msc mobile emerging technologies blog

Up- and Download of large binary Maintenance Data to SAP

Posted by Alexander Ilg on May 23, 2017 9:18:40 AM

If well maintained, your SAP Plant Maintenance system should be the central point to get all information about your technical objects. General equipment data, characteristics, measurement points and their documents, notification and order history. But that is not all, some of the information that you want to store are binary data - issues are documented by making pictures or by taking a backup of the equipment’s software. For making the live of service technicians easier you want to provide documentation, technical drawings and other attachments. 

When users access the SAP PM functionality via a mobile device - especially in an offline scenario - they need an efficient way to send these binaries both ways. With MobiLink, SAP offers a great tool that allows just that. It can be used to synchronize database tables, but also binaries independent from the database. This blog explains the basics of the FileTransfer feature and shows a customer example how it is used to synchronize large binaries in a customer service scenario.

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Topics: MobiLink, SAP, Maintenance, offline, SAM, smart asset management

Introducing our new SAM Reseller and Implementation Partner Ideo

Posted by Alexander Ilg on May 17, 2017 3:00:19 PM

Augsburg/'s-Hertogenbosch, 18. May 2017 - msc solutions, a German expert in plant maintenance and customer service software, announces today that the Dutch SAP partner Ideo from 's-Hertogenbosch is becoming the first international reseller and implementation partner of SAM Smart Asset Management.  

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Topics: MobiLink, SAP, SAM

Testing Offline Mobile Enterprise Apps for SAP

Posted by Alexander Ilg on May 4, 2017 4:27:18 PM

Testing is an important part of every software development project - unit tests, integration tests, user acceptance tests and so on. In this blog, we want to discuss the testing of mobile enterprise apps, especially the ones for offline use.
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Topics: Enterprise Mobility, SAP

SAP and Apple - a critical look at the new iOS SDK

Posted by Alexander Ilg on Apr 19, 2017 1:55:11 PM
SAP and Apple finally released their SDK for iOS. So, what does it bring for SAP, Apple, partners and customers? I want to share my opinion in this blog.
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Topics: MobiLink, SAP Mobile Platform, iOS, SAP

How to start your SAP Fiori journey in a meaningful way - SAP Fiori Relevance and Readiness Analysis

Posted by Peter Opel on Mar 1, 2017 8:05:41 AM

In the last blog post you have learnt how to identify the most commonly used applications in your SAP system and how to prioritize this list of applications by adding additional criteria. This can be a good starting point for your UX improvements roadmap. Today we want to introduce another helpful way to identify SAP Fiori apps which provide the most impact for your business. With the SAP Relevance and Readiness Analysis in the SAP Fiori apps reference library you can identify SAP Fiori apps that best fit your needs. 

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Topics: UI Renovation, SAP, Odata, UI5, Fiori

How to start your SAP Fiori journey in a meaningful way

Posted by Peter Opel on Feb 13, 2017 5:34:27 PM

 As you know, SAP Fiori is the latest user interface from SAP that satisfies all modern design principles. SAP systems, such as the SAP S/4HANA or SAP Business Suite are using Fiori UX to provide an personalized, adaptive and role-based user experience. All Fiori apps are HTML5 based and come with a rich user interfaces for modern web business applications and responsiveness across browsers and devices. 

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Topics: UI Renovation, SAP, UI5, Fiori

How to easily create Time Confirmations for SAP PM/CS on a mobile device via Stopwatches

Posted by Alexander Ilg on Nov 4, 2016 8:44:25 AM

When working with mobile apps that support the inspection, maintenance and customer service business processes, users usually have to report a couple of things:

  • Condition of equipments - ideally done via checklists
  • Measurement readings - best not taken manually but via an software interface or even better directly send to SAP by an IoT integration
  • Material consumption - the application should support the identification of the material via barcode or RFID scanner
  • Confirmation of working time - for best usability done via a stopwatch mechanism

This blog will discuss the last point and it shows how this can be done on the example of SAM Smart Asset Management.

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Topics: Enterprise Mobility, SAP, UI5, offline, SAM, smart asset management

Introducing SAM aka Smart Asset Management for SAP

Posted by Alexander Ilg on Aug 18, 2016 5:09:25 PM

Today we are happy and proud to announce the launch of SAM (Smart Asset Management), a new solution for making the work with SAP PM and CS easier. It is a mobile solution that is built on the currently best technologies on client, middleware and backend.

One way or another, we are mobilizing SAP’s plant maintenance and customer service since 2002. NetWeaver Mobile and MAM (Mobile Asset Management) have been the first generation of solutions. In 2010 we introduced MOMENTUM, a solution developed on top of the Sybase Unwired Platform - we sold it to a large German software vendor in 2011. Since 2012 we mainly implemented the SAP Work Manager, the latest generation of SAP’s mobile field service offering. Now in 2016 we once again launch our own solution - Smart Asset Management or short SAM.

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Topics: MobiLink, Windows, Android, iOS, SAP, Checklist, offline, SAM, smart asset management

Pizza - OR - What's wrong with today's Enterprise Mobile Platforms

Posted by Alexander Ilg on Aug 9, 2016 1:21:34 PM

This blog is comparing pizza with enterprise mobile platforms. It is discussing the difference between homemade pizza, frozen ones, hand written software and one created by drag and drop.
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Topics: Enterprise Mobility, SAP

10 Years of Enterprise Mobility

Posted by Alexander Ilg on Aug 8, 2016 9:24:04 PM

Time flies - on 09. August 2006 - 10 years ago - msc mobile was founded. One of our first projects was to bring SAP onto Nokia phones like the E90 Communicator. This illustrates perfectly how the world has changed since then.

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Topics: MobiLink, msc mobile, SMP, SAP, UI5, SUP, SAM, smart asset management