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What are the ingredients for success in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).  First let’s turn our attention to your SAP ERP system. Your organization made a large investment in this system with the promise that it would bring your maintenance practices to a new level and deliver business benefits such as productivity, cost reductions and lower asset lives.

 

Why?  Because organizations care about providing quality maintenance practices. Many are moving from a corrective maintenance, reactive model to a predictive and preventive maintenance one with targeted, measured processes. To start, you to define your processes and put a system in place to execute on those best practices which allows you to clearly set goals, measure your practices and improve cycles. Along with clearly defined processes, your SAP EAM system offers one unified system to track and monitor those business processes offering more visibility into your assets, the work performed on those assets, and the people doing the work. Thus your EAM system offers a good place to store data, but how do you get the data into your EAM system after it is collected in your defined business processes?273325_l_srgb_s_gl.jpg

 

Data has been the achilles heel of many organizations that simply implement an EAM system and wait for it to fully revamp their maintenance practices. What they don’t understand is the key to unifying under one system and advancing your business processes is data. And data is only timely and accurate if it is captured daily at the point of performance. For an EAM system to fulfill its job you have to be able to capture and access all of the data from your day-to-day business processes to standardize them. Without sufficient data, your EAM system can’t enhance your operations.  So how do you capture all of the data you need to without burdening your workforce?

 

Mobile is the catalyst of change and innovation as it helps solve the problem outlined above. It’s transforming communication between people and machines through connected devices and goes hand in hand with the other disruptive forces in the world today including big data, social and cloud.

The first benefit of mobility here is that it helps capture complete and accurate data. The mobile application can not only make sure that all necessary information is captured, but that the data itself is free of errors. This is achieved by validating all data at the point of entry to ensure it’s in the right format and within the expected range.

 

You can also capture and retain more data with less effort. Part of it comes from the fact that the mobile app captures a lot of information (time/date, status, technician, coordinates, duration etc.) without the technician’s involvement. The other, more important, part is that it no longer takes several people – including the technician and multiple support staff – to collect and enter the information into the enterprise system.

The third major advantage of mobility is that it gives your employees real-time access to your systems information in the field.  It enables real time reporting and analytics anytime, anywhere


Together, these things make for incredible returns for your EAM organization.

You can learn more about this ont the ASUG webcast "Asset Management and Condition Monitoring: Take Operations to the Next Level" by registering at

http://www.asug.com/events/detail/Mobile-Asset-Management-and-Condition-Monitoring

 

Additionally, you can also calculate the potential benefits of going mobile for EAM at http://www.sap.com/uptime

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