Connect with Dan


  • Private questions/inquiries
  • Coaching sessions
  • Technology/solution positioning workshops
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Webinars & Fireside Chats
  • Podcasts
  • ½, 1 or multi day strategy sessions, either remote or on site



50+ Years of Experience in Automation and Industrial Software

  • Five years at LNS Research, retiring as the Research Fellow. Introduced the concept of APM 4.0 to the market
  • Two Years as Chief of Research for Sustainable Collaborations Group, a market research and consultancy focused on sustainability reporting
  • 15 Years at Gartner, retiring as Managing VP for Gartner’s Manufacturing Industry Advisory Service. Advised end user and vendor executives on topics ranging from process control technology to eCommerce software. Introduced concept of EAM to the market
  • Three years in sales and marketing management at Industrial Systems, acquired by Aspen Technology
  • 18 Years Adjunct Faculty at Central Washington University teaching process control, data communications and statistics
  • Two Years at H.A. Simons, an engineering consultancy leading IT Networking practice
  • 11 Years at Weyerhaeuser leading project team responsible for CIM implementation in operations
  • Two Years at State of Missouri as engineering technician
  • Four Years, USAF, Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Technician and Nuclear Safety Officer
  • Three Years Mallinckrodt Chemical works as a plant engineer



  • BSEE University of Missouri
  • MS Management, University of Southern California
  • Certification as a Lean Sensei, Villanova University


Important Facts

  • Founder of Lean Manufacturing Research LLC (2010)
  • Advisor to over a thousand subscribers from CEOs to plant managers and technology specialists.
  • 700 Twitter followers
  • Industrial data communications textbook author
  • Contributor to multiple engineering handbooks
  • Hundreds of quotes in Fortune and industry and professional journals
  • Past Fortune Magazine Brainstorm participant
  • Award winning speaker at events across the globe
  • Co-host for 8 years of the TV series “World Business Review” seen on PBS and other stations


Strong Points of View

  • The market bifurcation into IT and OT camps has impeded the realization of value from technology across industrial enterprises. CIOs and Digital Transformation officers that ignore OT are failing in their jobs.
  • Ben Franklin had it right; “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Enterprise Architecture is an essential discipline in getting value from technology investments and aligns people, process and technology in a plan that ensures value delivery.
  • Most of the time the do-nothing option is not the lowest cost option when it comes to technology. Another proposition is that often the “what and who to buy” is less important than the “what to do and how to do it” when it comes to technology deployment.


Content Under Construction

  • 2020 Predictions for industrial technology adoption
  • The IT/OT Convergence Myth


2020 Research Plan

  • Driving enterprise architecture value by expanding scope to include IT down to the shop floor
  • Contextualizing Analyst Syndicate research from colleagues for manufacturing and asset intensive industries


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