The Coming Manufacturing CIO Automation Hangover

Thanks to COVID, manufacturing companies have been investing in automation at a record level over the last twelve months. Management consultancy McKinsey reports that in a survey of 800 executives 67% say they are increasing their automation investments either somewhat or significantly.  The business journal The Economist reports that automation investment nearly doubled in 2020…

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Prediction 2021: Business IT

My prediction is that business IT cannot handle the truth of re-globalized business, especially for the next couple of years. When COVID-19 broke supply chains, it became clear that the so-called globalized business still relied on consolidated, massive financial, industrial and commercial centers, connected by traditional, sequential supply chains. It was ‘global’ because the centers…

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IT OT
Three Legged Stool Dan Miklovic

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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Zoom Risks

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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DOD

DOD Cloud Strategy: CIO Multicloud Recommendations from JEDI and CIA

The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded underdog Microsoft a massive cloud computing contract on October 25, 2019. This announcement was an enormous surprise to IT analysts and the cloud industry. This award was stripped down from the original Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) $10B cloud plan to a $1million guarantee for Microsoft work. It leaves…

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OT

It’s Time to Demystify OT, What a CxO Needs to Know

In my first Analyst Syndicate post, I talked about the ongoing IT-OT civil war and why a CIO or other tech-related CxO needs to actively address the issue to get the most from Digital Transformation. The questions that blog raises has prompted this blog post about what the roots of the tribalism Prediction 2020 revealed…

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