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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)

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

Industrial Transformation: What Are SMBs to Do?

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Feb 11, 2019

LNS Research spends a great deal of our time exploring and writing about Industrial Transformation (IX), including best practices around people, processes, and technology. However, many small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) are not ready for the scope and impact of IX projects – they’re already behind in technology adoption, and don’t have the personnel or budget required to take on a full-blown IX project. These companies however must still compete against larger, resource-rich organizations that are moving ahead with the latest technologies and are seeing step-change improvements in their operations thanks to the new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. So, how can SMBs compete?

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Continuous Improvement, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Cloudera and Hortonworks Complete Merger, Creating Big Data’s Biggest Deal [MondayMusings]

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Jan 14, 2019

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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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Big Data, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

OSIsoft and Element Launch “Asset Framework Accelerator”

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

In December 2018, OSIsoft and Element jointly announced the release of Element’s Asset Framework Accelerator for users of the OSIsoft PI System. The new offering, which was developed by Element with support from OSIsoft, is a combination of software and services that are designed to accelerate the creation of Asset Framework (AF) data models at speeds more than ten times faster than what was previously possible .

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Twin

Plex Systems Analyst Day: Customer Success, Growth Challenges, and a New CEO

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Research analysts from LNS attended the Plex Systems Analyst Day in early November at the company’s headquarters in Troy, Michigan. In an unusual move, Plex hosted its Customer Advisory Board (CAB) concurrently, giving customers and analysts a chance to interact directly. This level of direct access is rare among software vendors and demonstrates a strong show of confidence by the Plex executive team. The Plex CAB includes representatives from companies in automotive, metal forming, food and beverage (F&B), aerospace and defense (A&D), and other discrete and batch manufacturing industries.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Inforum 2018 More of the Same – And That is a Good Thing

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Wed, Oct 31, 2018

LNS has attended the last four Inforum events (the User Conference for Infor customers), and a consistent theme has emerged. At each event, Infor executives review what they promised at the last event, show how they fulfilled those promises (and in some cases exceeded them), and then announce what they intend to accomplish in the next year. The 2018 event held in Washington DC the last week of September followed the same script.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

5 Most Asked Questions from The Road From Metrics to Analytics for Mid-Size Manufacturers Webcast

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Fri, Oct 26, 2018

On Thursday, October 25, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “The Road from Metrics to Analytics for Mid-Sized Manufacturers.” The webcast explored data from the 2018 “Analytics That Matter” survey with a focus on finding metrics used by high-performing companies for financial operations, manufacturing operations, and supply chain management. The webcast also focused on how companies can make a move from metrics to advanced industrial analytics, the best practices for building use cases for analytics, and the importance of an Operational Architecture to support industrial analytics.

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Categories: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Manufacturing ERP Vendor Plex Systems Acquires IIoT Firm DATTUS [MondayMusings]

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

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

On July 31, manufacturing ERP vendor Plex Systems announced the acquisition of DATTUS, an Indianapolis-based software company focused on collecting machine data from the factory floor and applying advanced analytics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed .

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

How the Right Operational Architecture Powers the Analytics That Matter

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

LNS Research has published our Analytics That Matter research report (previously titled Metrics That Matter) for several years, with the original research appearing almost a dozen years ago. The 2018 report breaks new ground by moving from a discussion of metrics to a focus on advanced analytics, and putting analytics into LNS Digital Transformation Framework, backed by our recommendations on Operational Architecture.

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Categories: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture