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The Manufacturing ERP Experience, April 14-16, 2015; Rosemont, IL

—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 reception:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
9291 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Tuesday, April 14

9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast, Exhibits Open
10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: ERP in Manufacturing 2015
Ten Reasons Why You Need a New ERP System Now
Speaker: Cindy Jutras, President, Mint Jutras, LLC
11:00 a.m. General Session—Epicor
Power Great Lakes, an OEM supplier of Perkins Diesel engines to the industrial, construction and agricultural equipment markets.
Speaker: Ryan King, CIO, Power Great Lakes, Wood Dale, IL
12:00 p.m. Lunch—Exhibits Open
1:15 p.m. General Session—Plex Systems
Software overview and case study at Shape Corp.
Shape rolled out the Plex Manufacturing Cloud across its entire operations in 7 months and can now get new sites up and running in just two weeks.
Since launching the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, Shape Corp. now has one ERP solution from shop floor to top floor providing real-time visibility and automated reporting, sales forecasting/production efficiency, labor efficiency and flexibility to adapt.
Speaker: Dave Morfas, Plex Director of Product Marketing
2:00 p.m. General Session—Panorama Consulting Solutions
Overview and case study
Speaker: Eric Kimberling, Founder and Managing Partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions
2:30 p.m. Break, Exhibits Open
3:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Five Strategies for Delivering the Revolution Your Customers Want by Streamlining Complex Manufacturing
We'll explore the ERP journey from inception to benefits, and highlight the key milestones and road blocks.
Speaker: Louis Columbus, Vice President, Marketing IBASET
4:30 p.m. General Session—ECI Software
Precise Manufacturing provides precision machined components and services including Swiss Lathes, horizontal machining, 4 Axis Wire EDM, and Multi-spindle Screw Machines.
Speaker: John Whitcraft, President of Precise Manufacturing, Inc.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Networking reception, Exhibits Open

Wednesday, April 15

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Exhibits Open
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Ten Tips for Manufacturers About to Begin an ERP Project
We will provide lessons learned and guidance on how manufacturers can increase the ROI of their ERP projects.
Speaker: Eric Kimberling, Founder and Managing Partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions
10:00 a.m. General Session—xTuple
Cordeck Building Solutions fabricates corrugated steel deck, in floor cellular raceway systems, flashing, trim and other building-construction accessories. Cordeck found open source xTuple was able to satisfy all of its varied requirements with a single, integrated solution for accounting, sales, inventory and manufacturing. Additionally, xTuple’s native multiplatform application eased Cordeck’s transition from Windows to Apple hardware.
In 2014, Cordeck deployed Cloud-based xTuple and is realizing even greater efficiency, automated backup and disaster recovery, complete integration and improved productivity.
Speaker: April Kennedy, Purchasing Manager, Cordeck Building Solutions
11:00 a.m. Break—Exhibits Open
11:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Exhibits Open

Thursday, April 16

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ERP Boot Camp
This program focuses on all the steps necessary to:
  • Select the right ERP software for your organization
  • Negotiate with vendors
  • Document business processes
  • Implement with confidence
  • Build business blueprints
  • Manage and train staff
  • Increase return on investment (ROI)
  • Succeed!