5 Mistakes Companies Make When Defining an Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Architecture, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the art or science of building” or “the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated,” among other things. Operational is defined as “of, relating to, or based on operations” and “ready for or in condition to undertake a destined function.” LNS believes businesses are best served when they apply the technique of Operational Architecture, which taken literally from the previous definitions, is the organization of the systems and technology to perform the functions of business.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

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

Operational Architecture Needs to Be a 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Feb 17, 2017

While many of my colleagues have recently written blog posts to assess their 2016 predictions and forecast what key trends will emerge in 2017, I made no 2016 predictions to review. I spent most of 2016 looking at everything from ERP to the moving Cloud to impact-technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data. So, instead of making predictions about what could or will happen, I’ll use this opportunity to say what I believe manufacturers and other end users should do in 2017.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Operational Architecture

Industrial Networking: The IIoT Means Flattening More than Just the Purdue Model [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Aug 08, 2016

The first week of August saw the vendor briefings continue to flow fast and furious. I’m still waiting for the summer slowdown but it looks like it may not come at all this year. We heard from Win-911, ABB, Honeywell, Plex, and GE for the launch of the company’s next-gen HMI/SCADA along with several others.

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Categories: Cloud, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

Will The IIoT Allow DCS’s to Finally Live Up to Their Name?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

At LNS Research we have been writing a lot about what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has done to manufacturing operations management (MOM). We have also just tackled the topic of how the IIoT and Cloud technology is changing the way companies look at enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, as well. In both cases we see the many-to-many communication paths the IIoT offers; changing the way users envision their Operational Architecture.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Mobile / Mobility, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Making Digital Transformation a Reality: Connecting CEO Vision with Technology Innovation [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

In today’s 24x7 news, work, and entertainment culture; there are often very few barriers left between the personal and professional. It’s a good thing I like what I do, because for the industry analyst community there is very little rest left for the weary.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

Struggling to Measure and Use Cost of Quality? Here’s What to Do About It

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Quality organizations generally have a tough time tracking metrics. Inability to effectively track metrics consistently ranks in the top three challenges facing quality leaders. However, Total Cost of Quality (TCOQ) is more than just another quality metric.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Operational Architecture

ERP Finally Fulfilling its Destiny Thanks to Cloud and Big Data

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

When the concept of enterprise resource planning (ERP) was introduced in the 1990’s, it was the beginning of a shift in the enterprise applications landscape from point solutions to an integrated suite model of functionality delivery. Now, the ERP market is changing once again with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, and Big Data. 

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Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Evolution Is a Never Ending Continuous Improvement Cycle; ERP Is No Different

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 07, 2016

Charles Darwin first espoused the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859 in his book “On the Origin of Species” to explain biological changes over several generations. In the software, automation, and systems world we talk a lot about evolution and generations, hence terms like Industrie 4.0 reflecting the fourth generation of industrial technology, or next generation XYZ, be it MES, Enterprise Resource Planning ((ERP) or others.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Making the EA Exercise Real in Manufacturing: Operational Architecture

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

SCO-5.pngIn the last several blog posts I’ve made the case for Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence and the application of Enterprise Architecture to map out the path to that Digital Transformation.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture