Watch how Sotheby’s New York tracks priceless collections offline

Sotheby’s tracks priceless art piece collections uninterrupted with offline capabilities and Android scanning devices.

Sotheby’s is a fine arts auction house that has been in business since 1744. Every piece of property that comes through the building is touched by Neptune Software in some way. Sotheby’s has a very dynamic environment where their items go up for sale on a scheduled basis. They need to be able to know where anything is at any given point in time -online or offline – so as items move from their warehouse to their galleries, they are able to scan and track them as they move.

“The offline capabilities that Neptune gives us allows our art handlers and technicians to perform their jobs in an uninterrupted fashion. They can go into the areas where there’s no WiFi coverage, scan all the items they need to and when they return to WiFi coverage they’re able to upload those changes into our backend SAP system without interruption,”  Rich Stubits, Senior Applications Analyst IT, Sotheby’s.

Using their existing ABAP talent, Sotheby’s was able to implement Neptune Software and create new applications with minimal training allowing them to onboard their team fast. After a few short days, they were developing robust mobile solutions on and offline using Android scanning devices. Right now Sotheby’s is using Neptune Software extensively in their New York warehouse and has plans to expand their use to other warehouses throughout the world.

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories.

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  • Richard Stubits, Senior Application Analyst at Sotheby’s
  • Alex Trosman, AVP Senior Manager at Sotheby’s

Key Takeaways:

  • Offline capabilities allows seamless ability to do jobs uninterrupted
  • Android Scanning Devices
  • Full visibility from warehouses to galleries
  • Use of existing ABAP developers

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