IDG Contributor Network: Measuring cloud performance: A different approach needed

As Lord Kelvin almost said, “To measure is to know.” But this simple dictum is surprisingly hard to follow. For it really has two meanings.

The first meaning is obvious: You cannot really know about something without measuring it. If you want to know how quickly an application works, for instance, take some key functions of the application and measure how long they take. “Good performance” is defined by the function taking less time than the acceptable threshold, and poor performance is defined by the function taking more time.

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MSS and Fluor Engineering Present a New Approach to Data Validation at HxGN

During the 2015 Intergraph HxGN Global Technical User Conference (GTUF), Mangan Software Solutions’ (MSS) Louis Trujillo discussed the significance of data quality validation during project merges. The presentation outlined how Fluor Engineering utilizes MSS’ automated SmartPlant® Instrumentation (SPI) validation software tool, SPInspector™, to safeguard the accuracy of engineering data on its Sasol project. GTUF stakeholders were able to see firsthand the practical application and strategic efficiencies gained when SPInspector™ is actively deployed as a data quality tool on a large-scale, multi-EPC project.

MSS spoke with engineers specializing in the use of SPI on the value of a software approach to database inspection audits. By integrating an automated, pre-packaged tool into their validation process, companies like Fluor have experienced improved audit efficiency and accuracy, as well as uniform inspections aligning with company standards. Originally designed to validate the SPI databases of seven US sites for a client involved in a major acquisition, SPInspector™ has emerged as a software solution utilizing industry best practice queries to report SPI audit results.

Combining Mangan, Inc.’s SPI expertise with MSS’ customized software interface, SPInspector™ provides actionable audit results with impact analysis and remediation recommendations. The tool’s ability to clearly identify fragmented data and claim/merge anomalies have made it the SPI database validation tool of choice for the Sasol hosted environment project.

“When working on projects in dynamic environments, validating data is key to everyone’s success. We developed SPInspector™ to identify discrepancies in our client’s databases to ensure that instrumentation and control data is in sync with their plant. The goal is to help our clients avoid costly issues from incomplete and inaccurate data by detecting issues early on in the project. Presenting at the GTUF gave us a unique platform to discuss how our tool is being utilized by clients, like Fluor. The ability to meet and exchange ideas with everyone in attendance will lead to future updates to the application,” said Louis Trujillo, SPInspector™ Business Unit Lead of MSS.

Attendees were interested in the tool’s capability to configure from a single-user desk application to a multi-user cloud-based platform that an entire organization could work in. At Sasol, SPInspector™ was deployed to a hosted environment to ensure that Fluor and its contractors could access and retain unique user profiles and benefit from the common custom queries being used across multiple departments and organizations.

“SPInspector™ is a valuable tool maintaining the health of an SPI database; especially when coordinating with 3rd parties,” said Ron Jackson, Senior Software Applications Specialist of Control Systems, SmartPlant® Instrumentation SME at Fluor.

ABOUT Mangan Software Solutions: MSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mangan, Inc. that leverages technology and software services to automate, implement and maintain engineering processes for the energy industry. Headquartered in Houston with offices in Atlanta and London, MSS has over 15 years of experience developing powerful products and solutions to create value and drive process improvements for clients. MSS deploys its innovative software products, ProSys SLM and SPInspector™, to industries that require reliable high-performance automation solutions. For more information, visit

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Jessica Bell, MSS Marketing Manager, 281.402.2641 x520, jbell(at)manganinc(dot)com

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