I had the pleasure of being allowed to participate for the Beta program for the upcoming Maximo Anywhere 7.5 product from IBM and just wanted to share some first impressions.
Maximo Anywhere 7.5 should be first available for Android devices and then followed by IOS.
For me any mobility tool must meet basic checklist to be a truly mobile solution.
My checklist goes like this:
1) Barcode Scanner
2) Offline Mode
3) Maps Integration
4) Cross Platform
Maximo Anywhere 7.5, which I will call Anywhere, has all these features.
It has a barcode scanner which is very useful and like fields have lookups, similarly fields will have a barcode lookup kind of control. Data scanned can be used to enter values in fields or search records based on scanned data.
Offline mode is my favorite as most of the big customers operate in remote regions whether it can be oil drilling, gas exploration, power plants, logistics etc and they rate that as a must have feature.
The ability to continue doing your job irrespective of connectivity would be rated very highly by the end users as well. Once back to civilization this data can be pushed to the server and job done.
Maps integration, needless to say is very important and Anywhere seamlessly integrates that as well.
Anywhere is based on IBM WorkLight platform. This will allow any developer without the knowledge of Android or IOS app development to customize this mobility solution.
Have a look at worklight if you have not already:
Worklight is based on Cordova (PhoneGap), so this legacy provides cross platform app delivery, whether its IOS or ANDROID (Even windows).
This cross platform allows the BYOD feature in Anywhere. By allowing the employee to bring their own devices it reduces cost of ownership burden to the company as well as I hate when maximo mobility tool does not allow me to play Angry Birds.
And, using Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices can be used to make sure the BYOD device complies with security policies blah..blah 🙂
Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices helps you address the issues of security, complexity and bring your own device (BYOD) policies that challenge support for an increasingly mobile workforce.
I am very excited about Anywhere and hopefully I will get my hands on the full release version soon, can’t wait to see how it has been implemented in WorkLight, I am hoping it has been implemented as a worklight adapter so that integrating other external systems can be based on the similar template.