TechTarget: Plex Cloud ERP System Proves to be Mobile Catalyst for Manufacturer
01/11/17
Quatro Composites, a manufacturer of carbon fiber and thermal plastics for the aerospace, defense, medical and industrial markets, realized its ERP system could no longer meet its needs. Switching to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud helped them overcome geographic and physical constraints through the kind of mobile data access that only the cloud can enable.
TechTarget: Network Overhaul Performs in the Clutch for Auto Supplier
12/22/16
Japanese clutch manufacturer and Plex customer FCC LLC knew it couldn't grow in the United States if it held onto its antiquated networking and IT systems. The company's only option was replace everything and move to cloud ERP.
Talkin’ Cloud: Carving A Cloud - Finding Your Niche Across Five Industry Verticals
12/02/16
The growth in cloud technology for the manufacturing industry has a lot to do with the extensive investment in the Internet of Things, which is largely cloud dependent. Plex, a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, released a report this year that found cloud technology improved manufacturers’ ability to manage their changing business needs.
The Fabricator: Making Sense of Manufacturing Acronyms
11/08/16
Plex’s Stu Johnson helps readers make sense of the most popular three-letter acronyms that crowd the enterprise software space and provides a back-to-the-basics look at how these acronyms help make managing business processes easier.
Assembly Magazine: Industry 4.0 – Myth vs. Reality
11/03/16
Industry 4.0 promises to transform the way that engineers design and build products over the next two decades. How will the manufacturing industry adjust? “Manufacturing is a very pragmatic industry not generally prone to jumping at every new trend,” notes Plex Systems’ Stu Johnson. “The rest of the market will generally fall in line once the return on investment is clear. Smaller companies generally do not have the resources to risk on low rate of return projects.”
Forbes: The State of Manufacturing Technology Report, 2016
10/28/16
ERP writer Louis Columbus shares key insights derived from Plex’s 2016 State of Manufacturing Technology Report, showcasing how manufacturers are leveraging technology on their plant floor and throughout their organizations.
ComputerWorld: 2016 Data + Editors’ Choice Award
09/01/16
MFC Netform, a leading supplier of powertrain parts for the automotive and agricultural industries, awarded the 2016 ComputerWorld Data + Editors’ Choice Award for leveraging technology, in this case a cloud-based ERP solution from Plex Systems, to grow its business from a start-up to an industry leader in just 10 years. “With Plex, we never have to prepare for customer visits or audits,” says Tim Cripsey, general manager. “Our documentation is always up to date and in order.”
Mint Jutras: Plex Hits the Acquisition Trail | Plex
08/22/16
Industry Analyst Cindy Jutras shares her thoughts on the DemandCaster acquisition. “Plex’s intent here is to add supply chain planning to an already robust ERP and MES offering,” Jutras writes. “But in this case, no M&A pixie dust is required. Plex and DemandCaster have been partnering together for about a year and already 10 out of DemandCaster’s 50 customers are also Plex customers. The integration is complete and bidirectional.”
Shop Metal Tech Magazine: Enterprising Solutions that Click
08/15/16
G&W Products, a custom metal fabrication company, started from scratch implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for its shop floor. Now, G&W is reaping the benefits of having real-time access to documents and procedures. “I don’t think anyone understood the accessibility [the Plex Manufacturing Cloud] gave us. Having the ability to access drawings, work instructions…all the things customers require of us is now just a click away,” says Jeff Karan, Director of IT at G&W Products.
Strativa Blog: The Growing Circle of Cloud ERP
08/10/16
Cloud-based ERP functionality is not only catching up with traditional ERP providers, but now offering extended functionality. Frank Scavo, industry analyst, provides insight on Plex’s offering as a result of the DemandCaster acquisition. “As the first cloud ERP provider focused on manufacturing companies, [Plex] has a functional footprint that is wider and deeper than other ERP providers.”
Diginomica: Plex Acquires DemandCaster for Cloud-based Supply Chain
08/09/16
Industry Analyst Dennis Howlett shares his insight on the Plex acquisition of DemandCaster. “For the longer term, Plex now has a strong incentive to overlay supply chain analytics to its existing analytics roadmap.”
R “Ray” Wang Blog: Plex Adds Supply Chain Planning with DemandCaster Acquisition
08/09/16
R “Ray” Wang, analyst from Constellation, provides an overview of Plex’s acquisition of supply chain planning leader DemandCaster. “The first acquisition by Plex provides a win-win for customers who seek consolidation of capabilities in the cloud. Customers win with end-to-end manufacturing execution, ERP, and supply chain capabilities from one cloud vendor. The OEM partnership paved the way for a smooth transition for customers.”
WardsAuto: Connecting Factory Floor with the Top Floor
08/01/16
Automotive suppliers tackle how to use the Internet to improve factory operations at this year’s CAR MBS conference in Traverse City, Mich. “We are using less than one percent of the information available on the plant floor,” says Plex’s Stu Johnson. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”
Automotive News: Industrial Internet of Things Could Boost Plant Efficiency
08/01/16
The Industrial Internet of Things enables automakers and suppliers to operate their plant floors more efficiently by mining data on their machines. Stu Johnson, director of product marketing at Plex, talks about IIoT’s importance to manufacturers at the CAR MBS conference in Traverse City, Mich.
The Enterprisers Project: Five Simple Steps for Communicating IT Concepts with a Non-Technical Audience
06/21/16
Plex Systems CTO Jerry Foster provides simple steps IT professionals can follow when communicating with business colleagues who have no technical training and limited exposure to technology management.
IndustryWeek: Connectivity Enabling Manufacturing Innovation
06/07/16
Manufacturers, who have steadily been reaping the benefits from using the cloud to collect and store data, are now looking at various ways to further increase the value of the data.
Lessons from Cloud ERP for Manufacturing Customers | Plex
05/06/16
Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to moderate two different panels with a total of five different Plex customers. One panel was during Plex’s PowerPlex user conference (in Detroit) and the other was at the Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo (in Chicago). Their very real, personal comments regarding their journey with cloud ERP were noteworthy.
Diginomica: PowerPlex 2016 – Day 1
05/02/16
PowerPlex has become firmly established on the Spring conference circuit among the cognoscenti and assorted curmudgeons that fancy themselves as sages of the enterprise world. The company has rightfully earned its place as the only cloud manufacturing suite player with deep functional capabilities that cater for the small and medium businesses in the Rust Belt and beyond.
Diginomica: Getting on the Plex UX beta program
05/02/16
Nick Jones, corporate operations, Aaron Thomas Packaging explains how persistence pays in getting on the Plex UX program.
Deal Architect: Cool Toys at PowerPlex
05/02/16
Plex employees always get to play with the coolest toys. Last week at PowerPlex, Barrie Vince was watching over 4 sets of smart glasses shown above: Google Glass Explorer, Vuzix M100, Epson Moverio BT200, and Recon Jet.
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