Mobile: A Technician’s Best Friend
Let’s be honest for a second. When it comes to your workload, you don’t want to add more to it. Your job can be enough without the added stress of filling out forms and duplicating work orders or inspection documentation. If recording your work means extra work later, it only makes it harder to get your job done efficiently. That’s why a good mobile app is so important.
If you are out on the floor working all day, or sitting in the driver seat, you don’t want to have to go back to the office computer to have to record everything you did. Having a good mobile app can eliminate this from your routine and save you time and headache. When you have a good mobile app, you can record your work wherever you do it. This lets you be more accurate, since you no longer need to rely on your memory of what you did this morning when all you want is to go home.
This goes double for logs and inspections. Rather than having to memorize numbers or write them down so you can punch them into your computer later, you can record them wherever you are with a mobile app. Get rid of the paper work and do more of the real work.
When you get to the shop in the morning, a good mobile app will already have your schedule for the day ready for you. Managers can easily plan their mechanics day and make sure that the most important tasks are getting done. You’ll never miss another oil change or service item again.
Finding a Good Mobile App
Up until now, we’ve talked a lot about a good mobile app. So, what should you be looking for in a mobile app for your asset management software?
The first thing you should look for is actually surprisingly hard to find: a mobile app. With the advent of cloud computing, most asset management software is available anywhere you have internet access. However, there is a big difference between being able to access your software through the browser on your phone (i.e. mobile access) and having an actual mobile app that connects with your database.
Websites on mobile browsers aren’t good enough. Accessing the cloud servers through your browsers means you’ll have to look at a full website on a screen big enough to play Angry Birds. Most websites simply aren’t responsive. This means they aren’t designed fit on your screen. While you can technically access them with your phone, the process is going to be unpleasant at best, and downright untenable at worst. Make sure your asset management tool has a native app so it looks right and function on your phone.
The other reason you need an app has to do with another problem with cloud-based solutions: What happens if you can’t access the internet? Sometimes you’re driving through an area without service. Sometimes you don’t have the wifi password. Sometimes you simply don’t have the data plan to support being connected all the time. If you’re running a website through a browser on your phone, all functionality disappears the moment you step outside of your coverage. A good Mobile app keeps working no matter where you are, connected or not.
The ManagerPlus Mobile App isn’t going to leave you out to dry when you’re disconnected. It will still function normally and will sync your data when you connect again. It sounds simple, and for you, it is.
These simple features will make your life easier as a manager or a technician working away from the computer. The ManagerPlus Mobile App will empower your technicians to be better at their jobs, and reduce their paperwork. In addition, mobile users with ManagerPlus enjoy access to the following features:
- Barcode Scanning. Use the camera on your device for instant access to asset information and work orders using barcodes or QR codes.
- Work Requests. See something out of place? Submit a work request on the spot so you don’t forget about it.
- Inventory Management. Track your parts inventory as you do the repairs. Always have an accurate view of what you have and what you need to order.
- Complete Asset Management. Attach photos, record meters, complete inspections, and complete work orders, all from your phone.
- Bluetooth connectivity. Connect with Bluetooth scanners for quick and accurate scanning. Make Inventory counting a breeze.
- View your daily and weekly schedule straight from your phone.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
When you’re looking for an asset management solution, it’s important to make sure that you’re empowering your technicians, not just giving them more work. The right asset management software includes the right Mobile App, like ManagerPlus.
If you’ve already got ManagerPlus and were surprised to hear about any of these features, feel free to give your Account Manager a call. They can make sure you get the training you need to take full advantage of our amazing software and all of its features.
If you’re not yet using ManagerPlus, consider scheduling a customized demo with one of our Product Specialists today. Give us a call at 800.730.9965 or hit the Get Demo button above to see how we can take your maintenance and asset management to the next level.