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I had the pleasure of attending SAP TechEd && d-code several weeks ago for the second time. The conference, which was well-attended and hosted in Las Vegas, represents an opportunity for the SAP technology leadership to showcase recent advancements and bring more developers, architects, designers, and other IT practitioners into the SAP fold.
At LNS Research, we fully endorse social media and understand the importance of being a good “netizen.” We regularly blog, tweet, start discussions on LinkedIn and Google+, and we make sure we’re interacting with and learning from others through those mediums.
We talk a lot about the importance of eliminating informational silos from manufacturing organizations--within quality, manufacturing, asset performance, and others--and indeed, in many cases, unified information and collaboration are keys to pushing industrial companies to new levels of success. But in this week's roundup we take a brief look at an instance where silos are being purposely built: Internet of Things (IoT) security.
As the years have passed, manufacturers across many industries--but especially the energy-intensive and hazardous ones--have realized the importance of Environment, Health & Safety initiatives, not just in meeting growing regulatory burdens, but in actually driving business value as well.
During a recent visit with a manufacturing client, I toured their facilities management control center. This particular manufacturer’s facilities occupied numerous buildings on quite a large amount of land with all the expected utility and support functions. The central facility monitored the HVAC systems, electricity, water, natural gas, wastewater, compressed air, steam, and virtually every other building and manufacturing utility you can imagine.
On November 13, LNS Research and FDA News hosted a webcast entitled, "A Roadmap for Addressing Quality and Manufacturing Challenges in Life Sciences: Moving Beyond Regulatory Burdens to Enable New Collaborative Models for Growth." As usual, we received more questions during the course of the event than we had time to answer live. In this post, I'll answer some of the top questions that went unaddressed due to time constraints.
In a previous article we discussed findings from a recent LNS survey and revealed that 43% of manufacturing professionals don’t understand the IoT. A concerning, but not surprising result. There’s something important lurking behind the fact that most have heard of the ubiquitous term–it is hard not to have. And yet minimal understanding by a significant number of quality executives persists and therefore there’s less active pursuit of the potential fruit it yields, other than by innovators, for now at least.
As new developments are made in system IT architectures to advance the Internet of Things (IoT), Thomson Reuters gives us a peek into its 2014 list of most innovative companies in this week's roundup, and the geographic footprint is shifting. In honor of Veterans Day earlier this week, we also take a look back a full century to the first World War, and the very different manufacturing and production circumstances that fed the efforts on both sides.
Today, not only are many manufacturers across industries dealing with a greater number of operational challenges than in the past, but the rate at which those challenges need to be addressed is increasing as well. This is due to a number of factors like growing customer demands for a greater variety of high-quality products, an increase in industry-specific external regulations, and increased competition.
Life Sciences is an industry driven by innovation and growth. What lies beneath those two drivers is a world of complexity across the drug or device lifecycle. It’s clear that those companies that can continuously and collaboratively ensure quality, meet regulatory compliance, and mitigate risks in each stage of the lifecycle have a competitive advantage, but what’s needed to do so?
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