Tom Comstock

Tom Comstock is a Principal Analyst with LNS Research. In this role, he conducts research on a broad range of topics including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), manufacturing operations management (MOM), and asset performance management (APM).
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Rockwell Automation Fair at Home

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Jan 19, 2021

LNS Research recently had the opportunity to listen in on Rockwell Automation’s first virtual Automation Fair. Rockwell Automation strove valiantly to replicate the massive Automation Fair virtually: they continued to have Perspective Keynotes, detailed product and technical sessions, hands-on training, a partner exhibit, and even a virtual tour of the Product and Technology showcase. Rockwell Automation is known for its partner and channel-based strategy and this event reconfirmed, yet again, how strong Rockwell Automation’s orientation to partners and channels really is.

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Categories: Cloud, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Edge

The Year Ahead: 2021 Predictions

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Every year, LNS Research puts forth predictions around the key trends around the Industrial Transformation (IX) topics on which we focus our research. As the IX Readiness, IX Platform, and Quality specialist at LNS, I have the opportunity to make predictions across a range of topics. Luckily for you, I am only going to make five!

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ROKLive Virtual Shows What it Takes for Transformation

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Jul 29, 2020

LNS had the chance, like everyone else, to dig into the wealth of content that Rockwell Automation has put together for ROKLive. ROKLive was intended to be co-located with PTC’s LiveWorx event this year. Like so many other large gatherings, the event itself was cancelled and replaced with a virtual event. Software companies have executed different strategies for their virtual events: some scaling way back, others going virtual with everything that can go virtual, and lots of alternatives in between. Rockwell Automation went “…with everything.” As Chairman and CEO Blake Moret said: “the content is extensive with over 100 keynotes, technical labs, and a partner showcase.”

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, LifeSciences, Agile

Siemens Highlights Acceleration at Media & Analyst Event

Posted by Tom Comstock on Fri, Jul 24, 2020

LNS recently had the opportunity to participate in Siemen’s Media and Analyst Conference (MAC) held virtually this year because of the pandemic. While this year’s event held fewer presentations, the company still demonstrated that the pace of change at Siemens Digital Industries is accelerating.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Siemens

PTC LIVEWORX 2020 Still Sizzles with Strategy

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Jul 15, 2020

LNS recently participated in the PTC’s LiveWorx Virtual event. Last year, we noted that LiveWorx, “is in a league of its own in the world of industrial software and automation events when it comes to marketing flash and audio-visual sizzle.” Going virtual dramatically limited the flash and the sizzle, but there was still plenty of meat this year as the company rolled out new products, updated alliances, and revealed a refined product strategy.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), Connectivity, Spatial Computing

Sparta Systems Shares Strategy at Connection 2020

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Jul 07, 2020

The COVID Pandemic has forced software vendors to recreate their customer events virtually.  Sparta Systems went the route of simplification this year with its Connection Virtual Series 2020: offering only six keynote presentation s over the course of two weeks. Sparta shared important updates despite the more abbreviated format.

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Categories: Cloud, Quality 4.0, Connected Worker, COVID-19, LifeSciences, #SpartaSystems

Virtual 2020 PowerPlex

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Jun 16, 2020

LNS recently participated in Plex Systems’ annual customer event, PowerPlex 2020, which was held virtually for the first time.  Three themes emerged from the event. 

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, COVID-19, saas

iBASEt: A Virtual Update Instead of Excelerate 2020 (For Now)

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Jun 03, 2020

It should be “event season” except, as my daughter says, “everything is cancelled.”  Vendors have three choices in this era of Social Distancing: cancel their event, postpone their event, or go virtual. iBASEt has gone the “postpone” route with a goal of having their customer conference Excelerate 2020 in the fall.  In the meantime, they briefed LNS Research on their progress.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud

Changing Dynamics of the IIoT Market

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, May 20, 2020

As I previously mentioned in a recent blog on IX Reference Architecture, LNS Research has been at the forefront of research on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the technologies’ impact on Industrial Transformation (IX).  In that blog, I also indicated LNS Research was the first to define an IIoT Platform. With market changes and technology advances, we have become convinced manufacturers should be looking beyond IIoT Platforms to a comprehensive view of IX Reference Architectures. A recent LNS Research Spotlight details our thinking

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Asset Performance Management (APM), Connected Worker

MANUFACTURERS AND COVID-19:  BEYOND THE SHORT-TERM CRISIS

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Apr 16, 2020

LNS Research recently hosted an Executive Roundtable online with manufacturers about their responses to the global pandemic.  Manufacturers are working closely with their local and national public health institutions, unions and Worker Safety organizations (such as OSHA in the US) to develop plans on how to react to the crisis unfolding in front of them.  It should come as no surprise that most manufacturers were quite short-term focused.  Few manufacturers reported on developing medium- or long-term plans yet. 

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), COVID-19