Maximo supports physical components through the Locations and Assets application and non-physical components though the Configuration Items (CI) application. A CI can be something under configuration control that is related to a location, asset, item, or service, it might be a software component, a document or a drawing. Relationships are used to define a relationship between one CI and another, a CI can have multiple relationships.
The Configuration Change Designer application is used to define the attributes of locations, assets and CIs 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 CI. The attributes which are under configuration control can include specification attributes.
The Changes and Releases applications are used to plan, manage and execute the configuration changes. Multiple changes might be grouped into a release. An audit history of configuration changes can be viewed from the Locations, Assets and Configuration Items applications, what attribute value was changed, the old/new value, who made the change and when. When a location, asset or CI is referenced on a work order and it is also referenced on a change or a release then you will be warned of possible configuration conflicts.
Quick Locations and Quick Assets applications can be used to create locations and assets that may be later promoted to full locations and assets and incorporated into the master equipment list through configuration management. Quick locations and quick assets have a type ADMIN and can be used in some other Maximo applications. For example, the Lineup Plans application identifies the component positions for various restoration conditions including the sequence in which locations and assets are configured positionally (open, closed, etc). This allows lineup plans to also be included in configuration management that requires engineering approval.
The Equipment Group application defines any grouping of locations that serve a functional, operational, scheduling or other purpose. Equipment groups are either boundary or non-boundary. Boundary equipment groups are used to define a protection area in a clearance. It is the locations and assets that will be tagged and set to a component position in order to isolate other components so that maintenance can be performed on them.