The Journal of Industry and Technology

Industrial Analytical Instrumentation

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Rapid decisions for the digital journey
ahead with XHQ Operations Intelligence

With the introduction of Version 5.0, Siemens has now enabled its XHQ Operations Intelligence software to be used on mobile devices, allowing data relevant to plant operation to be accessed anywhere, anytime. For the first time, Version 5.0 allows organized and relevant visualizations on both mobile and desktop devices to be set up with a single tool, the XHQ Workbench. Users are now also able to use a new interface to easily access their operations and business data for further analyses in Business Intelligence Tools.

XHQ Operations Intelligence aggregates and links plant data from the operational and business level. Interactive views of the relevant plant data can be simply configured to address individual user requirements. By using XHQ, operating personnel and management are able to access a visualization of the current plant status at any time, allowing them to compare plant performance against business targets in real time using methods such as dashboards and charts as and when required.

High plant availability and security are among the most important success factors in fields such as the chemical and petrochemical industries. XHQ extracts and prepares information relating to the on-going production process from a wide array of information sources and compares it to other sources such as process historians, laboratory data or business data.

The different possibilities for data analysis and visualization provide vital support to users at all levels of the organization for better decisions. Operations intelligence can be used to provide justification for the implementation of measures, to avoid production risks or as the basis for shaping production in line with changing market requirements. Market changes or influencing factors can also be taken into consideration both on the local level and at locations around the world.

"For more than 15 years, companies in both the oil & gas and chemical industries have looked to XHQ to provide operational intelligence to help reduce costs and improve margins. With the addition of both mobile access and BI Tool gateway capabilities, XHQ can now help users address today's critical need for digital transformation. Significantly, XHQ fits into new technology stacks without requiring users to replace the systems that are already in place," commented Peter Reynolds, a senior consultant at ARC Advisory Group.

Important points
XHQ 5.0 provides mobile access to plant and operational data.
Faster access to relevant, well-organized information.
Added value through integration with third-party Business Intelligence Tools.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) in profile
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment - such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems - and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 343,000 employees worldwide on a continuing basis.

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