Indicator analysis with Universal watcher
Blog: Auraportal Blog
Business indicator analysis provides us
with the guidance we need to set the course of the organization. Indicators help
us to make well-informed decisions and without them we are adrift.
Mindful of this need, AuraPortal has added
Universal watcher to the Neon Business Intelligence toolkit.
Armed with this tool, management teams can
create their own indicator reports, set alerts and notifications to monitor the
progress of projects, ensuring that they always have the information they need
to make the right decisions.
Today, companies need to constantly measure
their progress (or lack of) in real time. They need to have an overview of
everything that is happening, so that they can adapt their actions accordingly.
If not, it would be like driving an airplane without the dashboard. Knowing
where we are and whether our expectations are being met is fundamental to our
success in adapting to the market.
What is an indicator?
“Data or information that serves to know or evaluate the characteristics and intensity of an event, or to determine its future evolution”.
In order to assess the performance of an organization, we need to have detailed information on the progress of the operations. Indicators provide us with this information.
It is important that indicators provide us
with the information we need. Just as a doctor does not make random
measurements but focuses on key indicators such as blood pressure, heart rate,
or body mass index, organizations must know what data they need to support
their decision making.
For this reason, performance indicators should be focused on strategic objectives and provide the information that decision makers need to consider. It is therefore essential to identify the key performance questions for each strategic objective and to define the KPIs that will support them.
Why we need indicators
We use the indicators to evaluate to what
extent, or to what degree, the objectives we have set in an organization are
In general, indicators should fulfil the
- Represent a unit of measurement to evaluate whether we are achieving the goals and objectives established by the organization.
- Provide information about the efficacy of any area within the company and ensure that they are meeting their targets.
- Detect and foresee deviations in meeting objectives.
An indicator is a comparison between two or
more types of data that serves to produce a quantitative measure or a
In short, indicators are very useful
instruments because they allow us to evaluate different aspects of our business
like the degree of completion of an objective, or level of customer satisfaction.
Universal Watcher is a functionality of
AuraPortal specifically designed to assist decision makers, as it allows direct
and instant access to critical information about the organization’s processes,
without interfering with the operation. In process management, it is essential
to establish indicators to measure, evaluate and review the processes involved.
An indicator is a measurement associated
with a value that allows a continuous and periodic evaluation of a specific
characteristic (result, development of an activity, degree of satisfaction,
etc). To achieve this assessment, what we do is compare the value or,
characteristic that we want to analyse over different periods to see its
evolution and draw a conclusion.
What, where and when in real-time
The Universal Watcher wizard allows you to
retrieve information about events and data relevant to process execution, as
well as setting conditions alarms and warning notifications.
To create visual reports with Universal Watcher,
no technical knowledge or database management is required. We can create as
many reports as necessary to obtain the information that will help us with our
decision making, for example:
- Instant knowledge of the cost aggregation generated by a personal task or between two stages in a process
- To be informed at a specific time each working day about which processes in the company are progressing well and which processes are suffering delays
- Receiving a notification if any supplier within the sales network is too slow following up on sales leads compared to a benchmark, or when their success rate is below average.
- Receive a warning if the temperature of a furnace in the manufacturing process is approaching its maximum limits
- Automatically inform customers about the status of their orders at different stages of the process.
- All these situations, and many more, are easily answered with fast response times using the AuraPortal Universal Watcher.
What makes Universal Watcher different from other
Unlike other queries, which only show
real-time information, Universal watcher allows us to retrieve data recorded at
a specific time and store it over a period.
In order to not affect the performance of the platform, limits will be established, by days or numbers of records, which can be stored in the system. The moment these are exceeded, records will be overwritten.
Let’s imagine, a company that plans to make
a large investment in infrastructure. Due to the costs involved, the company
manager initially wants to control all material expenses while at the same time
receiving notifications about the most expensive orders.
The company has already created a “Purchase
Request” process that could be modified to meet these specifications, but
as this control is only going to be temporary it would be a waste of time and
effort, so instead we will use Universal Watcher to retrieve all the necessary
Creating a report with Universal watcher
So, the first thing we’re going to do is
create a report to show us the information we need to monitor, including costs,
and the time spent between application and approval of purchases.
We will add the fields we want to check and
set up alerts and notifications to keep us informed if certain established
conditions are exceeded. For example, we can set an alert that sends a
notification to our mobile phone if products are purchased for more than 200
We can add mathematical formulas if we want
our report to show calculated values. For example, we want it to show the price
of an item including tax.
Another very useful element offered by
Universal Watcher is the possibility of knowing the execution times of a task.
In this example, it would certainly be useful to know the time it takes to
approve a purchase request. Or better yet, that an alert is sent out if it
takes longer than a certain amount of time to approve or reject the application
Like other cases we could add conditions so
that this value would only be shown in the report if these conditions are met.
It is very important to emphasize that with
Universal Watcher the recipients of the notifications can be established, and
that these can be sent to an AuraPortal task, e-mail, or even to our mobile
device with the “Instant workflow” app.
Interpretation of results
When we access the report, we can see
different lines showing the results of each execution of the “Purchase Request”
In this image we can see that values appear
in red because the following conditions have been met:
- Price. Any purchase request worth more than USD 200.
- Approval time (hours). Approval times take more than two hours.
Immediate alert notification
In the image below we can see an example of
a notification where we are notified that the limit of 200 USD for acquisitions
has been exceeded.
Notification of data transmission
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that you can
configure the settings so that notifications are sent every time a certain task
is executed. In this case, we may set this up so that we are notified each time
a purchase request is approved.
In addition, we can also set conditions so
that notifications are only sent if the amount is greater than a certain
amount, or if it has taken a long time to resolve the request.
In the notification image we can see that
the alert has appeared due to the two established conditions: the price has
exceeded 200 USD and the request has taken more than two hours to be approved.