Aligning Technology with Business Goals at Lockheed Martin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.

Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.

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Categories: Case Study, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, 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

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