Ralph Rio

Ralph Rio

Vice President Enterprise Software

Ralph's focus areas include asset performance management (APM), enterprise asset management (EAM), field service management (FSM), and global service providers (GSP).

Office Location
Boston, MA
Asset Performance Management
Digitization, Industrial IoT, I4.0
Operational Excellence
Technology Evaluation & Selection

Ralph’s focus involves Asset Performance Management including Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Field Service Management (FSM) and the impact of Industrial IoT (IIoT).  He also researches and advises Global Service Providers.  Ralph is an advocate of continuous improvement programs (Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma).  He has written well over a hundred reports.  Below is a brief overview of his areas:

Asset Performance Management (APM): Ralph authored several thought-leading reports on APM including APM 2.0 with Industrial IoT.  He has presented and facilitated workshops on this topic including strategies for both equipment providers and end users.

EAM and FSM: Ralph’s reports include the Best Practices for Maintenance Management global user survey, and the Enterprise Asset Management and Field Service Management Global Market Research Studies.  Ralph also developed the STAR application selection guide for EAM applications.

Global Service Providers (GSP):  Ralph developed the GSP selection guide that includes both selection criteria and guided workflow steps for choosing a services provider.  The criteria extend from corporate IT to manufacturing IT and include communications with control systems.  He has also written several reports involving GSPs and their customer successes.

Continuous Improvement Programs: Ralph's surveys provide best practice benchmarks for managing a Lean Manufacturing program.  Ralph is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has been involved with Six Sigma since its beginnings at Motorola in the early 1980’s, and the roll-out at GE in the late 1990s.  His research and work experiences provide a deep perspective for the management of continuous improvement programs. 

Ralph has over 40 years experience associated with industrial applications.  This and his research at ARC provide an intimate understanding of the issues among manufacturers.  Ralph has been with ARC Advisory Group since 2000.  Before joining ARC, his roles include marketing and product management for suppliers, as well as engineering-in-manufacturing functions for end-users.  Ralph was with General Electric, Intellution/Emerson, Digital Equipment Corp., Motorola, and Texas Instruments.

Ralph's Industrial IoT blog posts (click here)

Video at ARC Forum in February 2018:

Video at ARC Forum in February 2017:

Videos at ARC Forum in February 2016: