M&A Among IIoT and Analytics Firms: What's a User to Think? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Big Data, Mobility, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

5 Mistakes Companies Make When Defining an Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Architecture, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the art or science of building” or “the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated,” among other things. Operational is defined as “of, relating to, or based on operations” and “ready for or in condition to undertake a destined function.” LNS believes businesses are best served when they apply the technique of Operational Architecture, which taken literally from the previous definitions, is the organization of the systems and technology to perform the functions of business.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Architecture, Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Top 4 Reasons to Update to Quality 4.0

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Quality 4.0 is the Digital Transformation of people and processes to drive quality improvement (read further here). We’ve been discussing Quality 4.0 with the market, and it’s clear that the statistics are correct. For every one quality leader that is actively working on Quality 4.0, there are 19 or so that are not.

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Tags: Quality Management, Digital Transformation

MacGyver Was Educational TV; Learn From the Master of Mashups & Improvisation

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


As a longtime speaker and adult education instructor, one of the first lessons I learned about communicating with business people is that to educate them you must engage them, and the easiest way to do that is by entertaining them. Most of us would challenge the idea that prime-time network TV is educational; dominated by with reality competitions, whodunits, and comedy programs. So, you might be skeptical when I claim that Asset Performance Management (APM) professionals should treat a show like MacGyver as “educational TV.” Whether one harkens back to the original series from the late 1980’s or the rebooted version that started just last year (2016), MacGyver has become something of a legend in the TV world. 

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, IIoT

Quality 4.0: Powerful Innovation Enabler

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Quality 4.0 leverages the critical technology changes of Industry 4.0 which enable quality to transform performance, culture, leadership, collaboration and compliance. The transformation will fuel innovation, particularly quality’s ability to contribute to the innovation cycle. LNS Research illustrates how innovation leaders look to quality as an innovation enabler.

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Tags: Quality Management

No Lazy Days During Summer for IIoT Solutions Co’s or Industrials [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Aug 06, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as new solution announcements by Samsung and ATS Global; the Honeywell acquisition of Nextnine; an iBASEt/Cogiscan partnership; Sphera’s new partner program; and United Technologies Corp’s AS9110-C certification.

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Tags: Quality Management, EHS, IIoT, cloud

The Missing Link: Connecting Operational Excellence to Strategic Objectives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Where is your company’s strategic direction, and how well aligned are your actions and strategy to this direction? This might be the most important question you ask today because if you aren’t aligned or aren’t sure what your alignment is, it’s also likely that you suffer from low top management priority, cultural challenges, and insufficient funding.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Quality Management

Arcadis Acquires EHS-IT Services Firm E2 Manage Tech, Market Shift Continues [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Information Technology, EHS, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

5 Most Asked Questions from the IIoT Use Case Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

On Thursday, July 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “IIoT and Digital Transformation Investment: Proof Points Versus Hype and Promises.” The presentation examined Digital Transformation use cases, and LNS explained the IIoT entry points, approaches, and benefits of six industrial companies.

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Tags: Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning

What is Quality 4.0?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Quality 4.0 blends new technologies with traditional quality methods to arrive at new optimums in Operational Excellence, performance, and innovation. The new technologies include Machine Learning/artificial intelligence, connected devices and operations, new forms of collaboration like social media and blockchain, Big Data, Cloud computing, and new apps like AR/VR and mashups.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, IIoT, Digital Transformation