Peer Exchange Sessions

Participants gather to discuss common interest topics and contribute their ideas, questions and challenges so others can benefit and learn from hearing the experience of their peers.

Participants gather to discuss common interest topics and contribute their ideas, questions and challenges so others can benefit and learn from hearing the experience of their peers.

Who Should Attend: All audiences

Tuesday, April 26

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Industry Peer Exchange Sessions

Join industry peers to exchange ideas, questions and challenges on industry developments and open
discussion topics. Choose from one of the following peer groups:

• Food and Beverage Industry (Moderator: Gerry Gray, Director of Product Management, Plex)
• Aerospace and Defense Industry (Moderator: Robert Urbani, Vision Consultant, Plex)
• Transportation and Automotive Industry: companies with revenues less than $100M
• Transportation and Automotive Industry: companies with revenues $100M and above (Moderator: Jim Drake, Vision Consultant, Plex)
• High Tech, Industrial and Other Discrete Manufacturing Industries (Moderator: John Govoni, Director of Vision Programs)


Wednesday, April 27

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Training New Employees

Moderator: Neal Rowland, Curriculum Developer, Plex

Swap tips and best practices on training new hires - and providing continuing education for existing employees. Discuss effective strategies to get your staff ramped up on Plex and your organization's business processes. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maximize Tool Tracking and Manufacturing Tools

Contribute to an open discussion on how your teams are using Plex tool tracking, reports, workflows and more to maximize the benefits to the tool room and production floors.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Expansion into China Best Practices

Moderator: Michael O'Toole, VP, Professional Services, Plex

What are the key environmental, legal and financial factors when expanding operations into China? In this peer discussion, attendees will share lessons learned and tips to prepare for an effective implementation in China.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maintenance Best Practices

Moderator: John Daly, Solution Engineer, Plex

Discuss standards, best practices, and creative avenues on how companies are using and maximizing the Plex Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance Modules.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Prioritizing and Managing Phase 2 Implementations

Moderator: David Monge, Senior Consultant, Plex

After a successful implementation, many Plex customers start thinking about what's next. Join this peer discussion to learn what projects your peers are prioritizing and share insights on your own initiatives. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Leveraging the Plex Community

Moderators: Katy Teer, Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Plex
Mahal Torres, Senior Business Analyst, Corporate IT, Plex
Paul Wright, CIO and VP of Information Technology, Accuride

The Plex Community is a valuable tool for your organization to collaborate with Plex experts and other users. Find out how your peers are leveraging this resource and share ideas on how you can further tap into the benefits of the connected Plex Community. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Building a Culture of System Adoption and User Trust

Moderator: Robert Urbani, Vision Consultant, Plex

Does your corporate culture tend to view your ERP system as a valuable asset or cumbersome barrier? The answer to that question can have a massive impact on your ability to successfully implement and continuously improve. Join peers to discuss proven strategies for developing a culture of ERP trust and appreciation, and pitfalls to avoid.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Beyond the Plex Manufacturing Cloud - An IT Discussion

Moderator: Christopher Pesola, Senior Director of IT, Plex
Hemant Makhija, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Plex

Share insight on cloud solutions being leveraged by your organization to achieve collaboration, minimize hardware and enable your IT team to focus on your end users. Learn how Plex Internal IT has gone to the cloud and share advantages and lessons learned from your experiences too. We'll also discuss how your peers are preparing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the role Plex can play in your strategy.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Most Valuable Reports and Dashboards in Plex

Moderator: Jim Drake, Vision Consultant, Plex

Learn about the most important Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that manufacturers should be tracking today. Come ready to share insight to the KPIs, reports and dashboards that have made a substantial impact or given critical performance visibility into your own organization. In this session, you’ll gain tips from your peers on valuable metrics and provide feedback to Plex on the creation of new out-of-the-box reports and dashboards that would be most useful to you.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Demand Driven MRP and PRP

Moderators: Olusola Oduntan, Product Manager, Plex

Consumers’ changing purchasing behavior impacts consumer product industries, but also dictates the speed at which the entire manufacturing value chain has to operate. Fluctuating order sizes, customized order handling, shorter order delivery times and more, are some of the ways this trend can impact a manufacturing business. Let’s discuss in this session, the importance and need for a demand-driven MRP and PRP in a manufacturing system and how your businesses are handling these fluctuations today.