Digital Transformation

Writings chronicle the rise of Industry 4.0, IoT, analytics, cloud/hybrid computing, AR/VR, 3D/additive manufacturing and their rise from ERP, automation and engineering systems.

NEW: Packaging Machinery-as-a-Service Beats the Capex Budget Blues brings news of a breakthrough for fast-moving consumer goods (FCMG) operations: Outcome-based acquisition based on actual vs. forecast guesstimates. The key: IoT/blockchain conversion of real-time operational data into a ledger for financial clearings. Now, CAPEX risk can be shifted to recurring OPEX payments. A new and viable way for FCMGs to overcome risk and pounce on innovation amid COVID-19 and recession uncertainties. (Packaging Digest)

MaaS: Fortune 100 CPGs primed for adoption per RōBEX’ Francisco.
  • 3 Packaging Lines Improved by IoT Data demystifies the ease of IoT adoption for CPGs and others who need a nudge to upgrade their packaging operations at three levels: the machine, full-line, and enterprise, the latter exemplified by Unilever. (Packaging Digest)
  • Finding the silver lining in cloud analytics reveals new analytics opportunities from production to supply chain and instills best-practice solution-think, thanks to luminaries at ARC, ABI, Dow, Cisco, Emerson, Northwest Analytics, SAS, Seeq and Siemens. (SmartIndustry; link)

  • Will AI liberate the IoT’s potential? reveals how 99 percent of corporate leaders who combine AI with IoT to form an AIoT — Artificial Intelligence of Things — achieve greater-than-expected benefits, per research from SAS, Deloitte, Intel and IDC. (SmartIndustry; link)
  • Service is the new sizzle tracks the threat of commoditization not just for manufactured goods but manufacturing itself, and the industry’s response: using AI- and IoT-powered predictive service value-adds to guarantee customer uptime and build revenues. (SmartIndustry; link)
  • Edge, cloud or something in between? tracks the rise in IoT-connected edge computing networks from the perspective of pros at firms including SAP, Cisco, Oracle and Intel, whose Twitter and LinkedIn promotions were welcome. (Smart Industry; link)
  • IIoT developers start delivering better process data tracks the rise and success of cloud-based operational and business analytics applications in the process industries. (Control/; link)
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Aah, memories…from the archives:

Y2K: When “YY” turned to “YYYY”
  •  Take 2000 was a 32-page pre-Y2K book from my days as Editorial Director of Software Strategies, a manufacturing enterprise integration magazine. The link shows my kickoff Editor’s column and feature.
  • FPI applications of CIM alliances: What did the IT landscape look like in the early days of “Computer Integrated Manufacturing?” This article’s a throwback for the ages, using food processing industry (FPI) examples.