The Five Newest Apps for SAP

November 19, 2013 by Nicolas A. Zeitler 0

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There are always new apps coming onto the market that either make it easier to work with SAP applications on the road, or provide an additional service for your company. Some of these apps can be utilized by a wide range of users, others are more specialized within a particular industry. We pay a visit to the SAP Store and take a look at the newest apps by SAP and its partners.

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MyMile by msg global solutions

MyMile is an app that offers drivers usage-based insurance on the smartphone. Insurance companies can use the app to tailor their policies and reward low-risk drivers for their safe driving habits. Policy holders are placed in risk categories based on various data collected by the app for each driver, such as their mileage, driving time, speed, or types of road on which they travel.

The app also enables insurance companies to compile more extensive cross-user analyses, for example the driving behavior of specific target groups, customer acceptance of this service, and risk classification of policy holders.

MyMile uses Sybase Unwired Platform 2.1

The on-premise version of MyMile requires Sybase Unwired Platform 2.1 and SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP2. The app is also available as a cloud service, equipped with the most important functions.

Platform: iOS

The app is available in the SAP Store.

 

Next page: Processing SAP workflows on a tablet

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pokit action by Pokit

This free app from Australian company Pokit enables users with Android-based smartphones and tablets to process SAP application workflows that would normal require access via the Business Workplace or Universal Worklist (UWL).

Adding file attachments and comments while on the go

Users can view and upload file attachments and photos to the tasks to be processed, or add comments about processes and procedures, from anywhere, at any time. Offline mode allows them to continue working on tasks even while on a plane.

Pokit action utilizes the workflow service of SAP NetWeaver Gateway. According to the provider, no special ABAP-based add-ons are required.

Platform: Android

The app is available in the SAP Store.

 

Next page: Recording working time on the construction site with Time Tracker

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ConCost Time Tracker by ConCost

Time Tracker from ConCost, an SAP partner in Dubai, is a time-recording app designed for the construction industry. It simplifies the use of SAP’s time-recording system CATS (Cross-Application Time Sheet). Staff responsible for timekeeping check workers in to the respective work breakdown structure (WBS) element at the start of their shifts. At the end of their shift, the workers are checked out again and the app creates relevant CATS worksheets in the SAP ERP system.

This approach effectively sidesteps one of CATS’ shortcomings: normally, the time worked can only be booked to a WBS element upon completion of the work and has to be posted for each worker individually. Time Tracker, however, stores the workers’ check-in data on the mobile device or on the Sybase Unwired server, and generates the CATS entry automatically upon the worker’s electronic check-out.

Time Tracker app also works in offline mode

Time Tracker also allows time recording of workers in offline mode at remote sites. Besides enabling a comprehensive overview of which workers and how many are checked in for work at that site, the app also records the deployment times of construction equipment. Time Tracker uses SAP’s secure login, supports single sign-on, and encrypts all data prior to their transmission. ConCost offers Time Tracker for a one-time fee of US$20 per user.

Platform: iOS

The app is available in the SAP Store.

 

Next page: Installing electricity meters with Crave Field Service Manager

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Crave Field Service Manager by Crave Info Tech

Crave Field Service Manager, or C-FSM for short, is an app designed for the utilities industry that enables platform-independent processing of maintenance and service tasks on mobile devices. It comes with preconfigured scenarios that help field staff and technicians perform their daily activities at customer sites or in power plants. Integrated into SAP Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM) and SAP for Utilities (IS-U/CCS or SAP ECC Industry Extension Utilities), C-FSM synchronizes the data from back-end systems in fixed intervals as required, on demand, or upon notification. As a result, the service technicians can still use the app even when they have no data connection. Once a wireless connection is available, the information they have entered on the mobile device can be relayed back to the back-end system for immediate processing, such as for invoicing.

Interface with Google supports navigation

Typical application use cases depicted by the app include meter installation or exchange, investigation of customer complaints, and maintenance orders. And thanks to a Google API interface, workers can also use the app to calculate routes to job sites. The app costs US$200 (one-time fee) per user.

Platform: Android

The app is available in the SAP Store.

 

Next page: Ordering materials with e-PR

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Arcona Labs e-PR by Arcona Labs

Arcona Labs calls its e-PR mobile app the perfect solution for infrequent users of SAP applications for creating and processing purchase requisitions. It has an intuitive interface that guides the user through the entire requisitioning process.

Integration with SAP ERP system

The e-PR is integrated with the SAP ERP system and covers all purchase requisition business scenarios, from the processing of materials through to service requisitions. The app costs €20 per month per user. Arcona Labs also offers a free demo version.

Platforms: Smartphones and tablets with Android; BlackBerry

The app is available in the SAP Store.

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