Making Digital Transformation a Reality: Connecting CEO Vision with Technology Innovation [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

In today’s 24x7 news, work, and entertainment culture; there are often very few barriers left between the personal and professional. It’s a good thing I like what I do, because for the industry analyst community there is very little rest left for the weary.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Joy Global Gets Acquired for $3.7B & Boeing Moves Analytics to Microsoft Azure [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Industry Day hosted by ExxonMobil and Open Group; Joy Global gets acquired by Komatsu; Boeing moves its analytics to Microsoft Azure to further enable the IoT; and a public-private partnership is formed to help the workforce in digital manufacturing.

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Tags: Manufacturing, Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Automotive Industry: A Ground for Digitization Across the Extended Supply Chain

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

Let’s take a few moments to think about how much new technology has made its way into our automobiles and automobile-related transportation over the last few years. It’s been an exhilarating ride already, and our research is showing that the speed and impacts of new business models and technology is only going to increase, and touch everyone involved in the industry.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

State of the Market: Software Validation in Life Sciences

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 10:29 AM

Software validations serve an important purpose in life sciences– ensuring that software being used to maintain Part 11 records do so with accuracy, reliability, integrity, availability, and authenticity. However, life science companies validating software against 21-CFR-Part 11 are aware of how resource intensive validation can be.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, IIoT, cloud

Inforum 2016: Bringing Manufacturing to Manhattan

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 01:34 PM

Last week Infor held the most recent gathering of its users, Inforum at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Infor has a huge presence outside of manufacturing, specifically in retail and services industries, both of which were right at home in Manhattan.

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Tags: Manufacturing, ERP, Internet of Things, EAM

The EHS Software Arms Race Continutes with Intelex and Enviance Acquisitions [Monday Musings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The rapid pace of M&A activity and consolidation in the EHS software space is not letting up. So far this year, we have written about UL's purchase of cr360, Enablon’s acquisition by Wolters Kluwer, the private equity investment in Medgate, and the acquisition of IHS’ Operational Excellence and risk management business by Genstar Capital, among others.

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Tags: SaaS, EHS

IIoT Partnerships, EHS Acquisitions, and a Lesson from Pokémon Go [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

GE and Microsoft Team Up in the Name of IIoT

Earlier this week General Electric and Microsoft Corporation developed a partnership to unite each of the companies’ Cloud technologies. The two organizations hope to increase Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strength with the companionship of GE’s Predix Platform and Microsoft Azure.

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Tags: Weekly Roundup, Big Data, EHS, IIoT

IoT in Commercial Aviation Requires a New Collaboration Standard

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

During the week following July 4th, two airlines, flydubai and Qantas, announced that they had deployed IoT systems to optimize flight operations. Flydubai is working with GE Aviation/Predix to reduce the impact of unavoidable delays, optimize flight scheduling, and monitor engine health. Qantas took a different approach, working with the University of Sydney to develop a system that optimizes flight paths to reduce fuel consumption and optimize the airline’s operational efficiency.

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Tags: Quality Management, Big Data, Internet of Things, Maintenance, reliability

Elevate Asset Performance Management by Supporting STEM

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

Several recent events I have attended have inspired me to take up the topic of this post: Why the Asset Performance Management (APM) community needs to take up a healthy relationship with academia at all levels. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education as the initiative is called, is becoming increasingly important to business; not just in the US but globally.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, EAM

GE Digital in Paris: Digital Foundry and Minds+Machines

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

GE Digital was kind to invite my colleague Mehul Shah and me to two consecutive events in Paris last month: the launch of the Paris Digital Foundry and Minds+Machines 2016 Europe. Both were filled with inspirational talk of the GE vision, and reconfirmed to LNS Research that GE Digital is going all in on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) not just in the US, but globally.

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Tags: MOM, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation