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

ETQ Reliance 2019 – Cloud-First, Analytics, and Responsive Design

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jan 29, 2019

LNS Research was recently briefed on the late-January release of ETQ Reliance 2019. A lot has changed at ETQ since the private equity firm TCV acquired it in August 2017. Much of the management team has changed, with seasoned industry veterans replacing long-time ETQ insiders, exceptions being the former head of ETQ Cloud, Joseph Randazzo, and ETQ co-founder, Morgan Palmer. The new leadership has brought a new philosophy, including a broader perspective on the value, role, and contributors to quality and quality technology.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Quality 4.0

Top Three Trends in Quality for 2019: Transformation, Options, and Growth

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Another year comes to an end! I hope you attained your personal and professional goals this year. I had an exciting year with LNS Research; we launched research on...

We also examined the quality and Quality 4.0 trends in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and automotive industries and developed frameworks and approaches for success. LNS also conducted multiple onsite quality advisory sessions and workshops for technology vendors and manufacturers. Additionally, we launched two new surveys, led two executive roundtables (thank you to the hosts Newell Brands and Whirlpool), and presented at several corporate events including ASQ’ Quality 4.0 Forum.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Quality 4.0

5 Reasons Why Your Quality Compliance Strategy Isn’t Working

Posted by Diane Murray on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Ideally, compliance is part of your strategy, but not your entire strategy.  It's not enough to produce a safe product, that works as intended, and meets regulatory requirements.  Today’s quality leadership must contribute to the firm’s reputation, competitive standing, profitability, and growth.  Adding to the burden, your company’s industry, target market, role in the supply chain, size, and so many other factors intensify the pressure.  Yes, it’s a complex web of codes, guidelines, standards, and practices that companies face:

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Compliance, Quality 4.0