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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Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Autonomous Coming to Manufacturing [MondayMusings]

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Oct 21, 2019

LNS Research recently attended Oracle OpenWorld 2019 in San Francisco. One of the mega technology events for the Golden Gate City, the conference took over all three halls at the Moscone Center and had over 60,000 attendees.

Oracle is now over $40 billion in revenue (2018) with over 137,000 employees; it positions itself as the number one supplier of business software. The company is clearly innovating in many directions. The event covers the two sides of Oracle: Oracle, the technology, and Oracle, the applications vendor. Additionally, the firm has sophisticated positioning for “emerging technologies.” So, let’s examine each, and determine if this means Oracle can finally engage deeply in the plant.

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

NPI Doldrums: Supplier Quality to the Rescue

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Oct 03, 2019

NPI Essential for Business Results, Yet Generally Ineffective

New product introduction (NPI) is a linchpin process in most corporations and industries. NPI is key to competitiveness, revenue growth, and customer retention. Given the importance of NPI to overall corporate success, it’s no surprise that manufacturers devote considerable cost and effort to it. According to our most recent data, the median manufacturer involves 25% of personnel in NPI and has a new product cycle that lasts 24 months on average. Despite the substantial investment, NPI often fails to deliver expected outcomes. Forty-four percent of NPIs fail to meet all or even most success criteria.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Focus on Outcomes: Hexagon Breaks Ranks with Global Conference

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Jul 11, 2019

We recently attended HxGN Live 2019, Hexagon’s annual digital solutions conference, in Las Vegas Nevada. Three thousand attendees were there to dive into nine different keynotes and over 500 sessions, many with hands-on training. The firm is a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with 2018 revenue reaching €3,760.7 million (approximately $4.234 billion USD). Its business includes industrial enterprise solutions with €1.941 million in revenue serving the electronics, manufacturing, energy and power, automotive, and aerospace and defense segments. They are known in the manufacturing world for 3D design and simulation technologies (predominantly for process assets), positioning and location identification mapping capabilities, metrology equipment, and an array of other sensors. The event included a bevy of new product launches across every major division of Hexagon.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

Good News for Industrials with IT/OT Convergence Plans: HPE All-In on SaaS

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Jul 01, 2019

LNS Research recently attended HPE Discover 2019 event in Las Vegas, hosted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The company had $30.88 billion in revenue in 2018, and is focused on Edge, hybrid cloud, and intelligent data. The conference was a well-executed event with well over 9,000 attendees and 8% growth over last year. The highlights were demonstrations and presentations on cool use cases in exciting topic areas:

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Smart Connected Assets, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT

Manufacturing at ABB: A Shining Star of Industrial Transformation Best Practices

Posted by Tom Comstock on Fri, May 31, 2019

As we study Industrial Transformation (IX) at the macro level, we seek leaders among industrial companies for further insights. We recently interviewed one of those leaders, ABB’s Chief Digital Officer, Guido Jouret, who reinforced our best practices findings from the recent IX survey.

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Categories: Case Study, Culture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

ABB Ability and Dassault Systèmes Partnership: A Game Changer?

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, May 28, 2019

At the recent ABB Customer World event, we had the opportunity to participate in a technology tour and a several meetings that gave us a good sense of ABB’s overall direction, new organization, and strategic partnerships. Further, we joined in on a detailed briefing on ABB Ability, focusing on the company’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and corporate partnership strategies.

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

COFES 2019 Shows that Engineering Software is Changing [MondayMusings]

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Apr 15, 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: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Oracle Modern Business Summit: Solidly in the Cloud

Posted by Tom Comstock on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

LNS recently attended the Oracle Modern Business Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Over 6,000 people attended this “unified” event as it was the first time that Oracle had co-located the Supply Chain, HR and ERP Customer summits.  Additionally, the Modern Business Experience was co-located with their Modern Customer Experience events making for complicated meeting logistics.  Oracle is now over $40 Billion in FY 2018 revenues, and they position themselves as the #1 supplier of business software. The scope and scale of their product and solution offerings were on display in exhibitions and a plethora of sessions. 

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Categories: Culture

Is Industrial Transformation Like Dating?

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Commitment matters, whether it is in a romantic comedy, real-life dating, or Industrial Transformation (IX). In a relationship, it is imperative that there is a “real commitment” for the relationship to progress and succeed. To make romance hard, romantic comedies and scuttlebutt tell us that determining if your partner is committed to the relationship can be difficult. Despite their pronouncements of love, “real commitment” can be elusive.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

5 Most Asked Questions from the Industrial Transformation Webcast

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Mar 18, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast “Digital Readiness for Industrial Transformation: Success Lessons from Real-World Leaders.” The presentation covered the scope, scale, strategy, budget, and organization of Industrial Transformation (IX) programs globally. The session also investigated the technology choices made in the IX programs, and how these new technology choices balance against Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT).

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing