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An MES, or manufacturing execution system, is an essential manufacturing tool for business resiliency in the face of disruption. The pandemic, geopolitical uncertainty, cybersecurity risks, and supply chain uncertainty are just a few of the major risks impacting manufacturers and driving more companies to digitize their business than ever before.
Whether or not to adopt or upgrade an MES solution is no longer the question. Today, it’s all about choosing the right one for your enterprise. Leading technology analysts are weighing in on what to look for in your new MES and their studies take different approaches — from gauging strengths, to gathering customer reviews, to competitively ranking providers. Let’s take a look at three questions the most trusted MES reports in the industry answer.
One tech industry standard for vetting solutions and determining core functionalities is the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for MES. Gartner, a well-known research and consulting firm, annually evaluates, rates, and publishes its rankings of MES vendors according to four market positions: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players, and Challengers. Plex, for example, is in the Leaders quadrant for these strengths:
For another perspective, global tech research and advisory company InfoTech (ITRG) compiles the experiences of real-world MES users in their annual MES Quadrant Report. This comprehensive report collects unbiased feedback with the goal of helping companies make the MES choice that best suits their needs.
InfoTech asks customers about product features and satisfaction, along with vendor experience and capabilities, combining the results to achieve a complete evaluation of any MES solution. Plex was named a Leader in the InfoTech report, which also includes a high-level summary of product performance.
Products are ranked by a composite satisfaction score (Composite Score) that averages four different areas of evaluation: Net Emotional Footprint, Vendor Capabilities, Product Features, and Likeliness to Recommend. The Net Emotional Footprint Score measures user emotional response ratings of the vendor — attributes such as trustworthiness, fairness, and respectability. Again, these scores and rankings are based solely on real-world user feedback.
Competitive rankings can also be helpful in the search for an ideal MES. ABI Research, a global technology intelligence firm, publishes a ranking matrix based on innovation and implementation. The study offers a thorough examination of the features and benefits of a given MES system, such as this excerpt from its 2022 evaluation:
“Plex Systems offers an easy to deploy MES that requires no customization, being able to be quickly configured for use without the need of programmers and outside consultants. A Plex MES can be accessed through any web browser, on any device, making it easy to access. Due to the SaaS nature of the MES, all customers share a common code base, separated by customer tenants, so new features are delivered through an opt-in and continuous innovation model, which eliminates the need to upgrade software or hardware throughout the solution’s lifecycle, making maintenance of the MES incredibly easy.
Customers do not need to add licenses, servers, or any further capital costs to access the features provided through this model. The software is deployed as a single instance, multitenant platform, ensuring that all users are running the same version, ensuring continuity and compatibility enterprise wide.”
As MES technology advances the barriers to entry lower, making adoption more feasible for all businesses. No matter your size or specialty, taking the next step in your MES journey is paramount to tracking materials, harnessing real-time data, improving quality, and ultimately, remaining competitive.
But in order to find the right MES for your business needs, research is key. Luckily, there are many trusted, impartial reports waiting to help you make the most of your strategic decision