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

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

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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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Cloud, 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 @ 10:32 AM

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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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Cloud, 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 @ 02:20 PM

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

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

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

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

How the Right Operational Architecture Powers the Analytics That Matter

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 02:48 PM

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