What's new in Maximo Application Suite 9.0 

Version Alignment

The version for Maximo Application Suite, including all its applications, industry solutions, and add-ons in Maximo Application Suite is now aligned, starting on version 9.0. 
The Version 9.0 is compatible with version 8.11 and allowing you can upgrade seamlessly to version 9.0 without the need for separate migration tasks. 

Support for Internet Protocol version 6 
You can now Install, manage, and update Maximo Application Suite in an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) environment. 

Support for MongoDB 5.0 and 6.0 
Maximo Application Suite now supports MongoDB 5.0 and 6.0. For more information, see Update for MongoDB 5.0 and 6.0 

IBM Data Reporter Operator 
As a Maximo Application Suite administrator, you can configure the IBM Data Reporter Operator (DRO) to collect and process metrics for licensing compliance. The previously used User Data Services is now deprecated and has been replaced by the Data Reporter Operator  

This Data Reporter Operator has a reduced operational footprint and cost than IBM User Data Services to help you reduce the Maximo Application Suite resource usage. 

If you are an existing Maximo Application Suite user, should migrate to Data Report Operator because it includes tools that assist with migration. If you do not migrate to Data Reporter Operator, you will need to manually report metrics to IBM. 

For more information, see IBM Data Reporter Operator. 

Rolling back Maximo Assist 
Starting with Maximo Application Suite 9.0 after upgrading to a newer version of Maximo Assist, you have the capability to roll back to a previous version by updating the version properties. 

For example, you can roll back Maximo Assist from 9.0.1 to 9.0.0. However, it’s important to note that rolling back Maximo Assist from version 9.0.0 to 8.11 is not supported. 

For more information, refer to the Rolling back Maximo Assist documentation. 

Custom mapping with LDAP user synchronization 
In the Maximo Application Suite user interface, you can now configure custom mapping for user data synchronized between your LDAP server and the user registry. By using user registry synchronization, you can specify custom map values for user and group data to synchronize with the LDAP server. Alternatively, you can utilize the default map values that are defined by the system. 

For more information, refer to the User and group registry mapping documentation. 

SCIM 2.0 protocol support for user and group synchronization 
You can synchronize users and groups from an external identity provider (IdP) by using the System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) 2.0 protocol. The SCIM specification defines a common schema for user and group resources with a protocol that defines how operations are performed on those resources. SCIM facilitates the exchange of these resources across different services. 

For more information, see User synchronization with SCIM 2.0 and Configuring Maximo Application Suite to synchronize user and groups with SCIM 2.0. 

Initiated logout for the SAML service provider 
When configuring SAML authentication, you can enable an initiated logout for the SAML service provider so that current user sessions are logged out before another user logs in with the same credentials. 

For more information, see Configuring SAML authentication 

Support for multiple IDPs for the same authentication type 
Maximo Application Suite now allows configuration of  multiple identity providers (IDPs) for the same authentication type, such as SAML or LDAP, to facilitate user authentication.  

For more information, see Configuring multiple identity providers for same authentication type. 

Self-registration for user authentication 
Users now have the capability to self-register and create their own login accounts and use the applications that they have access to. Before users can self-register, an administrator must enable and configure access options that are associated with each identity provider that is configured. 

For more information, see Self-registration for users. 

Supported pods for IBM Data Dictionary and the IoT tool 
Customize the workload management in IBM Data Dictionary and the IoT tool by configuring pods through custom resource objects. 

For more information, see Supported pods for IBM Data Dictionary and Supported pods for IoT tool. 

Configuring the size of public certificate resources 
You can change the private key size of public certificates that are provided by Maximo Application Suite. 

For more information, see Configuring the size of public certificate resources. 

Db2  Text Search 
You can configure the Maximo Manage operator to support text search for Db2. When the operator starts the maxinst process, the -q parameter is used to enable text search for all columns that are flagged as searchable. 

For more information, see Configuring and activating Maximo Manage 

User interface customization 
As a suite administrator, you can able to personalize the user interface by incorporating your logos, company branding, and custom visual styles. Utilize CSS styling to apply these changes universally across Maximo Application Suite. 

For more information, see Updating the user interface 

Account lockout 
To increase application and user security for local authentication, you can define the conditions that prevent users from logging in after consecutive unsuccessful login attempts. You can define the number of consecutive password attempts before the users account is locked. You can also choose to lock the account by duration or until an administrator unlocks the account. 

For more information, see Enabling account lockout 

Anonymizing personal information 
You can enable the option to anonymize personal information, such as username, emails, and display name, before you delete users. As an administrator, you can also anonymize the personal information as a global option by updating the custom resource in the Red Hat® OpenShift® web console. Then, when you delete users, this personal information is anonymized by default. 

For more information, see Anonymizing user data. 

Configuring guided tours
Maximo Application Suite provides in-app guidance, such as guided tours, to help users learn more about different tasks and updates in the product. You can configure the user interface to hide guided tours. 

For more information, see Hiding guided tours. 

Removal of MRO Inventory Optimization 
Starting in Maximo Application Suite 9.0, MRO Inventory Optimization is no longer available as an externally configured application. If MRO Inventory Optimization is configured as an external launcher and you are upgrading to Maximo Application Suite 9.0, you must remove MRO Inventory Optimization before you can complete the upgrade. 

To remove MRO Inventory Optimization as an external launcher, you delete the solution portal URL for MRO Inventory Optimization on the External launcher page. When the product URL is removed, users can no longer access it in the suite navigator. 

For more information, see Configuring external launchers. 

Removal of Watson Discovery dependency in Maximo Assist 
Starting in Maximo Application Suite 9.0, Watson™ Discovery, which is used to support the Query and Diagnose functions, and voice inspections, is no longer available as a dependency in Maximo Assist. If Maximo Assist is already deployed and activated with Watson Discovery, and you are upgrading to Maximo Application Suite 9.0, before you can complete the upgrade, you must contact IBM Support to help with the manual removal of Watson Discovery. 

Removal of voice inspections in Maximo Assist 
Starting in Maximo Application Suite 9.0, voice inspections are no longer available in Maximo Assist. If voice inspections are enabled and you are upgrading to Maximo Application Suite 9.0, this feature is automatically removed during the upgrade process. 

Contact us today to learn more about how the Maximo Application Suite can help you achieve your organizational goals. 

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