Last week, Transpara, the innovative startup founded and led by Michael Saucier, announced support for Apple's new iPhone:
Transpara Corporation, the leading provider of mobile, composite Key Performance Indicator (KPI) software, today announced support for the Apple® iPhone. Visual KPI provides customers in the manufacturing and utility sectors with on-demand operations data using the Safari browser of the iPhone. Tailored to fit the iPhone screen and built on the familiar platform of Excel and SQL Server, Visual KPI delivers business-critical operating data in context, enabling timely decision making from any location. With role-based, real-time KPIs at users' fingertips, organizations gain visibility into plant floor data, enabling continuous performance monitoring and reduced operating costs. "Personnel in the manufacturing and utility industries who are responsible for ensuring 24/7 business operations and handling incident response rely heavily on their cell phones," said Michael Saucier, CEO of Transpara. "Because Visual KPI was created to specifically address the needs of the mobile worker, users can now access real-time operations data from any cell phone or handheld device. With support for iPhone, Transpara offers customers another option for delivering Visual KPI and web-based business data to their mobile workforce." With support for more than 100 mobile devices, Visual KPI enables users to easily create and customize composite KPIs and scorecards without any additional programming, using information from any combination of existing data sources, including OSIsoft's PI System, SQL Server, Oracle, OLE DB and Web Services. Tailored at run-time to fit the screen size requirements of individual devices, KPI and scorecard views make it easy to collect, view and act on your data, and can be published for instant use by anyone in the organization or supply chain, from plant floor managers and technicians in the field, to executives.So now you can run your plant from anywhere, while listening to your iPod...excuse me, your iPhone. But wait, aren't there some security considerations for this device?