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Bill McBeath

Chief Research Officer, ChainLink Research


About the Author

Bill McBeath leads ChainLink's research efforts, as well as the procurement, strategic sourcing, design collaboration and online marketplaces practices. With more than 20 years of experience in a variety of roles as a business and technology researcher and consultant, high tech executive, and software architect, Mr. McBeath is recognized as a leading expert in extended-enterprise business models.

Common Concerns About Running a Manufacturing Business in the Cloud: What is the Reality?

Bill McBeath June 26, 2013

Many people assume that high performance real-time manufacturing processes require an on-premise solution and are not a natural fit for the cloud. In a manufacturing firm, everything starts from the plant floor – so the core Manufacturing Execution System, well integrated into the rest of the enterprise solution(s), is critical....

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