See what’s occuring with Community Stream

Following some Sabisu User Group feedback we’ve implemented a new widget into the Widget Store called Community Stream.

Add it to a Community Page and you’ll see activity for that Community only.

Add it to a personal page and you’ll see activity for all the Communities you’re in.

To get started with the Community Stream simply add a new page or select a page to add it to then:

  • Go to the Widget Store
  • Search for “Community Stream”
  • Add it to your Page
  • It’ll work on either personal or Community Pages.

Community Stream

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Easy comparison of historical & current data

This week we’re excited to announce the arrival of a new feature which enables you to easily compare historical data with current data.

You can use the data rollback and comparison for both project and operational data. For example, it’s easy to add forecast data from last month to a chart showing current month data allowing immediate visual comparison. To look at the actual data in a tabular format simply click the ‘Compare graph data in a table’ checkbox. 

You can select as many series as you’d like to compare and if you want to select a different time period just revert the changes and start again.

Step 1: Select the roll back date

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Step 2: Select which series to compare

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Step 3: Analyse, compare or revert

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Sabisu Advisories: Steering you to action

You can now configure Advisories in a Sabisu Pipeline; automatic alerts generated in response to an emerging situation containing best practice or guidance.

The alert will appear as Notes – so they’ll appear in Widget Working View as well as the Community views.

Thanks to our integrated approach, Advisories flow seamlessly into Actions; simply assign a task to someone so they can act upon it immediately.

Advisories are used widely already by our beta users for alerting of incipient operational or project issues. Notification is instant should any of your KPI’s deviate from plan.

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Keep on top of your actions

Following some Sabisu User Group feedback we’ve updated the Sabisu Action email notifications so you’ll now be informed about Actions you have due today and any due in 3 days time.

Plenty of time for you to get on top of those upcoming tasks.

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Sabisu Search is back

We’ve modified Sabisu Search and re-introduced it into the platform as an easy way to find a search term in Actions, Workplaces, Pages & Communities. Simply type in what you’re looking for and we’ll  show you everything relevant to your search within the platform. 

Sabisu Search

This is particularly valuable with Actions, where there can be a lot of relevant content.

Soon we’ll be extending this to other areas of the platform where there is similarly rich data available.

Search remains modular; with only a little configuration additional modules can be introduced to search other enterprise data sources.

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A shopping basket for data visualisation & analytics

We’ve been working on the Pipeline Directory over the last few weeks to bring you the Pipeline Template Library. You can now browse through our extensive template collection and choose the right one to visualise your data.

For example, do you need to interrogate your cost data and share it with your colleagues? The ‘static card’ could be the right template for you.

Perhaps you need to give an overview of the weather for the next couple of days to help with your planning?
We have ‘weather overview’ template for that.

Pipeline Template Library

The library of Widget Templates is growing all the time.

Of course, we may not have the template you’re looking for; let us know and we’ll put one together. You’ll know how fast we are at turning these things around.

If you have the Builder and some development knowledge, it’s really easy to create your own templates; just select ‘Is Template’ in Widget Properties.

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When do I use Sabisu instead of my historian/DCS process viewer?

Sabisu deployments often include many operational levels; operators/technicians, shift managers, process engineers, functional heads, executive teams.

A common question is how Sabisu fits alongside other operational tools, particularly those bundled with DCS or historian software.

Process Control

Sabisu is not a process control application. DCS or APC HMI is specifically designed to mimic physical layout and designed for control room operators who need real-time process control. They’re stripped back, delivered through proprietary user interfaces which prioritise performance and safety.

With plant mobile, role-based workflow and operational intelligence use-cases, Sabisu has specific approaches to HMI which augment existing process control.

Process Data Analysis

Many of our customers use AspenONE Process Explorer or OsiSoft PI Process Book to analyse process data.

These tools are quick, relatively easy to use and have built in analysis capabilities. Yet their use is restricted mainly to process oriented users (e.g., process engineers) and MS Excel remains preferred for sharing analysis, scenario planning or manipulating data.

Everything else?

By comparison, Sabisu sees 95% penetration of the enterprise user base. This is because Sabisu steps in where these tools stop. So where should you use Sabisu?

  • Where you need to share data is a core Sabisu capability; it’s easy and the data is always trustworthy and up to date. There’s no installation, training or onboarding required.
  • If you need multi-source reports, e.g., need to see data alongside other data, even if it’s from other systems. Sabisu’s user interface supports an infinite number of reports and levels, plus it’s very easy for anyone to use – from operators to execs.
  • Where you need to go mobile, it’s a core capability – both enterprise mobile (e.g., iPads) and plant mobile (e.g., intrinsically safe devices).
  • Where you need workflow, Sabisu Actions and Processes allow role-based workflows to be executed and controlled.
  • Where you need to persist knowledge, Sabisu Notes ensures users always have the full context and knowledge is persisted right where you want it – alongside the relevant data.

These areas are where Sabisu differentiates itself.

No other third party process analysis tools have these capabilities. They are excellent for specific analysis, e.g., golden batch analysis. Without the platform approach, these tools are necessarily limited to small numbers of users.

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What you see is what you get with Sabisu Pipelines

You will notice a significant change this week to the Pipeline Templates as you can now see what the finished Widget will look like while you are creating it.

This makes it easier to configure and build your Widgets, helping you select the correct template for your chosen data and showing you how data will affect the Widget before you deploy it to your pages.

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You are also able to see which fields are editable just with the click of a button, helping you optimise the use of the widget.

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Embedding Sabisu reports into pages and applications

You can now embed Sabisu Widgets into applications outside of Sabisu.

Every Sabisu widget can be embedded into any application and anyone can do it – you just need the URL or developers can embed Widgets into HTML pages using iFrames.

This means that you’ll no longer need to copy & paste static screenshots into other applications and pages. It’s as simple as getting the URL and putting it in.

The possibilities are endless but here are some great and easy ones:

  • Embed Widgets into a PowerPoint presentations, meaning that rather than having a static screen shots the Widget will update to show the latest data.
  • Publish widgets to an intranet, or SharePoint so that everyone in your organisation can be aligned around the latest updates.

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How will Sabisu fit my operational tools & processes?

At Sabisu we split the platform into two sections:

  • decision support, which select the useful, commitment-impacting signals from all the available data
  • execution  management, which ensures communication & execution of tasks so as to deliver the commitments

Combined, these ensure you deliver on your commitments.

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Sometimes customers ask: How does Sabisu fit with my operational processes, e.g., SAP?

Where Sabisu fits

Sabisu is a tactical platform. It’s designed for short to medium term decisions and tasks.

It fits in between the strategic solutions at the top of the organisation and the SOPs which ensure operations stay functional.

Any extension tends to be upwards, with Sabisu being used increasingly as a strategic platform as organisations mature, e.g.,

  • aggregating data from multiple projects makes it a great fit for portfolio managers
  • aggregating data from multiple sites makes it useful to executive teams.

Sabisu & Operational Processes

It’s expected that customers will have specific operational tools and platforms which Sabisu would not be a good fit for. Examples might include:

  • Process control systems (DCS, APC, historian)
  • ERP (e.g., SAP)
  • HR
  • ProjectsPrimavera/MS Project
  • Specialist risk analysis
  • Cost estimation
  • Engineering design processes

These processes are the lowest level in the organisation, in the sense that they directly affect operational output. Sabisu would typically function a level above this, advising those users who will then affect operational output.

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That human element is important to us; users bring knowledge, judgement and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

For simple processes, Sabisu can handle supervisory responsibilities where systems have no control requirements (DCS, APC).

This means Sabisu is a great fit for many things. Examples may include:

  • General action tracking, e.g., resulting from shift or project reviews
  • General unstructured workflows, e.g., resource allocation, assessments, investigations
  • Shift Logs
  • Risk Assessments
  • Defect Raising
  • Change Control & Impact Analysis

Sabisu is sometimes used for tactical applications where an existing solution is end-of-life but usually there is a layer of applications below Sabisu looking after what might be termed ‘standard operating procedures’, e.g., ERP.

We follow this ourselves, with the Sabisu team using Sabisu Actions for everything that doesn’t directly affect Sabisu operations, where a suite of specialist tools and applications control our development, QA and production environments.

Where customers have no existing operational systems it can fit; we have customers using Sabisu for permitting, change control and so on.

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