Oracle Makes a $9.3B Acquisition & Tesla Lays Out the Gigafactory [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Oracle acquires NetSuite; LG Innotek wins a Suppier of the Year award; Tesla introduces the future of its Gigafactory; and How Quality is viewed by the FDA when it comes to pharmaceuticals.

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Tags: ERP, Quality Management, Internet of Things, cloud, Digital Transformation

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

Inforum 2016: Bringing Manufacturing to Manhattan

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 01:34 PM

Last week Infor held the most recent gathering of its users, Inforum at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Infor has a huge presence outside of manufacturing, specifically in retail and services industries, both of which were right at home in Manhattan.

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Tags: Manufacturing, ERP, Internet of Things, EAM

Epicor to be Acquired by KKR & Honeywell Invests $1.5B into Intelligrated [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Jul 10, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Epicor is to be acquired by KKR; Honeywell acquires Intelligrated for $1.5 billion; a trio-partnership forms for an integrated automation platform; and J.D. Power's recent release of its quality survey results.

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Tags: ERP, Quality Management, Big Data, Internet of Things, Mobility, IIoT, cloud

Oracle’s Asset Performance Management and Industry Solution Capabilities

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 09:59 AM

As companies today continue to pursue Operational Excellence initiatives, they have some exciting advancements on the horizon in the form of Smart Connected Assets and Smart Connected Operations. It comes as no surprise today that many companies are spending considerable time and resources on bringing together Information and Operation Technology (IT/OT) to begin to build the architecture to facilitate Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enabled operations.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, MOM, ERP, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things, Mobility, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, EAM, cloud

APM Market Acceptance of Cloud Delivery Can Pay Dividends

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

During recent research activities associated with preparing the Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution Selection Guide, reports on service providers and specialized vendors in the APM space, and attenting several vendor events over the last year; I've been frequently hearing encouraging feedback about growing acceptance of Cloud delivery of various APM-related solutions.

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Tags: ERP, IIoT, EAM, cloud

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

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

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

Solving the Supply Chain Outside of the Four Walls: Infor Innovation Summit Recap

Posted by Jason Kasper on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 03:14 PM

Last week I had an opportunity to attend the Infor Innovation Summit in NYC. This is the annual two-day analyst event hosted by Infor’s executive team, led by CEO Charles Phillips. This year’s event focused on the opportunity to increase workforce productivity, which has been stagnant since 2007 even though technology investment and use has increased significantly. For Infor, this opportunity is the next era of Enterprise Innovation

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, ERP, Digital Transformation