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The Manufacturing ERP Experience, October 6-7, 2015; Houston, TX

—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, reception and lodging:
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
15700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Houston, TX, 77032

Tuesday, October 6

9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast, Exhibits Open
10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address #1
An overview of the manufacturing ERP market, and tips to select the right software for your manufacturing organization.
Speaker: Eric Kimberling, managing partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions

11:00 a.m. Case Study #1—ECi SoftwareSolutions, Inc.
Since 1969, Millar, Inc. has been a pioneer in the development of pressure-sensor technology and has directed its design and manufacturing expertise toward integrating that technology into catheters for applications in the life sciences. The firm specializes in micromachining, precision manufacturing and cleanroom assembly, and has been using ECi M1 ERP software since January 2013.
Speaker: Todd Miller, Director of IT, Millar Inc., Houston, TX
11:30 a.m. Case Study #2—Epicor Software
Hunting Energy provides products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry. Sales and service operations are located in the major oil centers of the world, comprising more than 80 company-owned facilities and a network of more than 60 licensed partners. Dan DiAngelo will tell a companion story of the firm’s lean journey and how its partnership with Epicor made it possible.
Speaker: Dan DiAngelo, Strategic Business Analyst, Hunting Energy Services, LP
12:00 p.m. Lunch—Exhibits Open
1:30 p.m. Case Study #3
2:00 p.m. Case Study #4
2:30 p.m. Break, Exhibits Open
3:30 p.m. Keynote Address:
The Connected Enterprise--ERP and CRM Data Integration
Too many manufacturers operate with software systems using disconnected technology. This means that valuable data from one silo of the business may not be visible to another; leading to cumbersome processes and dual data-entry. Ultimately, what businesses want is a singular source of data that all departments can draw upon. Datix CEO Bryan Sapot will share his knowledge and experience regarding enterprise software integration. Learn what businesses can achieve by integrating ERP and CRM, and the best ways to approach these kinds of projects.
Speaker: Bryan Sapot, CEO, Datix
4:30 p.m. Case Study #5
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking reception, Exhibits Open

Wednesday, October 7

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Exhibits Open
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address:
Managing Change—the Key to a Successful ERP Makeover
Speaker: Keith Helfrich, Senior Lead Consultant–Growth Services,
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Founder, Vice President–Operations, Growth GPS
10:00 a.m. Case Study #6
10:30 a.m. Case Study #7
11:00 a.m. Keynote Address:
Managing Risk in ERP to Deliver Business Performance Improvement

Speaker: Rich Sides, partner, Ultra Consultants
11:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Exhibits Open