Reliability Front and Center at Emerson Global User Exchange 2014

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 07, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The theme of the 2014 Emerson Global User Exchange may have been “Inspiring Ingenuity,” but the core message presented over and over was “Reliability is a core business strategy.” In the day-one keynote, Steve Sonnenberg, Executive Vice President of Emerson and President of Emerson Process Management, proposed the concept of reliability as a business strategy, and a board-level one at that.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Making the Industrial Internet Real: GE Intelligent Platforms’ 2014 User Summit

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Nov 06, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

This year’s GE Intelligent Platforms user group meeting theme was “Making the Industrial Internet Real,” and the dominant proof point was how the Internet of Things (IoT) is improving asset performance. Held in Orlando from October 27-30, the event focused on Intelligent Platforms’ Industrial automation software and systems users.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Key Takeaways from Schneider Electric’s ‘Game Changer’ Software Conference

Posted by Mark Davidson on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

LNS Research had the pleasure of attending the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, FL, earlier this month—where the theme was all about how the game is changing in businesses today and how the company is rising to the new challenges with game-changing solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

CEBOS Hits the Mark with “Simplify”

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

This year’s CEBOS user conference was a big deal, and not because I had the opportunity to keynote day two. Held at the Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI, September 24–26, the conference was the first opportunity to broadly address the user base regarding the acquisition by QAD and the launch of the new web-based product MQ1 Elements.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

Inforum 2014 Focuses on the Cloud and Next Release, Infor Xi

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Infor held its annual user group meeting, Inforum, in New Orleans during the week of September 15. At this year’s event the focus was on the cloud. As Infor evolved from being a software company that was a collection of acquisitions to a major enterprise software supplier, many questioned how it would harmonize the diverse portfolio of solutions it managed to accumulate. It has become clear that the current management team led by Charles Phillips has been able to lay out and execute against a strategy of focusing on vertical industries and leveraging open technologies and is now growing the business.

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Tags: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Rockwell Automation Accelerates Connected Enterprise Software at 2014 RSTechED

Posted by Mark Davidson on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

LNS Research was pleased to be among the industry media and analyst guests at Rockwell Automation’s RSTechED event last month in Orlando, FL. This was the 17th annual event series, which is geared around education and competency in the latest automation and information offerings for Rockwell Automation and partner attendees.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

Emerson’s Acquisition of MRG and the Industry’s Asset Management Focus

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:40 AM

Asset performance is increasingly being recognized as a key to overall business performance and many companies are struggling with just how to manage efforts in this area. Many are turning to the vendor community for assistance. One such vendor is Emerson, which announced on 20 May its acquisition of Management Resources Group (MRG), a key provider of services in the asset management space. This acquisition reflects the continuing focus of the process control and automation sector on asset reliability and management as a growth area.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Asset Performance Management (APM)

The New Infor: What should Manufacturers Expect?

Posted by Mehul Shah on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Earlier this month I attended the Infor Innovation Summit 2014, an event focused on highlighting the company's improved enterprise solutions portfolio. In this article we will review Infor’s technology stack and its strategy of developing micro-vertical-based applications, a new technology interface, and cloud-based solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

Key Takeaways from QUMAS’s Global User Conference Connect 2014

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 09:16 AM

In February, I had the great opportunity to speak at and participate in QUMAS’s Global User Conference, Connect 2014. Filled with a variety of life sciences professionals, the conference addressed major quality management challenges faced by the industry today. Particularly, much focus was on the rising use and complexity of global partner networks and third-party vendors, and the need for better collaboration capabilities.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

Advanced Digital Manufacturing with Siemens PLM and MOM Software

Posted by Mark Davidson on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 07:15 AM

Manufacturing strategies need to be adapted and tuned based on several factors. What do your customers care most about? How large is your company’s operation? How many different plants and systems do you have? How large and diverse is your product line? In which industries do you operate? The answers to these and other questions will likely uncover your optimal software strategy for managing manufacturing operations.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor