IT vs. OT: Who Does Guerrilla Tech Better?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:49 AM

Much of the new technology that is the foundation of Digital Transformation, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility have either their roots or widespread proliferation within the consumer sector which drives volume adoption. It is the consumer market size, which accelerates the evolution of the technology as well as the lowering of the price point. In most cases, the consumer-driven adoption of technology has been spurred on by the technologists within the IT department. For many manufacturers, the value of these new technologies is best realized on the shop floor.

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Tags: Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Information Technology, Mobility, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

IT-OT Convergence: The Most Overused Term of 2016? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings, Digital Transformation blog series provides executive level insight and analysis from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Big Data, Information Technology, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning, #MondayMusings

Manufacturing Leaders Need to Show OT Leadership

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

It is very clear that the hype of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is here to stay. The IIoT is a necessary starting block for the Digital Transformation that is going to take place across the world of manufacturing in the coming years. Many manufacturing technologies will help to realize this transformation from smarter robots, through 3D printing, to a massive use of data to improve manufacturing processes. The worlds of information technology (IT) at the business level and operational technology (OT) in the manufacturing plant will converge and become intertwined.

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Tags: Big Data, Information Technology, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Virtual, Augmented, & Real Reality: Digital Technology Driving IT-OT Convergence

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

For virtually every category of technology supplier serving the industrial market today, from automation companies to infrastructure providers to enterprise software providers, the topic of IT-OT (Information Technology - Operational Technology) convergence or IT vs OT is a dominant theme of their solutions marketing.

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Tags: Risk Management, Big Data, Information Technology, Digital Transformation

How to Build a Business Case for an Enterprise Software Investment

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

Whatever the specific functionality, some form of enterprise software is probably on every manufacturing/production company’s wish list. The potential improvements in analytics, integration, communications, performance measurement, and visibility afforded across the business can greatly streamline decision-making processes, create new insights, and save a huge amount of time and money on a number of business functions.

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Tags: Information Technology, MOM Software

Recap: 2015 Industrial and Manufacturing Technology Predictions

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Hard to believe as it is, tomorrow the calendar flips to mark the beginning of 2015 and the second half of the current decade as well. And as we seal off a year of interesting conversations, events, technology developments, mergers & acquisitions, and other industry activity, we’re excited to look forward to another year of evolution (and possible revolution) across the industrial landscape.

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Tags: Big Data, Internet of Things, Information Technology, Mobility

Rockwell Automation and Cisco Announce IoT-Related Skills Course

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Here at LNS Research, we talk a lot about some of the larger technology trends on the horizon of the industrial space today, the defining aspects of which are slowly driven into the software solutions, data collection capabilities, established programs and processes, and operational culture of manufacturing businesses—translating into overall progress.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Internet of Things, Information Technology

Cloud ERP: Francisco Partners - Plex Systems Acquisition

Posted by Mike Roberts on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 @ 06:01 AM

On June 6, 2012, it was announced that private equity firm Francisco Partners plans to acquire Plex Systems, a pioneer in Cloud ERP manufacturing solutions. Accounting for the facts that Plex Systems is a fast growing competitor in the market and the ERP space is one of the most mature software segments today, this move has the potential to be beneficial for Plex Systems' strategic positioning and growth.

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Tags: Manufacturing Software, Cloud-Computing, ERP, Information Technology

In Rolls the Cloud on Enterprise Quality Management Software

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 01:02 PM

Disappearing are the days of large investments and lengthy implementation times for manufacturing applications. As we mentioned in our previous blog on the Digital Revolution, major changes in the industry charged by Information Technology in the last few decades are quickly moving onto web-based systems.

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Tags: EQMS, Cloud-Computing, Quality Management System, Information Technology, SaaS, Digital Revolution