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Visual KPI reads multiple data sources in real-time (big data, historians, databases, manual data, web services and more) and adds context with KPIs, groups/hierarchy, alerts, and geolocation. It gets your critical data in the hands of more users without extensive training and it can be deployed in days, not months. Want to see how we do it?

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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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Decision makers. Operations. Remote workers. Data Junkies. Anyone who values knowing what's happening right now, regardless of their device.

Why use it?

Mobility is no longer optional. Visual KPI presents problems and opportunities before it's too late. Oh, and there's no six-month project that "might" pay off.

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Data Refresh Rate: Just How Fast Can It Go?

speedWe just received a question from one of our prospective customers following an OSIsoft PI System on mobile webinar yesterday.  It went something like this:

"In this morning’s webinar, it was mentioned that the refresh rate of the application at this customer was set to 30 seconds. We would be interested in higher refresh rates… possibly, 10 seconds or sooner. We would want PI data to be viewable to Transpara Visual KPI with a minimum of latency. Can you comment on the feasibility of data being viewable in Transpara within 10 seconds or less after originating in PI?"

Great question, and the answer was good enough we thought everyone would benefit.  Oh, and the answer is not just for those using OSIsoft PI - it applies to all of our supported data sources.

Here's are the details...

The cache interval is set by each customer in the Visual KPI Server Manager according to their needs (see image below). This interval determines how quickly we refresh our cached data from each data source. 

Cache Interval Setting

Cache interval is a “wait time” between executions and it can be safely set all the way to zero seconds. This means each time cache runs, we wait zero seconds before starting the cache cycle again. Since each execution cycle depends on the number of values being fetched (we batch them in groups of 5000 for efficiency) the cache execution time is what determines the “freshness” of our data.

Here's a critical point: We do not cache most data at all.  We only cache some data in order to maintain referential integrity among all screens where data from lots of sources might live (KPI Maps, List Views, Rollup Bars, etc).  In contrast, trends (as one example) when invoked cause an immediate call to the data source, guaranteeing you the absolute latest data, up to the millisecond of the request. All trends also support Auto Play, a feature that uses HTML5 asynchronous callbacks to smoothly scroll any trend in any browser on any device. These callbacks typically occur every 3 seconds so trends appear to smoothly scroll right to left.

To summarize, we get data right from the source wherever possible so there is a near-zero delay, and in cases where we are combining multiple sources, you can turn the cache down to zero seconds, limiting the speed only by the number of values being fetched.

Hope this helps.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions about the post.


Meet the New Interactive HTML5 Trend Chart

You have seen hints of this, and maybe you even had a chance to see the beta version of it at the OSIsoft User's Conference a few months ago, but now it is live and we've got it on video to show off all of the features.  Let's jump right to it...

Simply put, the trend (or line chart) is one of the most critical parts of what we do and always has been.  For anyone who cares about performance monitoring and KPIs there are really two key measures: 'how am I doing right now?', and 'how am I doing over time (the trend)?'  OK, I guess you could say that 'how am I doing compared to x?' would also fit in that list, but the trend covers that as well.

So, here are some of the new features for summer 2012: 

  • It's HTML5, but still works with non-HTML5 browsers and on older phones
  • It's faster - not sure how much, but a lot
  • It's more interactive - you can zoom (tap, pinch, mouse, rubber band, scroll wheel, etc.), drag, lock cursors, export, toggle on/off pens.  There are multiple modes: box-zoom (just when you have a mouse), drag, cursor (live cursors!), cursor lock, etc.
  • It supports gestures on touch-based devices (smartphones, tablets and even Windows 8).  Swipe, scroll, pinch, and more.
  • It's ALIVE! - a new feature called 'autoplay' will fetch data from your data source as fast as it updates, so you can watch the trend change in front of your eyes.  This is especially handy for fast-moving or volatile data.
  • It's smart - let's say you have a trend with thousands of points of data on it, but you are holding a smart phone with a screen that only has a few hundred pixels to work with.  Should you send across all of the data anyway?  Of course not.  That would be a huge waste of bandwidth and useless, but in the past when you zoomed in we had to refresh the page for you.  Now the trend is smart enough to fill in the exact amount of data (fresh from the data source) as you change your view.  Zoom in, and the trend will show more detail (and vice versa).  Drag left or right and the trend will automatically get the exact amount of data.  Rather that give hundred of examples, I suggest you go to the demo site below and zoom or drag the trend left or right and watch (especially when zooming) the peaks and valleys of the trend change.  Also not the speed - this data is coming from an OSIsoft PI System in California to wherever you are.  Here's the link:

Give the new trend a try!

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So, what next?

  • See the trend in action on your own smartphone, tablet or browser.  Click here!
  • Existing customer?  Just upgrade to the latest version
  • Haven't tried it yet?  Sign up for a 30-day pilot and we will put Visual KPI on one of your servers (or VMs) and set it up in just 90 minutes over the web.  No obligation. 




New Video: Mobile BI at the 2012 OSIsoft Users Conference

Next week is a big one for us here at Transpara.  It's time for the annual OSIsoft Users Conference in San Francisco, CA and we are proud to be the platinum sponsor. 

As you may know, many of our customers rely on OSIsoft PI and other real-time data historians as a primary master source of data and we do too (our mobile bi demo sites all run PI and SQL Server).

Over the past couple of weeks we put together the following video to showcase Visual KPI for all of the attendees.  It will be on the TVs in the hotel rooms, at our booth in the partner area, and anywhere else they will let us show it.

Let us know what you think, and please stop by to say hello if you will be at the event!

Need more?  Download our free mobile BI guide or sign up for a free pilot!


Video Tutorial: Numeric Formatting & Units of Measure

We're really cranking out the videos this month, and here's another.  This time, it's a tutorial on how to specify default and override formatting of numbers and how to add units of measure to these numbers.  As you can see, it is quite easy and the possibilities are almost endless.  

Oh, and your formatting and UOM carry all the way through alerts and the rest of the system.  Enjoy! 

These features are available in Visual KPI version or greater.  See our release notes for details on all releases.


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New Custom KPI Status Options (Video)

Here's a quick video of some new features related to customizing the status of your KPIs in our mobile BI web app.  See our release notes or the Transpara YouTube channel for more new features.

Two New States
KPI status colors were always customizable, but now we have added more KPI status options (now you have 10 possible states - default names of the new ones are High High High and Low Low Low).  Speaking of naming...

Custom Status Names
You can now rename each of the KPI states, which is a big step for those customers who use their own terms for states.  Instead of High High you can use 'Critical' or 'Spectacular' or even 'Hot.'  Oh, and these names extend through to alerts and every other part of the application.

Custom Status Icons
Base on the request of one of our earliest customers, we have added a small library of status icons so you can choose your own for each state.  For some people an up arrow means High while to others it may mean North.  Now you can choose from all of the basics and even some fun ones like a thumbs up icon, question marks and so on. 

Here's a quick video we threw together showing off the new options:


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