How does BlueWorx stack up?

How well does BlueWorx stack up against its competition? BlueWorx is highly competitive with other SAP Plant Maintenance options, including SAP's own Work Manager and Asset Manager. 

Some Points Worth Considering

While organisations may value different things when selecting their solutions, there's obvious commonality when it comes to choosing an SAP mobile asset management. Here are some criteria to consider: 

Do you really know what you are buying?

How open is the vendor on the information they provide? Do they gloss over the depth of functionality involved or, like the information on this site, do they give you very detailed descriptions of what their solution does or doesn't do as standard?

Breadth and depth of functionality

On first glance it may not be apparent when looking at your options just what the differences are between various vendors. You might be tempted to think that they all pretty much offer the same functionality. If you look a little deeper, you'll soon see that in many areas we offer a broader and deeper range of functionality and options.

For a summary list of features to assist in your own evaluation please see: BlueWorx Functionality Outline

Great SAP user experience - on device and on desktop

BlueWorx delivers a responsive SAP user interface. It provides the same look and feel as next-generation SAP Fiori applications and with the ability to operate offline without needing additional servers and 'black boxes'. It's designed to work the way that field workers want and removes the complexity of standard SAP Plant Maintenance and a paper based process.

BlueWorx supports use on mobile devices and leading desktop browsers. That's one code base providing the same great look and feel that automatically adapts to your screen size! The majority of our competition do not support both mobile and desktop and in the case of SAP Asset Manager they have a separate code base for their iOS and Android versions which, at the time of last update to this article, do not deliver the same functionality. 

Configurable inspections

Flexible, easy to use and easy to configure asset inspections. BlueWorx approach in this area is truly innovative in delivering powerful yet flexible functionality that what would traditionally have been paper forms translated into disparate SAP transactions. All BlueWorx inspection, from configuration to completion reside in SAP. That provides an audit-able record of what got asked, what the answer was and who answered.

Spatial integration

BlueWorx allows you to map your asset as point, linear and polygons. crucially you can map work against assets spatially, again as points, liner and polygons and include annotations. That functionality, as far as we know, is unique to BlueWorx. BlueWorx also integrates with ESRI Arc GIS and Google Maps. For ESRI you can take map, asset location and layer information offline.

Robust and efficient synchronization with SAP

BlueWorx syncing functionality is fast and robust. The delta sync option saves on time and cellular data, and good data compression on device means that we maximize the use of available device resources. And BlueWorx offers automatic silent syncing too, so your workforce can get the latest updates as soon as possible.

Innovative functionality

The innovation doesn't option with Inspections and Spatial. BlueWorx provides extensive functionality that users and business demand. While much of this functionality, to varying degrees, also exist in competing products, we believe that BlueWorx is unique in its approach in a number of areas. Examples include:

  • Online searches for SAP Functional Locations and Equipment for retrieval from SAP to then work offline
  • Fuzzy search capabilities exists in all major lists to provide users with the kind of search functionality we experience everyday in our browsers
  • Work Order status updates, that truly are user specific
  • Mass entry of Measurement Documents
  • Product configuration and monitoring giving easy access to configure and monitor all aspects of BlueWorx operations
  • Customer assets reports. Need additional data about your assets, order or notifications - simply deliver through SAP forms developed to meet your requirements and data the data offline into the field

Low implementation and support costs

Technical and functionality implementation of BlueWorx is simple. The ongoing support of the solution uses readily available marketplace skills (SAP ABAP and JavaScript). The licensing costs are very affordable given the addressable process savings, increased efficiency and data accuracy that mobile asset management can provide.

Talk to the people that know the solution

Unlike some of our competitors we actually want to help. We aren't going to ask you questions you've already answered in a support ticket, or frustrate you from getting to the people who can actually help. When you request help from the BlueWorx support site you're dealing directly with the people who built and maintain BlueWorx. 

SAP platform with SAP certified base

Fully delivered from within your existing SAP ERP or S4 Hana system. There is no requirement for SAP SMP, SAP Gateway or proprietary 'black box' servers. The use of SAP Web Dispatchers or similar to secure your ERP access is recommended. BlueWorx is built using SAP Certified Neptune Software and developed in Zag's own namespace in SAP. This means that the BlueWorx development is independent of your own customer-specific developments.

No upgrades required

BlueWorx is supported from SAP ERP 6 to S/4 HANA. No support packages or upgrades are necessary.

Technology you already have, understand and trust

Uses SAP's own user interface (SAPUI5) and development language (ABAP) and common technology standards (HTML5, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, Cordova). All maintenance is done from within your SAP system using the change control procedures that you're already used to - SAP transports.

A solution with a clear future

BlueWorx is set to continue to deliver additional functionality based on a road-map that is focused on customer feedback. Compare this with other solutions built on sunset SAP technologies or complex 'outside' in solutions.

Fully extensible 

Readily adjustable to delivery functionality the way your business needs it, using the language and terms that your people speak. This is not restricted to BlueWorx - Neptune offers the ability to provide your people with other mobile apps to support your field workers and desktop personnel. This is a crucial capability for you to deploy other applications through the same mobile application channel - for example: Stock Look-Up; CATS Time Sheets; Create Requisitions; etc

Developed by Zag

Zag punches above our weight in terms of performance for our customers and innovation. We are a SAP Gold Partner that implements, sells and supports SAP solutions across a range of industries for some of New Zealand's leading organisations. With over 20 years experience focused on SAP, we understand mobile Plant Maintenance and the needs of our customers. Zag is also a Neptune Software Gold Partner and have delivered numerous innovative mobile and desktop applications for our customers using SAP and Neptune Software.