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OLAP stands for On-Line Analytical Processing and the more common term for this is "Cubes". From this structure, one can "slice and dice" the data to present information in a multi-dimensional format. For example, if you want to see the efficiencies for various equipment, then you can use the dimensions of time (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.), the process or plant area, type of unit operation, etc.
Historians are the source of this information that will typically provide such data including averages and aggregated data. Historians though provide time stamped data in flat files, and the data needs to be extracted, transformed and loaded into these cubes. The data can be then viewed accordingly.
This data can be also combined with data from other sources to provide a true holistic and integrated view related to business, operations, maintenance, process control etc.
When it comes to engagement of PMC/SMEs for decision support or level 3 - 4 projects, the range of solutions and technologies is quite wide and deep. So, what constitutes the need for a PMC? Where is the value? What are the "must haves"?
The topic came up in a recent discussion/presentation with a major client. That is, what qualifies a company to be a PMC and who are the companies that can offer such service? Here are some thoughts.
First, why a PMC? The answer is simple. A qualified PMC should be in position to engage the required subject matter experts when and where they are needed. This eases the burden on the client to spend time looking for the right people at any given time.
Next, the value that a PMC brings. This should be in both tangible and intangible terms. As for example, reduced cost of the project and timely delivery. It is well know that DSS projects are risky and many have experienced delays, budget overruns and unfulfilled scope and expectations. A qualified PMC should be able to identify risk areas and initiate actions to prevent these situations.
The adjacent figure is a good summary for PMC, but here is some explanation:
ziconNET is now a registered and approved supplier to Sabic for Project Management & Consultancy Services, as well as Process Analytics Solutions (Software suites by ChemPlant, Delevant, Insight Solutions, PPP, StatSoft & Transpara).
Thanks to Sabic SMO for their support.
Transpara and ziconNET sign Reseller agreement to expand Visual KPI distribution to Middle East and North Africa regions
Easy-to-use, Cost-effective Mobile Business Intelligence Software Provides Customers with Universal Data Access on Any Mobile Device or Browser
Pleasanton, Calif. – November 22, 2010 – Transpara Corporation
Transpara Corporation, a leading provider of mobile business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with ziconNET to deliver Visual KPI to customers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets. The only solution purpose-built for delivering data to users on any mobile device or PC without coding or changing existing security requirements, Visual KPI offers a near real-time corporate data experience regardless of location or device.
“ziconNET is proud to be associated with Transpara, a company that has proven itself with customer deployments in multiple industries across the globe,” said Stelios Kentritas, founder of ziconNET. “Visual KPI is an exceptional mobile BI solution that gives decision makers the power to monitor their business performance in real time. Our joint focus with Transpara on the process, power generation and manufacturing industries allows both companies to leverage our experience with production and operations management environments to create more value for our users. We look forward to addressing similar requirements for other business sectors through our affiliated system integrator partners in the Middle East.”
Visual KPI aggregates operations, process and business information from multiple existing data sources and delivers actionable key performance indicators (KPIs), scorecards, trends and alerts to users via the desktop, laptop and virtually all smartphones and PDAs. This includes the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone platforms.
Complementary to any BI or data management environment, Visual KPI software offers:
About Transpara Corporation Transpara delivers Visual KPI, mobile business intelligence (BI) and monitoring software that provides customers in the process and utility industries with role-based, actionable key performance indicators (KPIs) on any web browser. Visual KPI presents operating information from multiple data sources to users in context and on-demand, enabling timely, informed decision making from any location. By helping users throughout the organization to monitor their asset base, Visual KPI improves performance, reduces operating costs and lowers business risk. Visit www.transpara.com for more information.
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It is now time for "real time" Business Intelligence and Decision Support.
Thanks to smart phones and agile suppliers of Mobile Business Intelligence software, Mobile Decision Support is becoming part of the daily life for decision makers.
Mission critical business will lead the pack moving into Mobile Decision Support by taking care of security issues and posting KPIs and Dashboards to the top managers. Mobile Business Intelligence is here to stay and the Process Industries will not stay still. It is only a matter of time that use of plant production alerts and dashboards will spread widely and be available to executive management and other production plant managers instantly, even while they are enjoying their flight going to some important meeting or while on vacation.
Chevron, a pioneer in advancements for process improvement, has been using mobile information in their plants, and companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell will be the first to get plant info out of the plant and to their managers and leaders through Mobile Decision Support Systems.
Contact us for more information regarding Mobile Decision Support.