On January 26-28, I had the opportunity to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit (VCS) in San Jose, CA. The theme of the event was “Enabling Agents of Change.” Over 2,500 Value Chain experts representing more than 425 companies from 31 countries attended this year's VCS, and the attendees had the chance to hear from thought leaders, practitioners, and executives on a range of business and technology topics across engineering, product development, manufacturing, maintenance, quality management, and more.
LNS Research was pleased to be in attendance at the 2014 Automation Fair, hosted by Rockwell Automation, in Anaheim, CA on November 17-20. With over 10,000 attendees, nine Industry Forums, 168 Exhibitors, and 152 partners, Automation Fair continues its North American prominence as one of the leading events for industrial automation and information professionals.
I had the pleasure of attending SAP TechEd && d-code several weeks ago for the second time. The conference, which was well-attended and hosted in Las Vegas, represents an opportunity for the SAP technology leadership to showcase recent advancements and bring more developers, architects, designers, and other IT practitioners into the SAP fold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.