Most of Interloc’s technical consultants are recognized systems integration experts. Interloc has mastered the MIF (Maximo Integration Framework) and we have developed our own interface adapters for commonly used applications.
Interloc develops new integrations, converts existing integrations to support upgrade efforts or interface expansions, and provides troubleshooting and support for integrations.
Interloc has extensive experience with evaluating business processes and integrating with major ERP products. We have developed Maximo interfaces and integrations across software platforms and industries.
Interloc starts all Maximo integration projects with a requirements analysis workshop. This workshop:
The business needs then flow to the definition of the technical requirements. This is where Interloc's technical expertise will bring a very significant benefit to your organization, as only Interloc's proven, specific best practices approach will be taken.
The MIF supports real time integration but there are real world scenarios where organizations want to integrate Maximo with other systems that can only send or receive data as a batch. Usually these kinds of systems are older enterprise applications, home grown tools or main frame systems.
In these cases, Interloc uses the MIF to collect all the real time data that needs to be integrated and then sends it out to external system as a single batch. This can be done by way of database tables, flat files, fixed length files or XML files.
The MIF has the capability to integrate with external systems by way of HTTP post using JMS or JDBC queues. Usually these kinds of interfaces are the 'fire and forget' variety since the user's experience in Maximo does not depend on whether the data was sent out to the external system or not. These kinds of integrations are usually for high volume but low demand data like procurement or inventory or General Ledger. For many of our clients ERP applications, Interloc integrates with Maximo by way of asynchronous communication.
Interloc uses the MIF's capability to integrate with external systems in real time, sending and receiving data to compliment and enhance the user experience. This includes real time feedback on data sent to other systems or real time lookup of information.
These kinds of integrations are usually for high demand and low volume of data. Synchronous integrations are ideal, but the appropriate error handling is necessary on both sides to capture any issues and ensure that the data is as good as guaranteed for delivery.
The MIF has the ability with version 7 to be able to communicate with other systems using the REST web services API. Where appropriate, Interloc uses this industry communication methodology. Maximo supports both query and post variations of REST with either open or authenticated REST web services.
IBM provides various enterprise adapters that can be used by the MIF to integrate with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like Oracle and other enterprise applications. These adapters help in configuring integrations with the external systems without creating a log development burden within Maximo.
Current adapters available from IBM include:
Interloc consultants have experience with all of these adapters.
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