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.Read More
Where is your company’s strategic direction, and how well aligned are your actions and strategy to this direction? This might be the most important question you ask today because if you aren’t aligned or aren’t sure what your alignment is, it’s also likely that you suffer from low top management priority, cultural challenges, and insufficient funding.Read More
Many manufacturers are now beginning to invest in technology more so than they have since before the economic downturn of 2009. Whether it is automation, technology supporting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or other solutions they believe will drive Operational Excellence, an increasing number of respondents to LNS’s APM and IIoT surveys are indicating they plan on increasing spending in the next 12 to 18 months.Read More
Asset performance management (APM), like manufacturing itself, is evolving to leverage the digital technology associated with Cloud, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Mobility, and Big Data and the associated Analytics. This overall industrial shift has been referred to as both Industry (or Industrie) 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing. Accordingly, LNS has set forth a vision of how APM must evolve in support of these highly digital, capable manufacturing assets which we call APM 4.0.Read More
Organizational culture is one of those ubiquitous but nebulous terms thrown around in the business world. “We have a strong culture of continuous improvement” … “Our safety culture is lacking” … “We need to change the culture around here.” These and similar expressions might be heard in the executive suite, the plant manager’s office, or on the shop floor.Read More
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the EHSQ Leadership Summit in Toronto. The event was a gathering of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) and Quality business leaders hosted by Intelex. A highlight of the event for me was moderating a panel discussion on the opportunity to integrate EHS and Quality Management systems in the pursuit of Operational Excellence.
During a recent conversation with LNS Research Analyst, Pete Bussey, it dawned on me that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) threatens EHS leaders in the same way that maintenance professionals risk becoming 21st-century blacksmiths.Read More
Automotive CEOs: There’s an untapped source of operating income and competitive advantage right in your own company. When senior execs take an active role in Quality Management, your organization can transform new industry standards into a source of Operational Excellence. Use this infographic to understand what you must do to capture the value for your business.Read More
Environment, health, and safety (EHS) business leaders face tough challenges in driving performance improvement. Fragmented systems and siloed organizational structures are foremost among them. Modern information technology is key to overcoming these obstacles, yet EHS lags other business functions in adopting it.
Approval of the necessary technology investment requires a compelling business case. Our research shows this step is a big stumbling block, with 31% of organizations citing lack of business case justification as a top challenge to EHS performance improvement. The infographic below provides five practical strategies to elevate the business value of EHS management, and help ensure a winning business case for technology investment.Read More