Augment the Value of your Data (or time to replace the "attach" button)
By Thierry Bonfante on Jun 09, 2011
If you are a company operating in Engineering and Construction, Energy, Manufacturing, Facility Management or any other asset or product intensive industry, you are probably spending a huge amount of time reconciling or combining your structured and unstructured data. On one side, you have the numerous documents, drawings, floor plans and schematics while on the other side, your company has invested a significant amount of money to implement complex platforms to run its operations (ERP, BPM...).
Between these 2 data sets is the realm of “attachments and images”. To connect files to processes and operations, such as part ordering or work orders, applications enable you to attach files as additional context to a specific task or display basic image renditions of whatever items you are trying to take action on. However, a lot of work combined with a little bit of luck will be necessary to get to the desired result as data will usually be out of date or simply not granular enough to be meaningful.
As we worked with customers on some of our visual application solutions, where AutoVue is leveraged within the context of specific business processes, we started to realize that we could take the concept further. How? By delivering a conceptually trivial but extremely powerful mechanism based on AutoVue’s hot spotting technology that lets people augment the value of their data by literally combining visual and non visual, structured and unstructured data.
With AutoVue 20.1, we introduced the first Augmented Business Visualization framework. This 2 way communication between zones in drawings and the world of enterprise structured data opens an unlimited number of highly differentiated solutions.
In one way, users can now trigger actions in context directly by clicking on a specific area of a drawing, such as an office space on a floorplan or a specific item on a P&ID schematic. In the other, ERP data can be dashboarded directly onto a drawing for an intuitive grasp.
Imagine for a second that your company runs a large campus or office space and you have to evaluate the state of the windows, the carpet, or the heating system throughout the facility to plan maintenance. AutoVue enables you to walk around the buildings with a simple tablet PC with the floor plans all loaded onto the machine and directly right click on each office or room to enter whatever rating used in your organization. The data is then automatically transferred to your asset management system in ERP.
Imagine that you are the overall project manager and you now have all the information properly captured. Instead of running a report that will generate a long spreadsheet of office numbers with the different values or some kind of statistical pie chart, you can now navigate the floorplans directly inside AutoVue and get a visual rendition of the different ratings.
This is just one example of what can be achieved with Augmented Business Visualization. Stay tuned as more and more solutions are being implemented either internally at Oracle or in our vibrant partner ecosystem. ..