While more and more companies are automating their mobile workforce, they want field workers to have access to corporate databases and applications such as computerized maintenance management software (CMMS), on field service and facilities maintenance software.
Consider a mobile-user inputting data onto a handheld device while a common man standing in queue to re-input information they've already handwritten onto a paper form into a PC at the end of their shift. Don’t you think this single step can increase productivity? This means the ability of a good Mobile Asset Management suite to tailor data entry to the most efficient workflow or the ability to access information on the fly is taken in to account.
Required functionality like wired or wireless connectivity and system integration and management all need to be taken into account. Go for a complete mobile solution that’s relatively early in the automation process so that company data needs, environmental requirements and IT support issues are all adequately considered. So, you can count on return on investment (ROI) sooner than before.
Handheld input of meter readings can reduce customer payment cycles by 30 to 45 days. Work orders can be created instantly using portable computers/ CMMS Ipad and can identify potential failures and staving off potential disasters. Slip in RFID for asset tracking or implementing bar code scanning of inventory eliminates the errors of manual data entry and can improve visibility to millions of dollars of unrecognized or unaccounted assets.
For those of field workers industrial mobile computers should be considered ahead. Instead of relying on the built-in bar code scanners/lightweight printers/ magnetic stripe card readers that all work together, you can simply pick it up and get back to work. Inspite of CMMS Mobile which may appear more expensive in the beginning, they have proven longer in-field life plus lower IT and administrative costs can actually make them more cost effective.
No matter what, choose the system that is right for your requirements fine balance between need and cost. When implemented during a new system installation can save time and frustration as well.