Infor Innovation Summit Lives Up to Its Name, Validates Digital Transformation is a Necessity [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Infor, an enterprise software company, brought together the analyst community at its New York headquarters for another Innovation Summit to share updates on progress and plans for its product set. The Infor senior leadership team, backed by several customers, walked analysts through the entire product portfolio. Often perceived as “the other ERP company,” in the shadow of SAP and Oracle, Infor deserves more credit for innovation and adoption of future trends and technology. Infor was the first of the major enterprise application players to embrace Cloud and user experience, and was a very early proponent of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Much of the progress Infor made has been in industries outside of manufacturing like healthcare, transportation, retail, and in standard business functions such as human capital management (HCM). Manufacturing and asset-intensive industries should take note as they will benefit from the advances the software vendor is bringing to the market, in addition to all the Cloud capabilities directly associated with manufacturing in relevant CloudSuites. The Innovation Summit featured several end-users who made it clear they see Digital Transformation as their only option.

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Tags: Cloud, Mobile / Mobility, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

All New Analytics That Matter Survey from LNS Research and MESA International

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

LNS Research is thrilled to launch the first Analytics That Matter survey in partnership with MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International. For the last six years we partnered with MESA on the Metrics That Matter survey, which has been one important foundational element of LNS Research’s primary data-driven research. As the use of plant-centric data has expanded dramatically since the last survey in early 2016, we decided to change the focus from overall metrics to the use of analytics in manufacturing operations and beyond.

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Tags: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Benchmarking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Mobile / Mobility, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

M&A Among IIoT and Analytics Firms: What's a User to Think? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 11:30 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: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

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: Cloud, Big Data, Information Technology, Mobile / Mobility, Predictive Maintenance (PM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Asset Performance Management (APM)

The Open Process Automation Forum: Why Should a Manufacturer Care?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:17 AM

Between discussions on the Industrial/Internet of Things (IIoT/IoT), Big Data & Predictive Analytics, Mobility, Cloud, and other aspects of technology that are driving Digital Transformation, it would seem that CIO’s and Chief Digital Officers have their hands full. What more could be on the horizon to further add to the crush of technology already overwhelming businesses?

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Tags: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

The State of Mobility in Asset Performance Management

Posted by Jason Kasper on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

This year, we have had an opportunity to meet with many industry clients and vendors to discuss the use of mobility in Asset Performance Management (APM). Mobile devices and applications have evolved throughout the years as the core APM applications have moved from desktop to web based. This first wave of Mobility and applications were still a bit cumbersome as the devices required were typically purpose built and for a single process, like work or inventory.

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Tags: Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Never Too Late in the Year for New Technologies, New Partnerships, & New Deals [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Dec 04, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as a unified communications solution by the IIC and OPCF collaboration; Schneider Electric’s new interoperability architecture; Aegis’ move to create Asia VAR program; Medgate’s new data gateway; and Honeywell’s coup to snag Turkey pipeline deal.

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Tags: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Avoid Overspending with the Right APM Solution Provider

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Asset Performance Management (APM) has become one of the most talked about practice areas in the industrial sector. Every user group meeting in the automation sector that LNS Research analysts have attended recently has spoken of reliability, APM, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as the way to drive Operational Excellence.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM)

[Infographic] Operationalize Your EHS Management System in 6 Steps

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

EHS and operations business leaders face tough new challenges in ensuring processes are safe, reliable, and sustainable. Compliance obligations are becoming more complicated. Increasingly complex business networks and dynamic operating environments expose organizations to new risks. Stakeholder expectations for transparency and accuracy in disclosing risks and performance are more intense than ever. The need to have strong EHS management systems has never been greater.

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Tags: Risk Management, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

App Madness, Who’s Bragging Now, and Doing What Others Do [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Rockwell Automation's new app platform; Honeywell's services program for control systems; and physicians looking to other industries to learn about interesting new ways to avoid poor health care outcomes.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)