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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

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

Inforum 2017: A Showing of Progress & Visions [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

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: ERP, IIoT, cloud, #MondayMusings

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