Design Thinking Blogs

Calculations. Design is everything.

(For those readers that are unfamiliar with Element AssetHub and need an overview, you can read our co-founders primer).

We're excited to introduce Enterprise Calculations. Calculations reside within our Asset Templates, allowing customers to define relationships between sets of attributes, and can be further used in the Element AssetHub.

With this initial release, our teams have taken great care to create an easy to use experience. We thought it might be interesting for you if we were to lift the hood on our design process, so you can get a sense of how hard we work to come up with features that help to make your job easier.

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IoT, streaming data, analytics, and a little design thinking (Part 2)

A Microsoft and Element Podcast

I recently participated in a discussion with the Microsoft industry experiences team (David Starr and Diego Tamburini) to talk all things IoT, including the cultural changes data-informed decision making has on organizations.

The discussion was recorded as a podcast. This is Part 2. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

Listen to the full-podcast here.

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IoT, streaming data, analytics, and a little design thinking (Part 1)

A Microsoft and Element Podcast

I recently participated in a discussion with the Microsoft industry experiences team (David Starr and Diego Tamburini) to talk all things IoT, including the cultural changes data-informed decision making has on organizations.

The discussion was recorded as a podcast. This is Part 1. We will be bringing you part 2 soon.

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Moisés Olivares
Dec 3, 2018

Moisés Olivares

How Design Democratizes Access to Industrial Data

Element’s mission is to make industrial data incredibly easy to use, enabling insights never thought possible. In other words, to help professionals at industrial companies spend more time analyzing data instead of preparing that data for analysis.

Element’s software is a huge step forward in this regard. It helps companies prepare and manage data efficiently, reliably and in a scalable manner. There’s no need for armies of employees to populate and update spreadsheets, write custom code, or to hire expensive consultants.

Taking a complex process and simplifying the user interaction extends down to the smallest details of Element’s software. We want you to think as little as possible about the tool you’re using to model and manage data and instead focus on the data itself. We work hard to make Element’s software powerful but, in a way (and this might sound counterintuitive), almost transparent.

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What Your Peers Think About Digital Transformation

Industrial companies are becoming increasingly seasoned and sophisticated in their exploration of data analytics. They’re aware of – and intrigued by – the promise of analytics but are increasingly focusing on getting down to business, encountering challenges and asking tough questions.

This means confronting cultural barriers (i.e. “this is how it’s always been done”) and working to ensure the broad availability of data and analytics (versus making them available only to an organization’s most motivated groups). They’re also moving away from addressing narrow challenges with data and instead treating data as a powerful, broadly applicable and dynamic asset. To first-movers in the industrial sector, data is an asset on par with capital, equipment or personnel.

These are some of the findings from Element Analytics’ workshop, “Digital Transformation Readiness” at the recent OSIsoft PI World.

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