Struggling with Data Overload? There’s An App for That!

Struggling with Data Overload? There’s An App for That!
July 17, 2013 at 10:07am

Do you sometimes feel like you’re drowning in data, whether at work, at home or on the go? You’re not alone. Even back in 2009, just as the era of the always-present smartphone was dawning, a University of California at San Diego study found that the average American consumed 34 gigabytes of data every day.

In a similar vein, a San Francisco company has a fun 10-question test that asks, among other things, about your volume of email, time spent in meetings and on social media, and the relevance of documents received, in order to quantify whether you are downing in data, managing your data flows swimmingly, or just treading water.

GE also understands that organizations are struggling to leverage Industrial Big Data to gain a competitive advantage. However, just as we individuals are having a hard time with all the data we receive, organizations and their employees are too.

That’s where Real-time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) comes in. This emerging industrial discipline helps organizations transform the vast amounts of operational and enterprise data they are collecting into knowledge they can use to make good decisions in real time.

Developed by GE Intelligent Platforms, the first component the company has introduced to help companies achieve RtOI is Proficy Mobile. This powerful app for iOS and Android delivers RtOI across an organization by sending the right information to the right people at the right time.

For example, Proficy Mobile enables plant operators — from their smartphone or tablet — to see real-time data on plant performance and even make SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) changes through the app. Technicians can use the app to access real-time KPIs and maintenance information about the equipment that’s right in front of them. Executives can use the app to capture current metrics for update meetings and presentations.

Assets and processes are tracked using KPIs to notify users of alert conditions, as well as trends that may be occurring in the plant. In addition, Proficy Mobile provides aggregated asset health displays intelligently to alert the user to a current condition drawing attention to the most critical information.

As a result, employees don’t have to sift through huge volumes of data; they only see the data relevant to their work. Employees also can make faster, more accurate decisions. They are more productive and happier because their company is giving them the right information they need to do their job, not drowning them in a flood of data — only some of which is relevant, but all of which they need to assess.

The app features an easy-to-use standard interface with GE’s patented GEO-intelligence technology that provides situational awareness typically found only in consumer apps like Facebook®. It has a powerful back-end server that transforms existing raw data into intelligent, actionable information. It also provides companies with the option of allowing employees to use their own devices quickly, easily and securely.

For more on how your organization can use RtOI and GE’s Proficy Mobile to improve your operations, click here. For more on GE Intelligent Platforms, click here.

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