Infor Innovation Summit Lives Up to Its Name, Validates Digital Transformation is a Necessity [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Infor, an enterprise software company, brought together the analyst community at its New York headquarters for another Innovation Summit to share updates on progress and plans for its product set. The Infor senior leadership team, backed by several customers, walked analysts through the entire product portfolio. Often perceived as “the other ERP company,” in the shadow of SAP and Oracle, Infor deserves more credit for innovation and adoption of future trends and technology. Infor was the first of the major enterprise application players to embrace Cloud and user experience, and was a very early proponent of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Much of the progress Infor made has been in industries outside of manufacturing like healthcare, transportation, retail, and in standard business functions such as human capital management (HCM). Manufacturing and asset-intensive industries should take note as they will benefit from the advances the software vendor is bringing to the market, in addition to all the Cloud capabilities directly associated with manufacturing in relevant CloudSuites. The Innovation Summit featured several end-users who made it clear they see Digital Transformation as their only option.

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Categories: Cloud, Mobile / Mobility, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)

EHS Leaders Face a Digital Inflection Point [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Earlier this month, I participated in the NAEM EHS and Sustainability Software conference in St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve come to rely on this annual event as the place with highest concentration of people, companies, and content focused on EHS information technology (IT). This year’s event did not disappoint.

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Categories: Cloud, Big Data, Information Technology, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, #MondayMusings, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

In my long career in manufacturing operations, I have had many discussions with product design teams for discrete manufacturing. These discussions have ranged from pure delight to taxing because while the product designers were smart and creative they were also somewhat self-centred. Sharing of data has been a natural extension of sharing ideas, goals, and success for those of us who have worked together in design and operations, and data sharing usually resulted  in new products.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), IT/OT

3 Things to Expect in 2018: IIoT Predictions Your C-Suite Needs to Hear ASAP

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Dec 26, 2017

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2017 has been a memorable year in the world of IIoT and Digital Transformation – we passed the milestone of transition from peak hype and talking about what’s possible, to actually planning and in some cases doing what’s practical.

The vendor community had its fair share of high-profile setbacks, but positive momentum outweighed the negative.  As we move into the post-peak hype era many winners will emerge – vendors, yes, but most importantly industrial end users.  The manufacturing enterprise C-suite needs to consider the business ramifications now; those who are already on the journey or have their plans in place are going to win big.  The ones that don’t?—Let’s just say that any business still doubting or “considering it” may very well be in a difficult spot in 2019 or even as early as the end of 2018.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Plex Systems: Can Cloud Manufacturing ERP Break Through? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Plex Systems is a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), multitenant enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor with a historical focus on discrete manufacturers that are small and mid-size businesses (SMB) headquartered in North America, largely across the automotive supply chain. The company does have a growing number of customers in food and beverage and high tech. LNS Research recently participated in Plex’s Future of Manufacturing Roundtable, a joint customer advisory board / analyst event. The conference featured a combined review of Plex System’s 2017 progress, customer engagement, and forward-looking plans.

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Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), #MondayMusings

GE’s Minds + Machines Goes Conventional [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Nov 06, 2017

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

GE held its sixth Minds + Machines event the week of October 23 in San Francisco, home to past events, but in a new venue.  During the past several years GE transformed industrial-style locations into conference venues, demonstrating as it did so its ability to use its own technology to rapidly spin up what amounted to a small city.  Attendance has grown from 150 at the first event to over 3800 today, with this year almost double from 2016 — making the larger Moscone Convention Center a necessity.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

IIoT Insights from Foxboro User Conference and Siemens Analyst Day 2017 [Monday Musings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

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

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Categories: Cloud, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

M&A Among IIoT and Analytics Firms: What's a User to Think? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

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, Big Data, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

No Lazy Days During Summer for IIoT Solutions Co’s or Industrials [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Aug 06, 2017

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as new solution announcements by Samsung and ATS Global; the Honeywell acquisition of Nextnine; an iBASEt/Cogiscan partnership; Sphera’s new partner program; and United Technologies Corp’s AS9110-C certification.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

5 Most Asked Questions from the IIoT Use Case Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jul 28, 2017

On Thursday, July 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “IIoT and Digital Transformation Investment: Proof Points Versus Hype and Promises.” The presentation examined Digital Transformation use cases, and LNS explained the IIoT entry points, approaches, and benefits of six industrial companies.

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Categories: Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Operational Architecture