The Three Pillars of an Integrated Asset Management Platform [2 of 3]

The Three Pillars of an Integrated Asset Management Platform

[Post 2 of 3; Provided by Critigen]

When integrating ERP and GIS systems, there are several considerations that must be addressed.

  • Key is determining the system of record for all parts of an asset’s information – tabular and geometry.
  • Understanding the asset’s lifecycle – where and how is an asset and its information created, maintained, and retired?
  • How do users view and interact with an asset’s information?
  • How is work tracked against the asset throughout its life?

For organizations that use SAP™ for all or part of their ERP strategy, SAP™ GEO.e and Geographical Enablement Framework (GEF) bring improved optics to back office asset management. These technologies integrate geographical data and mapping into the SAP™ user experience. They allow GIS users to access data that was typically available only to the SAP™ user. There are also bespoke solutions that can bring value to the back office experience to bridge the gaps between the financial, locational, and maintenance aspects of asset management.

MOBILITY

Mobility extends asset management to the field and is focused on managing the work of the field workforce. Systems integration allows the consolidation of applications and workflow processes into a seamless stream of data share between the field and back office. For organizations using SAP™ for their ERP, Critigen has found the key to success is tight integration between mobile solutions, GIS, and SAP™.

  • gis-erpIntegrating mobile solutions with GIS and SAP™ offers security, tightly coupled data, controlled maintenance process, and geospatial
    awareness of data.
  • Integration with GIS brings mapping into the field workflow. The map can be used as an interface into work management. Efficiency is increased through geospatial awareness of tasks, decreased time finding assigned asset work, and increased precision of the work order lifecycle.
  • A map enabled field workforce contributes to the transparency and traceability of asset data by providing valuable field data that integrates seamlessly with the ERP and GIS systems – eliminating the need for calls (and distractions) to back office staff for manual entry of notifications and reporting.

Inevitably, field staff must perform work in locations where there is limited data connectivity or challenging circumstances. Offline access to data for work management, particularly access to geospatial data while out of cell or Wi-Fi service areas, is critical and cannot be overlooked. Having access to work management and geospatial data at ALL TIMES is a key success factor to the adoption and operational efficiency of mobile work management solutions. The need for offline GIS data must be a driving consideration in an organization’s overall long-term SAP™ and GIS integration strategy. This developing an ERP-GIS data integration strategy as well as focused solutions centered on offline GIS data deployment. Critigen has deep domain expertise in bringing GIS data to offline mobile users in a variety of work management use cases. Critigen has developed a product called Lemur™ GeoCache Server, that gives clients more control on what GIS data is deployed to the mobile device and at what frequency.

[Post 2 of 3; Provided by Critigen]

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