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10 Common Biases Companies Need to Eliminate From Their Vendor Selection Processes

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Many manufacturers are now beginning to invest in technology more so than they have since before the economic downturn of 2009. Whether it is automation, technology supporting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or other solutions they believe will drive Operational Excellence, an increasing number of respondents to LNS’s APM and IIoT surveys are indicating they plan on increasing spending in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EQMS, Solution Selection Guide, IIoT, Digital Transformation

The Smart Connected Asset Requires a Robust Digital Twin

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Asset performance management (APM), like manufacturing itself, is evolving to leverage the digital technology associated with Cloud, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Mobility, and Big Data and the associated Analytics. This overall industrial shift has been referred to as both Industry (or Industrie) 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing. Accordingly, LNS has set forth a vision of how APM must evolve in support of these highly digital, capable manufacturing assets which we call APM 4.0.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Top 5 Questions from this Week's APM 4.0 Webcast

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, May 05, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

On May, 2, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “APM 4.0: Get Ready, Make the Move.” The presentation examined the global state of asset performance, the key capabilities of APM 4.0, how to prepare for and execute a successful APM 4.0 strategy, and recommendations to advance APM 4.0 throughout the organization.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

[Infographic] 5 Essential Elements to Ignite Asset Performance Management

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

This infographic explains what it takes to redefine Asset Performance Management into APM 4.0 to align with an Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing strategy.


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

Gauging if the Open Process Automation Forum Will Deliver

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

LNS Research has blogged several times on the Open Process Automation Forum and why we thought the initiative was important enough that not only end users should get involved, but decided to commit to joining the Open Group and become engaged with the effort.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Digital Transformation

Let’s Be Clear Which Digital Twin We Are Talking About

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

Digital Twins are all the rage. They seem to be more popular than Pokemon Go was in July of last year. Nearly every article, blog post, or story about Digital Transformation or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mentions Digital Twins. The term Digital Twin has been around since 2003 when Dr. Michael Grieves introduced the concept. Since its introduction, the term Digital Twin has evolved considerably from its rather engineering design-centric roots. 

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, IIoT, Digital Transformation

IIoT Threatens EHS Professionals: Will You Be a File Clerk?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

During a recent conversation with LNS Research Analyst, Pete Bussey, it dawned on me that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) threatens EHS leaders in the same way that maintenance professionals risk becoming 21st-century blacksmiths.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS, Digital Transformation

The Difference between IIoT Platforms and IIoT Ecosystem Partners

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has become the central focus of the clear majority of the supplier community in the manufacturing and asset-intensive industrial space. The end user companies these vendors are targeting are now beginning to look to the IIoT as a mechanism for Digital Transformation. LNS Research has developed our framework for Digital Transformation which includes an Operational Architecture element; the process a business uses to define how their specific business drivers will determine their individual technology portfolio.

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Operational Architecture Needs to Be a 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

While many of my colleagues have recently written blog posts to assess their 2016 predictions and forecast what key trends will emerge in 2017, I made no 2016 predictions to review. I spent most of 2016 looking at everything from ERP to the moving Cloud to impact-technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data. So, instead of making predictions about what could or will happen, I’ll use this opportunity to say what I believe manufacturers and other end users should do in 2017.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Architecture

Maintenance Professionals: 21st Century Blacksmiths

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Are maintenance professionals, including reliability engineers, about to go the way of blacksmiths? Digital Transformation makes it possible for IT staff to deliver Predictive Maintenance (PdM) results, but there is still tremendous value and need for maintenance pros.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation