The Missing T: Why OT & IT Are Not Enough in Manufacturing

Manufacturing CIO’s have a casual relationship with engineering or product design elements of the business.  ERP systems have had some degree of integration with product lifecycle management (PLM) systems but they have mostly thought of these systems merely as a data source. A black box in their enterprise architecture.  They have no intrinsic understanding of…

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IBM Battles at the Edge of the Market

A centuries-old military aphorism claims that “all battles occur at the edges where two maps meet.” The implication is that the most critical aspect of combat takes place where details are lacking, and control is limited at best. IBM gets this, and it is the reason behind their critical edge computing announcements at last week’s…

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CIO Zoom 5.0 Video Conferencing Risks: Still not failsafe?

Zoom 5.0 video conference service (VS) is not safe for most businesses due to ongoing data security risks! During the COVID-19 tidal wave, many millions in the workforce had to work at home, if possible. Many organizations needed to stand up missing video conferencing services fast. Growing numbers of remote workers adopted Zoom’s no/low cost,…

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Ten commandments for new software niche players to follow

What could we do without software? Whether it’s the micrometer I use when adjusting features of the 1930’s tractor engine in my 1962 Morgan roadster, the digital thermometer we bought for the pandemic, the microwave oven we have in our kitchen, the Apple watch I wear or the cloud-based applications I access – software is…

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COVID-19 Gives Manufacturing CIOs Unique OT Learning Opportunity

In my recent blog posts on why CIO’s need to get over the OT/IT divide, I explained why failure to address the IT/OT divide was going to doom manufacturers’ Digital Transformation efforts. I promised to provide insight as to how CIO’s can start breaking down the wall between IT and the OT centric parts of…

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Ask The Analyst Syndicate: What Is A Chief Butterfly Officer?

Ask The Analyst Syndicate: Our respected service offers answers to your questions about technology and related trends: When you need answers, Ask The Analyst Syndicate (ATAS), provides accurate answers to your questions. Our community is comprised of world-renown independent analysts who are now working in industry and are subject-matter experts from technology firms and service…

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Business Shock Recovery Requires Re-thinking

I’ve seen increasing discussion over the past week-plus about the effects of COVID-19 as a “shock” to business, rather than an interruption of the type around which most firms build disaster response and recovery (DRR) plans. I think that “shock” is a perfect term. And I think that business management software (e.g., ERP) and managed…

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