Tuesday and Thursday
June 22 and 24, 2021
Noon to 1:00 PM


Manufacturers, Distributors, and Industrial Service Providers


Manufacturing Works Members: Free!
Non-Members: $10



Ron Clough

Is your ERP System being used to its fullest potential?

How do you choose an ERP System for your company?

This two-part Manufacturing Works webinar will first provide insight into the challenges of optimizing ERP (and other related enterprise software like CRM, EPM, and EAM) software. Then, our presenters will offer a framework for manufacturers, distributors, and industrial service providers to make a truly informed selection of a new enterprise software package.

Week One: Using Your ERP System to Its Fullest Potential

  • Define the enterprise software lifecycle
  • Define the sources and types of gaps between expectations and reality in enterprise software
  • Offer prescriptions, tools, tips, and techniques for closing the four types of gaps
  • Provide a framework for companies to define a simple, high-level ERP strategy
  • Review tools to use before and as part of improving the level of ERP use and satisfaction inside a company
  • Identify the costs to consider when embarking on improvement, upgrade, or replacement paths
  • Explain several approaches to managing, controlling, and achieving ERP satisfaction improvements

Week Two: Taking the guesswork out of choosing an ERP system for manufacturers

  • Define a simple, high-level enterprise software strategy and ensure alignment with the business and IT strategy
  • Define goals, objectives, and overall scope for a new enterprise software investment
  • Solicit, gather, and define detailed functional and technological requirements and align them with the enterprise software strategy
  • Identify candidate ERP, CRM, and other enterprise software candidates that best meet the companies' strategy-level and detailed requirements
  • Determine acquisition and long-term ownership costs of the candidates
  • Investigate the candidates and select the most appropriate solution
  • Transition from planning and selection to execution and implementation of the selected solution

Our Presenter

Scott Holter, CPIM, Meaden & Moore

Scott has spent more than 20 years in manufacturing and technology consulting, working with manufacturers of all types and sizes. He has extensive experience with multiple software applications, not only assisting clients with evaluating and selecting software, but also improving the utilization of existing software. He has led dozens of projects to evaluate, recommend, and select enterprise software in a way that maximizes the investment. In that time, Scott has reviewed, evaluated, and audited more than 80 different enterprise software products.

In 2000, Scott also authored and presented the paper “Synergy – ERP and Lean” to NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Since then, Scott has helped several companies craft and realize a vision for simplifying and melding companies' ERP software and Lean Manufacturing initiatives. In 2012, Scott was the keynote speaker at the Precision Metalforming Association's summit on ERP selection and implementation.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Program Sponsor


The Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio accelerates the growth and competitiveness of the Northeast Ohio economy through smart manufacturing implementation and innovation that leverages the region’s rich manufacturing heritage, unique assets, and talented workforce. We lead the development of innovation roadmaps and serve as the platform for the regional Manufacturing Blueprint to accelerate adoption and maximize the value of technology. We connect knowledge, experience, tools, and networks with manufacturers to generate demand, increase productivity, spur product innovation, and develop talent and resources necessary to drive technology implementation and innovation. To learn more, visit smartmanufacturingcluster.org.


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