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Maximizing Your Organization’s SAP Investment

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Written by: S4A IT Solutions Trusted implementer of SAP® solutions
Posted on: June 3, 2024

There is no doubt that SAP is the leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software in the world. SAP is the third largest software company in the world, the largest ERP vendor globally, and handles 77% of the world’s transaction revenue. Phew!

SAP is particularly popular for those organizations working in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), as it offers a comprehensive suite of tools covering various aspects of asset management. This all-in-one approach simplifies implementation and ensures that all aspects of asset management are seamlessly integrated.

Organizations relying on SAP for EAM solutions understand the value of efficient asset management. However, to truly unlock the potential of SAP, organizations need to go beyond its standard functionalities. Third-party apps that mobilize, streamline, and digitize key operations can play a pivotal role in maximizing SAP investments for EAM companies.

Unlocking Additional SAP Value with Third Party Apps

While SAP offers extensive capabilities for asset management, maintenance, and operations, its native functionalities may not always fully meet the diverse needs of organizations or keep pace with evolving industry demands. This is where third-party apps play a crucial role. By filling these gaps, third-party apps augment SAP’s capabilities and broaden its applicability across the organization. Tailored to address specific pain points, these apps offer specialized features and seamless integration with SAP systems.

Mobilizing Operations

One of the key advantages of third-party apps is their ability to mobilize operations, allowing field technicians and maintenance teams to access critical information and perform tasks from anywhere, at any time. By equipping frontline workers with mobile apps that integrate seamlessly with enterprise systems like SAP, organizations can streamline workflows, accelerate response times, and improve overall productivity.

Moreover, mobilizing operations enhances communication and collaboration among team members, facilitates real-time data capture, and reduces reliance on manual paperwork or cumbersome processes, ultimately driving operational excellence and customer satisfaction.

In action: BlueWorx is one such mobility solution. Designed for those organizations using SAP Plant Maintenance, BlueWorx is a world-class solution that is innovative, user-focused, and affordable. BlueWorx works offline and provides on-the-go access to critical information. Key BlueWorx business benefits include:

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Improved communication
  • Improved customer service
  • Increased wrench time
  • Inventory optimization
  • Reduced downtime
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Resource waste reduction
  • Workforce engagement

Streamlining Processes

Third-party apps can streamline EAM processes by automating routine tasks, eliminating paperwork, and optimizing workflows. These apps serve as complementary tools to SAP systems, offering tailored functionalities to address specific pain points and optimize workflow efficiency. By automating routine tasks, eliminating manual intervention, and enhancing process visibility, third-party apps enable organizations to achieve greater operational agility and responsiveness.

Whether it’s automating preventive maintenance scheduling, optimizing resource allocation, or facilitating seamless data exchange between disparate systems, these apps streamline EAM processes from end to end. This streamlined approach not only saves time and reduces operational costs but also enhances data accuracy, compliance, and decision-making capabilities.

In action: Enter Envoy Maestro,  a powerful suite of apps focused on simplifying logistics management. Each of these apps connects directly to your data from SAP to streamline and improve each process. Instantly deployable, the ten apps included as part of Maestro are as follows:

  • Change Bin Location
  • Envoy Tempus Time Entry
  • Inventory Count
  • Inventory Label Printing
  • Material Availability
  • Material Document Reversals
  • Material Transfer
  • Purchase Order Receipt
  • Single Line MRP Reports
  • Subcontractor Stock

Enhanced Reporting Capabilities

Robust reporting is a must-have in the EAP space. Detailed reporting provides insights into asset performance, maintenance activities, and overall operational efficiency. By monitoring key metrics such as asset uptime, mean time between failures (MTBF), and mean time to repair (MTTR), EAM companies can identify areas for improvement and optimize maintenance strategies to maximize asset uptime and productivity and ultimately improve financial performance.

In action: Envoy Pulse is the go-to solution for organizations looking to step up their reporting game. Pulse provides a set of Power BI reports that easily plug into over 700 data points. Reports that come standard with Pulse include:

  • Backlog
  • Fleet/Vehicle Inspection
  • Inspection Compliance
  • Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)
  • Overtime Hour Tracker
  • Schedule Compliance

Leveraging SAP to its Fullest Potential

When selecting third-party apps for SAP EAM, organizations should consider factors such as compatibility, scalability, and vendor reputation. The chosen apps should seamlessly integrate with SAP systems, adapt to evolving business needs, and be supported by reliable vendors with a track record of success.

Organizations should also look to prioritize apps that offer value-added features, such as advanced analytics and predictive maintenance capabilities. These features can further enhance the organization’s ability to optimize asset performance and drive business value.

Interested in further exploring how you can best maximize your organization’s SAP investment? Connect with one of our EAM specialists to discuss options for your organization.

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