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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Prediction 2021: Manufacturing Digital Transformation Balderdash

  Despite COVID-driven tech investment, many manufacturers will fail at digital transformation through 2022.  COVID has accelerated many manufacturer’s investments in technology such as robotics, automation, augmented reality/virtual reality ( AR/VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), and advanced analytics much more than predicted at the beginning of 2020.  Despite this rush to technology…

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The Odd Couple of the Digital Age

It used to be that IT market research could be segmented into tidy categories of technology types written for technology professionals. Analysts looked at technology through the lens of IT and the distinct categories it served. Working with Human Resources (HR) or other business-aligned professionals for advice and perspective was not needed, as the focus…

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RPA

Opportunity: Use RPA to Help You Save Money

Are some of your business processes inefficient but too complicated to exhaustively reengineer right now? Don’t overlook the ways RPA can automate small and large-scale business processes in most industries and departments. Check out where to start, what actions to take, how to organize your teams, and what to avoid.

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Enterprise

Restructuring the Enterprise

The structure of most companies is so stale that a Victorian industrialist appearing in our midst would only wonder why there were no top hats. Everything else would be familiar. An insistence on people being in the same space. Supervisors looking out over everything being done. Decisions emerging from all male board rooms and percolating…

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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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IBM

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

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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