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What is the difference between traditional SCADA reporting and Wateroutlook?

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Comparing the differences between traditional SCADA reporting (such as XLDirect or Crystal Reports) and WaterOutlook reporting is a common question we get from a lot of SCADA end-users who are considering the WaterOutlook system. So, let's break it down.

Q. What is the difference between my existing SCADA reports and WaterOutlook reports?

An image example of an XLDirect Report
An example of an XLDirect Report

A. The short answer is that WaterOutlook can offer much more than traditional SCADA reporting systems do. WaterOutlook stores a larger set of operational data, it is accessible by a wider range of stakeholders, it is simpler to configure and maintain, it provides a better data filtering feature and it offers a stronger audit trail.

However, the main differences come down to personal what you will be using it for and what type of reporting is required.

The following points can be used as a checklist to compare the differences between the two reporting options and help you decide what solution is best for your business needs.

Do you require simple reports:

  • That uses data stored within the SCADA historian only (such pump starts/hours, online instrumentation)?

  • That do not require manual entry, manipulation, or validation of data?

  • That only need to be accessed by staff within the SCADA domain?

  • That do not need to be regularly modified or customised internally?

If yes, then traditional SCADA reports and WaterOutlook will both have the capabilities you require. Typical simple reports would include pump start/hours, daily total, flow volumes, and alarm exceptions.

A mock-up image of a WaterOutlook report
An example of a WaterOutlook report

Do you require a more comprehensive reporting system:

  • That includes sources of data external to the SCADA (such as Labs, Health, BOM, vendor sites, or IIOT)?

  • That includes a simple process for including field entries and manual data?

  • That has data cleansing and filtering functionality?

  • That is cloud-based and therefore easily accessed by stakeholders with appropriate security permissions?

  • That has a flexible automated and manual report exporting functionality?

  • That can be quickly and easily developed/modified using non-technical programming interfaces?

  • That has a strong audit trail for regulatory compliance?

If yes, you may want to consider the WaterOutlook system. Advanced WaterOutlook reports could include KPI’s, Annual EPA, Water Quality, Dam Surveillance, Chlorine Decay, Water Production, Water Balance and more.

Primarily, it comes down to recognising the best tool for the job and understanding the requirements of your company needs, as both solutions can offer unique benefits for your SCADA reporting.

If WaterOutlook is a solution that you are interested in, contact our Product Manager, Adam Simpson to find out more or book in an online product demonstration and experience first-hand the power of WaterOutlook.

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