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Visual KPI is mobile dashboard software for any device. It reads existing data sources and delivers KPIs, scorecards, analytics and alerts in real-time.

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Alert! Our Alerts Feature has Been Updated

All new mobile alerting software includes customizable alert content, escalating alerts with multiple contacts and groups, and alert templates to improve flexibility and save time during configuration.

Since we first released Visual KPI in 2006, alerting and alarms has been an important feature and one that sets our prouct apart from many other mobile BI software products.  Several of our customers have even used Visual KPI to eliminate dedicated alerting software (which we are quite proud of we must admit).  Well, its just like our software developers to never leave things alone for long and this time they targeted the Visual KPI alerts feature and rebuild the entire thing.  Let's have a look at a video and then some details below that:

The new alerts feature includes the following:


  • Alert Templates - these let you set up an unlimited number of alert types (what statuses to alert on, when, time in state, reminders, etc.) and then apply them to individual KPIs with a simple drop down.  You can now apply different alert scenarios to hundreds of KPIs in just seconds.
  • Custom Alert Content - We have always prided ourselves on providing more that 'something went wrong' types of alerts and providing context in the alert message itself (and that ever-so-valuable link to the real-time trend) and now you can choose what you want to appear right in the alert template.  Content options include Alert History, Limits, Source Tag (for historians like OSIsoft PI, GE Proficy, Wonderware Historian and Aspentech IP.21), KPI attributes and what groups the KPI is a member of.  All of this is done with a quick true/false setting in the Visual KPI Designer.
  • Escalating Alerts - You can now choose to alert multiple people or groups of people based on alert conditions.  For example, you might want to alert just operators or line staff if a KPI goes into a 'high' condition, but alert supervisors if 'High high' is reached and the plant manager if it reaches a critical state.  There are three contacts (or groups) associated with each KPI.


Want to try this yourself?  Existing customers and trial users can just upgrade to the latest version, while new users can try to software for free.  Enjoy!

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New Feature: Using Your GPS to See What's Up "Near Me"

Last September (or was it October?) we released a powerful new mobile BI feature called 'GeoMaps' that let you view any type of data or object on a map, using any device.  You can see a video about GeoMaps here.  People have responded to this feature in droves and seem to love it, but we always considered just half finished.  We are pleased to report that with Visual KPI version we have completed the other half...

'Near Me' further blurs the line between an installed app and a web app by using your smartphone or tablet's GPS from the browser to visualize your data in the context of your current location.  Simply put, it lets you filter anything in your system by what is "Near Me."

Here's a quick video of the feature in action:

This new feature can be used in combination with GeoMaps (to map the data near you) or on its own (e.g. a list of KPIs sorted by their distance from you) and it takes advantage of the W3C Geolocation API so most newer smartphones and tablets (iOS - iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry OS 6+) already support it and just about every new device being released does as well.  It even works with some desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera, using your IP address to provide an approximate location (unless you have a PC with a GPS in it).

Configuration is very simple.  Once you assign GIS coordinates (latitude and longitude) to any object in the system via the Designer, just go to the features tab and turn on 'Near Me.'  That's it.  Using the feature is just as easy: from your phone, tablet or browser using Visual KPI, just click the filter icon and below the status filters you will see the option to filter by location.  Choose the distance and the unit of measure (e.g. feet, meters, miles or kilometers) and say ok.

We have quite a few customers who helped us define this feature (you know who you are, and thanks!) and we look forward to getting more feedback from the rest of you.

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Goodbye Bug. We Won’t Miss You.

NoBugsJust a short post today, but a very important one.  Our tenacious development team has been chasing a nasty bug in the Visual KPI Designer for some time and we are pleased to report that it, like most others they come across, is dead and gone.

I won’t bore you with the details, but it involved using the query builder after rows had been deleted in the Designer, and the result was that you had to restart Excel to get back to work.  Many of our customers never noticed and it was (almost) never reported, but we are just as happy to see it gone.

So why a blog post on this one bug?  Simple.  If you are a customer or even using our free trial software, you will want to upgrade to the latest build ( to exterminate the bug on your own deployment.  We are also reaching out to offer help with the upgrade (via the web) for those that want it.  Really, why upgrade it yourself when you can get one of us on the line to do it for you?  Unless you don’t want to talk to us.  Really?  Wow.  We thought you liked us.

Anyway, we are here to answer any questions.  Oh, and there have been some serious features added in the last few weeks so be sure to view the release notes to see what you might be missing.

Best for now,



Some Customers are Really Mobile: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline

A few months ago one of our customers helped us out with a webinar to show others how they saved quite a bit of time and money (millions, actually).  When we got into the details with them, a really amazing mobile business intelligence (#mobilebi) story emerged that we thought warranted more coverage than just that audience.  Thankfully we recorded the webinar so here it is in all of its shining glory.

Customer: Alyeska Pipeline

Speakers: Darryl Hammond, Former Maintenance Lead at Alyeska and Michael Saucier, CEO of Transpara

Primary Data Source: OSIsoft PI System

Basically, the Alyeska story runs for the first 20 minutes or so and then it switches to a demo of the Visual KPI Mobile BI software, but even the demo is done in context of how Alyeska uses it.  It also happens to be a great case study of how the new GeoMaps feature can really be put to use with GIS / geographical mapping of assets and KPIs using latitude and longitude.  All of the data is demo data, but the mapping is real.

Enjoy the video and let us know what you think!

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Version One survey reveals that just 55% of senior managers are able to access their IT systems via mobile devices

[From the Version One Press Release]

A survey by document management software company, Version One, reveals that only 55 per cent of senior management are able to access corporate IT systems via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Version One surveyed 149 senior professionals, including managing directors, finance directors and IT directors/managers, from a cross-section of UK public, private and third sector organisations.

28 per cent of respondents stated that they are unable to access their corporate IT systems via their mobile devices and 17 per cent stated that they "didn't know" whether they had mobile access to their IT systems or not.

Julian Buck, managing director of Version One, says, "I find it astounding that given the commonplace nature of mobile devices in the workplace and the flexible hours many staff work, almost half of the senior professionals surveyed do not have access to critical IT systems via their mobile devices. More organisations need to be harnessing mobile technologies to enable business on the move."

Of the 45 per cent of respondents who are unable to access their organisations' IT systems using their mobile devices or "don't know" whether they can access them or not, only 9 per cent of these were aware of their companies' plans to enable mobile access to IT systems.

Buck adds, "Enabling secure, mobile access to IT systems at any time and from anywhere delivers efficiency benefits, enhancing productivity. Having to wait for staff to be sat in front of their PCs before they can access corporate systems is an archaic approach which is stifling for business."

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