Dan Jacob

Dan Jacob is a former principal analyst of LNS Research; he primarily focused on enterprise quality management with collaborative coverage across automotive, aerospace and defense, and life sciences.
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Manufacturers: You Need A Quality Technology Leader to Transform Successfully

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jun 19, 2019

Several of my observations have been fairly consistent over the past few decades of working in quality, technology, and as a quality research analyst and thought leader. Four stand out as primary reasons why quality, and often the industrial organization at large isn't able to transform as quickly or successfully as they'd like.

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Categories: Culture, Quality 4.0

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

What is Regulatory Information Management Software (RIMS)?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Mar 13, 2019

RIMS is a growing software category that streamlines the submission of human medical products—including pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices—to regulatory agencies, ultimately to gain authorization to sell the said product in a given market. In general terms, Regulatory Information Management Software (also known as Regulatory Information Management Systems) are software systems that:

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Categories: Risk Management, Compliance

2019 SAS Analyst Event: Proven and Reliable Leader in a Heavily Hyped and Accelerating Analytics Market [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Mar 04, 2019

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

Recently, SAS invited LNS Research to its annual North American analyst event in Naples, Florida. SAS is a leading analytics, BI and data management software provider with several of LNS’ manufacturing clients using the analytics solutions to generate deeper insights into quality. The event was a great opportunity to dig deeper into SAS’ Internet of Things (IoT) and quality solutions, understand the breadth of SAS outside the industrial space, and engage with their executive team.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0 is Quickly Maturing: Success Lessons from the Early Adopters

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

It’s been several years since an early wave of innovators began investing in digital technologies to improve quality. In fact, quality improvement and improved quality monitoring are one of the top use cases for Industry 4.0. The ranks of digital, IT, operations, product development, and quality leaders focusing their digital energies and resources on quality improvement is quickly growing .

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Categories: Quality 4.0

ETQ Reliance 2019 – Cloud-First, Analytics, and Responsive Design

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jan 29, 2019

LNS Research was recently briefed on the late-January release of ETQ Reliance 2019. A lot has changed at ETQ since the private equity firm TCV acquired it in August 2017. Much of the management team has changed, with seasoned industry veterans replacing long-time ETQ insiders, exceptions being the former head of ETQ Cloud, Joseph Randazzo, and ETQ co-founder, Morgan Palmer. The new leadership has brought a new philosophy, including a broader perspective on the value, role, and contributors to quality and quality technology.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Quality 4.0

Top Three Trends in Quality for 2019: Transformation, Options, and Growth

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Another year comes to an end! I hope you attained your personal and professional goals this year. I had an exciting year with LNS Research; we launched research on...

We also examined the quality and Quality 4.0 trends in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and automotive industries and developed frameworks and approaches for success. LNS also conducted multiple onsite quality advisory sessions and workshops for technology vendors and manufacturers. Additionally, we launched two new surveys, led two executive roundtables (thank you to the hosts Newell Brands and Whirlpool), and presented at several corporate events including ASQ’ Quality 4.0 Forum.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0 in Pharmaceutical: Learn from the Innovators

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Nov 29, 2018

In mid-2017, LNS Research identified that an early but significant group of manufacturers had begun to recognize Quality 4.0 as one of their top Industrial Transformation initiatives. LNS coined the term Quality 4.0 and defined the space - why to adopt Quality 4.0, and how to build a successful strategy. Over time, the interest in Quality 4.0 has continued to accelerate, and many manufacturers are now either investigating Quality 4.0 or deploying early pilots .

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0

5 Most Asked Questions from Quality 4.0 in Life Sciences Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Nov 16, 2018

On Thursday, November 15, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Driving Performance in Life Sciences: Making Industrial Transformation Real with Quality 4.0 Technology.” The presentation explored how life sciences manufacturers can build a successful Quality 4.0 project to drive Industrial Transformation and gain competitive advantage.

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Categories: Quality 4.0

Selecting Quality 4.0 Technology to Create Competitive Advantage

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Oct 23, 2018

In the 18 months since LNS coined Quality 4.0 and provided the definitive frameworks, manufacturers throughout the supply chain, across industries, and of varied company sizes have aggressively pursued Quality 4.0 technology and use cases. Today, 64% of manufacturers are pursuing Digital Transformation, and of these, 23% are pursuing quality improvement use cases. A low hanging fruit, Quality 4.0 is one of the top use cases of Digital Transformation initiatives.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cost of Quality (CoQ), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0