What cloud-based ERP does for manufacturers & distributors

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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Can 21st-century manufacturing and distribution operations thrive, if supported by 20th-century enterprise systems? The fact is, they can’t. 

For small and midsize manufacturers and distributors, SaaS-based enterprise resource planning, so called cloud ERP, is the most effective way to deploy an up-to-date, world-class system. Yet many small-to-midsize manufacturers and distributors remain resident on ERP systems that date to the fax-machine era. As a result, managements pay exorbitant maintenance fees for on-premise ERP that is for all intents and purposes “version-locked” due to past customizations.

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Today’s cloud-based ERP features lower upfront, implementation and operating costs. Software versions are always up to date. ERP assets move from being a capital expenditure to an operations expenditure. Moreover, besides lower costs, cloud-resident, mobile-friendly and social media-aware ERP delivers a consistent, role-based and device-independent user experience. A business system becomes a customer-facing commerce system.

Here is an opportunity to get rid of troublesome spreadsheets, improve order processing, make support- and services-provision profitable, and gain control of compliance activities. We’ll also address challenges and risks often associated with cloud-based applications, including security and performance issues and the importance of detailed service-level agreements. 


George Trudell, Senior Consultant, Ultra Consultants 

George Trudell has over 25 years supply chain and technology experience helping mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies improve their businesses. He worked in industry for 15 years as a Corporate Director of Supply Chain, Planning Manager, Strategic Planning and Master Scheduler. He has worked in consulting for almost 15 years, from Senior Consultant to Partner at Grant Thornton, McGladrey, and now Ultra Corporation. George has selected and implemented ERP systems at each step in his career, leading ERP projects from both perspectives (industry and consulting).  

Gavin Davidson, Product Marketing Manager for ERP, NetSuite

Gavin Davidson, product marketing manager for ERP, brings to NetSuite more than 25 years of industry experience. In his current role, Gavin is charged with utilizing his understanding of the product, market place and customers to increase sales, improve customer satisfaction and retention and drive the solution maps for partner and product offerings. Prior to joining NetSuite, Gavin initially completed an apprenticeship in production engineering before taking on several consulting roles implementing a variety of manufacturing software products such as Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, Experlogix and Visual Manufacturing.

Rob Harrison, NetSuite Consulting Manager, Bridgepoint Consulting

Rob Harrison is a NetSuite certified ERP Consultant who brings over 12 years of experience with startup, midmarket and Fortune 500 companies to Bridgepoint. With a cohesive blend of both operational and technology expertise, Rob has advanced skills in the areas of business process development, systems implementation, integration, supply chain management, material requirements planning and discrete manufacturing. He has experience leading both ERP selection and implementation projects involving a number of ERP systems, including NetSuite, Oracle and Sage.

Sponsor: Oracle + NetSuite

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