Today, many organizations leverage mobile solutions to solve field-related issues in regards to data collection, inspection, redlining, and wayfinding. Often the mobile tools are related to a specific enterprise asset management (EAM) system, such as a Maximo mobile solution. A GIS and EAM integration allows users to access modules from Maximo anywhere on mobile devices. This access makes gathering, searching, performing inspections, and editing data related to assets. As a result the work is much simpler for a distributed workforce.
Recently, a customer wondered how integrating their Esri GIS and EAM system would impact their EAM mobile solution. Because of their concern, we have put together a list of three reasons why having integration in place between your GIS and EAM with a mobile implementation is critical to optimizing your mobile experience.
#1: GIS and EAM Integration Offers Flexibility to Use Any Mobile Application
A loosely coupled GIS and EAM integration allows organizations to be more flexible. This flexibility allows the use of the best fit mobile application to support the fieldwork process regardless of where the data ends up in the back office. For example, a mobile GIS application like Collector for ArcGIS is perfect for performing data collection for geographically distributed assets like fire hydrants. The data collected ends up in the enterprise GIS for synchronizing with EAM.
Likewise, a mobile EAM application like DataSplice for Maximo could be the best fit for performing inspections of existing assets like electric poles and attachments. Condition information collected in DataSplice would make its way back to EAM (Maximo). Synchronizing this data with the enterprise GIS will allow maps to to show assets due for replacement because of poor condition rating. A loosely coupled GIS and EAM integration using GeoWorx Sync allows organizations to use the most appropriate mobile application for the job.
#2: GIS and EAM Integration Offers Access to Up-To-Date Information for Improved Response Time
Implementing a reliable method for GIS and EAM data synchronization ensures your EAM mobile tool has the most up-to-date information. For example, if GIS is your system of record you may enter or update asset information primarily in GIS. Without synchronization, field technicians have no access to this new data until it is manually updated in the EAM. With synchronization, the asset would be created or updated in the EAM from GIS. Consequently, you have almost immediate access to the newly added data. This allows organizations to make quick, informed decisions from the field, improving response time.
#3: GIS and EAM Integration Increases Productivity
Another key advantage is that having information from GIS and EAM integration in front of you. This access allows you to make better decisions that ultimately increase field productivity. For example, say a crew finishes their last job of the day, but it is only 2 pm. Instead of wasting time, the map on their mobile tool can show them other nearby work. As a result, they can now take care of that work while they are in the area.
As you can see, implementing a loosely coupled synchronization method, such as our tool GeoWorx Sync, allows you to leverage any mobile application and from it access up-to-date information ultimately improving response time and increasing worker productivity. Contact us today to learn more about how integration with GeoWorx Sync can help you further leverage your mobile investment.
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