needed in order to deploy the Maximo Application Suite. Your expert Maximo implementation team will guide you through understanding and deploying the prerequisites for your MAS system.


Mongo DB is a prerequisite for the Maximo Application Suite. MongoDB is an open-source cross platform, noSQL, document-oriented database program. 

Maximo application suite leverages MongoDB to store cluster wide information such as user data, application metadata/configuration data, and licensing and usage metrics data. 


Kafka is an open-source software which provides a framework for storing, reading and analyzing streaming data. Maximo Manage and Maximo Monitor leverage Kafka for streaming sensor data. 


CouchDB is an open-source document oriented NoSQL database. CouchDB uses multiple formats and protocols to store, transfer, and process its data. Maximo Assist leverages CouchDB to store documents and application data. 


Redis is an open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store, used as a database, cache, and message broker.  

WAS Liberty: 

WAS Liberty – Java EE application server with a low-oriented overhead Java runtime environment designed for cloud-native applications and microservices. 

WebSphere Liberty was created to be highly composable, start fast, use less memory and scale easily. 

Maximo Application Suite leveraged WAS liberty as a common application server across all MAS applications. 

Can I access Maximo Add Ons in the Maximo Application Suite?

Yes! Here is the latest update:

Maximo Linear, Calibration and Scheduler have been rolled into the latest release of Maximo, included in the native application.

Maximo EAM Add-Ons to Consider:

  • Maximo Manage HSE Health, Safety, and Environmental
  • Maximo Manage Asset Configuration Manager
  • Maximo Manage Service Provider
  • Maximo Manage Mobile - Anywhere
  • Maximo Manage Spatial
  • Maximo Manage ERP Connector for SAP
  • Maximo Manage ERP Connector for Oracle

What is the path to get to the Maximo Application Suite?

There are a few options to use the Maximo Application Suite. Talk with a trusted EAM advisor on our team to see which is best for your organization.

A few options:

Coexisting Approach - Allows clients to start using MAS for the new functionality without a major upgrade of their Maximo 7.6.1.x environment. MAS

Maximo Application Suite Guide Conclusion

The Cohesive team is dedicated to helping you optimize your maintenance program. Bring us your Maximo Application Suite questions, and we will walk you through the best option for your organization. 

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