Locations and assets created via the Quick Locations and Quick Assets applications can be included in the Changes and Releases applications so that plant implementations can be planned, necessary engineering approvals sought, and the plant changes executed prior to promoting the new configuration data. Quick Locations and Quick Assets can also be included in Lineup Plans and Clearances of type template, so that these records can be prepared and included as part of engineering approvals.

Maximo supports non-physical components, through the Configuration Items application. This may be something associated with a physical location or asset, such as a software component, a specification for an item that is purchased, a service, a document or a drawing, basically anything which is under configuration control can be created as a configuration item. The relationships between one configuration item and another can also be described, relationships are defined in the Relationships application. 

The changes to design and engineering specifications of all components, both physical and non-physical can be planned, approved and then executed as part of the Changes and Releases applications. The audit history of these configuration changes is visible from the Locations, Assets and Configuration Items applications. 

The Configuration Change Designer application is used to define the attributes of locations, assets and configuration items which will be recorded as part of configuration management, which attributes will need to have change approval and which attributes will cause a revision of the location, asset or configuration item. Various processes, particular those associated with work management will provide a warning when a location, asset or configuration item is referenced when it is also referenced in a change or release, to warn of possible configuration conflicts.