Matthew Littlefield

Find me on:

Recent Posts

Uptake Emerges as Potential APM 4.0 Market Disrupter

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 01:38 PM

Uptake has had a busy couple of months, and no one could argue the company is still in stealth mode. Recent notable events include:

  • February 2018 - Hires Ganesh Bell as President, formerly Chief Digital Officer at GE Power
  • April 2018 - Holds first annual analyst summit at HQ in Chicago
  • April 2018 - Announces acquisition of Asset Performance Technologies, Inc. (APT)
Read More

Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

OSIsoft User Conference 2018: Continued Evolution and Momentum [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the OSIsoft User Conference in San Francisco. While the event overlapped with the biggest industrial trade show in the world, Hannover Messe, there was no noticeable impact on OSIsoft User Conference’s attendance. The conference has continued to grow year over the years, and this year the event expanded beyond the regular hotel contract to spread across three separate hotels.

Read More

Tags: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Information Technology, #MondayMusings

ABB Launches ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations for Power Generation & Water [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 03:43 PM

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

Read More

Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference Focuses on Cloud, Digital Thread, and Digital Twin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Feb 05, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

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

Click here to speak with Matt Littlefield

This past week Oracle held the company’s annual Modern Supply Chain Experience conference in San Jose, CA, representing its largest iteration to date with over 3,000 attendees. For this year’s event, Cloud is still core to the message, but it's not stressed to the same degree as previous years. My suspicion and it reflects in our research is that the move to the Cloud, as with mobile, is now just assumed to be part of the architecture, rather than a challenge to overcome.

Read More

Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, IT/OT, #MondayMusings

3 Advanced Industrial Cyber Security Vendors to Watch

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

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

Click here to speak with Matt Littlefield

LNS Research is deep in the throes of completing the draft of our 2018 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform solution selection guide. As part of that guide development, we revisit and update our 2014 IIoT platform model.

Read More

Tags: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, IT/OT, #MondayMusings

A Large Industrial is Reinventing Operational Excellence with Digital Technology [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

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

Click here to speak with Matt Littlefield

LNS Research believes that 2018 will be the year that the dogmatic approach to Lean and Six Sigma breaks down. A new breed of large industrial company will emerge and prove that an innovative approach is needed to fully capture the potential benefits of digital technology in manufacturing.

Read More

Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT, #MondayMusings

3 Things to Expect in 2018: IIoT Predictions Your C-Suite Needs to Hear ASAP

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Click here to speak to Matt Littlefield

2017 has been a memorable year in the world of IIoT and Digital Transformation – we passed the milestone of transition from peak hype and talking about what’s possible, to actually planning and in some cases doing what’s practical.

The vendor community had its fair share of high-profile setbacks, but positive momentum outweighed the negative.  As we move into the post-peak hype era many winners will emerge – vendors, yes, but most importantly industrial end users.  The manufacturing enterprise C-suite needs to consider the business ramifications now; those who are already on the journey or have their plans in place are going to win big.  The ones that don’t?—Let’s just say that any business still doubting or “considering it” may very well be in a difficult spot in 2019 or even as early as the end of 2018.

Read More

Tags: Operational Excellence, Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

Analyzing Emerson Exchange and Automation Fair from Rockwell Automation – Two Leaders with Similar but Different Approaches [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 02:16 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

Click here to speak to Matt Littlefield

Labor Day to Thanksgiving is typically a three-month sprint for industrial automation and software analysts, with many of the leading vendors holding annual conferences. That means the week after is both a time to give thanks and enjoy a respite from heavy travel.

Read More

Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

What is SAP Leonardo? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 01:25 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

Click here to speak to Matt Littlefield

Read More

Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Aligning Technology with Business Goals at Lockheed Martin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.

Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.

Click here to speak to Matt Littlefield

Read More

Tags: Case Study, Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Operational Architecture