Industry Trends Track

Gain insight into what’s happening in the world around us to better understand your competitive posture and shape your strategic plans.

Gain insight into what’s happening in the world around us to better understand your competitive posture and shape your strategic plans.

Who Should Attend: All audiences including CEOs, Presidents, Executives, Directors

Tuesday, April 26

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Technology and the Connected Manufacturing Industry (Discrete Manufacturing Focus)

Chris Jones, President and CEO, Actify Inc.
Ty Myers, RSM Americas, Actify Inc.

Learn about Industry 4.0, the ‘connected enterprise’ and the state of the manufacturing industry today. Leveraging insights from the 2015 Gartner Hype Cycle for Manufacturing and PLM, we will address relevant disruptive technologies and industry trends with regards to market readiness, maturity, industry adoption and the shift in ‘digital business drivers’. 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of Your ERP System

Tony Brown, Director of Business Systems, EG Industries
Jennifer Kalister, ERP Consultant, Revolution Group

Real-time, cloud-based, customized connectivity – today’s modern ERP system looks nothing like the bulky, hardware heavy systems of the past. Learn how modern ERP functionality, including mobile apps, built-in analytics and online support communities, provide deeper insights, faster updates and real benefits to your shop floor.

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Navigating Challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry (Process Manufacturing Focus)

Bill Bremer, Principal, Kestrel Management

Process manufacturers, specifically food and beverage manufacturers, continue to face challenges from regulations, recalls, and other factors in a rapidly changing industry. This session will discuss key areas in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), how manufacturers prepare for and execute recalls, and why planning for continuous improvement while staying abreast of industry developments is challenging, but essential.


Wednesday, April 27

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Manufacturing Models and Company Expansion

Rob Barnhart, Senior IT Manager Strategic Development, Jabil Circuit
Brian Sommer, President, TechVentive
Ben Stewart, CIO, Stant Corporation

As companies expand and grow organically or through acquisition, they are faced with considering or having to conform to various manufacturing models. Whether merging into a larger enterprise, adding new plants or expanding globally, it is important to develop the right plan and strategy. This session looks at real scenarios of how expanding companies have adopted or adapted to different manufacturing models, and how cloud solutions can simplify the process.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What's Here and What's Coming in Connected Manufacturing and the Internet of Things

Jerry Foster, Chief Technology Officer, Plex
Kenty Adams, Enterprise Architect, Jabil Circuit
Scott Tollafield, Director of IT, Fisher & Company

Technology evolution continues to accelerate at a breakneck pace and manufacturers with fully connected operations are best equipped to take advantage of modern capabilities. This session will discuss how connected manufacturers can quickly integrate and benefit from new plant floor innovations, Internet of Things (IoT) offerings, and meaningful developments coming down the pike from the industry and Plex Labs. The session will also show how some modern manufacturers are leveraging the Plex Manufacturing Cloud to integrate these capabilities today.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Compliance and Service Assurance in the Cloud

Lauren Giroux, Director of Infrastructure Operations, Plex
Andrew Skomski, CPA, IT Auditor, Plex

Manufacturers live in a world where information collection and regulatory compliance drive how business and trade are managed. From customer and financial data to export-controlled data, ensuring disciplined management, security and reliability are musts for your customers. Learn about service assurance trends, the compliance measures manufacturers need to abide by, the reporting and auditing mechanisms Plex uses to meet these needs, and how they help trade and export compliance alignment. We’ll discuss the different SOC (Service Organization Controls) reports and their meaning, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), EAR (Export Administration Regulations) and disaster recovery methods.