ITSmobile: A New Technology for Warehouse RF Applications

  • by Milind Mahajan, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • June 15, 2008
Evaluate ways ITSmobile can enhance your warehouse operations. Get valuable implementation tips and insights to consider.
Key Concept
Internet Transaction Server mobile (ITSmobile) replaces WebSAPConsole as the latest SAP technology for developing mobile data entry applications using GUI-based handheld computers. ITSmobile allows the user to execute warehouse radio frequency (RF) transactions on the mobile browser of an RF handheld. ITSmobile brings RF SAPGUI screens on the browser using a what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach.

Users perform almost all warehouse operations these days by scanning bar codes using radio frequency (RF) handhelds. This practice is designed to introduce increased accuracy, efficiency, and effectiveness to warehouse processes. Even though a lot of progress has evolved in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, it has yet to achieve mass adoption. Until then, organizations will use the existing bar coding and scanning technology. Most organizations use a graphical-based RF device capable of running a mobile browser for connecting to R/3 and SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) through a wireless local area network (WLAN).

SAP remains current with these changing technologies. For example, SAP developed WebSAPConsole, which is an improved and enhanced SAPConsole that is compatible for the Web. In 2007, SAP released the new Internet Transaction Server mobile (ITSmobile). For a closer look at the preceding technologies, refer to the sidebar, “SAPConsole and WebSAPConsole.”

As an early adopter of ITSmobile, I learned many lessons. Based on my experience and research, I’ll explain the ITSmobile technology and provide practical tips for consideration. However, before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult a qualified professional advisor.

Milind Mahajan

Milind Mahajan is a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has more than 10 years of experience providing consulting services to support implementations of SAP ERP and BPR solutions for clients in manufacturing, utilities, and process industries. Milind has worked extensively in various roles such as lead, SME, solution architect, and business/functional analyst in all phases of typical end-to-end SAP implementation. His focus areas include Materials Management, Logistics Execution, DMS, Master Data, and integration with other modules. Deloitte Consulting LLP, its affiliates, and related entities shall not be responsible for any loss sustained by any person or organization who relies on this publication.

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