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The Manufacturing ERP Experience, October 8-9, 2014; Nashville, TN

—a tour of the industry’s’ leading enterprise-resource-management (ERP) software systems for small- to midsized manufacturing companies.

Sponsored by MetalForming magazine

Exhibits, presentations and receptions and lodging:
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt
1715 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203


Wednesday, October 8

2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception
ERP Software Tour, Session I (Exhibits open)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address 1: ERP in Manufacturing 2014
Cindy Jutras, President, Mint Jutras
In 2013 you couldn’t pick up an article without being bombarded with what industry observers were calling the “big trends” in enterprise software. We heard that cloud and software as a service (SaaS) deployments would take over, although definitions were just that… cloudy. We heard about the prevalence of mobile devices and the resultant “consumerization of IT.”

“Social” took on new meaning as Facebook, Twitter and other social-media phenomena not only changed the way many of us communicate with the world but also impacts our business applications. And then, as if we weren’t already bombarded with enough data, we heard all about “big data,” analytics and in-memory computing. ERP was not immune.

Today we are seeing these trends continue but also converge, brought together by a common goal of making not only innovation, but ERP itself easier to consume.

Cindy Jutras, a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. Utilizing more than 35 years of corporate experience and specific expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service and business performance management, Jutras has spent the past 8-plus years benchmarking the performance of software solutions in the context of the business benefits of technology.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
General Session—Epicor
Software overview and case study
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
General Session—Plex
Software overview and case study
Gary Eubank, corporate compliance coordinator, Quaker Mfg. Corp.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception, Exhibits Open

Thursday, October 9

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
ERP Software Tour Session II
(Exhibits open)
Breakfast sponsored by Epicor
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Address 2: Five Strategies for Delivering the Revolution Your Customers  Want by Streamlining Complex Manufacturing
Louis Columbus, Vice President, Marketing, IBASEt

We'll explore the ERP journeys from inception to benefits, and highlight the key milestones and road blocks. 
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
General Session—Netsuite
Software overview and case study
Alan Young, president, Armor Concepts, Nashville, TN
9:45 – 11:00 a.m. ERP Software Tour, Session III (Exhibits open)
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
General Session—ECi
Software overview and case study
Sue Shervey, administrative lead, and Mark Shervey, president
Pequot Tool & Manufacturing, Pequot Lakes, MN
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
ERP Software Tour, Session IV
(Exhibits open)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Address 3: Ten Things Every Manufacturer Should Know Before Starting Their ERP Project
Eric Kimberling, President and Chairman, Panorama Consulting
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. General Session—Infor
Software overview and case study
Ellwood Group, a manufacturer of forged-steel and cast-iron products, uses Infor SyteLine and add-on products to upgrade from single-site installations to multisite implementation.
Larry Korak, Industry Strategy Director, Infor
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. General Session—Global Shop Solutions
Software overview and case study
Roman Anguiano, Senior Sales Engineer, Global Shop Solutions and Bob Miller, The Jasper Chair Company
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Q&A/roundtable/panel discussion with ERP software vendors (sponsors)
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
ERP Software Tour, Session V (Exhibits open)

Friday, October 10

 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ERP Boot Camp
This program focuses on all the steps necessary to:
  • Select the right ERP software for your company
  • Negotiate with vendors
  • Document business processes to increase ROI
  • Implement with aplomb
  • Build business blueprints
  • Manage and train staff
  • Increase return on investment (ROI)
  • Succeed!