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

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

Your Manufacturing EA Initiative Efforts: How to Get from 'As-Is' to 'Could-Be'

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

As the third post related to extending enterprise architecture (EA) initiatives into your manufacturing environment, I will cover some tools and activities that are extremely useful in identifying what the gaps are between your as-is state and desired to-be state.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management, Architecture, Enterprise Architecture

How to Initiate the Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture Process

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

In my last blog post I talked about the “What & Why of Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture.” I explained why an Enterprise Architecture (EA) effort was appropriate for manufacturing and asset intensive enterprises, and what the benefits a business could expect to reap from pursuing the process. In this post I’ll explain some of the work that is required to actually conduct the effort, as well as produce the Manufacturing EA document. 

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Tags: MOM, Asset Performance Management, Architecture

What & Why: Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture Process & Document

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Business leaders today face a variety of competitive and regulatory pressures that complicate the process of fulfilling their mission. How do they cope? One of the key ways is to pursue Operational Excellence.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, MOM, Architecture