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Entic| August 14, 2013- I was recently reading an article on the Cloud Computing Journal titled “Predictive Analytics Solve Performance Issues Before They Happen” by Karl Renneker. Coming from the IT industry, I draw many parallels of the IT world to what HVAC is going through right now with advanced analytics and SaaS-based solutions.

Some of the key points in the article are identical to discussions we usually have with facility managers and engineers about the benefits of advanced analytics for their HVAC system.

Below are some of the key points I found most interesting from the article on how Advanced Analytics Saas Solutions help the IT and HVAC industries alike:

They save time

Predictive analytics solutions can help eliminate hours spent by war rooms pouring over endless logs to find the root cause of performance issues. Instead, the tools ingest and analyze that entire log data at lightning speed, finding those needles in the haystack it takes war rooms hours or days to uncover, or even those that they never find.
They’re revelatory

Predictive analytics are the Donald Rumsfeld of management tools, because they alert clients of issues within their IT environment, which they had never known existed.
Demonstrable ROI

In these economic, budget-constrained times, the best way to sell customers on solutions is to demonstrate they pay for themselves quickly.
They show you’re ahead of the game

These solutions are part of a new wave of Big Data and other technologies that address the needs of the emerging cloud/agile development generation.
Future possibilities

Predictive analytics solutions have generated a lot of interest in markets that depend on fast performance and uptime for revenue, but interest is growing. In five years everyone will be using these tools.