SCM2017, née SAPinsider: Emerging Platform of Platforms [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 10:30 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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Tags: ERP, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Industry 4.0 is About More Than Data: 3D Printing in Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

In our blog, we have often written about Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). When you look at that output and discussion from thousands of experts and analysts around the world, by far the majority is about data and how Digital Transformation will change the way manufacturing companies are run.

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Tags: MOM, IIoT, Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing

IIoT Threatens EHS Professionals: Will You Be a File Clerk?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

During a recent conversation with LNS Research Analyst, Pete Bussey, it dawned on me that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) threatens EHS leaders in the same way that maintenance professionals risk becoming 21st-century blacksmiths.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS, Digital Transformation

The Seven Lives of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Everyone involved in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) industry realizes that the sector has always been dogged by a plethora of challenges to its growth.

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Tags: MOM, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Five Questions from Yesterday's EHS Business Case Webcast

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

On Tuesday, March 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Build a Strategic Business Case for Your EHS Technology Initiative.” The presentation showed how to articulate the business value of EHS management, and how to build and position a strategic business case for the EHS technology investment.

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Tags: EHS, Digital Transformation

[Infographic] Digitize EHS Management | Get it Approved: 5 Strategies for the EHS Technology Business Case

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Environment, health, and safety (EHS) business leaders face tough challenges in driving performance improvement. Fragmented systems and siloed organizational structures are foremost among them. Modern information technology is key to overcoming these obstacles, yet EHS lags other business functions in adopting it.

Approval of the necessary technology investment requires a compelling business case. Our research shows this step is a big stumbling block, with 31% of organizations citing lack of business case justification as a top challenge to EHS performance improvement. The infographic below provides five practical strategies to elevate the business value of EHS management, and help ensure a winning business case for technology investment.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EHS, Digital Transformation

Oracle has Cloud Momentum and Utilities focus on Digital Transformation at Distributech [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:00 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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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Supplier Quality Management: The Rich Get Richer

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Last September, LNS hosted the Quality Executive Roundtable. During a break at the event, I had a discussion with a quality executive who put today’s disparity between the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) rich and poor in stark contrast. This quality executive relayed how his company digitally transformed SQM. The company expanded upon a robust SQM platform by including it in a Big Data initiative that connected IT systems, Operational Technology (OT) systems, and supplier systems to Machine Learning.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, Digital Transformation

Maintenance Professionals: 21st Century Blacksmiths

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Are maintenance professionals, including reliability engineers, about to go the way of blacksmiths? Digital Transformation makes it possible for IT staff to deliver Predictive Maintenance (PdM) results, but there is still tremendous value and need for maintenance pros.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Siemens, Bentley, SAP Talk New Offerings; while Fiat Chrysler, Phillips 66 Buying What’s Offered [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Feb 05, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Industrial power companies to get a jolt of offerings from Siemens and Bentley; SAP talking about its new quick-start program for IoT platform; Fiat Chrysler buys EHS software; and Phillips 66 replacing its EHS software.

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Tags: Internet of Things, EHS, Digital Transformation