Blackstone’s Acquisition of Sphera Raises the Bar for ESG Software Space

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Wed, Sep 15, 2021

In the world of enterprise business software, a billion-dollar-plus investment is not unusual and perhaps even ordinary. But in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Sustainability software space, a deal of that size is a watershed event. The recently announced acquisition of Sphera by Blackstone constitutes such an event. It also speeds the transition of the EHS and Sustainability (EHSS) software category to being subsumed under the nascent Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) banner.

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Categories: Sustainability, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

The M&A Rumble in the Jungle

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Four recent M&A announcements have prompted us to catch up on our view of where the industry is heading and follow up on our earlier predictions for 2021. They are:

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Asset Performance Management (APM), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity

Operational Risk Management Gets Smart with AI

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

The way most industrial organizations manage risks in their operations is akin to driving a car forward while looking in the rearview mirror. This approach is useful for understanding what’s already happened but is of limited value in seeing what’s ahead and taking preventive action accordingly. The essential solution is to shift from a posture of risk hindsight to one of foresight and the ability to predict and prevent adverse events rather than respond after the fact.

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Categories: Risk Management, Predictive Maintenance (PM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

EHS Transformation Starts with Effective Leadership

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Thu, Jun 24, 2021

Part of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a resurgence of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) business function. Anyone paying attention has seen that the management (or mismanagement) of EHS-related operational risks can directly impact business continuity, for better or worse. Now more than ever, license to operate, let alone profitable operations, depend on effective management of safety, health, and environmental risks.   

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), IX Platform, ConnectedFrontlineWorkforce

Seven Transformation Opportunities for EHS Leaders to Seize

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Thu, Mar 18, 2021

If the adage, “With Change Comes Opportunity” is at all correct, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) business leaders have opportunity in spades. Entering the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, change and the ability to adapt to it have become the mantra for industrial organizations to get through the crisis. Over the past year, “resilience” and “agility” were the buzz words of corporate earnings calls and communications, perhaps to the point of overuse regardless of their validity.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker, Data Analytics

Operational Excellence 4.0

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, Dec 03, 2020

LNS has long focused on Operational Excellence (OE) as part of our Digital Transformation (DX) Framework, now Industrial Transformation (IX). In 2013 and 2014, we talked about Operational Excellence as a journey and stated that people, processes, and technology are the underpinnings of Operational Excellence initiatives.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, Asset Performance Management (APM), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

EHSS Tech Grows Up: Insights from the NAEM Software Conference (Part 2)

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Wed, Apr 01, 2020

The NAEM Software, Innovation & Technology conference was held March 3-5, 2020, at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. This was the fifth consecutive year I’ve attended this conference, this time joined by my research colleague, Chris Follis. This event gathers the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Sustainability (EHSS) software and technology ecosystem for networking and best practice sharing. There was a consensus among participants that we were lucky the event could even be held, given that COVID-19 pandemic social distancing and travel restrictions were really starting to kick in.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker

EHSS Tech Grows Up: Insights from the NAEM Software Conference (Part 1)

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Mon, Mar 30, 2020

This is the fifth consecutive year I’ve attended the NAEM Software, Innovation & Technology conference, this time joined by my research colleague Chris Follis. It was held March 3-5, 2020, at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. The timing of the event was fortunate; it was held right before widescale COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions kicked in.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker

EHS & Sustainability Arms Race Continues; What Customers Need to Know About Sphera Solutions

Posted by Peter S Bussey on Tue, Mar 24, 2020

In a recent LNS Research report on global Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) software, analyst Peter Bussey discusses the dynamic competitive landscape that has seen significant changes over the past five years. LNS first wrote about this “EHS Software Arms Race” in 2016, describing how market players are using proactive business strategies to pull ahead of the competition in the race to market leadership.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker

Closing Factories is Hard, Re-Opening will be Harder

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Thu, Mar 19, 2020

In the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, the public health response was focused on containment, and the advice for industry was supply chain resiliency and risk management. Ensure that sole sourced critical components had been eliminated or weren’t coming from affected regions. In large part, North American and European manufacturing passed the test, due to several factors, including work already done after the Fujiyama nuclear disaster and supplier shifts forced by the several year-old trade-war.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Factory of the Future, Connected Worker