Vivek Murugesan

Vivek Murugesan is a Research Associate with LNS Research. He conducts survey and data analysis, manages survey and data acquisition, develops data models, and assists analysts with research and analysis across the breadth of coverage areas for LNS. Vivek holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, with a focus on supply chain and data analytics.
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Survey Snippets #5: Three Tips To Successfully Scale Your Transformation Business Case

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on May 05, 2022

Building business cases is often the first of many challenges today’s industrial companies have to face as part of their Industrial Transformation (IX) programs. The ideal business case should help companies identify and prioritize the correct problems and provide a clear roadmap for the solution.

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Categories: Business Process Management (BPM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IX Platform

What is Quality 4.0? And What It Isn’t.

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on March 28, 2022

Quality 4.0 is a concept LNS Research first introduced in 2017, and it has been gaining momentum ever since. However, the concept has also picked up some misconceptions along the way. To clear up any confusion, we will redefine Quality 4.0 here and answer several key questions about its scope, value, and role in Industrial Transformation (IX).

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0, qualitymanagement

Blast From the Past: Industrial Transformation Lessons From the 15th Century

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on March 14, 2022

Industrie 4.0 is often referred to as the Renaissance of manufacturing. But many of us don’t realize how many parallels there really are between today’s Industrial Transformation (IX) programs and the Italian Renaissance period – a time famous for transitioning from the Middle Ages to modernity. In this blog post, we will describe three such parallels and explore how today’s manufacturing leaders can apply them in their IX programs.  

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT, Data Analytics, ConnectedFrontlineWorkforce

Survey Snippets #4: How Mature is Your Industrial Analytics Program, Really?

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on February 28, 2022

Recently, I noticed an interesting data point from our Analytics That Matter research survey: 58% of surveyed companies claimed to be implementing or piloting an analytics program, but only 11% are seeing dramatic business impacts. The reason? I believe that while these programs are often led by the right vision, most of them aren’t necessarily supported by the required execution.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Analytics, Data Analytics, Industrial Transformation Analytics

Why aren’t Quality Leaders Leading Quality Transformation? (Clue: It’s not because of tech)

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on February 07, 2022

Quality management has been one of the earliest areas of research for us here at LNS Research, and we have been closely monitoring the space for several years now. Our recent research on Quality 4.0 Readiness shows that Quality 4.0 programs have been gaining steady momentum and have become an important piece of the Industrial Transformation puzzle today’s manufacturing companies are trying to solve; so much so that the Quality 4.0 adoption rate has jumped from 16% to 27% in just two years.

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Categories: Risk Management, Culture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, qualitymanagement

Survey Snippets #3: The Evolution of Industrial Transformation (IX) Leaders

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on June 15, 2021

LNS Research first introduced the term Industrial Transformation (IX) in our research on Industrial Transformation Readiness in 2018. We chose the moniker to specifically distinguish from the existing Digital Transformation term as we see IX as an important but distinct subset of the broader Digital Transformation umbrella. Our definition of Industrial Transformation states that IX is a proactive and coordinated approach in leveraging digital technologies to create step-change improvement in industrial operations.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Survey Snippets, IX Platform

Survey Snippets #2: Two Best Practices in Leveraging a Common Data Model to Enable IT-OT Convergence

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on January 25, 2021

Manufacturing and IT leaders have been pursuing IT-OT convergence strategies for many years now. To reach that converged state, LNS Research sees establishing a common data model including both IT & OT data as an essential step. This common data model ensures that the data leaving the plant from multiple sources and of multiple types are accurate, trusted, and secure.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT

New! Survey Snippets: How Analytics Leaders Manage Metrics

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on June 23, 2020

Introducing Survey Snippets

LNS Research has started a blog series called Survey Snippets that will include call-outs from our recent survey data and compelling insights for manufacturing executives. The first blog post of this series is about analytics’ role in a company’s Industrial Transformation (IX) program, and how leaders in this field are leveraging metrics to distinguish themselves from the rest.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Survey Snippets, Industrial Analytics

Two Sides of the Same Industrial Transformation Coin: APM 4.0 and Factory of the Future

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on October 24, 2019

The relationship between asset performance and operational performance are well known and pervasive. All too often, however, companies manage them in sub-optimized in silos. Recent discussions with clients clearly reinforced our insight that operating in silos is counter-productive to industrial transformation (IX). It doesn't matter if the company is an asset-intensive business and the most critical metrics are uptime and reliability, or a product-centric manufacturer where quality and efficiency are most critical. If the organization doesn't manage these things holistically, it will lose ground to competitors.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM), Factory of the Future

What’s the Difference Between BI and Industrial Analytics?

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on April 03, 2019

During a discussion on industrial analytics at a recent Smart Factory conference in Columbus, Ohio, an IT professional in the audience said that he planned to upload his machine data to online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes and run Business Intelligence (BI) applications on top of the data. The analytics professionals on stage appeared horrified for a moment and went to great lengths to explain the distinction between industrial analytics and BI.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)