Infor’s Forthcoming IPO Offers a Lot of Promise But…

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 23, 2019

Infor CEO, Charles Phillips, is discussing the proposed IPO that has been in the news since the beginning of the year. Serious talk of Infor’s IPO started in January, 2019 with the announcement of a $1.5 billion investment in the company by Koch Equity Development, an arm of Koch Industries and Golden Gate Capital. Of all the major enterprise application vendors, Infor is the largest that has remained a privately held firm.

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Categories: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Build The Factory of the Future with Industrial Transformation

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing are hot topics for companies gearing-up Industrial Transformation. The goals of these ambitious programs while admirable have a long-term view. Here at LNS as we define our upcoming research agenda and delve into Industrial Transformation, it has become clear that many of our clients are opting for shorter term view than the typical large-scale and expensive Industrial Transformation programs.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Factory of the Future

The What, Why and How of Digital Twin in Discrete Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

The goal of a Digital Twin is to have a software copy that behaves as closely as possible to its real-world twin, capturing every single attribute of that physical thing. We are often focused on Digital Twin of a product – because as products evolve their Digital Twin can be updated to reflect the new product, it can also predate the new product. But what about the benefits of having a Digital Twin for assets? Consider a manufacturing plant, we can start with small pieces of equipment that are vital to the production – the more critical that equipment is, the more likely is it that a Digital Twin will deliver benefits. The component, of course, must be significant enough to warrant the (high) cost of developing a Digital Twin or have enough pre-existing models available to construct a first-generation Digital Twin. The key for executives is to understand that Digital Twins can bring immediate benefit to a manufacturing plant (and the products it produces), but they are a long-term play rather than a quick fix.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Digital Twin

There’s No Industrial Transformation Without Operational Architecture

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Our journey through the Analytics That Matter series has shown that the Operational Architecture is a critical factor in building an analytics environment that can deliver value at all levels (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive). It’s also clear that where Operational Architecture is concerned, one size does not fit all. Operational Architecture is one piece of the operational and data model puzzle manufacturers need to ensure success. Many industrial organizations ask, “Why doesn’t one size fit all?” Let’s explore that statement and explain why right-sizing each element is key for success.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

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

PTC Taking Aim at IIoT Platform Market and Epicor Continues Vertical, Cloud, and UX Focus [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Jun 06, 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: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Siemens Lines Up Its Digital Efforts to Compete in the Right Race [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The #MondayMusings, Digital Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

Busy Week for Digital Solutions Companies: Acquisitions, Investments, & Product Releases [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Nov 20, 2016

This week in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Koch Industries Invests in Infor; GE Digital Acquires Three Tech Companies; Arena’s Newest Release; and Siemens Buys Mentor Graphics.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

New PLM Offering, Legacy Machines into the Cloud, A/C Gets Connected, and An Industry 4.0 Role Model [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 23, 2016

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Siemens' new PLM offering; collaboration and testing for a new connectivity device and platform; Faurecia's Industry 4.0 plant in Indiana; and a Panasonic/Schneider Electric partnership and integration for energy management.

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Categories: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

OSIsoft, SAP, and Splunk focus on Big Data Analytics for Industry [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

The #MondayMusings blog series provides executive level insights and analysis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Digital Transformation from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings