Why not use the tool you have to do more?
You're already using it for administrative or sales data, who not use it to analyze your production or sensor data? There is a lot of companies that have invested in great tools for reporting, analysis and collaboration that have all the great functions for visualization and analysis. All you need is to get the production and process data into the system to get started, in able to make the already done investment better. Most IT consultants that you usually use are not familiar with how to gather, transport and store these type of data and therefore they say it is complex or even impossible. But it's not!
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