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Siemens Industrial IT delivers the most advanced IT solutions for the oil and gas industry. Since increasing competition is a generic facet of markets and industries, outperforming others in terms of speed, productivity or ease of operations management is often determined by the quality and range of the industrial IT solutions employed.
Designed to ensure full interoperability with the business level visibility for fast decision-making and complete integration of the supply chain, Siemens IT solutions seamlessly integrate from automation solutions to ERP and MES levels. They deliver comprehensive and dependable real-time operations intelligence, considered best-in-class by many majors in the oil and gas industry. Dedicated plant packages are available for a range of applications, including:
XHQ Operations Intelligence product line aggregates, relates and presents operational and business data in real-time to improve enterprise performance. Through XHQ, you have a single coherent view of information, enabling a variety of solutions in real-time performance management and decision support.
Operations personnel throughout all levels of a manufacturing organization typically struggle to pull together a complete, timely picture of a situation. Like missing pieces of a puzzle, critical information is often scattered throughout a variety of databases, enterprise applications and operational systems in a wide range of formats with a confusing mix of unrelated contexts. If this information does come together in a meaningful way, it is often in a periodic report that is produced long after the opportunity to react to the information has passed. XHQ extracts data from a variety of information sources - ERP, data warehouse, production databases, document management systems, process historians, and manufacturing automation - all with equal facility and ease.
Through XHQ, Operations Intelligence solutions can be built that deliver real-time, actionable views.
XHQ solutions put these views directly into your hands, engaging operations in decisions that directly impact the business. Although the specific applications areas and benefits realized from such solutions vary from customer to customer, documented ROI has been shown at an end user implementing XHQ as the platform for a reliability-focused maintenance program at a refinery facility. XHQ was credited with the following impact on overall plant performance:
|Business Indicator||Multi-Year Average|
|Reduction in Operating Expenses||8%|
|Increase in High-Value Product Production||10.5%|
This resulted in a calculated Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 339% in realized business value.
"Operations Intelligence" (OI) refers to an important class of information technology that enables better decision-making and improved business performance based on the ready availability of real time status and performance metrics throughout the organization.
OI typically applies to production, planning and asset management activities but can also be applied to the internal supply chain, marketing and logistics. Typical objectives of OI are to achieve higher levels of production against assets, reduce the cost of production and, ultimately, improve the bottom line.
An OI platform aggregates, relates and presents operational and business data in real time. It does so in a manner that is intuitive and useful for every individual who plays a role in delivering business results. It can be applied initially to an individual site, and evolved to include all sites, divisions, regions and the overall enterprise.
To better understand Operations Intelligence, it is useful to contrast it with Business Intelligence (BI). BI involves the gathering and analysis of historical data that helps enterprise business analysts achieve insights for medium and long-term planning. BI traditionally serves Financial, CRM and Supply Chain activities. BI analytics and reports tend to be strategic in nature and do not require quick action.
By contrast, OI focuses on the day-to-day activities of the production processes. It answers questions such as: How am I doing against objectives? How are we doing collectively? What should we do in this situation, given these current conditions?
Operations Intelligence solutions form a layer of visibility that overarches diverse operational and business systems such as:
A XHQ solution synthesizes information from these multiple sources into views that provide you with the appropriate information in a familiar context. The solution presents users throughout the organization with a common view of operational status and the various metrics used to monitor and manage performance.
Enterprises have invested heavily in pursuit of a better understanding of markets, improved service to customers, financial insights and reduced raw material costs. However, until recently, the activities that transform materials into the company's products have relatively little attention in terms of enterprise-wide IT initiatives.
XHQ extracts data from a variety of information sources - ERP, data warehouse, production databases, document management systems, process historians, and manufacturing automation - all with equal facility and ease.
Through XHQ's component-based model, this data is aggregated and related to produce information that is framed within a meaningful business context. Real-time views from the XHQ data model are streamed live over the internet/intranet to zero administration browser clients, mobile devices and Enterprise Portals. This information is personalized for your individual role to provide views that combine information to address your specific issues. The entire environment is maintained through an integrated configuration environment that enables non-technical business domain experts to create content without programming or extensive IT support.
Finally, the entire system is architected for scalability. Using the XHQ real-time data cache, hundreds of users can be served with live, streaming data without over burdening the network or backend operational systems.
Everything moves rapidly in the process sector. Strong competition is a given and staying ahead of the game requires enormous effort. The typical enterprise has invested heavily in systems that manage transactions, automate manufacturing processes and, in general, execute the company's business. These systems generate huge volumes of information that are typically available to only a few trained "power users." Much of this information has tremendous value to the rest of the organization and, in today's business climate, it is essential for the wider organization to have access to this information in real-time.
"Perhaps our greatest untapped resource," says a VP of Operations of a leading company, "is the strong desire of the average employee to make a meaningful contribution to the goals and objectives of the company." But this poses a challenge. How do you truly empower them? How do you aggregate, relate and present all of the combined operational and business data needed by a large user population in a useful format and in real time? In other words, how do you provide everyone in your organization with an up to the minute view of performance against individual and group objectives? How do you present them with all of the information they need to make the good day-to-day decisions that will drive the organization to higher levels of achievement?
In subsequent sections, we provide answers to these important questions, including overviews of the XHQ Operations Intelligence solution and the XHQ Difference. We'll describe key concepts that drive the design of XHQ, discuss XHQ in action, and chronicle how an XHQ solution is implemented and delivered.
There are many approaches to monitoring enterprise performance. One approach is to generate reports consisting of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and balanced scorecards derived from high level planning objectives. But the utility of such measurements are often diminished because they do not typically reveal the underlying root causes of variances.
With a real time Operations Intelligence solution, XHQ provides you with an integrated set of performance metrics which are also made available at all levels of the business. These metrics are updated in real time, making adverse trends and variances known and allowing these deviations to be compensated for prior to any serious impact on the organization's overall objectives. Anyone with proper authorization can easily drill down from the business's overall performance metrics to reveal the contribution of any of the constituent activities driving the metrics.
XHQ provides you with a common and meaningful view of performance throughout your organization. This sets the stage for better operations visibility and dramatic improvements.
Obtaining local installation, expert consulting services and support has never been easier. Siemens has established strategic XHQ specific regional consulting and support centers of excellence to ensure our customers are provided with expert installation, consulting and support in their local region and time zone.
Our regional centers of excellence include:
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