IBM IoT Exchange 2019: IBM Jumps on the APM 4.0 Bandwagon

Posted by Joe Perino on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

In April 2019 LNS attended the first annual IBM IoT Exchange event held in Orlando, FL. The company focused its three-day conference on how to achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness, and reduce costs through the application of IoT data and artificial intelligence (AI).  The conference marked the first time that users of IBM’s engineering lifecycle management (DOORS family), enterprise asset management (Maximo portfolio), facilities lifecycle management (TRIRIGA), and the Watson IoT Platform solutions all met together under the Watson IoT umbrella.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

PowerPlex 2019: One More Manufacturing ERP Vendor Early to Embrace IIoT [MondayMusings]

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Jun 03, 2019

Plex Systems held its annual PowerPlex user conference in Detroit the week of May 13, 2019, with just over 1,000 attendees and a few dozen sponsors across technology partners and systems integrators. A group of high schoolers were also in attendance, demonstrating their very cool entries for the FIRST Robotics competition; during the event Plex announced a $40,000 donation to this organization that works to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

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Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, #MondayMusings

Manufacturing at ABB: A Shining Star of Industrial Transformation Best Practices

Posted by Tom Comstock on Fri, May 31, 2019

As we study Industrial Transformation (IX) at the macro level, we seek leaders among industrial companies for further insights. We recently interviewed one of those leaders, ABB’s Chief Digital Officer, Guido Jouret, who reinforced our best practices findings from the recent IX survey.

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Categories: Case Study, Culture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Three Reasons Why Digital Transformation is So Hard

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, May 29, 2019

Digital Transformation has become one of the most hyped terms in business today. Google it, and you’ll get over 27 million hits in less than a second. Every tech vendor seems to have a blog about how its products or services can help a business with its Digital Transformation journey. With so many resources available, why is achieving true transformation such a struggle? To understand what’s going on, let’s go back to the basics.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

ABB Ability and Dassault Systèmes Partnership: A Game Changer?

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, May 28, 2019

At the recent ABB Customer World event, we had the opportunity to participate in a technology tour and a several meetings that gave us a good sense of ABB’s overall direction, new organization, and strategic partnerships. Further, we joined in on a detailed briefing on ABB Ability, focusing on the company’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and corporate partnership strategies.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Infor’s Forthcoming IPO Offers a Lot of Promise But…

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 23, 2019

Infor CEO, Charles Phillips, is discussing the proposed IPO that has been in the news since the beginning of the year. Serious talk of Infor’s IPO started in January, 2019 with the announcement of a $1.5 billion investment in the company by Koch Equity Development, an arm of Koch Industries and Golden Gate Capital. Of all the major enterprise application vendors, Infor is the largest that has remained a privately held firm.

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Categories: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Epicor Insights 2019: Can Manufacturing ERP be Transformative Technology?

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Wed, May 22, 2019

Over 4,000 people attended Epicor Insights 2019 in Las Vegas the week of April 15. As in previous years, the conference showcased new products and upgrades from a leading supplier of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the mid-market, with users across manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail companies.

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Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

Sparta TrackWise Digital: Rapid Pivot to Cloud and Quality 4.0

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, May 21, 2019

Sparta Systems is an interesting firm. Well known for its on-premise TrackWise product, it had stumbled in recent years as it faced many new cloud-based competitors. Over the past year, it brought on a new leadership team and put its considerable weight behind the development of its Force.com-based TrackWise Digital cloud product. As we look at the Summer 2019 release of TrackWise Digital, has the effort paid off?

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Quality 4.0

OSIsoft PI World 2019: Moving Up the Stack

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, May 13, 2019

OSIsoft held its annual PI World user conference in San Francisco the week of April 8, with 2,500 attendees and dozens of OSIsoft partner companies in the exhibition area. This vendor has continued to evolve from its origin as a data historian for process industries to an enabler of data analytics and intelligence for a broad set of industrial companies, and has moved up the stack in terms of data visualization capabilities. Even during a typically heavy industry event season, (and the world’s largest industrial trade show, Hannover Messe in Germany the week before) attendance at PI World increased year-over-year again. PI World is now widely regarded as one of the most important conferences on the calendar for process industry IT and operations technology (OT) professionals.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Big Data

Diverse Players in the Process Digital Twin Market

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, May 02, 2019

Understanding the vendor landscape is essential for both industrial organizations as well as solution providers that seek to understand competitors, and the process Digital Twin market is no exception. There is a broad spectrum of Digital Twin vendors across the industry, but basically, they fall into a handful of supplier categories:

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin