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Anywhere: Online vs. Offline

  • 1.  Anywhere: Online vs. Offline

    Posted 8 days ago
    Edited by User1971 6 days ago
    My organization is trying to decide how we will use Anywhere 7.6.4.
    Should we use Anywhere in online mode, offline mode, or both?

    To be honest, I feel like I haven't fully grasped the options/scenarios.
    With that said, here's my best guess at how they can be broken out:

    1) Maps:
    • Online (realtime access to all map data, including base maps and feature layer data, using a cellular connection)
    • Offline (base maps would be synced by a USB side-load -- and feature layer data would be synced either by Wi-Fi or by cellular)
    • Or both (switch back and forth between online and offline)
    2) Core Anywhere:
    • Online (realtime access to data by Wi-Fi or by cellular)
    • Offline (data would be synced by Wi-Fi or by cellular)
    • Or both (switch back and forth between online and offline)


    Have I understood the options correctly?

    What are the reasons for using online mode, offline mode, or both?

    To be honest, if cellular coverage is always available (in my case, it is), then I can't think of any good reasons to use offline mode.



  • 2.  RE: Anywhere: Online vs. Offline

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks for raising this question! I also would like to here the thoughts from people who are using Anywhere 7.6.4.
    Following this thread!

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    Biplab Choudhury
    Maximo Consultant
    Tata Consultancy Services
    Melbourne
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  • 3.  RE: Anywhere: Online vs. Offline

    Posted 6 days ago
    I'm not extremely familiar with map offline, so I'm going to focus my answer on core Anywhere. Unless you're in a situation where you have to work offline, I'd strongly suggest trying to stay connected. Apps may occasionally go offline, which is fine, but I wouldn't do that by choice. Yes there can be quite a bit of data downloaded, especially if your technicians are downloading attachments, but Maximo works significantly better in a connected state (and in some cases, like the inventory apps, are only supported connected).

    Validation on the device is OK, but there are many times where IBM/the customer has implemented additional restrictions (data restrictions, automation scripts, or java classes) that may not have been implemented inside of Anywhere. When a record is invalid, everything entered on that record after that change has to be undone almost every time (unless you can somehow fix the issue on the Maximo side). The reason Anywhere does this is because if action A fails, action B & C may not have been valid and/or desired. For example, if you entered labor and then completed the work order, if the labor entry failed, you probably don't want the work order to still be completed. If the record fails quickly, your technician will remember what they changed on the record (labor entered, work logs, failure reporting, etc.). If the technician waits until the end of the day to sync, especially if they had multiple records that failed, you potentially lose important information. Accurate reporting of data is one of the primary drivers of utilizing a mobile application.

    As for WiFi/cellular, that depends on each situation. We see some organizations use Anywhere on company issued phones which makes Cellular a good option if you're in areas that don't have WiFi. If you have WiFi though, unless it's extremely poor (either speeds or coverage), that tends to be the better option.

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    Steven Shull
    Director of Development
    Projetech Inc
    Cincinnati OH
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  • 4.  RE: Anywhere: Online vs. Offline

    Posted 6 days ago

    Maximo Anywhere Mobility solution is built for offline use cases, Out of box Anywhere release 9 applications, Related to work management, asset management, and inventory management, all of these apps are designed for the specific task and role.  

    Anywhere Platform

    - Connected, Unplanned and Planned Offline support

    - Ready Apps + Extensible Platform

    - Major Mobile OS - iOS, Android, Windows Tablet

    - Available in 19 languages

    - Maximo Based Administration

    1) Maps:Online (access live data via a data plan)

    • Offline (base maps are synced via a USB side-load -- and feature layer data will be synced via Wi-Fi or a data plan)
    • Or both online and offline

    Answer: Offline maps are fully supported in

                     1) Basic map support is based on TPK 

                     2) Spatial Advance Map support with ESRI and ArcGis. 

    2) Core Anywhere:

    • Online (access live data via Wi-Fi or a data plan)
    • Offline (data is synced via Wi-Fi or a data plan)
    • Or both online and offline

    Answer: All cases are supported by Anywhere


    Thanks
    Mitesh Mistry



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    Mitesh Mistry
    MA
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