What Is The Cloud?

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The Cloud is a term that has many different meanings to many different groups depending on perspective.

Over the past 12-18 months when LNS Research has discussed the Cloud it has largely been in reference to our definition of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Although the Cloud is clearly a critical component of the IIoT, it is also an important standalone topic and technology.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

There is a Right Way & a Wrong Way to Fail in Pursuit of Digital Transformation

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Thomas Edison has several quotes relating to success and failure with one of the most famous being, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. As businesses come to grips with the challenges presented by Digital Transformation and the deployment of the technologies that enable it, such as Cloud, Big Data & Predictive Analytics, mobility, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), we sense that past failures are inhibiting progress in far too many companies.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation

MES Embracing IIoT & Predictive Analytics Remains Hottest IIoT Space [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings blog series provides executive level insights and analysis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Digital Transformation from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: MOM, Cloud-Computing, MES, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, #MondayMusings

Digital Transformation: Operations Don't Stop with the Factory Wall

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

As we have built out the Digital Transformation framework at LNS Research we have been increasingly asked by clients to help them with their efforts to define their Operational Architecture.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, ERP, Big Data, IIoT, Digital Transformation

A New Cloud-Based MES System is Born, Welcome 42Q

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

For those of us who are Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy fans, the strange name of the latest Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) provider will be clear – 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Arriving at the MESA and IndustryWeek conference in Chicago last week, we were greeted by a banner announcing the birth of 42Q, a new Cloud-based MES provider from San Jose, CA. It is a long time since we have seen a new fully developed MES solution hit the market.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Big Data, MES, Mobility, IIoT

Getting APM & IIoT Connected at the ABB Customer Conference

Posted by Jason Kasper on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

This week I had an opportunity to attend the ABB Customer Conference in Atlanta, GA to get an understanding and viewpoint on how ABB Enterprise Software is bringing together solutions to tackle the most pressing issues in Utilities, Oil & Gas and Mining.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, EAM

Cloud, Big Data, & Analytics Getting Serious Vendor Attention in Manufacturing [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

This week LNS analysts participated in two web-based events hosted by two of the largest IT vendors; IBM and Microsoft. In both events Cloud, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics were at the heart of the discussions. The IBM presentation focused on IBM’s strategy with its Watson Platform and supporting predictive tools from SPSS as they applied to a number of industries, including manufacturing. Microsoft’s event was specific to manufacturing.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Calling All IIoT Vendors- Can You Deliver Value Today?

Posted by Jason Kasper on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

LNS Research is increasingly receiving requests from the end-user community to help understand the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform landscape that will help them in their Digital Transformation journey. Who can help them today and in the long term? In general we are seeing a general lack of understanding of what should constitute an IIoT platform to enable other systems and how it can support business initiatives.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

PowerPlex 2016: Continued Momentum for the Manufacturing Cloud

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

jason_blessing-1.jpgPowerPlex was held in downtown Detroit, April 25th to the 28th. A fitting location for the event, as one of the original cradles of American manufacturing and a success story for urban revitalization.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, Cloud-Computing, ERP, IIoT

Hannover Messe 2016 Showed Some Real Progress

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Over the last few years Hannover Messe has been the global focus for Industrie 4.0. This is no surprise since it is a German initiative and a vast number of German automation and industrial software companies have jumped on the bandwagon. This year, the words were still eminently visible across many, but a deeper look showed that real progress is being made in developing business processes and equipment to implement the concepts so important to Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Tags: MOM, Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, IIoT