Licensing agreements for any enterprise software is cryptic at best and IBM Maximo’s license agreement is no exception. The license agreement can be even more confusing when you throw in license agreements with mobile solutions such as IBM’s Maximo Anywhere solution or even 3rd party solutions like EZMaxMobile, Datasplice or the now defunct Syclo. This article aims to clear the air with IBM Maximo’s license agreement as well as what customers may hear about 3rd party mobile licensing including Maximo Anywhere.
First, here is a great write-up for IBM Maximo license agreement from Clarita Solutions. Taking into account only the Maximo application, it breaks down the different tiers of user access based on the license purchased by the customer. This is the default agreement you MUST adhere to for the Maximo application itself. Any user that connects to Maximo has restrictions regardless of how the user connects to Maximo whether it’s thru the desktop browser, mobile browser, or even through integrations like the MIF.
Now let’s talk about mobile applications. Any and all mobile applications also MUST adhere to the default Maximo license agreement. Accessing Maximo through a mobile solution is no different than accessing Maximo through the MIF. This rule also applies to IBM’s own Maximo Anywhere solution. Customers have been told that they can purchase a Maximo Anywhere license without buying a Maximo license. This statement is very misleading. While you can technically “purchase” a Maximo Anywhere license without a Maximo license, what IBM doesn’t tell you is that you are purchasing an Anywhere license which includes a Maximo Express license. The cost of an “Anywhere only” license is roughly $750 higher than an “Anywhere add-on” license. Legally speaking, IBM cannot sell you an “Anywhere only” license without including a Maximo Express license as that would break all the agreements of the original IBM Maximo license.
A user should never be allowed to perform a function that they aren’t licensed for in Maximo, so for ANY mobile solution including Maximo Anywhere, EZMaxMobile, and Datasplice, a user MUST have a corresponding Maximo license. Regardless of what you may have heard…