GE Software CMO John Magee

GE Forms Internet of Things Partnerships

Watch for continued developments in the Internet of Things and “Industrial Internet” and “Connected Enterprise” space. Things are really heating up—as far as press releases are concerned, anyway. I think the actual benefits from implementations will begin to accelerate, too. Here is a release from GE. GE announced an expanded working relationship with Intel and […]

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2015 ARC Industry Forum

It is time to start thinking about the annual ARC Industry Forum. I’ve attended every one beginning in 1998. It is a major industry gathering. It is largely about ARC’s clients, but the only industry people I don’t see in Orlando are competing analysts. A good place to see and be seen as they say. […]

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Siemens PLM Expands Manufacturing Software Portfolio

Furthering consolidation of the MES space, Siemens (the PLM division) announced agreement to acquire manufacturing software developer Camstar Systems. Siemens, in its press release, says “the acquisition will build on Siemens’ industrial digitalization strategy by broadening its integrated product development and production automation solutions for the electronics, semiconductor and medical device industries.” I am a little surprised by the announcement, because […]

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What The Industrial Internet Means Now

Talk of Internet of Things / Industrial Internet / Connected Enterprise is growing. Consumer applications are partly to blame. Wearables for health and fitness and home automation are major consumer applications attracting attention and investment dollars. The industrial case dates from at least 1999 when the cellular carriers were looking for new markets to sell data transmission (not foreseeing the […]

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MESA Opens Manufacturing IT Conversation

Speaking of associations after yesterday’s post, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International association has struggled over approaches to information it composes and discussions it sponsors. Some have held that to receive white papers and other articles, as well as to participate in the Association LinkedIn group should be reserved for members. This would be […]

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Changing Automation Media Landscape

What a year for media coverage of the controls, instrumentation and automation industry. I left Automation World last year to try some new things. I just felt the itch to be creative again. Then Walt Boyes left Control magazine and bought the Industrial Automation Insider (subscriptions only). Then, within the past two weeks were two […]

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New Kids On the IO Block–Transferring Process Control Knowledge to Millennials

One of the more popular and discussed sessions at Emerson Global Users Exchange 2014 focused on working with and transferring process control knowledge to young people born in the 80s–The Millennials. The presenters were fellow “old guy” with new ideas and Emerson’s Chief Blogger Jim Cahill and a certified Millennial Danaca Jordan who is a staff engineer for Eastman […]

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Technology Direction and New Process Control Products from Emerson

Day two of Emerson Global Users Exchange for the press is usually a huge new product and technology “dump” or otherwise known as the “tornado” as editors and analysts get an overview of a variety new technology advances as seen in new products. Eve Chief Strategic Officer Peter Zornio can’t talk fast enough to get them all covered in the […]

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Emerson Process Discovers Reliability As An Industrial Business Strategy

The major press conference at this week’s Emerson Exchange focused on reliability. As a process control company, Emerson has historically focused on the “O” side of Operations & Maintenance. But Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management, launched the discussion with the statement, “Reliability as a business strategy – a board-level activity. C-suite executives are […]

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