Manufacture a Highly Competitive Advantage for your Business Production Line
Discover 7 areas in which OQLIS is the better choice for your manufacturing data journey, compared with global competitors
In a highly competitive and fast-paced manufacturing landscape, having no real-time visibility of factory operations can be detrimental. On top of industry pressure, companies also find themselves victims of vendor lock-in of analytics software such as Power BI, with little to no access to resources who have the skills to efficiently and quickly deliver crucial day-to-day data analytics.
OQLIS is a powerful analytical tool that has enhanced many manufacturing operations, with a deep industry know-how, setting this dynamic data intelligence platform apart from competitors. Products like Power BI are built for general analytics in a workgroup scenario. OQLIS connects to any manufacturing system and provides a rich, near-real-time operational view. The aim is to make informed decisions that will impact the uptime and utilisation of capital-rich equipment. Every second counts and OQLIS will find those seconds, minutes, and hours.
Let’s take a look at the 7 areas where OQLIS is the better choice for your manufacturing business data journey:
Return on Investment
Power BI offers a premium product, however, the cost escalates as additional functionality and storage are unlocked as your organisation goes down the data journey. Although Power BI promotes the “free” version, this is a loss-leader approach to get customers hooked. It has limited capability and is not appropriate for larger enterprises or more intricate data projects for the manufacturing environment. OQLIS is a flexible solution for any organisation looking for a total turnkey solution. The OQLIS value proposition outweighs products like Power BI, Tableau, and Qlikview in some cases by a 10x factor, this includes license costs, performance, and data storage.
Access to skills
Particularly for individuals who are unfamiliar with Microsoft products or data analysis techniques, Power BI has a steep learning curve (Power BI uses proprietary DACS). OQLIS on the other hand uses industry-standard SQL query language and is well known for its intuitive drag-and-drop interface for a broader user community to use (self-service). When working with Power BI, learning how to utilise the platform efficiently and acquiring the skills needed to produce intricate reports and visualisations can take some time.
OQLIS has developed a low code/no code approach for customers who have basic knowledge of data and working with spreadsheets. This allows for all different levels of competency to interact with the platform on a day-to-day basis. Although Power BI offers many visualisation possibilities, some users can discover that the tool only provides a few customisation options. Power BI development environment requires expertise and advanced abilities to customise graphics or write custom code.
As OQLIS focuses on industries such as Manufacturing, Mining, Utilities, and Logistics, we connect to many data sources as a standard that is considered a norm. While Power BI offers connectivity to a variety of data sources, some specialised data sources or data types might not be supported. This may make it more difficult to interpret and display certain sorts of data.
OQLIS can be deployed on ANY cloud service provider (AWS, Azure, Google, etc.) or on the customer’s home data center. Because OQLIS uses technologies like Docker, this can be done in a matter of minutes. Power BI is a cloud-based application, therefore users need to be connected to the internet in order to utilise it. This could be a drawback for businesses with sluggish or inconsistent internet connections or for consumers who want offline access to data and reports.
Performance (Bang for your buck)
OQLIS was designed for Internet Of Things (IoT), Utilities, and Manufacturing, and interrogating large amounts of data is their bread and butter. While Power BI can be described as enterprise Excel, it takes longer to process data or produce reports than OQLIS. Near or real-time data is where OQLIS shines. Speak to anyone who has tried to use Power BI for huge or sophisticated data sets or who needs real-time analytics and has found this to be a major drawback.
All in “one” platform: OQLIS is unique as it has all the components that any customer will require in a single application, data ingestion, big data storage, data visualisation, business intelligence, data automation, and Artificial Intelligence. Microsoft has these components in various product offerings (Power BI, Azure, Synapse, Data Activator, One Lake, and Fabric) with each one more complex and expensive licensing as you scale.
When embarking on a digital transformation adventure for your manufacturing business or clients, do so informed. If you do the research you can confidently make an investment in your business data.
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