Manufacturing Leaders Need to Show OT Leadership

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Sep 20, 2016

It is very clear that the hype of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is here to stay. The IIoT is a necessary starting block for the Digital Transformation that is going to take place across the world of manufacturing in the coming years. Many manufacturing technologies will help to realize this transformation from smarter robots, through 3D printing, to a massive use of data to improve manufacturing processes. The worlds of information technology (IT) at the business level and operational technology (OT) in the manufacturing plant will converge and become intertwined.

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Categories: Cloud, Big Data, Information Technology, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Virtual, Augmented, & Real Reality: Digital Technology Driving IT-OT Convergence

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

For virtually every category of technology supplier serving the industrial market today, from automation companies to infrastructure providers to enterprise software providers, the topic of IT-OT (Information Technology - Operational Technology) convergence or IT vs OT is a dominant theme of their solutions marketing.

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Categories: Risk Management, Big Data, Information Technology, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

How to Build a Business Case for an Enterprise Software Investment

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Whatever the specific functionality, some form of enterprise software is probably on every manufacturing/production company’s wish list. The potential improvements in analytics, integration, communications, performance measurement, and visibility afforded across the business can greatly streamline decision-making processes, create new insights, and save a huge amount of time and money on a number of business functions.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology

Recap: 2015 Industrial and Manufacturing Technology Predictions

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Hard to believe as it is, tomorrow the calendar flips to mark the beginning of 2015 and the second half of the current decade as well. And as we seal off a year of interesting conversations, events, technology developments, mergers & acquisitions, and other industry activity, we’re excited to look forward to another year of evolution (and possible revolution) across the industrial landscape.

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Categories: Big Data, Information Technology, Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Rockwell Automation and Cisco Announce IoT-Related Skills Course

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Here at LNS Research, we talk a lot about some of the larger technology trends on the horizon of the industrial space today, the defining aspects of which are slowly driven into the software solutions, data collection capabilities, established programs and processes, and operational culture of manufacturing businesses—translating into overall progress.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Information Technology, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Cloud ERP: Francisco Partners - Plex Systems Acquisition

Posted by | Research Team | on Tue, Jul 10, 2012

On June 6, 2012, it was announced that private equity firm Francisco Partners plans to acquire Plex Systems, a pioneer in Cloud ERP manufacturing solutions. Accounting for the facts that Plex Systems is a fast growing competitor in the market and the ERP space is one of the most mature software segments today, this move has the potential to be beneficial for Plex Systems' strategic positioning and growth.

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Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Information Technology

In Rolls the Cloud on Enterprise Quality Management Software

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, May 22, 2012

Disappearing are the days of large investments and lengthy implementation times for manufacturing applications. As we mentioned in our previous blog on the Digital Revolution, major changes in the industry charged by Information Technology in the last few decades are quickly moving onto web-based systems.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Information Technology, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation