Improving data quality through new field types in Sabisu Capture

Recently we introduced Sabisu Capture to further aid end-users in building Processes or Actions which need specific, consistent end-user input. We’ve now implemented an update which includes more field type choices to improve the captured data quality.

Data capture can be configured on an  ad-hoc basis in Sabisu Actions or for repeatable processes via Sabisu Flow. The form saves as you go along and allows you to give titles to the fields you create. New field types include:

  • Check boxes
  • Drop-downs
  • Radio buttons
  • Dates
  • Sabisu People & Communities

Creating a Capture form in Actions

Once the Process has been initiated, or Action has been assigned, the assigned user can then complete the required data.

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Sabisu Analytics As A Service

We’ve spent the last 7 years refining our cloud infrastructure here at Sabisu. It provides true collaboration, seamless data exchange and elastic compute/storage for historising & analysing your data at enterprise scale.

However, some customers are required to persist their data on-premise for regulatory, compliance or security reasons. For those customers we have a new offering: Analytics-as-a-Service.

Analytics-as-a-Service sends data requiring deep analysis techniques to Sabisu Cloud for analytics to be executed. The results are passed back. No data is persisted in the cloud.

So why should you implement it?

  • Runs on Sabisu’s scalable cloud infrastructure rather than client-side, or on your infrastructure
  • Nothing on premise that could slow up your servers
  • No need for an on-premise analytics server or private cloud
  • Always available (24/7/365)
  • Inexpensive to use
  • Zero configuration or set-up
  • No maintenance
  • Faster
  • Scalable horizontally to accommodate your data needs

We know the idea of our clients  data being in the cloud can be a concern to some of our customers, so we’ve taken steps to ensure security at all stages:

  • This service uses Amazon Web Services so there’s no physical access to the servers.
  • Only Sabisu Administrators have any access to these systems, though as your analytics servers are spun up and brought down on demand, they do not exist beyond the period of the analysis taking place.
  • Your data is not persisted on our servers as all analytics run in-memory only.
  • All data transfer is secured with SSL encryption and our proprietary encryption techniques.

For end-users, it couldn’t be simpler.

Users select the  analytic of their choice while reviewing on-premise data served locally. If AaaS is configured then the data selected is transmitted to Sabisu Cloud and the analytics/algorithms applied. Results are returned directly back to the client.

If you’d like to learn more about our Cloud infrastructure or you’d like to implement Analytics-as-a-Service into your environment please get in touch. 

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Easy analysis with chart comparison

We have now added the ability to compare data using a chart. Tabular comparison is great for value comparison, whereas the chart comparison is more useful for comparing trends and behaviour.

The process is the same as table compare but with the added option of selecting which series you’d like to return and which axis you would like to use to compare the data.

To use chart comparison open up Widget Working View and navigate to the Compare tab. Once you’ve got comparable data in the chart you can make use of the Sabisu Analytics to further quantify your analysis – we recommend Curve Alignment as a useful tool for finding relationships in data.

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Extending Earned Value Management with Sabisu Project Analytics

We’ve just released 4 project analytics into Widget Working View (WWV) to complement the S Curve analytics already available.

Earned Value will need no introduction for project professionals; we’ve implemented Schedule Variance and Cost Variance metrics so it’s easy to plot cost and schedule variance from your Baseline, Forecast and Actual data into WWV.

Our R&D department have built on this to provide you with a full quantitative analysis of your project using Schedule Variance Rate of Change and Cost Variance Rate of Change.

If you upload your project plan into Sabisu we’re able to pull out and interpret key pieces of data to provide you with the following:

Cost Variance: This is the completed work cost compared to the planned work cost. If negative it shows that the project progress is lagging behind the forecast.

Schedule Variance: This is the completed work compared to the planned schedule, showing you how far ahead or behind you are in terms of time.

Cost Variance Rate of Change: This shows you the acceleration of cost variance from the project baseline. Which will allow you to analyse what happened that may have caused a sudden change in cost variance that put you in the negative, or conversely,  something that happened that got you back on track so that you can apply the same method.

Schedule Variance Rate of Change: This shows the rate of deviation of schedule variance from the project baseline. Similarly to cost variance rate of change, this allows you to quantitatively analyse deviations in schedule to identify the causes and better control the project progress.

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Sabisu Go meets PowerPoint

Following a demonstration at our User Group where we used Sabisu to create reports based on MS Excel it became clear that there was another popular process; taking data out of Sabisu into PowerPoint.

We believe that Sabisu is a great presentation tool itself. Many of our customers use it to navigate through data where they might once have used PowerPoint.

PowerPoint is useful in other ways and contexts, so we’re really pleased to say that you can now pull Go publications to Sabisu into your PowerPoint Slide Show.

Data in PowerPoint will have the same layout as it does in Sabisu. You’ll first need to enable Sabisu Go to connect to PowerPoint by selecting it from the Sabisu Go Modules List:

Once it’s installed you’re ready to begin creating your slides, click on Add Ins and select Sabisu Go to locate your publications:

We’re currently working on the ability to add any widget from Sabisu into PowerPoint not just data you’ve published using Go, so keep an eye out for the next release.

If you have excellent ideas like this then it’s well worth while attending our User Groups. Click here to book your place on the next User Group in August.

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Now boarding new users at the Sabisu platform

At Sabisu we’re proud of how simple the platform is to use.

No training is required to use Sabisu but we’ve set ourselves a higher target than that: we want users to get the best out of the platform without training.

Our first step on the journey is in response to user feedback; do more to onboard a user when they first log on.

To meet this need we’ve implemented a Sabisu on-boarding walk-through which gives users an introduction to the platform layout so they can find the core features. With this we hope to improve user engagement from the very beginning.

Here’s the 5 features covered in the walk-through:

  • Workplaces
  • Tab Bar
  • Page Menu
  • Notifications
  • Profile Settings

Once a user has been through the walk-through they can request a 1:1 training session if they feel they would benefit from more detailed training.

Where’s my walk-through?!

By default, existing users won’t get the walk-through because we know from user feedback that when you open Sabisu, you’re doing so because you have a job to do.

We didn’t want the walk-through to get in the way.

However, if you’d like to see it in action just get in touch using one of the methods below and we’ll switch it on for you.

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Sabisu Capture – rapid user & field data capture

This week we are pleased to announce the arrival of Sabisu Capture.

Sabisu Capture allows you to easily capture data that might usually be entered by hand somewhere; simply create your own fields within a Sabisu Flow process.

Capture is there to ensure compliance and data quality. It’s extremely quick to configure, taking seconds. Anywhere you’re building or maintaining a custom application for data entry, Capture could replace it.

Any data can be captured; process readings, audit, compliance, conformance, manually entered KPIs, etc.

Once a Sabisu Process has been triggered the Actions will be assigned to the appropriate persons/communities so they can complete the Capture fields. The fields auto-save on update so users just need type the value in and they’re done.

 

It’s very easy to configure – simply choose a low and high limit, units and a default value.

Sabisu Capture will soon be deployed to Mobile so you capture data anywhere, anytime.

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New Look Widget Store

The Sabisu Widget Store has been a core part of the platform since it was created – it’s had performance upgrades over the years but now we’ve applied the UX lessons learned over the years to it and the result is great.

Here’s the new UX in practice:

Here’s what you can now do:

  • Add multiple Widgets – just select all the Widgets you want and they’ll be added to the ‘basket’ area on the right hand side.
  • When you add the Widgets to the page you’ll be invited to choose the layout.
  • Easily filter to see
    • Widgets shared with you by others
    • Recently added Widgets
    • Most popular Widgets in your Communities
    • Widgets in a particular Category, e.g., “Project Costs”, “Utility Usage”
    • Widgets available to particular user Communities, e.g., EHSS, Project Services, Shift Team A

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Travel back in time with Sabisu Notes

Widgets can now be rolled back to the time a Note was made so you can view the data and Note together so as to better appreciate the context.

You can do this by clicking on the menu in the top right corner of the Note and then selecting “Go To”. This will relocate the chart window to the show the Note and data.

To get back to the current data simply refresh the Widget.

This feature makes it easy to go back to anomalies in your data and highlight a Sabisu Event.

Sabisu can then use machine learning and statistical algorithms to automatically identify previous similar Events, or patterns in incoming data which suggest similar Events are about to occur.

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Using your uploaded MS Excel data in Sabisu

Sabisu Go is a key part of many Sabisu solutions, unlocking all those MS Excel spreadsheets that keep your organisation running.

MS Excel is a great servant but terrible master; all those spreadsheets and reports can be time consuming to maintain, version control and share.

Sabisu Pipelines have now been hooked up to the Sabisu Go data. Simply point the Sabisu Pipeline to your spreadsheet publication and you have the full range of Sabisu capability; collaboration, reporting, analytics, workflow triggering and so on.

Any MS Excel data is in play. It’s easy.

Select the range of data you wish to publish and share using Sabisu Go.
Select ‘Publish as data’.

Create a Sabisu Pipeline and point it to your data.

Sabisu will walk you through a wizard to make sure the data is usable.

Now, as we’re using your MS Excel as the data source, what happens when your spreadsheet is updated?

As you’ll appreciate if you’re a Go user, Sabisu’s databases will be updated with any changes automatically.

This will automatically update any Pipelines so all your charts, analytics, advisories and process triggers will be evaluated or updated.

You can rest assured the data you’re viewing is the most current and up to date version.

Once your data is in the Pipeline you can apply the usual Sabisu Analytics as you would with the time-series data, share with your Communities and start collaborating online in real time – without tedious email chains and attachments.

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