There’s No Industrial Transformation Without Operational Architecture

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Our journey through the Analytics That Matter series has shown that the Operational Architecture is a critical factor in building an analytics environment that can deliver value at all levels (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive). It’s also clear that where Operational Architecture is concerned, one size does not fit all. Operational Architecture is one piece of the operational and data model puzzle manufacturers need to ensure success. Many industrial organizations ask, “Why doesn’t one size fit all?” Let’s explore that statement and explain why right-sizing each element is key for success.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Digital Transformation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

4 Most Asked Questions from The Analytics That Matter: A Fresh Perspective on Operational Architecture Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

On Thursday, August 23, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Analytics That Matter: A Fresh Perspective on Operational Architecture.” The presentation explained the results of the 2018 Analytics that Matter survey and helped industrial executives understand a new dimension of Operational Architecture. The discussion also covered the data and analytics architecture that powers Digital Transformation goals.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Digital Transformation

How the Right Operational Architecture Powers the Analytics That Matter

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 02:48 PM

LNS Research has published our Analytics That Matter research report (previously titled Metrics That Matter) for several years, with the original research appearing almost a dozen years ago. The 2018 report breaks new ground by moving from a discussion of metrics to a focus on advanced analytics, and putting analytics into LNS Digital Transformation Framework, backed by our recommendations on Operational Architecture.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Operational Architecture, Metrics

5 Most Asked Questions from The Smart Maintenance: Using APM 4.0 to Drive Better Business Results Webcast

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

On Wednesday, June 20, LNS Research co-presented the webcast, “Smart Maintenance: Using APM 4.0 to Drive Better Business Results” with AVEVA, an engineering and industrial software provider. The presentation explained why leading manufacturers use APM 4.0 to achieve balance between maintenance performance and overall economic performance. The discussion included an examination of which industries are prime candidates for APM 4.0, where to begin, and how to assess results.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management (APM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Operational Architecture

Open Process Automation Forum 2018 - A Year to Make or Break

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

LNS joined the Open Process Automation (OPA) Forum in early 2017. A year after, here is our assessment on how far the forum has come and what the remainder of 2018 means. The OPA forum made some considerable progress in 2017, but 2018 will be the real indicator of OPA’s success or failure. The most prominent challenge facing OPA is breaking the mindset that the future must evolve from the past in small steps. OPA needs a mutation to change the way the industry needs. There will be winners and losers in any technology evolution, and the next generation of process control automation systems will be no exception.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management (APM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Connected Assets, Asset Reliability, Industrial Automation, Operational Architecture

GE’s Minds + Machines Goes Conventional [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

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

GE held its sixth Minds + Machines event the week of October 23 in San Francisco, home to past events, but in a new venue.  During the past several years GE transformed industrial-style locations into conference venues, demonstrating as it did so its ability to use its own technology to rapidly spin up what amounted to a small city.  Attendance has grown from 150 at the first event to over 3800 today, with this year almost double from 2016 — making the larger Moscone Convention Center a necessity.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture, Cloud

Aligning Technology with Business Goals at Lockheed Martin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.

Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Case Study, IT/OT, Operational Architecture

IIoT Insights from Foxboro User Conference and Siemens Analyst Day 2017 [Monday Musings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysisfor executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture, #MondayMusings, Smart Connected Assets, Asset Performance Management (APM), Cloud

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: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture, Mobile / Mobility, Big Data, #MondayMusings, Cloud

5 Mistakes Companies Make When Defining an Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Architecture, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the art or science of building” or “the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated,” among other things. Operational is defined as “of, relating to, or based on operations” and “ready for or in condition to undertake a destined function.” LNS believes businesses are best served when they apply the technique of Operational Architecture, which taken literally from the previous definitions, is the organization of the systems and technology to perform the functions of business.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Operational Architecture, Digital Transformation