This is my first post in this blog, so I will go down to some basics of Omnicontext™ Analytics, which is, how this system works in comparison with other possible solutions.
When you approach such software first time, you know more or less, that it will look on your behavior - physical, spatial, communication, network, etc. – and then present it, deriving for you some interesting conclusions. 'Look on' – means get available data, remember it, process and present later – the same things you would do yourself when analyzing any facts. It is just that some application has time, means, patience and, the most important, "how to" knowledge to do it, is the profit you look for.
The simplest case is any movement tracking application, which when uploaded to your mobile, starts collecting GPS data, storing them, processing and finally showing results – all in one place and with immediate effects (almost, you have to move a bit if you want some dynamics results). Similarly with your desktop monitoring application. In case of any sensor band that you could wear, that connects to your mobile for display, things get a bit more complicated. The band collects data automatically, sends it to the device for storing, processing and presenting – still in one set near you.
Omnicontext™ Analytics is a cloud system, designed for multiple data sources and displays, so the complexity, in principle, could get much higher. Of course no one wants this, so all of the data find their way automatically, once they know whom they should circle around. That is why the first thing for you to do, is to resolve this – sign in at the web page, supplying your e-mail, that serves as your ID and also a password that serves as key to your data security throughout all of its paths.
What does it mean that it is a cloud system? Just that the information collected is sent for storage and processing to the cloud, i.e. Omnicontext servers and storage, before it returns to you for presentation. Why is that? Is your smartphone or laptop not able to manage it by yourself? Probably yes, but we aim at the possibilities of having different data sources as well as comfort of using different presentation devices. Independent place for data and its treatment is what binds all loose ends into a proper service for you.
The 'decide what you want to know about yourself' part is choosing where should your 'Analytics' octopus look for the data. The simplest case is analogous to the movement tracking application mentioned above, where your mobile is supplying data as well as showing it. The only action necessary is to upload an Omnicontext™ Analytics application from the proper store. When it is installed and given your credentials (the ones from the sign in phase), it will collect the data AND also show the results.
It is, however, just a start, because you can do the same on your desktop/laptop computer, installing Omnicontext™ Analytics Agent there. It serves as the data source, while for display you can choose to view Omnicontext™ web reporter in a browser or a Metro version. In enterprise environments there is already possibility of including mail, RTM and phone data from local communication systems, of course based on cooperation with the company involved. The data still stay personal, as it is delivered to individual user-end display, based on your identity. This is not the end. The sources will multiply and they are not limited to your personal devices and personal data, if other important fields of interest are considered.
The aim of that all is viewing the results. This end is also a question of your choice. You have seen it through this post – any device that you use, mobile or not, is able to report by running Omnicontext™ Analytics application or a web page, combining data from all chosen sources.
So don't hesitate, sign in, choose your devices and fields of interest and tell us soon your impressions from using it!