Bryan Ball is the research director for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain and Supplier Management research practice, responsible for developing Aberdeen's research coverage within the practice and delivering findings via published works, speaking engagements, online events and media interaction.
With more than 30 years of supply-chain, operations and materials-management experience acquired across multiple product lines and serving several markets, including retail, wholesale, commercial, OEM and private brand customers, Ball brings a high level of knowledge and insight on the challenges and opportunities facing supply-chain practitioners worldwide.
Ball’s career encompasses a range of experience including system implementation, startup operations, consolidations and outsourcing, all while delivering value in the form of cost reductions, improved inventory turns and enhanced efficiencies. His professional accomplishments cover a range of disciplines including sales and operations planning, risk mitigation, strategic sourcing, product sourcing, change management, purchasing management, cost reduction and lean manufacturing.
Prior to joining Aberdeen, Ball served as vice President of supply chain for FuelCell Energy, a manufacturer of stationary fuel cells for the distributed power-generation market. Before that, he served as vice-president, global supply chain, for FluidMaster, Inc. Ball also served as director of supply chain for Dover Industries Unified Brands, where he directed sales and operations planning, sourcing and procurement across all plants, and has held leadership roles in Stanley Mechanics Tools and software provider i2 Technologies.
Ball holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, and is an APICS Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM).
As a leading independent voice in ERP system selection and implementation, Carr’s organizations have helped more than 1200 manufacturing companies effectively select and implement new information systems. This deep experience solidifies Carr’s reputation as the leading expert on manufacturing software vendors and their products.
Carr is a graduate of the University of Illinois. His businesses have won accolades by the KPMG Peat Marwick High Tech Entrepreneur organization; the Arthur Anderson Small Business Institution; Young Presidents Organization, Chief Executive Officers Association and World Presidents Organization.
Carr regularly garners high praise from manufacturers who achieve better business outcomes such as improved operations, increased quality and higher profitability. He regularly speaks, presents and writes about ERP best practices and manufacturing technology trends.
Panorama Consulting Solutions
After 15 years of ERP consulting at large firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers and SchlumbergerSema, Eric Kimberling realized the need for an independent consulting firm that really understand both ERP and the business benefits it can enable.
Eric is the founder and Managing Partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, an independent ERP consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, and is recognized as a leading expert in the international ERP and enterprise systems market. Eric has broad experience and expertise in ERP software selection, project management, organizational change management, contract negotiations and expert witness testimony. His background includes Big Four consulting experience and working with more than 150 global clients in manufacturing, distribution, retail, energy, utilities, non-profit and government.
Throughout his career, Eric has helped dozens of high-profile and global companies with their ERP initiatives, including Kodak, Samsonite, Coors, Duke Energy and Lucent Technologies. In addition to his extensive ERP experience, Eric has also helped clients with business process reengineering, merger and acquisition integration, business process optimization, lean manufacturing, strategic planning and Six Sigma and value stream analysis. Eric holds an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.