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OSIsoft Creates New Growth Potential

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Over the last few months, we’ve had many interactions with OSIsoft; we were delighted to attend its recent European user conference in London’s vibrant docklands and followed that up with a number of conversations.  The numerous encounters gives us a chance to look back and consider how things are moving forward for the organization.  As always, OSIsoft attracted a plethora of large industrial companies that are household names to its event, not just to attend but to speak about their successes with PI System.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Information Technology

When MES Paves the Way in Digital Transformation: Summing It All Up

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

LNS has had lots of interest in our research on jumpstarting Digital Transformation with MES. It has led to many conversations with manufacturers and, unsurprisingly, these conversations have differed hugely depending on the level of digital maturity and the industry in the company involved. What became clear during these discussions is that companies with little automation and less manufacturing operations integration were keenest to get going with a Digital Transformation initiative.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Digital Twin in an IIoT World

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 02:10 PM

In our recent webinar and ebook on jumpstarting digital transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems, we introduced the idea of moving towards a Digital Twin in the digital journey. Although the term "Digital Twin" emerged some 15 years ago, it's only now that computing power and simulation technology is sufficient to allow us to deploy Digital Twin solutions.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

6 Most Asked Questions from the 1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

On Thursday, October 19, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES: Manufacturing Operations, Maturity, Platform.” The presentation explained how to accurately assess and benchmark MOM against the ISA-95 model, plus other proven strategies to determine the right Digital Transformation jump-in point with manufacturing operations management.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

[Infographic] Is MOM 4.0 Best Bet to Jumpstart Digital Transformation?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

Every manufacturing organization is vastly different and every corporation has unique strategic goals.  As companies forge a path with Digital Transformation, they must make some critical decisions along the way.  LNS Research highlights how to jumpstart Digital Transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) and answers some of the tough questions that make the journey easier.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

The Journey Towards MOM 4.0

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 03:33 PM

In our recently published eBook on Digital Transformation with MES, LNS Research introduced the concept of MOM 4.0. This will come as no surprise to regular readers of LNS Research as we already have APM 4.0, Quality 4.0, and EHS 4.0. In this blog, and in subsequent posts and research papers, we will look at what MOM 4.0 is, the journey to achieve it, and the benefits of doing so.

Industry 4.0 denotes the fourth industrial revolution, one that has been developing over the last few years as many new technologies are maturing bringing with them the opportunity to improve the world of manufacturing across the enterprise and the life cycle of its products. Much of this technology is brought together in Industry 4.0 and other large initiatives such as Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation via Internet of Things Platforms that will be the key to the interoperability that will deliver value.

However, LNS Research feels that the success of journey to Digital Transformation will be down to the people more than technology or process.


What is MOM 4.0?

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

SAP Leonardo: Live and Kicking! [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

Wake Up to Security in MES – It Will Not Wait

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

In recent research on Manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing operations, we have looked at ways of moving from monolithic MES solutions to agiler, distributed systems based on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms. 

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data, Cloud, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Is There Opportunity for MOM Apps in IIoT Platforms?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

The Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) industry has been greatly influenced over the last few years. Two major ways these changes have come to be are through:

The MOM M&A activity has changed the competitive landscape.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Cloud, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Reflections on IIoT Platforms at Hannover Messe 2017

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

To get a true sense of the impact of Hannover Messe 2017, let’s revisit the 2016 event. Last year, there was plenty of publicity and hype for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However, a peek behind the scenes revealed little substance and certainly no sellable products. Nevertheless, we certainly gathered a few interesting memories from the event.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing