Welcome to our two-part blog series “Busting Myths about High Performance HMI”, following a recent American Water Works Association (AWWA) webinar, featuring Region of Waterloo. In part-two, Aaron Knight, Director of Innovation at GrayMatter, provides practical tips for getting started on your own journey to deploy High Performance HMI. Did you miss part 1? Read it here.
Our research shows that 90% of companies are collecting industrial data but only 30% are analyzing that data. Even less, just 2%, are acting on the information. With so much money being spent on collecting data, why aren’t organizations better utilizing it?
The answer is often simpler than you might expect. Too often, data isn’t accessible in an easy-to-interpret way. The good news is this is a barrier we can start removing quickly by following these four steps to enabling High Performance HMI and making important, data-based information jump out.
High Performance HMI projects with high adoption rates share a common trait. Involving your key stakeholders early on in a project can help solidify the common challenges, explore the best opportunities, prepare requirements and even test user interfaces. Ensure operators are included in this team, they will make or break the success of your program.
It’s not enough to bring a group of stakeholders together, brainstorm and then send them on their way. Your stakeholders should have planned review checkpoints to optimize results. These checkpoints are critical for stakeholders to feel part of the journey, raise concerns earlier in the program cycles and ensure there is a highly likelihood of agreement.
Write it down, write it all down. I can’t say this enough. The advice is so simple, yet it is a step that many overlook. Documenting decisions, learning and work plans is a critical requirement to aligning the team and holding each other accountable.
Projects often begin with a boost of excitement but quickly dissipate because the core team gets pulled back into their day-to-day tasks. The most effective path to keeping everyone focused on the long game is to build low-hanging fruit milestones into your project plan. These keep the team motivated and help paint a vision of your future vision.
When it comes to designing High Performance HMI, there are a number of design options which I’d consider low-hanging fruit improvements. Below are seven options that make a world of difference.
Want to dive deeper into this topic? Watch our recent AWWA webinar to learn how the Region of Waterloo unlocked significant value from High Performance HMI, and bust myths that this standard is limited to applying grayscale to screens.
Ready to put High Performance HMI to work for you? Schedule a demo today.
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