Struggling to Measure and Use Cost of Quality? Here’s What to Do About It

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Quality organizations generally have a tough time tracking metrics. Inability to effectively track metrics consistently ranks in the top three challenges facing quality leaders. However, Total Cost of Quality (TCOQ) is more than just another quality metric.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Operational Architecture

ERP Finally Fulfilling its Destiny Thanks to Cloud and Big Data

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

When the concept of enterprise resource planning (ERP) was introduced in the 1990’s, it was the beginning of a shift in the enterprise applications landscape from point solutions to an integrated suite model of functionality delivery. Now, the ERP market is changing once again with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, and Big Data. 

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Tags: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Evolution Is a Never Ending Continuous Improvement Cycle; ERP Is No Different

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Charles Darwin first espoused the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859 in his book “On the Origin of Species” to explain biological changes over several generations. In the software, automation, and systems world we talk a lot about evolution and generations, hence terms like Industrie 4.0 reflecting the fourth generation of industrial technology, or next generation XYZ, be it MES, Enterprise Resource Planning ((ERP) or others.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Making the EA Exercise Real in Manufacturing: Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

SCO-5.pngIn the last several blog posts I’ve made the case for Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence and the application of Enterprise Architecture to map out the path to that Digital Transformation.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Your Blueprint for Digital Transformation? Enterprise Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

We have written a whole series of posts related to what Enterprise Architecture (EA) is, why you should drive it down to the shop floor or into operations in asset intensive non-manufacturing industries, and just how you can start creating a Manufacturing EA. We believe strongly that EA is critical to executing a successful Digital Transformation within a manufacturing or asset intensive enterprise.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

How OpEx & EA Fit in Your Digital Transformation Journey

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

2015 has been the year that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Mobility and Cloud technology have dominated the manufacturing technology discussion. Whether talking about Industrie 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, the Digital Twin, or LNS Research concepts of Smart Connected Operations and Assets, what we are really talking about is the digital transformation of manufacturing and other allied industries.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Operational Architecture

Envisioning the “Could-Be” When Crafting a Manufacturing EA

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

In my previous enterprise architecture (EA) post I talked about how to identify gaps inside the manufacturing organization vis-à-vis information needs. In this post I’ll conclude this mini-series on extending your EA efforts to the plant floor to create a Manufacturing EA plan by outlining some of the tools you can use to understand the realm of possibilities when it comes to crafting a vision of what you’d like your enterprise to look like in the future.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Operational Architecture

Your Manufacturing EA Initiative Efforts: How to Get from 'As-Is' to 'Could-Be'

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

As the third post related to extending enterprise architecture (EA) initiatives into your manufacturing environment, I will cover some tools and activities that are extremely useful in identifying what the gaps are between your as-is state and desired to-be state.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

How to Initiate the Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture Process

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

In my last blog post I talked about the “What & Why of Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture.” I explained why an Enterprise Architecture (EA) effort was appropriate for manufacturing and asset intensive enterprises, and what the benefits a business could expect to reap from pursuing the process. In this post I’ll explain some of the work that is required to actually conduct the effort, as well as produce the Manufacturing EA document. 

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

What & Why: Manufacturing Enterprise Architecture Process & Document

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Business leaders today face a variety of competitive and regulatory pressures that complicate the process of fulfilling their mission. How do they cope? One of the key ways is to pursue Operational Excellence.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Operational Architecture