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Work Center Inspections vs. Anywhere Inspections app/WOs

  • 1.  Work Center Inspections vs. Anywhere Inspections app/WOs

    Posted Fri September 04, 2020 12:29 PM
    Edited by User1971 Fri September 04, 2020 07:27 PM
    (Maximo and Anywhere 7.6.4)

    What is the difference between Work Center Inspections and the Anywhere Inspections app?

    Is this an accurate description?

    1. Work Center Inspections (online only; any device with a browser) (table=INSPECTIONRESULT)
    2. Work Orders where work type = inspection (table=WORKORDER)
        - Anywhere Work Technician/Execution app (online or offline; iOS or Android)
        - Anywhere Inspection app (online or offline; iOS or Android)

    Thank you.

  • 2.  RE: Work Center Inspections vs. Anywhere Inspections app/WOs

    Posted Mon September 07, 2020 09:55 AM

    The Anywhere Inspection app was built and designed prior to an actual Inspection existing in Maximo. Up until that point, companies used work orders for inspections primarily (or something custom they've built). ​There is no work type requirement in the Anywhere app (it's whatever your queries return, which could include work orders that show up in the Work Execution app). The primary difference I like to explain to people between Inspection & Work Execution is that Inspection is limited to what an inspector would typically need to do. They don't typically enter materials for example (but do utilize tools), so issuing materials was removed. They often work with tasks & specs, so there is no need to go to a secondary view to enter in those values. If you need to record meters, you still can. If you use WOs for inspection, you'll typically find you can enter data faster in the Inspection app. 

    The Inspection Work Center was really designed to reimagine what Inspections should be like inside of Maximo. IBM is able to make conditionally based questions much easier to do which is critical for inspection type work. For example, maybe something is displayed and/or required based on input provided on a previous response. That could be done with classic Maximo, but it would be tedious to do and hard to manage at scale. You can even force someone to take pictures that are tied to specific questions. Inspections often only have a subset of allowed values (for example, defining the depth of tread on the tires). In core Maximo this would require you defining domains for all these and if you have a lot of different inspections, it gets out of hand quickly. And in most systems, only Administrators can do this (since it requires an Authorized license). On inspection forms users can build their own list of values for that question without needing to build a new domain. And hopefully soon, the most important distinction (in my eyes) will be available and that is the concept of multi-select (IE select all that apply). This is really common in inspections and isn't possible yet in either approach, but IBM is planning to do this in Inspections.

    IBM is converging the two platforms (Anywhere & Work Centers) on a new technology platform and the first app is going to be the Inspections app (utilizing the new inspection related tables, such as inspectionresult). This will make the Work Center & Anywhere app similar in features with the major difference being Anywhere supporting Offline connectivity. I don't know how closely it resembles the existing Work Center app (as this is a rebuild on a new technology platform) and I'm not sure when it's going to be released. This was targeted for 4Q of this year, but in the latest roadmaps IBM has given it seems like new Anywhere releases are now only in Application Suite which is targeted for Q1 of 2021. 

    Steven Shull
    Director of Development
    Projetech Inc
    Cincinnati OH