How SAP’s Two Mobile Apps for Asset Management Differ
Going mobile is a key piece of asset management strategy for many companies. SAP has two mobility options—the classic SAP Work Manager app and the newer SAP Asset Manager. Both are intended to provide workers in the field with easy access to necessary information they’d otherwise need to access in the office. However, the two apps are different in their functionality and deployment options.
First, functionality in Asset Manager is not as robust as Work Manager. This is largely a product of Work Manager being a mature solution with many years of development, while Asset Manager has a limited feature set in comparison. Both will see increased capabilities in future releases.
The Mobile SaaS Experience in Asset Management
Where Asset Manager may be appealing to customers is that it is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product (Work Manager can be deployed cloud and on-premise) that has been designed to integrate with modern technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive analytics. Asset Manager is also designed specifically for modern devices—right now just iOS but an Android app is coming.
Work Manager works on iOS, Android and Windows devices currently. It also has back-end support for both SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA. Asset Manager does yet have support for SAP ECC, but that is expected to happen soon. Development on Asset Manager is done with a mobile development kit, while development on Work Manager through on SAP Mobile Platform or SAP Cloud Platform
Why does it matter that Asset Manager has been designed specifically for modern iOS devices? That means a more user-friendly native interface. That’s a huge asset—pun intended—for adoption. The easier an app is to adopt; the more likely workers are going to use it.
As for purchasing the two apps—Asset Manager is a subscription-only service, while Work Manager can be acquired via subscription or with more traditional on-premise licenses.
Map View in SAP Asset Manager.
SAP Work Manager Isn’t Going Away
When SAP introduces one app that looks as if it may be intended to replace another app, it’s natural for customers on the older solution to wonder if they will lose maintenance and updates. That’s not the case, according to Karsten Hauschild, EAM Solution Manager at SAP, who spoke at the ASUG Rail SIG event in Orlando during Sapphire Now.
“SAP will continue to invest in Work Manager as long as customers use it—it is not a dead product,” says Hauschild.
So, if you are using Work Manager and you are happy with it, don’t feel like you have to move to Asset Manager just to avoid losing mainstream maintenance and updated functionality from SAP. Instead, look at what your business needs in a mobile app to find which one is best for you.
Vesta Launches Hydrogen, a Simple & Flexible EAM Mobility Solution.
Introducing: Vesta Hydrogen
Stamford, CT, October 11, 2016 – Vesta Partners, a global SAP EAM consulting firm, announces the releases of a new EAM Mobility Solution, called Vesta Hydrogen. The solution has been developed by Vesta, to unlock the full potential of any SAP EAM system by empowering the asset management end-users to work seamlessly in the field or in the office using the same adoptive interface.
“We have seen a revolution in enterprise system user experience during the past few years. No longer is it sufficient to assume that users will engage with enterprise systems using monolithic interfaces that tie them to their desktop” stated Mike Maiolo, the CEO of Vesta. “That is why we are very excited to bring our customers an EAM mobility solution that allows asset management end-users to focus on the work itself, rather than the technology.”
Vesta Hydrogen has a modern, SAP Fiori-based UX that works on laptop, tablet and mobile devices (Windows PC, iOS & Android). The solution is fully functional offline to support field based work, and it has an easily configurable high-contrast theme for better use while outdoors. A simple role based configuration for maintenance tasks shows users only the information that is necessary to complete their work, improving field productivity and saving cost by eliminating custom coding. Structurally, the Hydrogen solution has a flexible and lightweight architecture that easily transitions into the SAP EAM landscape with minimal impact.
“Most importantly, Vesta Hydrogen is developed, supported and backed by Vestas SAP EAM industry experts… and EAM isn’t just something we do. It’s all that we do” states Rob Ericsson, Vice President Mobility & Usability.
Vesta Partners is a professional services firm focused on SAP EAM solutions for customers in asset intensive industries. As an SAP Services and Select Consulting Partner, Vesta’s approach combines industry best practices with practical technology solutions to help customers track, manage and report on capital asset usage. In addition to its consulting services, Vesta offers proprietary software solutions addressing niche EAM demands. With offices located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Vesta’s real world experience and practical solutions deliver results that directly translate into efficiency improvements and real cost savings.