The ‘light bulb’ moment

“How do you share that?”

That’s the question that no one else was asking.

With data, a story and reports that support each other, how do you ensure everyone who needs to see it can do so?

Then we started to look at the implicit assumptions in the question. How do organisations line up the data, story and reports?

The process of making a decision was looking something like this:


That’s unnecessarily complex. Decisions get made without the appropriate data. Decisions don’t get made. Decisions don’t stick.

Let’s play ‘meeting bingo’. How often do you hear one of these lines:

  • “Is that the latest data?”
  • “I don’t recognise those numbers.”
  • “What’s behind that curve?”
  • “Where’s that decision moved to?”
  • “I’ll email you an update on that.”
  • “Didn’t we make a decision to prevent this scenario?”

Sabisu was created so you can answer all those questions right now, on-line.

We took this complex decision making process and radically simplified it into the Sabisu decision pipeline:


Above you’ll see the components we implemented to meet the needs of the pipeline. We wanted something off the shelf, ready for rapid implementation.

Ready when you are.

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Community Workplaces – Share It

Here at Sabisu we believe the best way to get the most out of your data is to share it; that’s the problem with tying it up in endless spreadsheets requiring a diploma in Advanced MS Excel to understand.

As part of our Sabisu Workplace work we’ve now added in a Community Workplace function to enable you to share a collection of pages within a Workplace.

Community Workplaces function just like Community Pages; everyone shares a view.

A Community Workplace is a set of pages in a specific order given to a Community. When a new user is added, they receive the Workplace configured with the right Pages.

The Workplace can be shared by Community administrators. It can then be updated to send out newly added or revised Pages. Community Workplaces makes life easy for everyone, sharing the navigation to the data as well as the data itself – no searching through pages required.

It’s also a great fit for the Sabisu Solutions Store; once you’ve set up your solution you can use Community Workplaces to share it with other users as they come on board.


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Statistical Process Control with Widget Working View

Our Numerical Analysis team has been busy behind the scenes working with the developers to bring you Statistical Process Control  and Anomaly Detection – it’s right there, at your finger tips in the Widget Working View.

When you next load up Widget Working View you will see an Analytics tab has been added. This will enable you to analyse your data right there in the browser, without needing any other appplication. The analytics are broadly applicable statistical techniques with good reason; you can use them for anything.

They’re great for both project and process data; identifying problematic trends in projects, alerting when quality indicators fall outside limits or identifying repeated issues in production.

Anomaly Detection for time series charts uses a suite of algorithms combined with quorum voting to highlight anomalous behaviour in your data. You zoom in and investigate these anomalies using the handy tools.


Statistical Process Control (SPC) rules have been applied to the time series charts along with Anomaly Detection. These rules can be configured by the user  so if any rules are broken a mark will be placed on the chart to highlight where that rule has been broken. We have currently implemented four rules which can be set.

Out of Bounds: This highlights any points that are over or under a set band. This could be used to show when a temperature or pressure is outside of the controlled limits.


Consecutive Points: This highlights the number of consecutive points above and below a band. One use for this would be to indicate that there has been a step change in process so you can then check for feed rate changes or process changes upstream.


Upward / Downward Consecutive Points: These show a number of points where the data has trended in a certain direction. As statistically it’s unlikely to get a long sequence of points in a given direction, to do so may indicate a problem, e.g., that pressure is building.
This is useful even where correction occurs as customers have found it can indicate a leak or fouling which is then corrected by process control systems.


We have a sandbox full of charts and analysis tools which could revolutionise how you see your data. For more information on how Sabisu Analysis can transform your data contact us for a live demo.

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Sabisu Go: 3 uses of MS Excel integration in oil & gas/petrochems

Sabisu are pleased to announce the public release of the hotly anticipated Sabisu GO. In March we released the beta version of Sabisu GO and we are pleased to now make it available for all.

GO is a lightweight client which allows you to quickly publish data to Sabisu from MS Excel or ODBC data sources. Your data is no longer trapped in MS Excel, or buried in an email. With the click of button your data can be pushed out to anyone in your chosen community.

GO underpins many of our initial customer engagements;

  • Gathering project summary data for portfolio reporting & analytics
  • Rapidly on-boarding any users currently reliant on MS Excel for reporting
  • Process data reporting using MS Excel as an interim step for reporting OSISoft PI or AspenTech IP.21 data

Once GO has grabbed your data, Sabisu will build calculations, reports and dashboards automatically.

To download Sabisu Go navigate to  and follow our simple steps to install it on your PC. Once you’re logged in you can immediately begin publishing. If you’d like a live demo or support while installing please get in touch.

To publish your data open MS Excel and select the range you wish to publish. Right click the range hit, share and then just inform Sabisu Go where you’d like the data to go.


Using the Sabisu Go Publication view you can see the publication status and view all publications that have been published to communities you are in. You can edit it from there without having to navigate to MS Excel first and there’s a Timeline tab which shows all current activity within your Communities – handy for checking no one has published the same data before you hit share.


You can also publish images using Sabisu Go just make sure you click the image button rather than the default data button.


Once you’ve published your files just navigate to Sabisu and add your files to your chosen page and community.


If you’ve found this news exciting there’s more to come; we’re currently working on the ability to publish data to and from different formats such as PowerPoint and Word so watch this space.

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Sabisu Units – Rapid access to multiple sites anywhere in the world

We’ve slipped in another handy feature this week giving you more power than ever over your servers and data. To help you take advantage of our Sabisu Elastic Units  you will note that when you click on your avatar in the top right corner of Sabisu you’re presented with a “Switch Sabisu Unit” option in the drop down list. This will enable you to view data that is stored on another Sabisu Unit in an instant.

This could be regional or global. For example you may have sites distributed regionally or globally with each site using a separate Sabisu Unit. You can now switch into any Unit and there’s no lag; you can access and use the platform as your colleagues in those countries would.

For Exec teams or managers with regional responsibility this is great news. It’s like literally stepping into the plant or project.

This feature nicely compliments the Request New Sabisu Unit option which you’ll also find in the drop down list. If you’d like to know more about Sabisu Elastic Units get in touch and let us know.


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Managing implementation – 3 key aspects at Sabisu



When budgets are being cut and forecasts are uncertain it’s understandable that all spend comes under pressure. It’s tempting to cut corners – with testing perhaps, or project management.

Surely implementation can be managed in-house? Or perhaps done without at all, delegating to a technician?

It’s a false economy. Here’s why: 3 simple reasons you need to ensure Implementation Management is included in your costs.

  1. Meet Deadlines 

Deadlines are an integral part of successful project delivery and at Sabisu we’re invariably working on projects for different customers at any one time. Our Implementation Managers plan in the resource needed for your project to ensure the completion date is met.

Risks and issues are identified at the beginning and throughout the duration of a project and are closely monitored by the PM. Contingency plans are put in to place to ensure the effect the issues and risks have are minimal and don’t impact on the budget or deadlines of the project.

2. Quality Assurance

At Sabisu we believe quality runs through the whole project lifecycle and we’re committed to delivering high quality solutions which are excellent value.

Therefore we start the project with a Technical Inception Workshop, which brings together the customer, analysts, Project/Implementation Manager and Senior/Lead Developers get together to iron out the requirements to ensure all parties are agreed on the scope and the desired outcomes of the project.

This also promotes initial analysis of complicated workflows or use-cases. The diagram above shows what can happen if requirements and definition are lacking from a project.

Our Implementation Managers also lead, or sometimes help carry out, System Testing and User Acceptance Testing to ensure the solution is a great fit for customer needs before being signed off and deployed to the customer. This gives all stakeholders confidence in the solution and ensures post-deployment costs are kept to a minimum.

Implementation Managers at Sabisu are hands on with in-depth knowledge of the product and solution. They’re involved in delivering and organising solution training because we know that every support call is productivity lost to your business.

3. Productivity

Our Implementation Managers play an integral part in driving a project forward and ensuring the momentum is kept in order to meet deadlines.

Unlike bigger projects, our Implementation Managers are responsible for the project schedule, which is always agile in nature and based around multiple, high frequency, short period sprints each of which results in a viable product.

Daily scrums with the developers are standard, helping to monitor progress and make small adjustments to the schedule. Weekly product releases are standard at Sabisu, with fortnightly solution releases common for many projects. This fits well with the weekly project meetings with customers, which help control scope – either by flexing scope into other sprints or evaluating the impact of new requests for change. Implementation managers are key in keeping overall project costs under control.

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Introducing the new look Sabisu

Introducing the new look Sabisu

As soon as you log in to Sabisu you’ll see we’ve made some updates to the user interface to simplify it and give you more space for your reports.

The new design is heavily influenced by statistics gathered from your use of the platform so we’re confident you’ll still be able to easily find everything you need.

When you login you’ll get a quick walk-through which will take you through the changes. Here’s a quick summary.


The first thing you’ll notice is we’ve taken out the left hand side vertical bar and moved everything you need into the header bar at the top of the screen. We’ve done this to give you a bit more space so you fit more of your data on the page.


You’ll also notice we’ve taken the text away from the notification areas and replaced these with icons to give it a sleeker appearance.


You may be wondering where your workplaces have gone; instead of showing the Workplace name twice on the page (main title & selector), we’ve combined Workplace Management with the Workplace title.

Just click the drop down icon to the left of the title and you’ll get to the Workplace selection screen.

We’ve combined Workplace selection with Workplace management, so you can click to go to a Workplace, or you can hover over a Workplace to edit, delete or move it.


If you have any questions or would like some more in depth Sabisu training please get in touch.

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Sabisu Solutions Store: Giving you the power

Do you have data that needs to be analysed and interrogated quickly? Do you spend half your working day compiling tags from complex historians in an effort to get the information you need. Perhaps you’re running a large portfolio of projects and need an easy way to view your costs.

Sabisu Solutions Store is there so you can quickly build out entire solutions in seconds. All you need to know is what data you want to show.

Sabisu Solutions give you the power to quickly set up dashboards compiling your data into easy to interrogate widgets. These can be shared automatically during the set up process so there will be no need for you to send endless emails with Excel and Powerpoint attachments. Your entire team can view the live data in one place.

New Solutions are going into the store all the time. Example solutions might include:


For this blog post we have chosen to demonstrate “Energy Management with Overview”.

There are 3 simple steps to set up the dashboard

  1. General
    Name your solution so that Sabisu can create your new Workplace and Community.
  2. File Upload
    Use the template provided to enter all the information required to put your dashboard together. Each template is specific to the solution chosen but you’ll always be asked to name your pages and sub pages, allocate users and identify the location from which to extract your data, e.g., source tags, fields or documents.
  3.  Finish and Deploy
    Depending on the amount of data required your Workplace will take a few minutes to build. Depending on the solution configuration you may have many pages, each with many widgets, but all full of relevant data and calculations using the tags or source data fields you chose.
    You can review, share the pages, invite people to your new Community or perhaps begin analysing your data using Widget Working View.


It’s never been easier to analyse your data than using Sabisu’s Solutions Store, but you could make it even more efficient by getting a dedicated Sabisu Cloud Server. Get in touch for more information or a live demo at a time convenient for you.

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Sabisu Planned Downtime – Monday 10/10/16

We’ve got to take the servers off-line on Monday to do some upgrades and maintenance and generally make everything better.

What time is it?

We’re planning that there’ll be a loss of service from 2100 UK / 2000 GMT / 1600 ET&CT for about 3 hours.

This is a highly unusual event for Sabisu – the first planned downtime for 3 years.

What services will be affected?

Everything will be affected during the maintenance period. Some users may continue to use Sabisu unaffected for a while but at some point in that time period you should expect a loss of service.

Note that Sabisu Bridge will continue to function, picking up automatically where it left off so that any data streaming to Sabisu Cloud will show no interruption.

Sabisu Appliances and on-premise Units will become inactive for a period but will then reactivate automatically.


We’re moving our key servers to a new cloud infrastructure.

This isn’t something we do lightly. There are many benefits:

  • Improved resilience in terms of load balancing, failover and redundancy.
  • Elimination of planned downtime – although rare, there’ll be no more planned outages.
  • The other benefits include lower network latency – so better performance for every user.
  • Elastic compute and storage as standard – ideal for carrying out analytics on large datasets.
  • Direct connection to Sabisu Cloud mass storage capability so that very large datasets can be persisted.
  • Easy provisioning of regional Sabisu Units to reduce network latency for all users.

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Sabisu: Constantly optimising your Workplace

At Sabisu we’re always working hard to optimise our platform performance.

We are pleased to announce that widget loading is now so fast that if you blink you may miss it.

With the improvements we’ve made to the overall speed of the platform, you should note a marked improvement in the time it takes to load your page and receive a notification.

With some smart adaptive parallelisation server side, we’ve dealt with the situation where the browser waits for widgets using a large amount of data before it loads others. Widgets where the data flow is lower load straight away but in parallel to those where the data flow is higher. This means you’re seeing data straight away and can dive head first in to the analysis using Widget Working View.

As well as the improvements to platform speed we’ve now added the functionality into Workplace Management to enable you to rearrange the order of your workplaces.


Don’t forget if you want to optimise your Sabisu Platform further you can request your own Dedicated Sabisu Cloud Server. For more information on how this could benefit you head over to our blog post on Sabisu in the Cloud.

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