People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

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

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

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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

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

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

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

GE’s Minds + Machines Goes Conventional [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

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

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

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

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

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

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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

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

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Aug 06, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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

5 Most Asked Questions from the IIoT Use Case Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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

SAP Leonardo: Live and Kicking! [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

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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Tags: #MondayMusings, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

Inforum 2017: A Showing of Progress & Visions [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

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