ICS Cybersecurity...Twists, Turns, and Roadblocks

Posted by Joe Perino on Fri, Apr 16, 2021

LNS Research has been following industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity for some time now and believes that as we emerge from the grasp of COVID-19, this is a good time to revisit what has and continues to be a very dynamic part of the industrial software market.

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Categories: Risk Management, IT/OT, cybersecurity

AVEVA Completes Acquisition of OSIsoft...and so?

Posted by Joe Perino on Fri, Apr 09, 2021

AVEVA just announced that they had completed the acquisition of OSIsoft. The announcement was made in an analyst conference on Friday, March 19, 2021, with a one-hour webinar featuring AVEVA CEO Craig Hayman and OSIsoft’s Pat Kennedy, plus Rob McGreevy of AVEVA and Gregg Le Blanc of OSIsoft. AVEVA worked on the acquisition for over a year, and OSIsoft also had help from their investors and former SAP pitchman and entrepreneur, Shai Agassi. Interestingly enough, Michael Siemer, OSIsoft’s president, was not on the call.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, AVEVA

Connected Frontline Workforce Applications:  Pushing the Frontiers of Industrial Transformation

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Fri, Apr 02, 2021

It’s been nearly three years since LNS Research initiated coverage of the digitally connected industrial worker space with the publication of our seminal research, “The Connected Worker: Mobilize and Empower People to Reduce Risk and Improve Safety”. Since then, we’ve continued to conduct research and develop our point of view on the topic while working closely with a variety of industrial organizations and technology vendors on their connected worker initiatives and solutions.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Connected Worker, IX Platform, ConnectedFrontlineWorkforce

Can MES Jumpstart Transformation for Industrial Organizations?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Seventh Life of MOM - Refined

Almost four years ago, I wrote about the "7 lives of MOM," a vision into the future of MOM architecture, and how it would be deployed. The 7th life was defined as “No MOM,” where the functionality previously implemented in MOM systems would be distributed as apps across an Industrial IOT (IIoT) platform. This still seems like a good idea to most and the reality is getting closer, but in a different environment than that we had envisioned.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT, Operational Architecture

Understanding Industrial Transformation (IX) Analytics

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Mar 24, 2021

LNS Research’s initial work outlined the three architectural approaches to Industrial Transformation (IX). We also detailed the advantages and disadvantages for industrial users of each of these architectural paths and the underlying IX Infrastructure. We are now extending our research to advanced analytics. So, in this blog, we define Industrial Transformation (IX) Analytics and how LNS classifies its use.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IX Platform, Industrial Transformation Platform, Industrial Transformation Analytics

Seven Transformation Opportunities for EHS Leaders to Seize

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Thu, Mar 18, 2021

If the adage, “With Change Comes Opportunity” is at all correct, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) business leaders have opportunity in spades. Entering the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, change and the ability to adapt to it have become the mantra for industrial organizations to get through the crisis. Over the past year, “resilience” and “agility” were the buzz words of corporate earnings calls and communications, perhaps to the point of overuse regardless of their validity.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker, Data Analytics

Plex:  Can Small Acquisitions Support a Big Smart Manufacturing Strategy?

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Mar 12, 2021

On February 24, 2021,Plex Systems announced the acquisition of Kors Engineering. Kors was founded in 1977 and is a small plant floor service provider that has been a long-time and successful Plex partner. Over time, the company has moved into offering software products as its focus, namely its flagship Mach2 that provides machine connectivity (white-labeled Kepware drivers), basic HMI/SCADA functionality, and the ability to develop lightweight manufacturing applications through their no-code/low-code development environment.

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Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Plex Systems

A Giant Blip on the Radar...Autonomous Plant and Remote Operations

Posted by Joe Perino on Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Two subjects that are not new but have generated strong interest due to the COVID-19 pandemic are remote operations and the autonomous plant. While neither is hardly a new concept, our ability to actually make them a reality has changed with the disruptive digital technologies associated with Industrie 4.0. LNS Research has recently conducted a survey of these concepts with some 300 respondents across the process, hybrid/batch, and discrete industries. Our research focuses primarily on the plant, though the subject carries across the entire value chain. The results are both informative and insightful and highlight the difficult road ahead, especially for autonomous operations. Let’s begin the discussion by defining what we mean by remote operations and autonomy.

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Autonomous Operations, IX Platform

What is an Industrial Transformation (IX) Platform?

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Mar 02, 2021

LNS Research was the first to define an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform in 2014. Our blog post continues to get strong search engine placement, readership, and inquiry. But the vision and definition were incomplete; the IIoT is not a catch all – it is focused on industrial device connectivity, management, data collection, and edge analytics – but enabling transformation takes much more.

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IBM Has Been Hard at Work…and It's Showing Results

Posted by Joe Perino on Mon, Feb 08, 2021

When we last visited with IBM in April 2019 at their first annual IoT Exchange event, we came away with renewed confidence that IBM was stepping up their game, freshly re-organized into a dedicated ISV-like unit, and investing heavily in Maximo, TRIRIGA, and the Engineering Lifecycle Suite to catch up to, if not outright out-innovate their competition.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin, IBM