How to speed up your inventory count with Maximo Mobile Inventory
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Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager is the application that provides remote access to Maximo EAM Inventory management process. This mobile application provides capabilities for field users to perform several offline tasks such as receipts of purchase orders (POs), as well physical counts, transfers, issues and returns of items in storerooms. To keep consistency and integrity of the information in the Maximo database, everytime the field user sends the information saved on his handheld to Maximo server, all the validation rules defined in the corresponding Maximo Business Objects and in their fields are executed during the processing of that information. In case of Maximo some validation rule is violated, the engine responsible for the synchronism send the "rejected" record back to the handheld user who can take the appropriate actions for the reject record. For instance, suppose the field user entered an invalid item number to perform a physical count.
To reduce the number of rejected records, the application contains several offline validations that gives immediate feedback to the user about the just entered information. For example, in case the user decides to enter an invalid value in the item number field for a new physical count, the application will prompt a dialog with three options for the user to choose (see picture below). The first option (Accept Value) accepts the value as it is. The second option, (Cancel & Clear) closes the dialog and remove the entered value from the text field, giving the user the option to re-enter the value. The last option shows a list of values that are potential values for that field, giving to the user the option to select the value.
The question at this point is: How the information is validated and the message is triggered? The configuration that defines thiis behavior is the following (extracted from maxi
On another hand, it is a very common practice in storerooms to associate barcode tags to items. Each barcode tag uses to have as its information the item number. All Maximo Mobile applications have barcode related features like read the information and perform more advanced actions like filter a list of records or even create a new record in case the scanned value does not exist. We can then take advantage of the barcode information that, in this example, contains a valid item number and use that information to fill the item number without download all the items to the handheld, saving time in the data refreshes and storage resources on the handheld. The only inconvenience we have is the dialog being shown everytime you scan a value that we know it is valid in Maximo but the mobile application cannot validate. The way to remove this inconvenience is very simple. We just need to remove the domain and doma
In this example we used the physical count feature to contextualize the change we are proposing. You can apply this to other fields in any of the Maximo Mobile application when the following is true:
I hope this post gives some insights of how simple it is to 'slack' a validation when it is possible.