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

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: ERP, Big Data, Mobility, IIoT, cloud, 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: Asset Performance Management, Mobility, IIoT

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: Big Data, Internet of Things, Mobility, EHS, cloud

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: MOM, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Mobility, IIoT, cloud

[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, Big Data, Mobility, EHS, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

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, Mobility, EHS, IIoT

SAP: Expanding its APM Solutions Portfolio with Analytics

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 10:30 AM


The rapid evolution of new IT capabilities such as Mobility, Cloud, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Big Data & Analytics has led to new vendors entering the market, existing vendors expanding their Asset Performance Management (APM) portfolio, and traditional APM vendors rapidly shifting their technology platforms. Today, we take a closer look at SAP and how it is growing from an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) provider to an APM provider as it continuously accommodates Digital Transformation.

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Tags: ERP, Asset Performance Management, Mobility, IIoT, EAM, cloud

The Most Difficult Aspect of Digital Transformation Lies with Leadership

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

Now, and for the near future, the mantra among management gurus like Michael Porter, management consultancies like McKinsey, and research firms like LNS is how critical it is to use the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, Mobility and Big Data & Analytics to embark on Digital Transformation. Digital startups like Uber and Airbnb and rapid technology shifts such as the rapid growth of augmented reality (AR), which is behind the success of Pokémon GO, are all proof points as to why firms need to pursue a “Digital Transformation,” according to the collected experts.

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Tags: Big Data, Mobility, IIoT, 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