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Bill McBeath

Chief Research Officer, ChainLink Research

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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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