Performance Analytics is not just about a dashboard

What is Performance Analytics?

Performance Analytics is a critical component of effective Performance Management; sitting at the intersection of KPIs, metrics, target setting, and monitoring. It aligns performance objectives and target goals, with the appropriate data to provide real-time decision analytics.  (John’s Hopkins University, Center for Performance Management)

Performance Analytics is a lot more than a Visualization Dashboard

Peter Drucker was fond of saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”, meaning that good decisions need good data. Performance analytics allows decision-makers to use data to optimize any business process or function. Most businesses, however, end up looking at monthly powerpoint reports to make decisions. This type of reporting, while  useful, has significant drawbacks in making timely and meaningful decisions.

Unlike most visualization tools Performance Analytics platforms provide more than just data visualization. It combines the 4 components necessary to establish, communicate, and monitor performance around any process or function. These include:

  • KPIs – The  key performance indicators are the attributes that are considered the most important for the process or function
  • Metrics – The most appropriate way to measure performance indicators. These can be direct or derived based on the available data sources
  • Targets – The expected achievement. Targets can be of various types, and each KPI can have multiple metrics and targets
  • Timelines – Any performance measure must have an associated timeline

ZenNut developed a performance analytics platform as a SaaS application. The application, available to Web and Mobile users, allow organizations to define each of these four components and integrate with appropriate data sources to quickly generate needed analytics. These analytics can be descriptive, comparative, prescriptive, or over time, predictive. The customizable programs and interfaces gives real-time progress towards established targets for each KPI.

The platform is currently being used by over a 1000 customers to develop a wide range of performance analytics capabilities. Cloud infrastructure, APIs and Micro-services used to build the core ZenNut application, it makes performance monitoring and analytics a very flexible, easy to deploy solution.

Can you think of areas where real-time Performance Analytics could help decision-making?

We’ve tested  use cases for the platform across the industry spectrum, starting with organized Health and Fitness performance (where we currently have over 1000 customers using the platform for monitoring everything from fitness, hydration, sleep and meditation), and across other HR processes like Employee Performance Reviews.

We’ve also looked at industry specific processes like Clinical Trials Enrollment management.do you have a use case you’re struggling with, where a performance monitoring solution could drive greater agility in decision-making? Look forward to your feedback!

Crowd of people connected together

ITO/BPO companies use ZenNut Digital Health Platform to create greater employee engagement

The IT Services and BPO industry continues to face employee attrition and productivity challenges. Onsite resources are particularly susceptible to low engagement and lack of affinity with their employers, leaving companies struggling with thousands of employees who lack a sense of common purpose, and a shared culture. If globally distributed teams is the future of work, building great engagement among associates and bringing a sense of community becomes a critical success factor for these organizations.

On the other hand, given the constraints on time and regional distribution, HR has been hard pressed to find sustainable methods to create a community among their employee base.

ZenNut solves this challenge by implementing an engagement model that uses a digital health and fitness software platform for creating social engagement through gamification, creative design and individual & team data tracking.

Over 1000 customers have used ZenNut across the globe, with participation averaging 92%, which is substantially higher than any other similar engagement programs. Some of our clients on ZenNut have discovered common love for running, cycling, or yoga, across regional boundaries, that have created personal connections among global employees that did not otherwise interact with each other.

That they are all getting healthier, and more productive is just an added bonus! 

Learn more at http://www.zennut.com or come by any of our social media page.

Programs packaged for IT Services and Outsourcing companies:

Programs Package

Programs Package including multiple Fitness, Yoga Meditation, Hydration, Nutrition, Sleep and Volunteering programs and opportunities


‘Net Calorie’ calculations should use 50% calories out from exercise

ZenNut Net Calorie Synthetic Metric for Weight Management Programs:

Net Calories = (Calories In) – 0.5(Calories Out)

When you begin any new fitness regimen, it’s important to track a ‘net calories’ calculation for weight management. Very often, we hear of people who start running or working out, complain that their weight starts to trend up. There are several reasons why that happens. Two of the most common ones are: People feel more hungry since the body craves quick energy sources (like carbs and sugars), and they tend to assume that because they worked out really hard, they can now afford to eat more.

Exercise burns a lot of calories, but only 50% of the those calories should be considered as coming from burning food for fuel. The rest of the calories come from other sources (like the oxygen we breath in), needed to actually ‘burn’ the energy stores. The process also leaves behind residual matter in the form or carbon dioxide, water and citrates.

The metabolic process shown below explains this in a bit more detail. There are 3 main processes to the ‘burning food for energy’ cycle:

Metabolic Cycle

  1. The Electron Transport Chain – is like a cascading waterfall of electrons that actually produce the energy to create muscle movement (as well as every other bodily function). The electrons that feed the electron chain come from 2 processes – Glycolysis and the Citric Acid Cycle
  2. Glycolysis – is the process for burning the readily available stores of glucose, available within our muscles as Glycogen. However, Glycolysis DOES NOT convert all the Glycogen to energy. At the end of the Glycolysis cycle, a certain amount of leftover material is available as Acetyl-CoA. This Acetyl-CoA get stored by the body as fat cells. If the body needs more energy than can be produced by the Glycolysis cycle, The body turns to the Citric Acid Cycle (also known as the Kreb’s Cycle)
  3. Citric Acid Cycle – is the follow on process for converting the Acetyl-CoA from Glycolysis (as well as from the body’s fat stores) into energy needed by the body. This cycle further releases the necessary electron transport mechanisms that join the electron transport chain. The chemical reactions within the Citric Acid Cycle, once again needs oxygen and hydrogen, leaving behind carbon-dioxide and citrates.

The net effect of the metabolic process, therefore, is that the energy we expend during a workout ‘burns’ about half the food calories, while the rest comes from oxygen needed to run the chemical process.

In the next post we’ll use this metabolic process map to explain why fats and proteins are better than carbs and sugars as sources of food.


ZenNut Mobile is now available for iOS

Take your ZenNut Wellness Management app on the go. Check in at events, review the leaderboard, add your data or integrate with any of 47 different tracking applications and wearable devices!

Download ZenNut now from the App Store. All your data is already in place if you’re registered with ZenNut. If not, you can join with the app as a Guest, or with your credentials from your company.

For more info, contact info@zennut.com.

Go on, be a Zen Nut!


October 2015 Wellness Event Management Features Update

On Monday, October 19th, 2015, ZenNut officially launches it’s first application for organizations to be able to easily manage programs and events for wellness, culture and social engagement among associates. You can sign up for a trial version by going to the Registration Page.

The first general availability application will come fully featured with the following additional capabilities, beyond the Beta application functionality:

  1. Mobile native application for users to manage their wellness/engagement activities without PC access
  2. Integration with all the popular health and fitness wearables, devices and applications for direct data transfer
  3. “Add to Calendar” feature to allow users to add events directly into their regular calendars
  4. “Attended” button to allow users to check into events they’ve participated in’
  5. Several new program templates for Admins to choose from
  6. “Accountability Circles” — a new program model that allows people to sign up to be accountable for tasks and report back to a supportive group on a regular basis.
  7. “Negative Goals” capability useful for tracking activities and programs where reductions from baseline is the target. Useful for Weight Loss, Sugar Management, Smoking Cessation type programs

With these additional features, ZenNut becomes on of the most comprehensive platforms for managing and tracking wellness, culture and social engagement activities.

Yes, go on. Be a ZenNut.



The future of (digital) health and wellness is here, now!

ZenNut (www.zennut.com) recently launched it’s first application built to solve the persistent challenge of creating a comprehensive and engaging preventive health and wellness platform.
This technology solution integrates custom-built wellness program workflows with biometric and activity data, such that organizations (whether they be companies, clubs or affinity groups) can support individuals in identifying their most appropriate wellness regimen, provide tools necessary to engage, and track progress towards defined goals and outcomes.

So, how does it work?

First, anyone with responsibility for administering a wellness program can create or register an organization on the platform with just a few clicks. Having registered their organization, administrators can choose programs from a marketplace full of available wellness programs and events. There are a number of free ‘templates’ available for common programs and challenges that most organizations can start with. Each of these is fully customizable.

Program administrators can launch an initial set programs within minutes, with appropriately designed incentives to boost participation. Among the initial programs, administrators may choose Health Risk and Biometric Assessment modules that provide a baseline for organizational health.

Next, individual program participants can choose programs they want to participate in, and connect any of the most commonly used devices and applications that provide ongoing activity and biometric data directly to the system, including:

  • Distance, Steps, Pace and Elevation for Run/Walk/Cycle/Climb
  • Time-based for Sleep/Volunteering/Workouts
  • Weight and Volume for Nutrition, Hydration and Weight
  • Count-based for Attendance type programs, or for Chronic Disease Management, where doing a specific activity (like taking medication at the appropriate time) is critical
  • Blood Pressure, BPM, Body Fat% etc. for Biometrics

All biometric and activity data remain private within the system in individual dashboards, till a user accepts participation in any program, at which point the relevant data is used to create leaderboards, provide community support, and calculate incentives.

Envisioning the future of digital health and wellness with ZenNut

The aggregate biometric and activity data provides critical analysis of a person’s well-being at any given time. This data, combined with demographic data (like the person’s location, profession, gender and heritage) gives ZenNut’s analytics engine all the necessary information to personalize recommendations for future wellness activities and healthy living programs.

Ultimately, this lifecycle workflow management, data aggregation, and prescriptive modeling of wellness activities provides individuals (and the organizations that have an interest in their health and wellness) the necessary programs, information, incentives and tools to be happy, healthy and productive.

And that’s something worth being nuts about!


ZenNut Launches Application Beta

ZenNut launched its beta application into production with a select set of clients and partners. – Time taken to register and ESTABLISH an organization on the platform – 3 minutes – Time to find and LAUNCH a Run/Walk program from the free list – 2 minutes – Time to CREATE a completely program for donating to charity – 5 minutes – Cost of launching the programs to a 50-person company – $50/month Time to launch a wellness initiative at your company? – RIGHT NOW!


Simplify Action to Motivate Participation

Next week, ZenNut, the enterprise workflow management platform for corporate wellness launches its Beta application (followed by General Availability on October 1, 2015).

As we designed and built the application, the critical question that kept popping up was how you motivate people to participate in wellness activities and healthy habits. Programs and products we reviewed largely used 3 strategies:

Gamification – making wellness activities into challenges that people participate in and get points

Social interaction – creating social interactions around wellness activities that let people interact with others

Rewards and incentives – providing a reward for participation. These could be a large variety of things from cash, to healthcare insurance discounts

While ZenNut believes that each of these is important, we’ve found that the biggest motivator for creating sustainable action comes from ensuring simplicity. We believe that people have enough intrinsic motivation to act as long as the actions can be simple, and provide a short-cycle feedback loop. In fact, this is true not only for participants of wellness programs, but also providers and administrators of these programs. ZenNut’s challenge – one I believe we have successfully met – has been to create a platform that can provide simplicity and flexibility to every stakeholder in the system.

  1. Allow Administrators to find, launch and track wellness programs effortlessly. In fact, basic programs to get people moving, eating and drinking right can be launched to a global employee base in minutes.
  2. Participants can sign up to and participate in programs and track their activity with any currently available wearable or app, or indeed easily input manual data. 90% of the wellness activities that normal people would be able to initially sustain will be straightforward.
  3. Providers can easily create their specific programs and launch it to a marketplace, and have a fully automated workflow from order to cash that helps them focus on running wellness programs, instead of managing invitations and invoices.
  4. Finally, the algorithms that ZenNut has developed for indexing health and wellness activities and results provide every stakeholder with with positive short-cycle feedback from participating in healthy living initiatives.

Employee health and wellness remains the next big frontier in human capital management. ZenNut simplifies the solution.