Through its ‘octoplant’ product, AUVESY-MDT helps industrial plants to keep smart production machinery and devices running. By providing meaningful insights via business intelligence (BI), device management and data backups, octoplant enables factories to improve operational efficiency, reduce downtime and recover quickly from outages. With the power of BI, customers can make better and faster decisions on a sound data basis from their holistic production chain. AUVESY-MDT is already the market leader in this domain and wanted to provide even more value to its customers.
The BI features within octoplant were provided by ‘octoplant hub’ and this was an on-premises solution – a constraint that was impeding product innovation. Our client recognised that migrating octoplant hub to the cloud would unlock a range of new features for customers. By transforming the product into a multi-tenant software-as-a-service platform, AUVESY-MDT would be able to offer customers cloud data storage and processing, multi-plant data aggregation, and embedded BI tools.
Rapid discovery to scope the work
Laying firm foundations in the cloud
A simple but powerful user interface
With users ranging from operatives on the factory floor to business leaders in the boardroom, octoplant hub needed to address a variety of user needs and proficiency levels. A significant proportion of users would access octoplant hub on a tablet device via a web app, so Power BI Embedded became the obvious software choice to enable users to access bespoke dashboards on the move. We supported the team to install and configure this software and to work around its constraints.
One such constraint was that custom data imports were not possible ‘out of the box’ with Power BI Embedded, and this was a key client requirement. With limited vendor capability to address this challenge, our team designed a bespoke solution for AUVESY-MDT, making use of TOM (Tabular Object Model), a Microsoft Power BI language for programmatically creating data models.