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Aug
01
2019
Ed O'Brien — Company and Product News

Observations from the Recent Infor Innovation Summit

With many of today’s industrial firms embracing digital transformation, new features and innovations in EAM, ERP, and other applications offer expanded opportunities in smart manufacturing and asset management.   This came into play during the recent Infor Innovation Summit.
Jul
30
2019
Valentijn de Leeuw — Industry Trends

Asset Performance Management: Best Practices

ARC Europe will present its Q3 WebWindow: “Asset Performance Management: Best Practices” on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 10.30AM CET and 3.30PM CET.
Jul
18
2019
Mark Sen Gupta — Technology Trends

Benchmarking: Avoid Being The Tallest Pigmy

Best practice benchmarking against peers is a common method used to gauge how well a company is doing, but it could lead you to become the tallest pigmy.
Aug
23
2019
Jim Frazer — Industry Trends

Building Smart Cities - Solving the Implementation Paradox

The Smart City Implementation Paradox describes the situation that the Smart City ecosystem finds in widely divergent situations worldwide. In short, while there is a plethora of very compelling applications, many with very short financial paybacks – the adoption rate of these solutions has been increasing however at a rate that is far below even the most conservative forecasts. One approach to surmount this obstacle is to have a much better, very comprehensive understanding of the communities that drive the decision-making – or decision-delaying, along with their underlying user needs.
Aug
09
2019
Eric Cosman — ARC Report Abstract

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Continues to Improve

In February the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) marked the fifth anniversary of its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). ARC Advisory Group strongly encourages anyone responsible for defining, implementing or operating a program to address cybersecurity risk to learn more about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
Aug
23
2019
Jim Frazer — Industry Trends

Building Smart Cities - Solving the Implementation Paradox

The Smart City Implementation Paradox describes the situation that the Smart City ecosystem finds in widely divergent situations worldwide. In short, while there is a plethora of very compelling applications, many with very short financial paybacks – the adoption rate of these solutions has been increasing however at a rate that is far below even the most conservative forecasts. One approach to surmount this obstacle is to have a much better, very comprehensive understanding of the communities that drive the decision-making – or decision-delaying, along with their underlying user needs.
Aug
23
2019
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

ARC-IEEE Webinar Series: Smart City Planning

The smart cities team at ARC will be conducting a series of webinars with the IEEE exploring various topics related to smart cities, buildings, and infrastructure.  The first of these is coming up soon, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 11 AM Eastern Time and will feature the head of our smart cities practice, Jim Fazer.  Jim will talk about the process of building smart cities with the IEEE Smart City Planning and Technology Standard P2784.  Upcoming sessions focus on energy, cybersecurity, electric vehicles, lighting, software platforms, and much more
Aug
13
2019
Eddie Fidler — Industry Trends

Diesel Price Volatility Drives Fleet Electrification

ARC Advisory Group has been writing about the compelling case for fleet electrification over the last year including here, here, and here. In short, companies are starting to turn to electric powertrains to avoid the various pitfalls of diesel (and gasoline for lighter-duty vehicles)
Jul
25
2019
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

Developing Effective Smart Building Cybersecurity

Smart cities and critical infrastructure both face major cybersecurity-related challenges.  Today’s rapid adoption of IoT technologies, the convergence of IT and OT environments, drive toward ubiquitous connectivity, and resource constraints are all major challenges when it comes to implementing a good cybersecurity program for smart cities and infrastructure.  The 2019 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida featured a dedicated track on smart cities and infrastructure.  Here, end-users shared their experiences in justifying and implementing smart building cybersecurity.    

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Aug
24
2019
Chantal Polsonetti — Acquisition or Partnership

VMware Enters Agreements to Acquire Pivotal Software and Carbon Black

VMware and Pivotal Software announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire Pivotal for a blended price per share of $11.71, comprised of $15 per share in cash to Class A stockholders, and the exchange of shares of VMware’s Class B common stock for shares of Pivotal Class B common stock held by Dell Technologies.
Aug
23
2019
Ralph Rio — ARCView

Asset Management KPIs with Industry 4.0

How will Industry 4.0 impact asset management KPIs?  A recent discussion with Sachin Bhavsar, Industry 4.0 Leader and Practitioner, TCS, added focus on some current trends that offer the potential to drive a step-function improvement in the maintenance function for higher asset reliability.
Aug
22
2019
Valentijn de Leeuw — ARC Report Abstract

Concepts and Applications of the I4.0 Asset Administration Shell

The Asset Administration Shell (AAS), a key concept of Industry 4.0 (or “Industrie 4.0” in German), is used to describe an asset electronically in a standardized manner.  Its purpose is to exchange asset-related data among industrial assets and between assets and production orchestration systems or engineering tools. 

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