Asset management was in the spotlight this week as scores of IBM Maximo users attended the annual eSolutions Maximo annual event.
Around 500 delegates, including senior managers and IT decision makers, from 70 organisations across five different industries descended on the new JW Marriot Marquis in Dubai this week, for The Maximo Middle East User Group Conference 2013, hosted by eSolutions Maximo.
The enterprise asset management market grew 28.5% last year in Mena as firms are seeking to boost efficiency while reducing costs. eSolutions currently has more than a 30% market share in the Middle East as it drives and streamlines a plethora corporations and mega projects across the region – including approximately 80% of the oil and gas business.
The theme of this year's event was "maximising the value of your enterprise", with 30 subject matter experts on hand for consultation, and 40 speakers sharing over 15 presentations.
"The best example of a car," said Gaby Matar, Group Managing Partner at eSolutions. "Instead of fixing it four or five times a year, you're presented with the opportunity to fix it just twice, and in a much quicker time. Maximo allows you to do this," he told AMEinfo.
"What we do is gap analysis – either you change your procedure or we change Maximo for you," explained Matar. "We make our recommendation, based on best practises, reconfigure Maximo according to what is needed, and then there is a testing process before training gets underway."
According to a recent study by IDC, the Middle East ICT spending is forecasted to increase by 10% in 2013, reaching over $20bn. While IT demands for large Middle East organisations remain varied, financial and government sectors will help to maintain momentum for high-end asset management solutions.
In order to maximise the value of organisational assets and ROI from IT investments, businesses will require a robust set of enterprise capabilities, designed to meet the demanding needs of asset-intensive organizations that need to keep their plant, fleet or facility at peak performance.
Maximo powers groundbreaking Saudi traffic system
IBM's Maximo asset management solution has recently been customised to facilitate the largest ever project in the history of traffic enforcement for Dallah Trans Arabia (DTA).
Currently in testing and due to be completed in 2014, Atvam (Automated Traffic Violations Administering and Monitoring) is considered to be the largest and technically most ambitious single project ever in the history of traffic law enforcement worldwide. Over the next years the project aims at substantially reducing the number of killed or injured people on Saudi Arabia's roads.
The Atvam program includes sophisticated photo law enforcement systems and traffic management and security. Speed and red-light enforcement tickets will fund the project. DTA is responsible of implementing the Atvam project in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia.
DTA selected the best-of-breed modern enterprise commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Maximo 7.5 to manage all the Service, Maintenance, Inventory, and Procurement activities on the project.