Asset Management — is there really an app for that?
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey about three-quarters of Americans have smartphones. That means about 25% of Americans really enjoy printing out MapQuest directions. Now that you and your coworkers essentially have super computers in your pocket, how has that changed your asset management productivity? Probably not one iota.
Over 4 years ago business leaders were imploring software developers to mobilize their enterprise applications, respondents to a Mobile Helix survey predicted a 36% boost in productivity with mobile apps in the workplace. Fast forward to today, apparently nine in ten corporate employees are using at least one mobile app at work.
So is there an app for mobile asset management? The fact is, as usual, asset and inventory managers are forced to get by with “hand me downs”. There is no useful asset management mobile apps for Excel spreadsheets. Mobile apps developed for ERP’s, help desk software, work order management systems, accounting software, etc. are not designed with the asset manager in mind.
Even vendors who make purpose built Asset Management Software either don’t have a mobile app or are consistently putting out a poor product. Just look at these reviews for asset management apps from the app stores:
“Crashes every time I try to use it”
“Like another user said, this app crash when you try to log in.”
“Cannot get barcode scanner to work. I had to manually enter every product serial number in….”
“Crashes every time you scan a bar code.”