Dan Jacob

Dan Jacob is a Principal Analyst with LNS Research; he primarily focuses on Enterprise Quality Management Systems with collaborative coverage across Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, High Tech & Electronics and Medical Devices.
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Better Together: Digitally Transforming Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality Systems

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Some things are good on their own, but simply better when paired with something else. Take peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, or as many of us are reminded at this time of year, the beach and sunscreen. However, sometimes better together is more than just the sum of individual ingredients, like chemical reactions. For instance, internal combustion is the combination of fuel, oxygen, compression, and a spark resulting in much more than a static mix of its respective parts. This is true with quality, and environmental, health, and safety (EHS).

Quality and EHS management systems have increasingly converged over the past several years, enabled by the efforts of standards organizations such as ISO. Combining these two previously disparate management systems into one is a better together story, with shared competencies, culture, data, and processes. However, when we combine these management systems with Digital Transformation, we create something more like a chemical reaction.

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Categories: Risk Management, Cost of Quality (CoQ), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

3DEXPERIENCE in 2018: Bringing in The Industrial Renaissance [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Jul 23, 2018

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

Dassault Systèmes (3DS), a leading European software company providing 3D design and engineering software recently held its two-day event, 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM in Vélizy, France. The event gathered industry analysts and shared the company’s vision with deep dives into products and industries. As always, Bernard Charlès, Deputy Chairman and CEO of 3DS, gave the opening address and update about 3DS strategy. Bernard was in top form, starting with a moving and personal tribute to the late Serge Dassault, Chairman, and CEO of Dassault Group. Serge supported Bernard in his long-term view of how 3DS should develop, and helped 3DS become the innovative and successful company it is today.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Quality 4.0 and New Product Introduction

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Many quality leaders have recognized that imbuing a culture of quality is critical to achieving quality objectives and desired outcomes. In fact, LNS Research identifies that 37% of quality leaders (n=1198) cite a lack of quality culture as the top roadblock to achieving quality objectives. Naturally, culture initiatives are common and emphasize that the corporation must transition to a more proactive quality approach. One critical element to culture initiatives is early and effective engagement in new product introduction (NPI). However, most of the market lacks early and effective engagement of quality processes, insights, and competencies within NPI, and quality teams often struggle to justify a change .

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Categories: Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

PowerPlex 2018 – Customer Experience and Momentum [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Jun 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended PowerPlex, Plex Systems’ (Plex) annual user conference. The event was held in the heart of Detroit, fitting given Plex’s strong presence in the automotive supply chain and discrete manufacturing. The PowerPlex event continued to grow this year, reflecting Plex’s strong year-over year growth in users (expanded usage in 294 existing customers) and customers (65 new customers). The strength of the Plex platform is a vital growth enabler and differentiator. The platform delivered 1.7 T transactions, 779M web service calls, and 99.9998% uptime in 2017, all with better than 500ms response rate on its multitenant Cloud platform.

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

What is the Digital Innovation Cycle?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, May 30, 2018

Agility, adaptation, and innovation are prized commodities in today’s business climate. Disruption is top of mind because it is a genuine opportunity and risk. Today’s manufacturers are exposed to unprecedented external forces, but also have the potential to access unprecedented insights. These insights can lead to innovative products, achieve new levels of quality and productivity, and create innovative new customer experiences. The end effect is that highly agile, and digitalized startups have managed to topple established industries and manufacturers that have been slow to adapt.

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Categories: Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

4 Most Asked Questions from Keys to Successful New Product Introduction (NPI): Bridging the Digital Quality Divide Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, May 18, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Keys to Successful New Product Introduction (NPI): Bridging the Digital Quality Divide.” The presentation explained why market dynamics force companies to rethink NPI and how leading companies drive innovation in today’s digital world. The discussion included an examination of why today’s NPI success rate is relatively low, and why market trends inhibit NPI success.

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Categories: Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Risk, Quality, and the Road to Preferred Supplier Status

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Just how critical are risk and quality to today’s supply chain? Recent LNS research reveals risk and quality improvements are among a supplier’s most important investments. For many, this will not be a surprise, because quality is often leveraged to determine preferred supplier status, and preferred supplier status impacts contract awards. Quality and risk are indeed strategic investments given that suppliers are even more focused on growing revenue than the rest of the market.

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Categories: Risk Management, Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0 and Manufacturing New Product Introduction (NPI)

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Apr 11, 2018

Is manufacturing new product introduction critical for organization?  Developing profitable, timely, high-quality products is more important today than ever before. Visibility to product performance has never been higher, while competition continues to squeeze margins and time to market. These market dynamics, among others, are increasing the pressure on product teams.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Quality 4.0: 5 Considerations to Accelerate Your Zero Defects Initiatives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

LNS Research has been tracking and influencing the market’s use of Industry 4.0 technologies to improve quality for several years. These technologies have proven to be transformative, and include advances in connectivity and sensors, data management, analytics, app development, and collaboration. LNS calls this Quality 4.0 and recommends all quality teams include Quality 4.0 in their strategies. To better understand it, read the blog post and eBook.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0

6 Most Asked Questions from Industry Standards as Building Blocks to Quality Maturity and Operational Excellence Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

On Tuesday, March 20, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Industry Standards as Building Blocks to Quality Maturity and Operational Excellence.” The presentation examined how to use industry standards to capture the attention and cooperation of senior corporate executives, the capabilities required to achieve competitive advantage through quality, and the results companies should expect.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Metrics, Compliance, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0