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

EHS Leaders Face a Digital Inflection Point [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

Earlier this month, I participated in the NAEM EHS and Sustainability Software conference in St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve come to rely on this annual event as the place with highest concentration of people, companies, and content focused on EHS information technology (IT). This year’s event did not disappoint.

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Tags: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), #MondayMusings, Digital Transformation, Information Technology, Big Data, Cloud, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

ABB Launches ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations for Power Generation & Water [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 03:43 PM

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: IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Transformation, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Operational Excellence

Change of Guard at Enablon: Implications for the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Software Industry

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 11:32 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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“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” — Ralph Lauren

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Culture

Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference Focuses on Cloud, Digital Thread, and Digital Twin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Feb 05, 2018 @ 10:11 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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This past week Oracle held the company’s annual Modern Supply Chain Experience conference in San Jose, CA, representing its largest iteration to date with over 3,000 attendees. For this year’s event, Cloud is still core to the message, but it's not stressed to the same degree as previous years. My suspicion and it reflects in our research is that the move to the Cloud, as with mobile, is now just assumed to be part of the architecture, rather than a challenge to overcome.

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Tags: IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Risk Management, Operational Excellence

3 Advanced Industrial Cyber Security Vendors to Watch

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 @ 11:43 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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LNS Research is deep in the throes of completing the draft of our 2018 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform solution selection guide. As part of that guide development, we revisit and update our 2014 IIoT platform model.

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Tags: IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Risk Management, Operational Excellence

A Large Industrial is Reinventing Operational Excellence with Digital Technology [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 @ 10:00 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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LNS Research believes that 2018 will be the year that the dogmatic approach to Lean and Six Sigma breaks down. A new breed of large industrial company will emerge and prove that an innovative approach is needed to fully capture the potential benefits of digital technology in manufacturing.

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Tags: IT/OT, #MondayMusings, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Plex Systems: Can Cloud Manufacturing ERP Break Through? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

Plex Systems is a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), multitenant enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor with a historical focus on discrete manufacturers that are small and mid-size businesses (SMB) headquartered in North America, largely across the automotive supply chain. The company does have a growing number of customers in food and beverage and high tech. LNS Research recently participated in Plex’s Future of Manufacturing Roundtable, a joint customer advisory board / analyst event. The conference featured a combined review of Plex System’s 2017 progress, customer engagement, and forward-looking plans.

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Tags: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, #MondayMusings, Cloud

Analyzing Emerson Exchange and Automation Fair from Rockwell Automation – Two Leaders with Similar but Different Approaches [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 02:16 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Labor Day to Thanksgiving is typically a three-month sprint for industrial automation and software analysts, with many of the leading vendors holding annual conferences. That means the week after is both a time to give thanks and enjoy a respite from heavy travel.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation

Sphera Unveils Roadmap to the Cloud at Inspire 2017 User Conference [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

Some software vendor customer conferences are routine, incremental improvements of what transpired the year before.  Others are step-change events representing a major milestone in the evolution of a company and its presence in the market. The Sphera Inspire 2017 conference held recently in Austin, Texas, (and the week following in Brussels, Belgium) marked such as milestone.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)