Mark Davidson

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Deriving Real Business Results from EMI Software and Analytics

Posted by Mark Davidson on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

EMI or Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence software appears to be hitting its stride across a wide range of manufacturing industries, due to the need for increased real-time visibility of cohesive manufacturing and business performance-related information. Additionally, advanced, yet simpler-to-use analytics technologies, are becoming a more pervasive component of EMI and other manufacturing business solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software

Will Analytics Power The Next Wave Of Manufacturing Performance?

Posted by Mark Davidson on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

When we look across the landscape of software technologies that are being invested in by the suppliers of manufacturing operations and business/IT solutions, we are seeing a clear trend in the increased focus on applications of both Big Data Analytics and Small/Right Data Analytics.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Performance Management

Siemens Acquires Camstar: Better Realizing Innovation for 3 Vertical Industries

Posted by Mark Davidson on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

A couple of weeks back, we attended a special analyst webcast announcing the intent of Siemens to acquire Camstar, a long-time Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) player, as part of the Siemens PLM software group. This transaction is on a fast track to culminate in November, 2014 with terms undisclosed, as Camstar is a privately held company.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, MOM, PLM

Key Takeaways from Schneider Electric’s ‘Game Changer’ Software Conference

Posted by Mark Davidson on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

LNS Research had the pleasure of attending the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, FL, earlier this month—where the theme was all about how the game is changing in businesses today and how the company is rising to the new challenges with game-changing solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Vendor Spotlight

2014 Schneider Electric Influencer Summit Exudes Ambition

Posted by Mark Davidson on Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

Schneider Electric recently hosted industry analysts, media, social influencers, academia, and others for a packed agenda and lively exchange on the market and technology forces that are driving “The Next Age of Change” for the manufacturing and utilities industries, and smart cities. The intention of this event was to share high-level strategic directions, as opposed to detailing all of the company’s plans.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Big Data, Internet of Things

IoT in Manufacturing Hurdle #3: Where’s the ROI?

Posted by Mark Davidson on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

It’s hard to deny the existing and future potential of creative new applications and the associated benefits that will likely arise from the Internet of Things (IoT) in the industrial sector. However, accelerated adoption is not without its challenges or hurdles that need to be overcome. LNS Research’s goal is to see that all of these challenges are addressed as quickly and as practically possible so the manufacturing industries can continue to accelerate their business success by leveraging these exciting new technologies.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Internet of Things

Rockwell Automation Accelerates Connected Enterprise Software at 2014 RSTechED

Posted by Mark Davidson on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

LNS Research was pleased to be among the industry media and analyst guests at Rockwell Automation’s RSTechED event last month in Orlando, FL. This was the 17th annual event series, which is geared around education and competency in the latest automation and information offerings for Rockwell Automation and partner attendees.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Vendor Spotlight

IoT in Manufacturing Hurdle #2: New Security Challenges

Posted by Mark Davidson on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

In the first LNS Research blog article on this topic, we discussed the huge potential for billions of interconnected devices, along with summarizing some of the key investments, movers and shakers, and activities that are occurring surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) for the manufacturing industries. We also explored the first of three big hurdles that we see as slowing down adoption – the need for more interoperability standards between IoT and existing manufacturing and IT industry standards.

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Tags: MOM, Internet of Things, MES

What's Needed to Accelerate IoT in Manufacturing?

Posted by Mark Davidson on Mon, Jun 02, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

The manufacturing industries are getting increasingly excited about the future possibilities of sensors, equipment, machines, lines, processing units, plants, materials, containers, transportation, buildings, homes, computers, software, private and public clouds, mobile devices, people, departments, companies and processes – ALL being simply and inexpensively interconnected and collaborating together via Internet technologies to achieve innovative and amazing results!

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Internet of Things

10 Questions Answered from Wednesday's 'Metrics that Matter' Event

Posted by Mark Davidson on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

On April 16, 2014, LNS Research and MESA International held a webcast event entitled, “2013-2014 Manufacturing Metrics that Really Matter.” By the end of the event, we had received a barrage of questions from attendees, many of which couldn’t be addressed live due to time. In this post, we’ll address the top 10 questions that were asked.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Metrics, Quality Metrics