Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Freaky Friday 2015.2

Some screenshots from Frank's project.
This quarter’s Freaky Friday was held last week and the innovative projects from our developers included virtual reality, experimental Visual Command Center capabilities and more.
The quarterly event is intended to give our developers a chance to get away from their day to day work and tackle any project they choose. Some of these projects were for fun, and others could end up in future versions of our Visual Command Center.
Here are the projects:
Frank Tan made a viewer that helps C# developers visualize JavaScript inheritance chains. His goal was to make something educational for developers while experimenting with web development and animation.
Peter Tirrell developed a tool that scrapes assessor data from the web and calculates what proposed millages would cost homeowners in Eaton County by entering an address.
A screenshot from Abby's project. 
Abby Hill developed a view in VCC that shows what assets are impacted by alerts currently, rather than showing alerts that users need to click on to see what assets are affected.

An example from Geoff's project.
Geoff O'Donnell (Second Place) developed an animated tour of VCC alerts aggregated to countries. The globe and ping animations are rendered using planetary.js (and d3.js).
John Nelson worked on a concept for a consumer app user experience for the VCC weather threshold tool that provides alerts on customizable weather conditions for locations users care about.
Andy Brandt (Third Place) worked on a site that lets users vote risk events up or down to gamify / crowd-source the curation alerting.
Oscar and Marcos demonstrate their virtual reality project.
Orlando developers Oscar Fandino and Marcos Mathias (Fourth Place) worked on a project that embeds a QR code launch into a VCC alert, allowing a user of Google Cardboard to explore the location of an alert in Virtual Reality.
Stephen Dunn (Fifth Place) developed a windows application that monitors the Visual Command Center alert service and provides toast notifications that pop-up on a Windows desktop.
James Hartley developed a tool that records/replays QA testing and shows which step failed and why, to help streamline the QA process for software development.
Daniel Briggs developed an asset-centric view for VCC that shows the assets with current alerts.
Joe Baker applied the Visual Command Center style sheet to VCC Manager to improve its appearance and aesthetically tie it to the product suite.
Abhishek Banerjee (Sixth Place) experimented with statistical recommendation engines to compare and predict the lunch preferences of IDVers.
Nick and Minh's project.
Justin Kibbe developed a virtual machine manager to help facilitate deploying demo servers.
Nick Norman and Minh Pham made a multi-player online game that aggregated the community input to drive a single vehicle in pursuit of the bad guys.
Andrew Winkle (First Place Winner) worked on an instant messaging add-on for VCC that also has the ability to control content on the command center video wall using SignalR as the technology backbone.
A screenshot from Andrew's project.

Andy Li in Orlando worked on the theory and application of rendering a three-dimensional tree using fractals.
Justin Hoffman worked on a tool for developers that automatically generates documentation as they develop in HTML5.


Our first place winner Andrew Winkle. 

The winners in our Orlando office, Oscar and Marcos. 

Lansing office winners Stephen, Geoff, Andy and Abhishek.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Here's what's new in Visual Command Center for Supply Chain

An example of an automatic alert triggered by a risk event that has the potential to impact a
supply chain route in the Middle East. (Click to enlarge)

This week we announced the new release of Visual Command Center for Supply Chain, our enterprise risk visualization software for proactively monitoring for and managing supply chain risk.

The release has a few additions that do even more to alert organizations to risks that could cause costly disruptions and enable them to act quickly to minimize or eliminate the impact of those risks.

With Visual Command Center for Supply Chain 1.5, operators can now:
  • Map value streams by drawing on the map in your browser, and begin receiving automatic and relevant alerts when risks could impact the new route.
  • Set up custom global weather alerts about regions and conditions that matter to you. For example, receive alerts about low temps near a truck yard in the in U.S. southwest or an ice storm near your supply base in China.
  • Gather information from suppliers via online surveys. Faced with a potential threat such as a hurricane or a strike, you can poll your suppliers and receive alerts when certain responses (“material unavailable” for example, or “depot closed”) are received, or when recipients fail to respond.

This is in addition to the powerful risk awareness and response capabilities that are part of Visual Command Center for Supply Chain, which launched last year.  

The platform provides end-to-end visibility and monitoring of your supply chain, empowering you to make proactive decisions to minimize the impact of global events on your delivery times, operations and cost. It provides early notifications about potential problems, giving you more time to respond, more options to choose from and often those options come at a lower cost than expediting critical shipments.

To get a look at how these tools empower supply chain risk management, be sure to attend my webinar at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 29. Click here to register.

Learn more in our info sheet or send me an email


Chris Kushmaul is responsible for leading IDV’s supply chain risk management practice including guiding the development, program management and implementation of Visual Command Center for Supply ChainContact him by clicking here.