5 Most Asked Questions from the IIoT Use Case Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

On Thursday, July 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “IIoT and Digital Transformation Investment: Proof Points Versus Hype and Promises.” The presentation examined Digital Transformation use cases, and LNS explained the IIoT entry points, approaches, and benefits of six industrial companies.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Cloud, Operational Architecture

Operational Architecture Needs to Be a 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

While many of my colleagues have recently written blog posts to assess their 2016 predictions and forecast what key trends will emerge in 2017, I made no 2016 predictions to review. I spent most of 2016 looking at everything from ERP to the moving Cloud to impact-technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data. So, instead of making predictions about what could or will happen, I’ll use this opportunity to say what I believe manufacturers and other end users should do in 2017.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Operational Architecture

Industrial Networking: The IIoT Means Flattening More than Just the Purdue Model [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Aug 08, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The first week of August saw the vendor briefings continue to flow fast and furious. I’m still waiting for the summer slowdown but it looks like it may not come at all this year. We heard from Win-911, ABB, Honeywell, Plex, and GE for the launch of the company’s next-gen HMI/SCADA along with several others.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data, #MondayMusings, Cloud, Operational Architecture

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: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Mobile / Mobility, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Operational Excellence, Cloud, Operational Architecture

Making Digital Transformation a Reality: Connecting CEO Vision with Technology Innovation [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

In today’s 24x7 news, work, and entertainment culture; there are often very few barriers left between the personal and professional. It’s a good thing I like what I do, because for the industry analyst community there is very little rest left for the weary.

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

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: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data, Cloud, 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: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

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), Industrial Transformation / 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: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture