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

Infor Innovation Summit Lives Up to Its Name, Validates Digital Transformation is a Necessity [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Infor, an enterprise software company, brought together the analyst community at its New York headquarters for another Innovation Summit to share updates on progress and plans for its product set. The Infor senior leadership team, backed by several customers, walked analysts through the entire product portfolio. Often perceived as “the other ERP company,” in the shadow of SAP and Oracle, Infor deserves more credit for innovation and adoption of future trends and technology. Infor was the first of the major enterprise application players to embrace Cloud and user experience, and was a very early proponent of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Much of the progress Infor made has been in industries outside of manufacturing like healthcare, transportation, retail, and in standard business functions such as human capital management (HCM). Manufacturing and asset-intensive industries should take note as they will benefit from the advances the software vendor is bringing to the market, in addition to all the Cloud capabilities directly associated with manufacturing in relevant CloudSuites. The Innovation Summit featured several end-users who made it clear they see Digital Transformation as their only option.

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Tags: Cloud, Mobile / Mobility, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Alexa, What’s in Store for EHS Management in 2018?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

Last year was big for the environment, health, and safety (EHS) business function, regarding the technology available to manage it, and industry developments that impacted EHS. For the most part, the trends we projected in our 2017 trend and impacts to watch blog were realized, or at least advanced substantially.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, Industrial Automation, Culture, ISO Standards, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

All New Analytics That Matter Survey from LNS Research and MESA International

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

LNS Research is thrilled to launch the first Analytics That Matter survey in partnership with MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International. For the last six years we partnered with MESA on the Metrics That Matter survey, which has been one important foundational element of LNS Research’s primary data-driven research. As the use of plant-centric data has expanded dramatically since the last survey in early 2016, we decided to change the focus from overall metrics to the use of analytics in manufacturing operations and beyond.

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Tags: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Benchmarking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Mobile / Mobility, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

2018 Asset Performance Management Predictions

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

Every year LNS analysts offer up our predictions on what the year will bring in each of our coverage areas. In 2018 the most significant shift in APM will be the move away from the maintenance-centric approach that APM was born from 15-20 years ago including enterprise asset management (EAM), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and a focus on reliability and downtime reduction to APM 4.0. APM 4.0 with the emphasis on Digital Twins and prescriptive analytics is more about asset optimization than just reliability and availability.

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Tags: Predictive Maintenance (PM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Reliability, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

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.

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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.

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

5 Most Asked Questions from the Quality 4.0 Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

On Thursday, August 24, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Quality 4.0: What You Should Know, How to Get There.” The presentation examined what quality innovation leaders are doing with data, analytics, connectivity, and apps to achieve continuous improvement and considerable operational and financial performance advantages. The discussion included an examination of how to build an effective strategy to reach Quality 4.0.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Quality 4.0

5 Most Asked Questions from the IIoT Use Case Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

On Thursday, July 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “IIoT and Digital Transformation Investment: Proof Points Versus Hype and Promises.” The presentation examined Digital Transformation use cases, and LNS explained the IIoT entry points, approaches, and benefits of six industrial companies.

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Tags: Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Operational Architecture

SAP Leonardo: Live and Kicking! [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 12:30 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: Cloud, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings

Tech Companies Beefing Up for IIoT and Smart Manufacturing [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Thu, Jun 01, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

This month in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as GE opens Fort Worth site for asset monitoring; PTC releases ThingWorx 8; EtQ announced a new partner and UI refresh; Plex’s plan for machine learning; and Apple invests big for smart manufacturing tech skills.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)