Oracle Value Chain Summit Highlights Need for IT and Business Transformation

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 08:46 AM

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.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Vendor Spotlight, Big Data, Internet of Things

Operationalizing the Connected Enterprise—Highlights from 2014 Automation Fair

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

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.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Vendor Spotlight, Big Data, Internet of Things

SAP TechEd && d-code: Focus Moves to Business Value of SAP HANA

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

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.

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Tags: Vendor Spotlight, Big Data, Internet of Things

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: Vendor Spotlight, Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things

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: Vendor Spotlight, Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things

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, Manufacturing Software, Vendor Spotlight

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 Software, Quality Management, Vendor Spotlight

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, Vendor Spotlight, Asset Performance Management

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, Vendor Spotlight

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: Vendor Spotlight, Asset Performance Management