Explore Sabisu Analytics with our Reference Data Generators

We have some great reference customers who allow us to use their data in demonstrations but having reference data available allows us and you to focus on and test Sabisu analytics.

Our reference datasets are automatically and continuously updated, 24/7, producing data so you can explore Sabisu analytics. It’s really useful, allowing you to:

  • Easily create a meaningful demonstration
  • Evaluate Sabisu analytics, seeing how they work in practice
  • Validate your own data
  • Use as examples in your own presentations

 

The Generator Functions are available in Pipelines in the Data lane as the ‘Generated Analytics Data’ SDO, which contains a group of tags aligned to some key Analytics :

  • Curve Alignment
  • Edge Correlation
  • Dynamic Time Warping
  • Spiral Charts
Generator functions

Curve Alignment and Edge Correlation

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Dynamic Time Warping and Spiral Charts

These have been very useful for us already – well worth experimenting with them.

All these charts can be used in Widget Working View alongside the Sabisu Analytics we have in there.

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What are ‘Weak Signals’ in data?

Weak signals are a crucial in the effective analysis of complex data, but due to the very nature of weak signals, they are not an easy thing to interpret.

What are Weak Signals?

Weak signals are changes that have ambiguous interpretations or origins.

These changes could be anything from a blip in a time series to an increase in the number of purchase orders related to a project. The inherent ambiguity combined with this wide range of possible sources poses an interesting challenge in analysis, especially when creating automated algorithms. However, weak signal analysis is something that we encounter regularly in everyday life, and we successfully interpret and act on them without even realising it.

As an example, take the case of a doctor who is visited by a patient exhibiting three symptoms:

  1. They have episodes of dizziness.
  2. They are sometimes short of breath.
  3. They struggle with exercise.

In isolation any one of these symptoms could be attributed to a great number of conditions. Dizziness could be caused by migraines, reaction to medication, or an inner ear infection. Shortness of breath could be an indication of an infection, bronchitis, or asthma. Struggling with exercise can be related to poor diet and fitness, respiratory conditions, or musculoskeletal disorders. Each of these symptoms is a weak signal.

Although each symptom could point to many diagnoses, the doctor is unlikely to start with any of the disorders listed above. This is because, when considered together, these symptoms are a common “red flag” for heart disease. This does not mean that heart disease is guaranteed to be the cause, but it is likely to be the first thing the doctor would want to rule out, meaning that the patient will be sent for an ECG to check heart function before they are investigated for bronchitis. The doctor has performed weak signal analysis to evaluate which disorder is the most probable cause of the symptoms.

Symptoms as weak signals

The three symptoms are weak signals which, when taken together, indicate a significant probability of heart disease.

The same is true for any weak signal interpretation. The goal is to determine the most probable causes of the change, taking into account all of the available information. The action taken is determined by these possible causes, and their associated risk.

What are the Challenges?

Weak signals are not always easy to spot, the problem of separating weak signals from noise is not always easy to solve. Once identified, determining their probable causes is the next challenge, the complexity of which is dictated by the quality and amount of data available to build a picture of the processes in play.

In the example, the doctor knows to screen for heart disease because during their training experts have told them the links between these symptoms and the disorder. The experts know that the link exists because over the years hundreds of thousands of patients have developed heart disease, and their symptoms have been analysed and correlated to identify the relevant indicators.

The same can be done in industry. Over the years many similar plants have distilled crude oil, produced ethylene, or manufactured chemicals. Similarly, many projects of varying sizes have been completed, some on-time and within budget, some late and over-budget. In all of these cases data exists that can be analysed and correlated, and experts have developed an understanding of the underlying processes. This information can be aggregated to identify and analyse weak signals, providing intelligent systems that allow Sabisu to remain ahead of the process and project.

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Quantitative curve comparison made easy with Sabisu Analytics

This week we’ve implemented a new time-series comparison into Widget Working View, further strengthening Sabisu’s analytics capabilities. For many customers, it’s the first choice for analysing process data and for all our customers it’s the first choice for sharing that analysis.

Often customers will have multiple time-series they wish to compare; production rates, energy usage, quality, project spend and so on.

Curve Alignment checks the alignment of two time series – even if one is shifted in time and magnitude.

One curve is transformed to fit the other as best as possible, with the Shifts and Scales used in this transformation describing how close the two curves are. In Sabisu the second curve is transformed to fit the first.

For example, if you produced 100 tonnes of product last May but this May you only produced 50 tonnes, Curve Alignment could show why, e.g.:

  • Full production started later (i.e., shifting this year’s production curve to match the other shows a delay in production ramping up), or
  • Production rates were half that of last year (i.e., a curve has been stretched and sized to fit).

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Easily exploit complex data with Sabisu Pipelines

Sabisu Pipelines simplify complex data exploitation, report generation and analytics, so that anyone can get value out of their data.

This week they’ve continued to evolve, with Pipeline Directory improving management and templates making report construction even easier.

Highlights include:

  • Structure Pipelines to mirror functional locations, a production process, a project breakdown structure, or portfolio of projects.

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  • Sabisu Templates can now be used within Pipelines – all you need to is select the data, calculations or analytics you want to display and Sabisu will do the rest.

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  • Pipelines are now versioned, allowing you to restore a pipeline to a previous version or test a version prior to deployment.  A version is created after every change you make.

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  • Manage the security of your Pipeline by only sharing it with certain Communities. You can decide whether the Communities you share it with have edit access or view only.

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  • Add the same tag/field multiple times so you can compare data for different date periods. You can use the analytics tools we have available in Widget Working View to analyse the data. Curve Alignment works well for the example below.

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Reduce your workload with our Sabisu Actions revisions

Sabisu Actions reduce the workload involved in getting work done. They’re integral your processes, so anything that makes creating and managing actions easier reduces overhead for everyone. This week we’ve made the process even more intuitive.

A user can now assign an Action to a Community as well as a specific individual; the Action is owned by the Community, allowing any user in that Community to complete the Action’s assignment on behalf of it. The Action can be seen by users in their ‘All Actions’, ‘My Actions’ and ‘Assigned to Me’ sections in Actions.

 

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You can also give the Community edit access, e.g., if you had a Community for Shift Managers anyone within that community could edit due date, allocations, importance, urgency, description, category and so on.

To avoid confusion we’ve also wording is now standardised, with all Actions being “Completed” before they reach their final status of “Closed”.

Platform Update

You are now able to see Page information for a Community Page, such as who created the page, the Community path, when it was created and who the Administrators are. By clicking on an Administrator’s avatar you can start up a chat to ask them any questions you may have about a page.

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What’s next? Sabisu in 2017

It’s been quite a year at Sabisu; new customers, many changes to the platform and a structured, growing organisation.

2017 will be similarly exciting. We’re really focused on making it the best year possible for our customers.

Our three key technical teams each have a single focus for 2017.

Customer Implementation

We get so much positive feedback from end-users. We love it. So we’re doubling down on that.

Our 2017 focus is to maximise positive customer feedback.

Supporting this are three key streams of activity:

  • Developing the engagement experience
  • Improving the transition from platform development to customer
  • Making enterprise adoption easy

Platform Development

2017 is about empowering the user; enabling them to get the most from Sabisu. It’s used in the most complex operations and projects on earth, where simplicity and clarity is vital.

Our 2017 focus is to make the most valuable features self-service.

The three key streams of activity:

  • Simplify the platform to empower users
  • Build out the multi-platform workflow capability
  • Improve platform UX interactions

R&D

Sabisu is most useful when providing leading indicators that ensure leadership teams deliver on their promises and targets. How can we inform those leading indicators better?

Our 2017 focus is on weak signal identification and analysis.

The three key streams of activity:

  • Machine learning
  • Weak signal detection without machine learning
  • Personal mission control

There are also a number of projects we’re not ready to talk about quite yet. You’ll see news on them throughout the year…but suffice it to say they’re very exciting and will fundamentally change the decisions you make and how you get work done.

Other exciting things to look forward to…

Our first user groups are kicking off in January with plenty of customers attending to share best practice and guide our development programme:

  • Operational User Group – 18th January
  • Projects User Group – 24th January

 

These groups will be quarterly and will involve cake.

If this is something you’d like to get involved with contact us!

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The decision pipeline: Making decisions stick (6 of 6)

This is the sixth and final post working through the Sabisu decision pipeline. We’ve looked at Data Acquisition, AnalyticsVisualisationDistribution and Action:

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How many decisions are made but not tracked? How much does a decision cost or save you? Do your decisions ‘stick’ or do you find you’ve reverted to the ‘old’ way of doing things?

This final step is all about Change; making the decisions and new ways of working stick.

The first and most widely used feature in the Change stack is Notes. Sabisu Notes are write once, see anywhere; if a user writes a note against a particular data point, trend or value, it’s seen by all users acrosss the platform who can see that data.

This applies even if the other users have a different view of the data. It’s unique, phenomenally powerful and gets users working together.

When Sabisu Advisories support the change process too, the changes stick. Advisories are built into Sabisu throughout, encoding the desired changes into automated responses which ensure processes and people are working the new way.

As Sabisu is constantly collecting performance data, there’s a virtuous circle at work. The feedback loop is completed by Auditing; everything that happens on the platform is recorded so that you can refine your processes further.

That’s the end of our journey. We’ve taken data, transformed itseen &  shared itmade the decisions and made them stick:

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We took this detailed insight into the process and boiled it down into our Pipeline feature which has been a great success through beta testing and we’ll be releasing to all users soon.

More on that in a blog post very soon.

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The decision pipeline: Turning insight into $12m (5 of 6)

This is the fifth post working through the Sabisu decision pipeline. We’ve looked at Data Acquisition, AnalyticsVisualisation and Distribution:

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What’s the point of gathering the data, building a story & sharing it?

At some point, we want something to happen. Action happens downstream of insight; it’s the decision process proper

This is where we need to look at the options and build consensus. It’s where Sabisu becomes more than just intelligence and an agent for positive change in your business.

Let’s say you’re running a megaproject and you see an unfeasible ramp up in resource allocation in the next quarter. Or your large & complex process is requiring an unfeasible amount of steam. You need someone to take action on this.

This is why we created Actions.

Sabisu Actions fit 80% of needs immediately and can be configured to meet the other 20%. Actions can be assigned to any Sabisu user (regardless of organisation) with visibility only to certain user Communities. Actions deal with serial or parallel workflows and store an ongoing and visible audit history to ensure they’re tracked to completion.

Sometimes there is a correct sequence to a number of Actions; there’s a best practice to be followed. This is when you need Sabisu Processes.

Sabisu Processes are simple to create – you simply hook together Actions to create the process you need. All the usual Actions features apply with auditing, due dates, Community-level visibility and categorisation.

In our megaproject example, our customer saved $2.9m by spotting a resourcing issue early enough to influence it.

In our operations example, our customer saved $1m by reducing steam consumption, saving $12m in three months by ensuring process conformance.

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The link between Actions & Processes and the next step is Notifications. Notifications are pushed through multiple channels to ensure that users are kept up to date and can contribute; email, dynamic updates for users in the platform and Sabisu Go.

With the Action step taking us to realising value, our blog post will look at the final question; how do you make your decisions stick for the long term?

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Anomaly? Note. Action!

At Sabisu we’re committed to reducing your workload where ever possible, saving you time by putting the next step in your workflow right under your mouse pointer or finger.

You can now create an Action directly from a Note.

This means you can immediately initiate an investigation or remediation in response to a Note. For example, if you spot a problem with process or cost data which requires investigation, your Note identifies the issue and links to an Action you can assign to the appropriate person.

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The Action you create will appear against the Note on the Notes side-bar and Widget Working View side bar. It’s a ‘normal’ Action, so it will appear in the main Actions page too so you can edit, attach files, commentary and provide further detail if needed.

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Global Page & Workplace Search

Over time you may find yourself with many Workplaces and Pages so we’re always looking for ways to make it easy to find the one page or workplace you need quickly.

You’ll now find a search for both Pages and Workplaces so you can find the one you’re looking for. Simply type in either part of or the whole name and Sabisu will filter the panels.

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Don’t forget you can also rename a Workplace and move them around if you want them in a different order. If you need any help organising your Workplaces or would like a 1:1 training session, get in touch.

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