The Digital Quality Leader and Chief Quality Officer

Posted by Chris Follis on Tue, Mar 03, 2020

As early as 2012 LNS Research was asking the question: should companies be creating a Chief Quality Officer? With the launch of Quality 4.0 initiatives broadly across the industry, a focus on closing the loop from consumer experiences to product design, ensuring a culture of quality, and embracing new Digital technology; the answer to that question today is an emphatic yes. From mid-level to upper level, digital quality leaders are emerging across various industries to bridge the gap on digital tools, infrastructure and analytics.

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Categories: Quality 4.0

ASQ Quality 4.0 Summit – The Jetsons from Orbit City to Music City

Posted by Chris Follis on Thu, Feb 27, 2020

As technology advances exponentially, smart city strategies will fuel industrial transformation (IX) opportunities. City and industry convergence for synergistic value is on the rise and is expected to get more complex and integrated. Sixty or so years ago the animated sitcom The Jetsons catapulted thought towards the future. These natives of Orbit City appear to be moving to Music City - Nashville Tennessee. From George Jones to George Jetson, Nashville’s new Intelligent Transit initiative is sure to capture national attention. Why just meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane his wife, when you can be them?

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Categories: Quality 4.0

Quality as an Industrial Transformation (IX) Change Agent?

Posted by Chris Follis on Mon, Feb 10, 2020

An enterprise quality management software (EQMS) initiative can provide one of the best opportunities for Quality leaders to become recognized as an Industrial Transformation (IX) change agent. The opportunities are even greater when Supply Quality and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) are considered in the scope. Quality leaders will need to break away from their traditional correction mode headset and learn how to connect with others. Collaborating with the various functions before starting will be key, because they want to know what’s in it for them. Exploring technology opportunities, casting a clear vision and charting an easy win, is sure to land quality leaders as a unique IX change agentespecially when viewing the latest research indicating 14% of IX programs are being headed up by team leaders possessing the right skill sets for cross-functional collaborative leadership.

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Categories: Quality 4.0

Transforming Quality and EHS One Connection at a Time

Posted by Chris Follis on Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Our inaugural Industrial Transformation (IX) Event was a refreshing connection for industry executives leading transformation ― from startups to mature journeys, from tissue and drywall to aircraft carriers and submarines. The breadth of IX coverage and insight resonated well among industrial executives and software vendor thought leaders in attendance. Focused roundtable sessions on quality and environment, health, and safety (EHS) packed the room as Quality 4.0 and connected worker topics fostered lively discussions.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker

NPI Doldrums: Supplier Quality to the Rescue

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Oct 03, 2019

NPI Essential for Business Results, Yet Generally Ineffective

New product introduction (NPI) is a linchpin process in most corporations and industries. NPI is key to competitiveness, revenue growth, and customer retention. Given the importance of NPI to overall corporate success, it’s no surprise that manufacturers devote considerable cost and effort to it. According to our most recent data, the median manufacturer involves 25% of personnel in NPI and has a new product cycle that lasts 24 months on average. Despite the substantial investment, NPI often fails to deliver expected outcomes. Forty-four percent of NPIs fail to meet all or even most success criteria.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

Q&A Recap: Life Sciences Quality 4.0 Strategy Webcast

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

On Thursday, June 27, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Enabling Transformation in Life Sciences: Delivering Near- and Long-Term Success with Quality 4.0.” The presentation examined strategies for life sciences organizations to reduce IX program risks and increase the speed of adoption.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0

Manufacturers: You Need A Quality Technology Leader to Transform Successfully

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jun 19, 2019

Several of my observations have been fairly consistent over the past few decades of working in quality, technology, and as a quality research analyst and thought leader. Four stand out as primary reasons why quality, and often the industrial organization at large isn't able to transform as quickly or successfully as they'd like.

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Categories: Culture, Quality 4.0

Sparta TrackWise Digital: Rapid Pivot to Cloud and Quality 4.0

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, May 21, 2019

Sparta Systems is an interesting firm. Well known for its on-premise TrackWise product, it had stumbled in recent years as it faced many new cloud-based competitors. Over the past year, it brought on a new leadership team and put its considerable weight behind the development of its Force.com-based TrackWise Digital cloud product. As we look at the Summer 2019 release of TrackWise Digital, has the effort paid off?

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Quality 4.0

2019 SAS Analyst Event: Proven and Reliable Leader in a Heavily Hyped and Accelerating Analytics Market [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Mar 04, 2019

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

Recently, SAS invited LNS Research to its annual North American analyst event in Naples, Florida. SAS is a leading analytics, BI and data management software provider with several of LNS’ manufacturing clients using the analytics solutions to generate deeper insights into quality. The event was a great opportunity to dig deeper into SAS’ Internet of Things (IoT) and quality solutions, understand the breadth of SAS outside the industrial space, and engage with their executive team.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0 is Quickly Maturing: Success Lessons from the Early Adopters

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

It’s been several years since an early wave of innovators began investing in digital technologies to improve quality. In fact, quality improvement and improved quality monitoring are one of the top use cases for Industry 4.0. The ranks of digital, IT, operations, product development, and quality leaders focusing their digital energies and resources on quality improvement is quickly growing .

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Categories: Quality 4.0