Composite Key Performance Indicator Software Delivers Advanced Flexibility, Data Delivery and Visualization
Transpara Corporation today announced Visual KPI 3.0, the only composite Key Performance Indicator (KPI) software that delivers on-demand operations data from multiple data sources to any browser: laptop, desktop or mobile device. With version 3.0, users can consolidate hundreds, or even thousands, of real-time KPIs into a single, at-a-glance view of their entire asset hierarchy. Attribute-driven scorecards and True Roll-Up Charts eliminate the need to configure KPIs multiple times and provide an accurate picture of KPIs regardless of how many are present in the entire set. Visual KPI 3.0 provides flexibility for users to group relevant, role-based data at run-time, and advanced visualization for real-time decision making based on composite KPI maps.
American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., which delivers electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states, is implementing Visual KPI 3.0 across its fleet of generation plants and in its central generation dispatch office. “Since our initial pilot project more than two years ago, Visual KPI has proven to be a critical tool in delivering a visualized alarming capability for our PI systems, enabling our operating teams to quickly assess their situational awareness of key process indicators,” said Kevin Stogran, Director of Market Operations Support, AEP. “In one tool, we now have the ability to deliver KPIs to either a PDA, a desktop monitor or a large flat panel, all driven from the same configuration setup. This has eliminated a lot of configuration duplication and has enabled the end user to truly see what they want, how they want, and where they want in one easy step.”
Visual KPI enables users to easily create and customize composite KPIs and scorecards without any programming, using information from any combination of existing data sources, including the OSIsoft PI System, Rockwell RSSQL, Invensys InSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, SmartSignal, OLE DB and Web Services.
“Enterprise customers are looking for solutions to manage and effectively use the massive amounts of data generated from multiple and disparate sources throughout the organization,” said Bharat Nair, SVP and Research Director with Aberdeen’s Global Manufacturing Practice. “Transpara enables customers to extend the power of their existing data sources to mobile devices, and deliver actionable, role-based data to personnel, no matter where they are, in the field or in the office. With Visual KPI 3.0, data is presented in context, through intuitive KPI maps and scorecard views, ensuring users throughout the organization have real-time operations intelligence at their fingertips for smart, fast decision making.”
New Features of Visual KPI 3.0 include:
- True Roll-Up Charts (TRU Charts): Collapse KPIs into single view without additional configuration to view relevant, role-based KPIs.
- Attribute-driven Scorecards and Views: Create Scorecards and Views using SQL queries with a built-in ‘Query by Example’ editor (no SQL knowledge is required.)
- User-Defined Calculation Engine: Create KPIs that include basic equations, allowing KPI Attributes to be derived from real-time values and other Attributes.
- Run-time grouping: Regroup data at run-time and as needed, creating tailored views for the task at hand, e.g. show KPIs grouped by ‘Priority.’
- Advanced Visualization: KPI and scorecard views with additional color, mapping and layout schemes provide users with improved visibility into role-based data. Bar charts improve analysis of KPI values in context, which is especially useful for KPIs with physical limits.
- Advanced Navigation: Pervasive hyperlinks speed up information location and analysis.
- Mobile Device Support: Support for more than 150 mobile devices includes the new Motorola MC35 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) and the Apple iPhone.
- Advanced Integration: With advanced support for data sources using ODBC, Web Services and Excel Services (part of MOSS 2007), users have more flexibility and access to use KPIs already calculated somewhere else in their organization.
Transpara’s Visual KPI 3.0 is available immediately. For more information, visit www.transpara.com or contact the company directly at (925) 218-6983.
Transpara establishes corporate transparency throughout the enterprise with Visual KPI, operations intelligence software that provides enterprise customers in the process and utility industries with real-time asset and operating data on any web browser. The only composite Key Performance Indicator (KPI) software available, Visual KPI aggregates operations information from multiple, existing data sources and delivers role-based, actionable KPIs to users via the desktop, laptop, or more than 150 mobile devices. Visual KPI ensures that responsible parties throughout the organization and supply chain have on-demand access to consistent, business-critical operating measures, enabling stakeholders to monitor their entire asset base, and implement such initiatives as Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. With Visual KPI, customers improve performance, while reducing operating costs and lowering business risk. Transpara is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif. Visit www.transpara.com for more information.
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