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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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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Becoming a Digital Enterprise (Part three)

Digital is not an enterprise strategy, it’s part of the enterprise fabric. Becoming a digital enterprise requires a plan, however. As the digital enterprise mindset unfolds, so does the work to establish and implement a well-curated, holistic, and dynamically transforming digital enterprise.  The digital enterprise focuses on how the business will be executed, and that…

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What Does Koch Industries Acquisition of Infor Really Mean?

On February 4, 2020, Koch Industries announced it had acquired the remaining 30% of enterprise software company Infor making it the sole owner.  Golden Gate Capital had primarily held those remaining shares.  Koch has been investing in Infor for the last several years, increasing its share to 70% last year. Given that Koch has had…

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Adopting a Digital Enterprise Mindset (Part two)

Digital facilitates a mindset of ever-accelerating business change. The first installment of this series introduced the digital enterprise as a radical rethinking of business because of digital capabilities. No business can exist today without having some digital capacity. Barring a few outliers, most enterprises have a website, email, devices, and productivity applications. Yet most enterprises…

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Are you a Digital Enterprise? (Part one)

The bombardment of “Digital Transformation” imperatives is generating confusion and cross purposes for enterprises. Digital transformation means different things, depending on who you talk to. Analysts, like myself, assert (see this prediction) that organizations need to transform their digital capabilities and approaches now to compete in the future. But digital transformation is the tip of…

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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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