Industrial Networking: The IIoT Means Flattening More than Just the Purdue Model [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Aug 08, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The first week of August saw the vendor briefings continue to flow fast and furious. I’m still waiting for the summer slowdown but it looks like it may not come at all this year. We heard from Win-911, ABB, Honeywell, Plex, and GE for the launch of the company’s next-gen HMI/SCADA along with several others.

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Tags: Big Data, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, cloud, #MondayMusings

Will The IIoT Allow DCS’s to Finally Live Up to Their Name?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

At LNS Research we have been writing a lot about what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has done to manufacturing operations management (MOM). We have also just tackled the topic of how the IIoT and Cloud technology is changing the way companies look at enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, as well. In both cases we see the many-to-many communication paths the IIoT offers; changing the way users envision their Operational Architecture.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, ERP, Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Making Digital Transformation a Reality: Connecting CEO Vision with Technology Innovation [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

In today’s 24x7 news, work, and entertainment culture; there are often very few barriers left between the personal and professional. It’s a good thing I like what I do, because for the industry analyst community there is very little rest left for the weary.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Struggling to Measure and Use Cost of Quality? Here’s What to Do About It

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Quality organizations generally have a tough time tracking metrics. Inability to effectively track metrics consistently ranks in the top three challenges facing quality leaders. However, Total Cost of Quality (TCOQ) is more than just another quality metric.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EQMS, Quality Management, Enterprise Architecture

ERP Finally Fulfilling its Destiny Thanks to Cloud and Big Data

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

When the concept of enterprise resource planning (ERP) was introduced in the 1990’s, it was the beginning of a shift in the enterprise applications landscape from point solutions to an integrated suite model of functionality delivery. Now, the ERP market is changing once again with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, and Big Data. 

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Tags: ERP, Big Data, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Evolution Is a Never Ending Continuous Improvement Cycle; ERP Is No Different

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Charles Darwin first espoused the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859 in his book “On the Origin of Species” to explain biological changes over several generations. In the software, automation, and systems world we talk a lot about evolution and generations, hence terms like Industrie 4.0 reflecting the fourth generation of industrial technology, or next generation XYZ, be it MES, Enterprise Resource Planning ((ERP) or others.

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Tags: MOM, MES, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Making the EA Exercise Real in Manufacturing: Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

SCO-5.pngIn the last several blog posts I’ve made the case for Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence and the application of Enterprise Architecture to map out the path to that Digital Transformation.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Internet of Things, Smart Connected Assets, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Your Blueprint for Digital Transformation? Enterprise Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

We have written a whole series of posts related to what Enterprise Architecture (EA) is, why you should drive it down to the shop floor or into operations in asset intensive non-manufacturing industries, and just how you can start creating a Manufacturing EA. We believe strongly that EA is critical to executing a successful Digital Transformation within a manufacturing or asset intensive enterprise.

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Tags: Enterprise Architecture, Digital Transformation

How OpEx & EA Fit in Your Digital Transformation Journey

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

2015 has been the year that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Mobility and Cloud technology have dominated the manufacturing technology discussion. Whether talking about Industrie 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, the Digital Twin, or LNS Research concepts of Smart Connected Operations and Assets, what we are really talking about is the digital transformation of manufacturing and other allied industries.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Enterprise Architecture, IIoT

Envisioning the “Could-Be” When Crafting a Manufacturing EA

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

In my previous enterprise architecture (EA) post I talked about how to identify gaps inside the manufacturing organization vis-à-vis information needs. In this post I’ll conclude this mini-series on extending your EA efforts to the plant floor to create a Manufacturing EA plan by outlining some of the tools you can use to understand the realm of possibilities when it comes to crafting a vision of what you’d like your enterprise to look like in the future.

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Tags: iot, Enterprise Architecture