In this series of articles we’ll cover the 10 most important benefits to integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and SAP®.

1: Optimize Your Workflow by Linking GIS and SAP Systems
In many industries with dispersed or “field” assets, critical information about these assets are maintained independently in a GIS system as well as in an ERP system (SAP) which has the capability and functionality for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). Read More >>

2: Reduce Data Maintenance with Automation
Any organization separately maintaining a GIS and SAP system runs the risk of incomplete or inaccurate views of an asset due to either system containing bad data. Read More >>

3: Improve Data Management with a Designated System of Record
What a “System of Record” is and why is it important. Read More >>

4: Optimize Work Planning with Spatial Data
Planning for the maintenance of assets includes parameters like How often should I inspect or service assets? What tasks are involved in the maintenance of the asset, and on which maintenance cycle? Read More >>

5: Enable a Mobile Workforce with Asset and Spatial Data
Before GPS and before mobile maps, a cross-country trek or even a short drive to a new location required careful planning. It was easy to get lost and then have to stop and ask for directions. The whole process was difficult, error-prone, and stressful. Read More >>

6: Link Asset Health to Environmental Factors
Common sense tells us environmental factors impact asset health. Just think of car batteries in cold places like Minnesota. It’s not unusual for outdoor parking lots to have outlet plugs available to keep batteries charged. Read More >>

7: Enable Material Traceability
Material traceability is having traceable, verifiable, and complete data. For assets – like gas transmission pipelines – this data could include material attributes, manufacturer’s batch attributes, and test / inspection results. Read More >>

8: Perform Spatial Analysis of Field Work
The ability to integrate SAP data with enterprise GIS allows companies to identify trends surrounding different aspects of asset maintenance, giving management a powerful tool to identify and understand ways to more efficiently maintain assets. Read More >>

9: Optimize Maintenance Routes with Spatial Data
For dispersed asset maintenance, travel represents a significant overhead cost. Companies can increase profits with better planning and route optimization. Read More >>

10: Improve Regulatory Reporting
How integrating SAP and GIS platforms can save time, money, and ensure all operations are executed in accordance with all regulatory requirements. Read More >>