Connectivity Means Everything for Everyplace!
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Today's blog entry comes from Dave Calvert.
“Do I really need a constant connection for Maximo Everyplace”? This is a fairly common question that I get from customers inquiring about the requirements of Maximo Everyplace. The answer is definitely “Yes”. However sometimes people get carried away in thinking that Everyplace isn't for them because they have some dead spots in their building. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
For those reading about Maximo Everyplace for the first time, Maximo Everyplace is a versatile add-on to Maximo that, quite simply, allows Maximo to be deployed on an iPhone , iPad, iTouch, or Android device. It leverages Maximo’s Application Designer to create mobile applications that can easily be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the mobile user in virtually any role. (For more information click here).
The design of the Maximo Everyplace product utilizes the device browsers to access Maximo. As such, the Everyplace product, just like a Maximo user's desktop, only works as long as it maintains its connection. So the benefits of being able to tailor the mobile user's UI are indeed huge, but will only fully deliver on potential value if deployed in an environment providing the user a reliable connection.
If you do have dead spots in your buildings though, before you get discouraged, think through how a mobile user would actually use Maximo on the mobile device. Typically, if you're using a web application -- even just to change status, take ownership of a work order, or enter some labor hours or some notes -- you're not going to be running all over the building while carrying out the entry. Rather, you'll stay within a given area for the time it takes to log in, make your edits and log out. You'll need reliable connectivity in the area that you choose to do the entry. Everyplace is a great option for people who need that kind of limited access to Maximo functionality, and have access to connected hot spots where they can get their work done.
While connectivity is everything to Everyplace, it is easily deployed and providing tremendous value to users working within environments providing predictable and reliable, yet spotty signal coverage.