With mobile BI, operations monitoring and alerting, we know that users need real-time access to priority information, so leave the static reports and strategic planning data at the office because on the go you need your most important data in context to make decisions when they count.
Data is only part the story
Putting it in front of the user in the most easy-to-act-on way is the other critical piece. It is self-service BI, and Transpara's engineers spent years perfecting a set of screens and visualizations so you don't have to. This means no custom screen design and coding, and therefore no big project and immediate results.
Navigation and Visualization:
Groups how you define your hierarchy and how your information is organized and navigated. They are basically "buckets of things" that you define (like folders in Windows or on your Mac), such as geographic regions, company departments, plants, areas, equipment types, banks of slot machines, etc. They can contain other groups or any of the items listed below and there is no limit to the number of levels you can have.
In our world the definition of a KPI has expanded beyond the textbook definition to include "anything you care enough to track." This also assumes you have some targeted behavior and some limits defined. If not, then it's a value and we love those too (see below).
A value is simply a value you want to track that lacks the target behavior and defined limits of a KPI. Want to pull a tag from your OSIsoft PI System data historian and just watch it trend? There are many examples but if you just want to track a value from any data source without decorating it with expected behavior, Values are the way to go.
Critical to monitoring operational data and putting it in context are trends (line charts). They tell you not only what the current state is, but what led up to that state and an indication of what is happening next. Visual KPI takes this further with interactive HTML5 trends with gestures (drag, pinch-zoom, etc.), cursors (for details at a glance) and even live data that changes at the speed of your data source (we call this 'autoplay'). You can set-up pre-defined or ad-hoc trends with up to 20 pens on one screen, choose pre-defined or custom time ranges, and you can fully navigate back in time or compare the same value at different times. We even include advanced features like downsampling and multi-scale for comparing values or KPIs with unique ranges.
Tables lets you add tabular SQL data along side numerical data like KPIs. They let you point to any table in a data source and display it on any device. Could be a maintenance report, shift schedule, instructions or anything else you need to look at. Click for more info...
Links make Visual KPI almost infinitely extensible. They let you point to any URL-addressable system, document or any other source you can dream up. Our customers use them for everything from link to the application where their users will take action (such as MES systems, ERP, CRM or even control room applications), link to instructional documents on the Intranet or Internet that guide users to the necessary actions to take, or even to external sources of data for comparisons.
So those are the types of data available to you. Within each type you can group and filter them by default or user-defined categories and you can also view just the group you are looking at (collapsed) or an expanded set including everything that belongs to that group, no matter how far down in your hierarchy.
Now for the visualizations! Below are some of the key ways you can view the information we just described.
Views of the data:
KPI Roll-UP bars give you a summary of how all your KPIs are performing at a glance. They are just like pie charts but optimized to fit way more information on the screen (great for mobile) and are much easier to compare with each other. Each bar is a percentage roll-up of a set of KPIs. It doesn't matter if you have 5 or 500,000 KPIs, this will instantly tell you where things are going wrong and let you drill into the details.
Heat maps are a great way to visualize where issues are happening. In Visual KPI, not only can you see clean maps of your KPIs at any level of your hierarchy, but you can sort, filter and pivot them to see exactly what you want in context.
Scorecards / List View
This is the fastest way to see a set of KPIs and their history on the same page. Want to know if something is behaving erratically or has stalled? This is the place. You can view a standard list, expanded list (includes all children) or the entire hierarchy. There are multiple types of list views such as bullet-chart or trend-focused lists, and even a 'Status Summary' view that highlights your worst or best performing asset in the group with an automatically generated pareto chart.
A critical feature of Visual KPI, trends allow you to see more than just data. They let you see history and go back in time to see where issues started. Visual KPI also supports multi-trends which allow you to compare up to 20 values over time on the same screen. You can go back in time, visualize alerts on the trends and more. It's like having Tivo for your operations. Click for video!
GeoMaps & 'Near Me'
GeoMaps brings geographic information to your data, and 'Near Me' uses your location to filter data by proximity. By adding latitude and longitude coordinates to any Group, KPI, Value, Trend or Link, you can now map that information with all of the richness of Google maps (we support moving objects too!). From rolling up KPIs into geographic regions for management, or simply checking to see how close you are to that asset that threw off an alert, Visual KPI can make it happen. Once any of your elements have geo-location information, you instantly have access to the 'Near Me' function for filtering and sorting by distance from you, either on a map or in a list. Click for more info...
These are only a sample of the views available. Visual KPI also has ad-hoc trends, manual data entry, KPI map groups, bar chart views and more.