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POC Planning Document

POC GOALS: • To test the Maximo upgrade from the current version of Maximo 4.01 to version 6 ensuring full data integrity and accuracy.

• The POC must ensure that the Maximo software is fully operational within the Illovo architecture and environment i.e. the POC must test co-existence with all other Illovo software products and hardware.

• The POC must also ensure that all re-worked existing application interfaces are fully operational on the upgraded version.

• The following new requirements must be met: - Provision of a scheduling tool and full integration with MS project - Fully operational new interfaces as defined in the Functional Specification

• All existing application customisations must be re-applied and must be fully functional

• Reports as defined in the functional specification must be fully functional

• The POC must also result in a standard migration path being documented to ensure a smooth rollout and implementation process.

• To select/Replace the thin client (NCD 200) with new models that meet business requirements (Group replacement)

• To select and install hardware for the Maximo Application/Report server (Maximo & Kronos Sites only)

• The architecture selected must cater for SA and African Maximo hardware requirements.


• To migrate all current Maximo transactional data from version 4.01 to the new release version 6 and to document an appropriate migration path.

• Configuration/re-application of all current Maximo customizations as documented in the Functional Specification.

• To determine the migration path for existing Crystal reports on the new Maximo version.

• To configure all required customized reports as documented in the Functional Specification and to ensure that all customized reports are fully operational.

• To ensure that all standard Maximo functionality is fully operational

• To implement a standard scheduling tool (within SA and in Africa) which can be used for the planning and scheduling of maintenance during the off-crop period. The business requirements for the scheduling tool are documented in the Functional Specification.

• To ensure seamless integration with MS project and Maximo

• Provision of adequate management reports as documented in the Functional Specification

• To ensure all current interfaces to Maximo are fully operational

The Scope of this project is to test the amendments of the following Tranquillity Application interfaces to Maximo:

- Inventory interface to Maximo - Issues interface to Maximo - General Ledger (ACK) interface to Maximo - Vendor master interface to Maximo - Purchase Order interface to Maximo - Purchase Order Receipts interface to Maximo - Single Point of Entry interface to Maximo

• To test the following two additional interfaces viz. On line Purchase Requisitions to Maximo and Kronos T&A Interface to Maximo

• To ensure that the current version of Maximo is supported on Illovo architecture and platforms.

• To test the co-existence with all other Illovo applications.

• To ensure that all user hardware meets the Maximo minimum hardware requirements and upgrade end-user hardware where required

• To provide for a smooth migration path in Ubombo and in Malawi

• To provide for a software model that can be implemented at Nakambala and Kilombero.


• Ensure that the hardware selected will cater for future growth, current and new applications. (Based on current information & capacity plan provided by Infowave)

• Specify the correct spec & sizing for the Maximo Web Server for every site based on the site size (ie ML370/ML570, amount of memory and disk) Based on stress and functionality testing.

• Specify the exact configuration / standards of the server : hardware, OS, anti virus, application (IW), (SOP – installation / support )

• Test sms updates of the new Maximo server.

• Assess impact on Network bandwidth, ie Maximo / TS / Linux / GS server (all servers must connect to the network at 1 gig full duplex)

• Current hardware standards will apply which have been proven - HP

• Application functionality test with the new hardware and OS .Test the impact on the server resources .

• Test the entire architecture (Linux server, Terminal server, General server, Print server, Maximo web server) interaction of the servers and printing.

• Conduct P.O.C with the new hardware against existing hardware and all applications

• Test local browsing vs server browsing (memory & OS version upgrades on TS [windows 2003 ent server])

• Impact analysis on different VM plug in ie JRE/JINITIATOR

• Revise technical specifications/architecture for thin clients

• Review/revise client equipment replacement plan

• Decide if the Maximo web server can be shared with Kronos

• Specify the change control process for Maximo web server upgrades from IST / involvement of Bytes

• Specify the support, backup and recovery processes for the server (data, OS, application, anti-virus ) ie Bytes to have admin account , iw to have support account with restrictions to that server and specific services. (How will DR in Africa work?)

• Specify interfaces and key dependant services on other servers (IW)

• Specify DR and dev requirements and environment (hardware & processes) Need a dedicated DR and dev box.

• Specify / Test impact of remoter support to sites (if different)

POC Dependencies:

BTG: • Successful completion of the Windows 2003 upgrade with no major impacts on the Maximo Upgrade project (need to discuss this – may or may not be accurate) • Linux servers need to connect at 1gig • Signed orders for equipment & BTG effort required for POC • Equipment required for POC • Support staff availability • Decision on approach for Windows 2003 upgrade • Acceptance from Illovo that Real life DR scenario's take precedence over testing. Bytes DR testing will only take place for 2 sa and 2 africa sites

IST • Timeous procurement of the Maximo Application server and hardware required for the POC.

• Timeous delivery of the Maximo 6 software to Infowave (15 January 2006)

• Completion of the upgrade initiation tasks by IST as documented below

Installation of MAXIMO 6 on IST development server

Restoration of the Illovo Sezela database

Fully documented Functional and Technical specification signed off by the business representatives.

Preliminary Database upgrade to test the data migration process to determine whether the application utility or scripts will be used to convert the data.

To have documents and completed all screen configurations

To have documented and completed all custom functionality development (Old MAXCUST)

To have documented and completed all required Actuate Report development Completion of internal satisfactory system testing by IST

To have documented all configured business rules.

Completion of the upgrade initiation tasks by Infowave as documented below

Re-work of all existing interfaces must be completed

Analysis, design and build of On line Purchase Requisitions to Maximo and Kronos T&A Interface to Maximo

System testing must be completed.

• No material differences exist between the current installation of Maximo with SA and at Ubombo and in Malawi. IST must have completed a full database comparison between the African and SA sites to ensure that no material differences exist.

• Stress test must confirm sizing of the application Server . If not impact lingth OPoc

POC Environment to be created:


• Servers : GS (existing 570 dr) , TS (existing 570 dr) , Print (need) , Linux TS (existing 570 dr), New Maximo web server (need a 370) • Clients : Thins (10 latest spec for stress testing?, new?) fats – 4 (functionality) - old and new thins (will there be a once off replacement/ phased in replacements ? – Likewise with monitors what will the replacement approach be) Test co-existence ??? • Network: 1 switch (need 1 48 port * 100 meg alcatel ) • Server monitoring (TS/Maximo/GS) • Network Monitoring – tool (server to server , server to client) • Bytes Staff – Dirk, Praniel, Stephen or Cas • Location: Infowave meeting room

Systems to be tested: Sezela environment to be re-created • Tranquilllity • Intranet • Payroll - Unique • Report writer / viewer –Drake & Discoever • Kronos & Keymaster • Canepro • OPM

POC Approach
Windows 2003 Upgrade to be performed
Maximo POC to be conducted after 2003 POC
Co-existence and impact on all application to be tested after Maximo POC completed

Dates and Detail steps to be discussed

POC Scope of Work:

BTG Effort:

• Procure loan servers for POC - WTS, App Server 42 days 2006/01/15 to 2006/02/27 (Use existing DR servers for WTS new server needed for App server)

• Procure end user hardware for POC 42 days 2006/01/15 to 2006/02/27

• Setup of Development Environment for POC (WTS, GS, Fat and Thin Clients) - architecture and all operating systems (16 hours - no charge)

• Setup of fat and thin clients – new thin client , new 1024 x 768 monitors ( no charge)

• Restore the Sezela environment onto the development server (explain?)

• Hardware setup of "Maximo Server" (2 hours - no charge )

• Installation of OS on "Maximo Server" (6 hours – PR)

• DeskTop and Server OS support for duration of POC (Estimate total 8 hours)

• Support during User Acceptance and Stress Tests. (Estimate total 8 hours.)

• Performance Monitoring of the various servers during the POC (Estimate total 8 hours) • To ensure that all user hardware meets the Maximo minimum hardware requirements and upgrade end-user hardware where required • Document findings and specifications, graph & statistics of stress testing , configurations (SOPs) (PR / SA : 32 hours.)
Estimate Total hours : 62 billable hours @ R425 = R26 350 (will bill actuals hours spet)

Roll-Out ( for 10 sites) • Review site specific requirements for servers (racks. UPS, aircon etc) • Hardware setup of "Maximo Server" 2 hours, No charge • Installation of OS on "Maximo Server" Includes patches, (6 hours per server ) • Deliver Server to IFW for pre-installation of "Maximo" No charge • Couriering of Server to appropriate mill (No cost for SA mill. Extra cost in Africa – need to agree mode of transport) • Installation of server on-site – no charge – done by the on-site engineer. (on-site engineer will need assistance from the business / Infowave to install the server into the rack) • Onsite Tech to be available during the cut-over week and weekend for support as well as to allow IST and IFW consultants access to servers and server rooms etc. (Need to charge for overtime on weekend and evenings. Needs to be discussed. ) • Senior HO staff available in the event on-site staff require assistance. Budget standby (needs to be discussed)

IST and Infowave Application Development:

• InfoWave together with IST will install, upgrade and test Maximo and its components ( Actuate etc).

• IST and Infowave conduct a "User Acceptance Test" to ensure that the functionality of the upgraded Maximo works and that all interfaces are fully operational.

• IST and InfoWave will conduct a "Stress Test" simulating 20 users to ensure server performance is adequate. How will this be achieved fro an end users perspective

• IST to migrate all Sezela Maximo transactional data from version 4.01 to version 6

• IST to prepare a White paper documenting the data migration approach

• IST to provide a signed off Technical specification for all Maximo customization, business rules and customized reports .

• IST to prepare a White Paper for converting existing Crystal reports to the new Maximo version.

• IST to ensure that all standard Maximo functional is fully operational

• IST to provide a Technical specification for the configuration of the scheduling tool (within SA and in Africa).

• IST to test and prove seamless integration with MS project and Maximo

Infowave development The Scope of this project is to test the amendments of the following Tranquillity Application interfaces to Maximo:

- Inventory interface to Maximo - Issues interface to Maximo - General Ledger (ACK) interface to Maximo - Vendor master interface to Maximo - Purchase Order interface to Maximo - Purchase Order Receipts interface to Maximo - Single Point of Entry interface to Maximo

• To test the following two additional interfaces viz. On line Purchase Requisitions to Maximo and Kronos T&A Interface to Maximo

• To provide for a smooth migration path in Ubombo and in Malawi

• To provide for a software model that can be implemented at Nakambala and Kilombero.

BUSINESS RESOURCES: • To ensure that the upgraded version of Maximo is supported on Illovo architecture and platforms.

• To test the co-existence with all other Illovo applications.

Detailed Infowave Technical Tasks

• Installation and Configuration/Tuning of IBM Websphere,ACTUATE and Maximo Application

• Setup Dev Environment - (Maximo Database, Tranquillity Database, Interfaces, Clients)

• Create New Maximo 5 Database

• Create New Maximo 6 Database

• Upgrade from Maximo 4.1.1 to 5.2 - Write and Test Database scripts - As per IST

• Upgrade from Maximo 5.2 to 6 - Using Upgrade Utility. Backup and Restores of Databases Required - As per IST

• Assistance during the POC w.r.t Report Development

• Interfaces – Tech Detail of Effort ??

• Assistance during User Acceptance Testing

• Assistance in Stress Testing

• Database Performance Tuning

• Documentation (White Papers, Server setup, Client setup, Middleware setup)

acceptance criteria

APPLICATION • Successful Maximo upgrade from version 4.01 to version 6 • Accurate take-on and conversion of historical data with no loss of data or data integrity • Fully operational Maximo package with all current customization being successfully re-applied meeting all current Illovo business requirements. • Fully functional scheduling tool with full integration between Maximo and MS project such that the scheduling tool support the planning and scheduling of offcrop maintenance • The developed reports must meet all current Illovo requirements and must all be fully operational. • Fully Operational interfaces between Maximo and Tranquillity • Adequate performance of the server during the stress test\


• The hardware must function with the constraints of the existing Illovo architecture. • The hardware is compatible with all existing applications and known future applications • The acceptance criteria listed above will be tested during the planned POC to finalise acceptance sign off. • Analysis of different models of thin clients and selecting the appropriate model • Performance of the proposed Application/Report Server. • Proof of concept testing for all applications including the new Maximo release . • Testing via PC’s • Testing existing range of monitors with new thin client model for screen resolution compatibility • POC server testing for smaller Maximo sites Nchalo and Dwangwa

Reviews and approval

The following reviews and approvals of deliverables are required.

|Deliverable |Review |Approval |
|Thin Client Performance |Ravie Govender |Dave Schaller |
|Application/Report Server Performance |Ravie Govender |Dave Schaller |
|Monitor Replacement |Ravie Govender |Dave Schaller |
|Sign-off of Maximo Functionality |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |
|Sign-off of Maximo Customisations |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |
|Sign-off of Maximo Customised Reports |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |
|Sign-off of Maximo Interfaces |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |
|Sign-off of Maximo Scheduling Tool |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |
|Sign-off of Integration with MS project |Paddy Richards |Barry Cornish |

PROJECT resources


The following roles and applicable to this project

|Role |Person Responsible |Organisation |
|Project Sponsor |Barry Cornish |Illovo Group IT |
|Overall Maximo Project Manager |Angela Oosthuizen |Illovo Group IT |
|Business Representative |Paddy Richards |Illovo Noodsberg |
|Business Representative |Maurice Schmidt |Illovo Sezela |
|African Representatives |Tokyo Dlamini |Illovo Ubombo |
| |? |Illovo Nakambala |
| | |Illovo Malawi (NH & DW) |
|IST Project Manager |Kobie Van Rooy |IST |
|Infowave Technical |Usheer Singh |Infowave |
|Infowave Development |Ashwin Maharaj |Infowave |
|Functional Representative |Bryan Baxter |BTG |
|Technical Representative |Deon/Andre |Infowave/BTG |
|Project Administrator |Michelle Naidoo |IllovoGroup It |

POC project team

The POC Project Team will consist of the following individuals

|Person Responsible |Organisation |
|Ravie Govender |Illovo Group IT |
|Angela Oosthuizen |Illovo Group IT |
|Deon Somers |Infowave |
|Usheer Singh |Infowave |
|Bryan Baxter |Bytes Technology Group |
|Andre du Toit |Bytes Technology Group |
|Steven Arnott |Bytes Technology Group (Thin Technology) |
|Kobie Van Rooy |IST |
|Ashwin Maharaj |Infowave |
|Bryan Baxter |BTG |
|Deon/Andre |Infowave/BTG |
|Michelle Naidoo |IllovoGroup It |



1 Functionality

• Work order tracking

create, view, and modify work orders,

view PM and scheduling information,

see which job plan and safety plan is applied,

view the originating work order for a follow-up work order,

identify the failure hierarchy for the equipment or location.

• Work requests

• Quick reporting

• Work manager

3. Customised Reports MMR#1 LTA Maintenance - Avoidable/unavoidable maintenance by department MMR#2 Work productivity – manpower utilisation by employee within supervisor MMR#3 Location costs summary – material and labour costs per location MMR#4 Planned/unplanned work ratios by supervisor MMR#5 Location repeat work – work orders by foreman MMR#6 Outstanding work orders / planned hours – per supervisor MMR#7 Call outs last season vs this season – by location and by supervisor



Work order tracking

• Create Work orders from here as well as from the Quick Reporting, Work Requests, Condition Monitoring, and Preventive Maintenance modules.

• Change status (change status as the work order progresses – waiting for approval, wait for material, initiate, un-approve, approve, complete, close, cancel) • View status history • Schedule work orders (NB) • Group several work orders (either by selecting a parent in a hierarchy or by multi-selecting via a query) and then choose the Schedule screen which has the following tabs: • Project – create or use an existing project, describe it and set dates. • Work Orders – define the method of driving the project, etc. • Crafts & Tools – choose schedule resources for crafts, tools and shifts • Purchasing – define whether waiting for PR or PO milestones must be factored into the scheduling. • Field/Code map – choose which information should be transferred to the scheduler (define layout) • Generate follow-up work (copy this work order to a new work order for follow up) • Apply route (link route to work order) • Toggle summary/detail • Remove work plan • Select safety components (link more components) • Remove safety plan • Move/modify equipment • View follow-up work • View Purchase Order information • View received services • View hierarchy grand totals (costing) • Test the ASICUST business rules

Work requests

Work requests: Enter details of problem and link to a Location or piece of equipment.
Apply a route if necessary. A customized button allows access to another screen where the Location Downtime Work Order and down time information is captured or viewed.

Quick reporting

Create new or modify open work orders or small jobs.
Actual labor and material usage information can be entered

Work manager (NB only)

Specify which labor you want applied to specific work orders at specific times – Dispatch mode, planning mode, centralised despatching, self despatching.



Add scheduling and work order details. Each PM record is linked to equipment, location or a GL account. It can be linked to a job plan if only one needed. Connect to a Route (an equipment hierarchy) if wanted.

Build a hierarchy of PM jobs, which will then generate a hierarchy of Work Orders

View sequence (view a projected long-term job plan sequence based on settings from the Job Plan Sequence tab).

Generate work order (Generate scheduled work orders for your work assets using frequency, hierarchies, etc.)

Create associated PM’s (associate PM’s to a Master PM)


This is a customized screen – created for Illovo, where details of off-crop start and end dates over four years are recorded

5 INVENTORY (Infowave to test)

- Reorder (direct issue and stocked items) - Issue item - Transfer item - View on order quantities - View vendor analysis (prices, quality, performance) - View item availability - Adjust inventory – reconcile balances - Adjust inventory – zero YTD quantities - Adjust inventory – adjust current balances - Adjust inventory – adjust physical count - Adjust inventory – adjust standard cost - Adjust inventory – adjust average cost - Adjust inventory – change capitalized status (GL Accounts) - Add item to storeroom - Add/modify storeroom - Remove items

Issues and transfers

- Select reserved items (show items reserved for work orders) - Issue reserved items to a work order (drag from reserved list) - Select equipment spare parts - Modify reservations (reserve items for a work order) - Select items for return (receive previously issued items back into store) - Move/modify equipment (move equipment from one location to another or from one parent in hierarchy to another)

Asset catalog setup

- Add/modify Classifications (a master list of classifications) - Add/modify Attributes (list of attributes to be used in classifications & asset register) - Add/modify Measure Units (standard units of measurement) - Add/modify Domains (lists of text values or numeric values that are valid when entering a specification)

Item assembly structures


- View status history - Drilldown (equipment/location hierarchy) - Reset meter readings - Update average units per day (meters) - Move/modify equipment (within locations) - View equipment move history - Zero equipment costs - Change item number

Operating locations

- change status (decommissioned, operating, planned) - view status history - open drilldown (to link locations to locations) - select system (to link into an existing network)

Failure codes

Condition monitoring

- Generate a work order (If the equipment’s measurements are outside the acceptable limits one can generate a work order)

Routes Generate work order


Purchase requisitions (Interface Test)

- Assign PR items to a Purchase Order: (Use the actions to either create a purchase order from the unassigned items on the PR, or assign individual lines to a PO.) - Change PR status: (Status is initially set to “wait for approval”. This status can be changed and a history is kept). - View status history: (allow viewing of changes to status) - Move/modify equipment - Add/modify Order Unit values (list of measurement units & conversion factors) - Add/modify Standard Services (list of services eg. freight)

Request for quotation (??)

- change status
- view status history
- define PR to RFQ filter
- copy PR line items to RFQ
- modify multiple quotation lines
- move/modify equipment

Purchase orders

- Change status - View status history - Define PR to PO filter - Copy PR line to PO line - Create PO from PR - Create/View agreements (blanket & pricing agreements) - View vendor analysis for item - View related PR line items - View all PR line items - View Invoice lines - Complete/Approve receipts

Invoices (Not to be tested)

- View status history: (the history of status changes for an invoice). - Add/Modify order units: (Maintain a common table used for converting units from the order unit-of-measure to the issue unit-of-measure). - Add/Modify standard services: (Maintain the common table listing standard services, such as Freight. The data held covers code, description, prorate indicator, GL account code and Tax rate). - Distribute costs (enter a cost once and distribute between line items)


Safety plans

Safety plan:

Hazards & precautions:

Hazardous materials:

Tag outs:

Safety hazards

Tag outs:

Safety precautions

Lock out / tag out


Crafts Labor reporting Labor groups



- Calculate calendar work hours (calculate the total number of work hours between specified dates) - Summarize working time by craft (view a summary of working hours for a craft) - Go to date - Apply non-working time (specify a non-working period, such as Personal, Sick, Vacation, or Other, to apply to the calendar). - Delete work periods (from the current calendar or from selected calendars). - Define/apply shifts (create shifts to apply to the calendar). - Define/apply holidays (define or modify a list of holidays to apply).




Test all current CUSTOM APPLICATIONS and how the customisation has been re-pplied

Master list of custom built and extra applications that have been created.

- SEASONS – Off crop periods - OCHIST – Off crop history - LOCDOWN – Location downtime - RESETPM – Reset PM for Off Crop - LOCX – Additional Location Info - WOX – Report downtime

Reports and other apps

Test all Customised Reports MMR#1 LTA Maintenance - Avoidable/unavoidable maintenance by department MMR#2 Work productivity – manpower utilisation by employee within supervisor MMR#3 Location costs summary – material and labour costs per location MMR#4 Planned/unplanned work ratios by supervisor MMR#5 Location repeat work – work orders by foreman MMR#6 Outstanding work orders / planned hours – per supervisor MMR#7 Call outs last season vs this season – by location and by supervisor

Analyzer Report Writer Failure analysis Inventory analysis Labour analysis Material forecast analysis Vendor analysis Work analysis

SQR Report Writer Employee attendance analysis Availability stats by location Call out report x 2 Restore links Daily maintenance schedule by supervisor Equipment cost rollup report x 4 Delinquent work order report Employee job assignments Daily work order assignment Electronic commerce file APPENDIX A : MAXIMO TEST PLAN

These are the recommended steps to ensure that the data from the Illovo Financials is being inserted into the interface tables.

Issues Interface:
1. Choose a material item.
2. Choose and example Works Order number from Maximo. Validations to be tested
3. Create an issue (301) for this material item and Works Order Number.
4. Run interface program
5. View data on interface table. (MAX_ISU_INTERFACE.inp)
6. View data on Maximo table. (MATUSETRANS.inp)

Inventory Interface:
For the above material item, view information on screen 332.
Check that the item is flagged for copy to Maximo.
Validations to be tested
Run interface B1660
View data on interface table (MAX_ITM_INTERFACE.inp)

Purchase Order Interface:
Create a non-stock PO (127) for the same WO number and authorise the PO (126)
Validations to be tested
Run interface B1664
View data on the interface table (MAX_PO_INTERFACE.inp)

Receipts Interface:
Capture a receipt (145) for the above PO.
Validations to be tested
Run interface B1671
View data on the interface table (MAX_RCV_INTERFACE.inp)

Chart of Accounts Interface:
Run the interface B1662
Validations to be tested
View data for one account on the interface table (MAX_COA_INTERFACE.inp)

- Update database – update GL links on database transactions after changing GL information – three methods from cautious to update all. - Financial periods – define and control accounting periods. - GL Component management – maintain the 8 levels of code which make up a GL account. - Inventory related accounts – a list of locations (courier/labor/storeroom) and any linked GL accounts - Company related accounts – A list of company types linked to 3 types of accounts (RBNI received but not invoiced), AP (accounts payable), AP control account. - Resource control accounts – Internal labor (link work locations to accounts) - Resource control accounts – External labor (link Vendors to accounts) - Resource control accounts – Internal tools (link one account) - Resource control accounts – External tools (link Vendor to accounts) - Resource codes – Labor (categorise labor elements of GL accounts as Outside Yes/No) - Resource codes – Tools (categorise tool elements of GL accounts as Outside Yes/No) - Resource codes – Inventory (link inventory types to account code components)

Companies (Vendor) Interface:
Run the interface B1663
Validations to be tested
View data for one vendor on the interface table (MAX_COM_INTERFACE.inp)

Two new Interfaces (More detail required)
On Line Purchase Requsitions Interface
Kronos –Maximo Interface

Signature security

- View users (list of users for the current group) - Drop users - Drop groups - Add users - Add groups - Re-assign users to groups - Change user password - Set password expiration - Set purchasing limits (set a purchase limit for the current group) - Authorise access to Labor information (restrict the labor/craft codes whose information a user may view) - Authorise access to Storeroom information (restrict the storeroom location codes whose information a user may view) - Authorise access to GL Component information (restrict update on GL components by group)…...

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