PASO ROBLES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) authority, today announced the keynote speakers for the 2017 IQMS Pinnacle User Conference. Collectively the featured presenters will provide attendees with insights into how to capitalize on opportunities, mitigate risk, and spur growth in the wake of the economic conditions and technology trends impacting manufacturers today. The keynote sessions include:
- Economic Conditions and Factors that Impact Manufacturing, William A. Strauss, a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- Tools of Triumph, Alan Hobson, international bestselling author of seven books, Mt. Everest summiteer, and professional speaker for Fortune 500 companies
- Practical Applications of IoT and Smart Manufacturing, Andrew Hughes, a principal analyst at LNS Research focused on manufacturing operations management (MOM)
IQMS’ Pinnacle user conference runs April 3-6, 2017, at the Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida. The event brings together manufacturing executives, enterprise resource planning (ERP) technical experts, and industry thought leaders in 66 sessions examining manufacturing technology and business best practices, as well as how to get the most out of IQMS software.
“Our manufacturing customers’ success in growing their business and profitability is based not only on how efficiently they implement their ERP solutions but also how effectively they navigate the evolving market dynamics and technologies impacting the industry today,” said Gary Nemmers, president and CEO of IQMS. “At Pinnacle 2017, we are thrilled to complement our popular IQMS software training sessions with keynote speeches by three high-powered thought leaders in finance, manufacturing, and operational excellence. Together, they will empower our attendees with valuable insights on how to excel in today’s highly competitive global market.”
Economic Conditions and Factors that Impact Manufacturing
Keynote presenter William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium, and he currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Strauss has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and quoted in the major business magazines and newspapers. He has also provided testimony concerning manufacturing issues to the U.S. Senate.
Tools of Triumph
Alan Hobson is an international bestselling author of seven books, Mt. Everest summiteer, and professional speaker for Fortune 500 companies. He has been featured on Oprah, is a winner of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in News Writing. and is considered to be one of the best adventure speakers in the world. A former nine-time all-American gymnast, marathon runner, hang glider pilot, white water kayaker, parachutist, and journalist, he is a tough man for tough times—an expert at overcoming adversity, managing cataclysmic change, and enduring hostile and life-threatening operating conditions.
Practical Applications of IoT and Smart Manufacturing
Andrew Hughes is a principal analyst at LNS Research with his primary focus being research and analysis in the manufacturing operations management (MOM) practice. He also examines the impact of technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) on smart manufacturing. Hughes has 30 years of experience in manufacturing IT, software research, sales and management across a broad spectrum of manufacturing industries. Prior to LNS Research, he worked at Gartner as a research director in the manufacturing group as lead analyst in MOM and related manufacturing software fields. Before joining Gartner, Andrew led the manufacturing execution systems (MES) team in Europe at process industry software provider Aspen Technology.
IQMS uniquely combines ERP and MES functionality to give manufacturers a comprehensive end-to-end suite for running the business, backed by the real-time performance and scalability that companies demand. Developed specifically for mid-market repetitive, discrete and batch process manufacturers, IQMS provides robust capabilities for addressing strict customer and regulatory certification and compliance. IQMS achieves this by delivering traditional ERP functionality for accounting, sales orders, material requirements, inventory and purchasing, plus extended native features for CRM, human resources, production scheduling, shop floor control, warehouse and quality modules. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.iqms.com.
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