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Expert Q&A: Manufacturing Execution Systems

A manufacturing execution system (MES) offers different things to different manufacturers – and different things to manufacturers in different industries. To reduce the confusion, and to provide insight into the value of MES solutions in the IEM and industrial products verticals, we asked a longtime consultant to share his insight.

Ultra Insight: Finding the Right ERP Consultant

ERP projects are difficult and complex. Which is why the expertise and experience of an ERP consultant is highly valuable, and often necessary for a successful project and, ultimately, the realization of critical benefits. How do you find and select the right ERP consultant for your company?

Ultra Insight: What is the Role of an Independent ERP Consultant?

We find that most mid-market manufacturing and distribution organizations are challenged when selecting and implementing new ERP technologies. The reasons center on project scale, skills, resources and experience. Which is where an independent ERP consultant comes in. Expertise is valuable.

Video: Outlook for 2021 Manufacturing Jobs Recovery

In the fourth of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss the potential for a manufacturing jobs recovery, the persistent skilled labor shortage and ongoing job training challenges.

Video: Are Recovery-Driven Consumer Buying Shifts Ahead?

In the third of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss pandemic-driven marketplace changes, the potential for a mid-summer return to services buying and a possible downturn for consumer products (and more).

Video: How Politics Affects Manufacturing and Distribution

In the second of a four-video series, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner and economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl discuss how the shift in the political landscape, the Biden Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress will impact business, supply chains, trade relations, tariffs, regulation and taxes.

Video: How Manufacturers Can Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption

In the first of a four-video series, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner and economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global supply chains, and how manufacturers can mitigate disruption and enable recovery.

Smart Implementation: 6 Critical Change Management Strategies

Of all the possible errors you can make, poorly executed change management (or none) is perhaps the most avoidable cause of project problems and failure. Resistance to change, even positive change, is normal and expected human behavior – and plans must be made to minimize its impact.

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