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Hosted by the Ross Executive User Committee (EUC), a group of leaders from some of the most active Ross ERP customer companies, this three-day Special Interest Groups (SIG) event will be jammed packed with sessions designed to provide attendees with industry-leading insight into strategies, trends, and technology related to Ross ERP and their specific industries. See the ABOUT tab for more details.
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Sunday, November 13
 

12:00pm

Registration/Information Desk
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta
 
Monday, November 14
 

9:00am

Pre-Conference Session: IAF Tips & Tricks (FEES APPLY)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to cover IAF and Ross ERP configuration files, monitoring tools, and troubleshooting techniques in supporting a Ross ERP environment. Other topics covered within the session will include an overview of Security, Data and Metadata Auditing, and configuration management.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Katz

Alan Katz

Senior Technical Consultant, Aptean
Alan Katz has over 30 years as an information technology consultant. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bentley College with Bachelor of Science in MIS. He has been working at Aptean since 1994 and has worked in several technical positions within client support, development, and consulting services and specializes in platform and database technology.


Monday November 14, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

9:00am

Pre-Conference Session: Real Time Logic Engine (RTLE) & Factory MES (FEES APPLY)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Real Time Logic Engine (RTLE) is the piece that makes the connection between your shop floor data and the Factory MES database.  This session will cover basic RTLE setup and configuration techniques of the RTLE. There will also be a focus on a set of templates that have been designed in the RTLE that are specifically geared toward the Factory MES data collection.


Speakers
avatar for Dwayne Lachance

Dwayne Lachance

Customer Solutions, Aptean
Dwayne has been with Activplant for over 13 years. He currently is the manager of the Customer Solutions team for Activplant, focusing on support and implementations.


Monday November 14, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

10:30am

Break
Monday November 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Session: Aptean Advanced Reporting Tips & Tricks (FEES APPLY)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to cover the different approaches available for writing financial and operational reports. Other topics covered within the session will include an overview of budgeting, security, and scheduling.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Britt

Danielle Britt

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Danielle recently joined the Ross ERP team as part of Aptean’s acquisition of AssetPoint. As a Solutions Consultant, her focus is on providing demos of Ross Advanced Reporting and Ross ERP Financials to new and existing customers. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, working in roles including management assistance and accounting. Danielle also has experience in VOIP and hardware sales. Most recently she served as an... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

Ross ERP Support, Aptean


Monday November 14, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pittman

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Session: Getting Started with EMF: Managing Events, Alerts, & Data (FEES APPLY)
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we explore the general features and capabilities of EMF. In this session we will discover how EMF integrates with Ross, and we'll explore some popular usage scenarios from Ross customers. We will demonstrate the basic alerts which come with EMF Lite so you can get a sense of how EMF can make your business more proactive as you respond to daily events. We'll conclude with a brief Q&A session so you can decide if EMF is right for your business.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Brents

Ryan Brents

ERP Solutions Architect, Aptean
Ryan is an ERP Solutions Architect, specializing in BPM, EMF and Crystal Reports. He has been on the Ross team for two years, but has additional experience after coming from a Ross customer. He has a strong background in technology and IT consulting and is highly attentive to the constantly growing needs of today’s businesses.


Monday November 14, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pittman

2:30pm

Break
Monday November 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

EUC/SIG Leaders Meeting
Monday November 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

6:00pm

 
Tuesday, November 15
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Tuesday November 15, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
Overlook East Loews Atlanta

7:00am

Registration/Information Desk
Tuesday November 15, 2016 7:00am - 4:30pm
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

8:00am

Opening General Session
Speakers
avatar for Kim Eaton

Kim Eaton

Chief Executive Officer, Aptean
As Chief Executive Officer, Kim Eaton leads Aptean to provide unrivaled service to its nearly 5,000 global customers and drive product innovation in the enterprise software market. Ms. Eaton joined Aptean in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of Aptean’s global operations. Ms. Eaton has over 25 years in the technology sector with a broad range of senior leadership and management positions. She began her career... Read More →
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For the past 20 years he has been working with the Ross ERP solution for process manufacturers and helping customers get the most value out of Ross ERP. He continues to work closely with the product management and development organization in providing input into future functionality requirements and with the services organization in application of new functionality.
avatar for TVN Reddy

TVN Reddy

SVP of Process Products, Aptean
As SVP of Process Products, TVN Reddy has strategic and operational responsibility for leading Aptean’s portfolio of Process solutions, which includes Activplant, Axis, Factory, Knova and Ross products. He joined Aptean in 2013 as SVP of Engineering, leading the global product development team at Aptean. TVN has more than 18 years of experience in the software and services industries. Prior to joining Aptean, Mr. Reddy was with ADP Inc... Read More →
avatar for Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Senior Director Ross Product Line, Aptean
Jill has spent more than 20 years providing Ross Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) manufacturing customers an unsurpassed expertise in software implementation and business planning. Jill’s knowledge in manufacturing operations, business practices and industry specific regulations has given her the ability to focus on team collaboration, identify immediate customer needs and execute long term business goals.

Meet the EUC & SIG Leaders
avatar for Craig Keller - Chairman

Craig Keller - Chairman

Vice President, Comptroller, Midwest Trading, Inc.
Craig Keller is Vice President and Comptroller for Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, located in Maple Park, Illinois. As the name implies, Midwest Training supplies custom soil blends, mulches, compost and other products mainly to landscape contractors, re-wholesalers and garden centers in the five state area around Illinois. Along with its sister company, Midwest groundcovers, LLC, Midwest Trading has been using the Ross ERP system since... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Ellington DEF Loews Atlanta

9:30am

Break
Tuesday November 15, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

10:00am

LPN / Data Collection Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Inventory Management is at the heart of an ERP System. Let’s have a roundtable discussion of how the new Parent/Child LPN Structure can be used to assist Food and Beverage customers in inventory tracking. Also use of GS1 Application Identifiers can be beneficial in ease of inventory transactions. We'll explore how these new features can benefit all Food & Beverage customers.

Moderators
avatar for Carrie Bohlman

Carrie Bohlman

Director of IT, Nueske's
avatar for Jim Nail

Jim Nail

Senior Manager, Customer Solutions, Aptean
Jim manages the Customer Solutions group for Ross ERP. He focuses his energies and experience on managing new logo and upgrade projects and the successful implementation and support of all the Ross ERP Modules including Data Collection and Inventory Control to North American clients.
AP

Andy Pietsch

Plant Manager, Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats

Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Ross Data Manager/ Archiving Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Ravi Reddy will be introducing Ross Data Manager, a tool that would help customers control ERP data along with discussing Archiving best practices.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Block

Carl Block

Systems Administrator, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Carl has been with ISMIE since 1984 and first implemented Ross Classic at ISMIE in 1994 and upgraded to iRenaissance in 2002. ISMIE uses the financial suite and has integrated it with their claims and underwriting systems. Carl has been on the Ross EUC board since 2004.
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Technical Manager in Solution Consulting, Aptean
Ravi is an Oracle Certified DBA and a Microsoft Certified DBA, holding a Master of Business Administration (Information Systems) from Kallinga University, India; Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University, India and Diploma in Software Engineering (Honors) from Open University of British Columbia, Canada. With more than 14 years of experience in the field of technical solution consulting, technical account management and database... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Why Ross Customers Need Factory MES
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for this session where will take you through the value of incorporating Factory MES into your system landscape. Understand the value Factory MES brings to leading Food & Beverage and CPG manufacturers, how the system has been adopted to form the bedrock of operational excellence programs across the globe, and the tangible benefits you can realistically expect from a 6-8 week implementation. Support your strategic production goals, provide visibility to shop floor activities to the enterprise, and empower your teams to move towards a winning culture.

Speakers
avatar for Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Roy Thomas has spent the last 20 years in the Performance Improvement and MES space across various industries like Food & Bev, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, Automotive and CPG. He is a certified Lean practitioner and has been instrumental in bringing best practice C.I workflows to the Factory MES solution. He has implemented and sold Factory MES for over 13 years to both privately held as well as large enterprise customers. He moved from the... Read More →
avatar for James Wood

James Wood

Director, Factory MES Product Line, Aptean
James Wood is currently the Director of Factory MES. For the past 12 years James has been working with the Factory MES solution, and has been a part of the team that has delivered hundreds of successful Factory MES implementations across the globe. James has worked as a business analyst, solutions consultant, and now works closely with all areas of the Factory MES teams to provide a customer-focused product strategy, ensuring businesses achieve... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

10:00am

BI Magic Pills - Sure to make you slimmer, younger and more attractive
Limited Capacity seats available

Business Intelligence tools show slick dashboards, sure to wow Execs. But BI implementations struggle because the devil is in the details. We’ll be talking with current Ross customers about their experiences on the gotchas: such as incremental loading; dealing with multiple data sources and historical data; data prep and why data models can become data migraines; unit of measure nightmares; the sequential nature of data compared to the in-memory models; user adoption techniques; fiscal years; dynamic periods; security; data exploration and what should be next.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Hoogervorst

Doug Hoogervorst

Data Architect, Business Impact
Doug Hoogervorst runs a team of business intelligence specialists called Business Impact that has more than 100 customers. He is a data architect for staging data out of Ross and dozens of other systems and an MBA with strong business acumen, which helps him work from sales to promotions, purchasing to inventory to production and in finance. He also worked at Ross from 2001 to 2005. Ross clients include Litehouse, MGK, Pharmaceutical... Read More →
avatar for Business Impact

Business Impact

Business Impact converts cluttered, raw data into organized segments — making it easier for you to make smarter business decisions.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Budgeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Britt

Danielle Britt

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Danielle recently joined the Ross ERP team as part of Aptean’s acquisition of AssetPoint. As a Solutions Consultant, her focus is on providing demos of Ross Advanced Reporting and Ross ERP Financials to new and existing customers. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, working in roles including management assistance and accounting. Danielle also has experience in VOIP and hardware sales. Most recently she served as an... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Synoptix

Synoptix

Not all information is vital for reporting and analysis. The right information is. How do you focus on the ERP information that really matters? Synoptix empowers you with the financial tools you need to quickly access critical information in a way that’s meaningful and timely, providing you and your business a real competitive edge. Formerly known as Compusoft, Synoptix is the developer of the Advanced Reporting and Budgeting... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

11:05am

EMF Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

EMF is an extremely powerful tool which can integrate your business processes and alert/report on business events. During this session we will ensure you’re getting the most out of EMF and using all the features it has to offer. We will explore some features you may not be aware of and demonstrate their usage as well as discuss how customers are using these features to their advantage. 


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Brents

Ryan Brents

ERP Solutions Architect, Aptean
Ryan is an ERP Solutions Architect, specializing in BPM, EMF and Crystal Reports. He has been on the Ross team for two years, but has additional experience after coming from a Ross customer. He has a strong background in technology and IT consulting and is highly attentive to the constantly growing needs of today’s businesses.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

11:05am

Establishing Lean Data Entry Processes
Limited Capacity seats available

Data entry is a large part of any ERP System whether it’s Sales Order Entry, Purchase Order Entry, Part Code/Recipe/Spec Setup, Customer/Supplier Setup, Job Closing, etc…much of our team’s time is spent entering data. This presentation focuses on maximizing your data input efficiency by redesigning standard operating procedure documentation and applying lean principles.


Speakers
avatar for Adam Acorn

Adam Acorn

Purchasing Manager, Kettle Cuisine
Adam has been working with Ross system for over three years, as a part of Kettle Cuisine’s ERP Implementation team he gained a comprehensive view on how Ross ERP works across multiple areas of the business. He has been with Kettle Cuisine for 4+ years and has worked in Finance, Operations, and Supply Chain. Through his cross-functional roles in Kettle Cuisine and depth of Ross ERP knowledge he has driven significant continuous improvement.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

11:05am

Using the Fixed Asset Module
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents an overview of the Ross Fixed Asset module. It will cover the set-up of asset classes, using multiple asset books, setting up and maintaining assets and depreciation methods & processing. We will also cover depreciation budget forecasting and year-end processing.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Block

Carl Block

Systems Administrator, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Carl has been with ISMIE since 1984 and first implemented Ross Classic at ISMIE in 1994 and upgraded to iRenaissance in 2002. ISMIE uses the financial suite and has integrated it with their claims and underwriting systems. Carl has been on the Ross EUC board since 2004.
avatar for Thea Hickey

Thea Hickey

Director of Accounting, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Thea has been with ISMIE since 1997 and has been a Ross user for 19 years. ISMIE uses the Financial suite, G/L, A/P, A/R, F/A, POP and Advanced Reporting. Some of her roles at ISMIE have included month-end G/L Processing with allocations, fixed asset processing, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Her current role involves the oversight of monthly GL processing and financial statement preparation and supervision of daily AP and AR... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

11:05am

Advanced Planning & Scheduling with PlanetTogether & Illes Seasonings
Limited Capacity seats available

As Illes Seasonings and Flavors business grows and becomes more complex we are challenged with better understanding of demand, supply, capacity, resource capabilities, throughput, and product mix in our facilities. PlanetTogether APS offers an all-inclusive software package that allows the Production Scheduler to master these areas and many more.  This session will show how Illes Seasonings and Flavors uses PlanetTogether APS solution to accomplished this challenges.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Cerra

Jim Cerra

CEO & Co-Founder, PlanetTogether
avatar for Ed Czysz

Ed Czysz

Production Scheduling Manager, Illes Seasonings and Flavors
Ed manages all production planning for two plants (liquid and dry products) located in Carrollton, Texas. Prior to Illes, Ed comes from a 19 year career at Kerry Inc. where he most recently held corporate level positions in Supply Chain Management and Master Data Management. Ed draws his knowledge from an in-depth operational supply chain experience in a vast range of food ingredient and commercial food product manufacturing settings.  
avatar for Les Howell

Les Howell

Executive Director of IT, Illes Seasonings and Flavors
Before joining Illes in 2006, Les spent 10 years as Director of IT at State Fair Foods (a division of Sara Lee). Now, with almost three decades of experience, Les keeps Illes at the forefront of new systems and innovations in manufacturing processes. He’s on the Executive User Committee Board for Ross International User Group and was instrumental in implementing the Ross ERP system, Pivotal, Data Collection and Mobile B.I. (Business... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for PlanetTogether

PlanetTogether

PlanetTogether is planning, scheduling, optimization and analytics for your Ross ERP system. It helps manufacturers manage order priorities and create efficient production schedules to improve on-time delivery, visibility & profits.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

11:05am

Automate Your Accounts Payable Approval Workflow & Data Entry
Limited Capacity seats available

CloudX understands challenges in AP and has developed an approach that makes easy electronic processing of invoices a reality. They start by converting paper based invoices to data with intelligent capture technology. Their SaaS AP imaging solution (APSmart), provides electronic workflow for approval processes, exception handling, storage, and retrieval, and full integration with ERPs or accounting systems. CloudX clients reduce administrative costs by more than 50%, while realizing several strategic benefits including eliminating late payment fees, increasing early payment discount capture, reducing storage & retrieval costs, reducing exposure to compliance issues, improved financial reporting, faster Accounts Payable process cycles, and increased visibility and collaboration within the AP process. This session will provide a demo by CloudX as well as discussion, demo, and Q&A with a fellow APSmart and Ross ERP user.

Speakers
avatar for CloudX

CloudX

The seed for the idea of CloudX was planted years ago as the founders worked together on significant projects helping clients improve challenging and complex document processes. They were always looking for ways to help clients reduce costs and add strategic value to their organizations. Thought leaders in the industry – they started building the tools and resources needed to offer the most cost effective approach to processing... Read More →
avatar for Chris Cosgrove

Chris Cosgrove

VP Marketing, CloudX
Manchester United & Coffee | also | Accounts Payable / Receivable Automation / ePayments |
avatar for Danielle O'Connor

Danielle O'Connor

Controller, Kettle Cuisine
Danielle O’Connor is currently the Controller for Kettle Cuisine, manufacturer of handcrafted, small batch, all natural soups. She reports to the CFO and is a member of the Leadership Team. Prior to Kettle Cuisine, Danielle was the Assistant Controller for Dancing Deer Baking Company, where she started her breadth of experience in food manufacturing facilities. Initial responsibilities included accounts payable, accounts receivable and cost... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

12:00pm

Lunch sponsored by Aptean
Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Overlook East Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

ACH/EFT & Lockbox Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the utilization of the EFT function within Ross A/P for processing credit card (cc) payments and Buyer Initiated Payments (BIP).

We will cover what we learned in the do’s and don’ts and how to be a good Monday morning quarterback! There are master file setup tricks with payee types, banks and custom DML coding to match required file layouts and remit advices.

A/P EFTs can also be configured for direct submission to various banks. We will demonstrate some of the additional customizations (such as bank account info) needed in order to accomplish this.  For A/R, lockbox and ACH on-line payments can minimize the time for processing cash payments.  Examples of two different bank processes will be discussed along with the features in Ross. 
 
Come see all the exciting things in store for your EFT process.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Block

Carl Block

Systems Administrator, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Carl has been with ISMIE since 1984 and first implemented Ross Classic at ISMIE in 1994 and upgraded to iRenaissance in 2002. ISMIE uses the financial suite and has integrated it with their claims and underwriting systems. Carl has been on the Ross EUC board since 2004.
avatar for Pam Gesin

Pam Gesin

Senior Programmer Analyst, Berner Food & Beverage LLC
Prior to joining Berner Food & Beverage in 2005, Pam spent 30+ years in the Insurance industry and gained significant business process experience as a Programmer/Systems Analyst. Since joining Berner, Pam has been involved in many projects related to ERP/CRM/ECM/EMF/DC/MRP to name a few. She is OJT qualified and attended Highland Community College for programming studies for various programming languagues.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Optimizing SharePoint and Ross integration for Standard Operating Procedures

Troubled with communication of procedures? Learn how to make manual procedures easy and accessible with one click within the transactions. 


Speakers
avatar for Annemarie van de Lindt

Annemarie van de Lindt

Director Technical Applications, Boulder Brands
Annmarie worked as a technical consultant for Ross in in Europe from 1998 to 2004, and in the US from 2004 until 2013. She joined Boulder Brands in November 2013 where she serves as Director of Technical Applications


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Ross Production Manager & Ross Quality Manager
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, we will review two of the newest Ross applications in Ross Production Manager and Ross Quality Manager. We will focus on the benefits of the improved user experience in regards to collecting production and quality data in real-time through mobility connectivity, which helps to drive a paperless production environment.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Pulling

Andy Pulling

Ross Product Analyst, Aptean
Andy is a Ross Product Analyst and has been with Ross for over two years. He works closely the services and development teams, providing input for future functional requirements and coordinating new product and service pack launches. Previously he spent time as a business consultant  in the Customer Solutions organization, focusing on customers’ manufacturing and supply chain needs.
avatar for Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Roy Thomas has spent the last 20 years in the Performance Improvement and MES space across various industries like Food & Bev, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, Automotive and CPG. He is a certified Lean practitioner and has been instrumental in bringing best practice C.I workflows to the Factory MES solution. He has implemented and sold Factory MES for over 13 years to both privately held as well as large enterprise customers. He moved from the... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

SSRS - SQL Server Reporting Services
Limited Capacity seats available

SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) is an extremely powerful reporting tool and the good news is you probably already own it! During this session we demonstrate how to create and call SSRS reports from within Smart Client. We will address report parameters, permissions, and best practices. Trish Leppa from John I Haas will join us to discuss their implementation of SSRS as well as provide tips and tricks to make SSRS work for you.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Brents

Ryan Brents

ERP Solutions Architect, Aptean
Ryan is an ERP Solutions Architect, specializing in BPM, EMF and Crystal Reports. He has been on the Ross team for two years, but has additional experience after coming from a Ross customer. He has a strong background in technology and IT consulting and is highly attentive to the constantly growing needs of today’s businesses.
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Trish Leppa

Sr. Business Systems Analyst, John I. Haas, Inc.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

The Untold Story of EDI & the Valley of Death!
Limited Capacity seats available

Having implemented thousands of EDI relationships over the years, B2BGateway is well aware of the difficulties and roadblocks to smooth implementation. The presentation is designed to cover some of the more interesting and somewhat comical impacts to a speedy project success. These are the stories that sales people never tell.

Along with the untold story, there will be a lighthearted view of “The Valley of Death.”  The VOD was coined by another software company and they use it to describe the cycle that all implementations go through. The cycle starts with needing a new system and ends with acceptance (similar to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). 


Speakers
avatar for B2BGateway

B2BGateway

B2BGateway is a global EDI and automated supply chain software solution provider. Having partnered with Ross ERP since 2006, B2BGateway’s EDI solutions remove the need for the Ross user to re-key data when exchanging standard business documents such as purchase orders, invoices and ASNs with trading partners.
avatar for Kevin Hoyle

Kevin Hoyle

CEO, B2BGateway
Kevin Hoyle is CEO and cfounder of B2BGateway. Prior to establishing B2BGateway in 1999, Kevin worked as a software programmer for many government and private sector organizations. Under his leadership B2BGateway has grown to be one of the foremost and respected EDI and automated supply chain providers throughout the globe with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and China.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Advanced Reporting
Limited Capacity full

See how easy it is to create powerful financial & business intelligence reports and dashboards from anywhere within your database with Advanced Reporting. Discover the new drag & drop UI, scheduling capabilities and drill downs from html pages, all designed to give you that competitive edge.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Block

Carl Block

Systems Administrator, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Carl has been with ISMIE since 1984 and first implemented Ross Classic at ISMIE in 1994 and upgraded to iRenaissance in 2002. ISMIE uses the financial suite and has integrated it with their claims and underwriting systems. Carl has been on the Ross EUC board since 2004.
avatar for Danielle Britt

Danielle Britt

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Danielle recently joined the Ross ERP team as part of Aptean’s acquisition of AssetPoint. As a Solutions Consultant, her focus is on providing demos of Ross Advanced Reporting and Ross ERP Financials to new and existing customers. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, working in roles including management assistance and accounting. Danielle also has experience in VOIP and hardware sales. Most recently she served as an... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Synoptix

Synoptix

Not all information is vital for reporting and analysis. The right information is. How do you focus on the ERP information that really matters? Synoptix empowers you with the financial tools you need to quickly access critical information in a way that’s meaningful and timely, providing you and your business a real competitive edge. Formerly known as Compusoft, Synoptix is the developer of the Advanced Reporting and Budgeting... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Getting the Most Out of Support

Meet your Ross ERP support team and learn how they work together to solve your issues efficiently and effectively. We’ll review coverage offerings, escalation processes, and the ins and outs of the customer portal.  We’ll also discuss how you can help us help you best,  and we’ll review the key indicators we use to measure performance .


Speakers
avatar for Liliana Uribe

Liliana Uribe

Sr. Manager, Customer Support, Ross ERP, Aptean
Liliana has been with Aptean since 2000. She brings experience in Manufacturing, IT management,  Business Consulting and Project Management.  She has grown within the Ross ERP organization, starting as a junior support analyst moving to Apps Team lead, NA manager and now managing our Global Ross ERP Support Team, Apps & Tech, with teams in NA, EMEA and our CoE. She also oversees the Technical Services Team. Liliana has a BS in... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

EDI Customer Presentation & Roundtable
Come join us for a brief overview of how Paradise Tomato Kitchens employ Extended EDI in their environment. Open discussion to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

IT Manager, Paradise Tomato Kitchens


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Factory Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

James Wood & Roy Thomas will host a roundtable for discussing recommendations for future Factory MES functionality. This open forum will describe how the Factory MES roadmap is being developed for 2017, and gives you the opportunity to join us for a discussion on your successes and suggestions for the future direction of the product. Come and share your experiences & challenges and help us gather input to ensure the product direction of Factory MES continues to offer value-add to your production teams and solutions to your core business issues.

Moderators
avatar for Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Roy Thomas has spent the last 20 years in the Performance Improvement and MES space across various industries like Food & Bev, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, Automotive and CPG. He is a certified Lean practitioner and has been instrumental in bringing best practice C.I workflows to the Factory MES solution. He has implemented and sold Factory MES for over 13 years to both privately held as well as large enterprise customers. He moved from the... Read More →
avatar for James Wood

James Wood

Director, Factory MES Product Line, Aptean
James Wood is currently the Director of Factory MES. For the past 12 years James has been working with the Factory MES solution, and has been a part of the team that has delivered hundreds of successful Factory MES implementations across the globe. James has worked as a business analyst, solutions consultant, and now works closely with all areas of the Factory MES teams to provide a customer-focused product strategy, ensuring businesses achieve... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Peak-Ryzex Partner Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Peak-Ryzex

Peak-Ryzex

Peak-Ryzex provides end-to-end enterprise mobility, retail, managed services, printing and mobile data capture solutions for performance-driven organizations focused on the optimization of supply chain and field-based business processes.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

3:00pm

Break
Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

AP & AR Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

A review of the features, setup, and shortcuts that are used in Payables and Receivables. Included will be a discussion of EFT processing in A/P and lockbox cash processing in A/R.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle O'Connor

Danielle O'Connor

Controller, Kettle Cuisine
Danielle O’Connor is currently the Controller for Kettle Cuisine, manufacturer of handcrafted, small batch, all natural soups. She reports to the CFO and is a member of the Leadership Team. Prior to Kettle Cuisine, Danielle was the Assistant Controller for Dancing Deer Baking Company, where she started her breadth of experience in food manufacturing facilities. Initial responsibilities included accounts payable, accounts receivable and cost... Read More →
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Customer Solutions Manager, Aptean
Shari Ray is an accomplished ERP professional and Professional Services Manager with more than 18 years of experience implementing, supporting and upgrading Ross ERP. She has specialized in Financials and Distribution servicing Manufacturing and General Business clients. Shari possesses diversified experience in client and project management.  Prior to consulting on Ross ERP, Shari’s background consisted of 8 years’ experience... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

Ross ERP Support, Aptean


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

Customer Portal/Ross Insight
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session well take a look at two new solutions introduced in 2016:

  • Customer Portal - An updated customer portal, where customers can define a customer store with catalogs and data sheets, accept orders, and provide security controlled customer views of orders, prices, invoices, et.
  • Ross Insight - A network search engine, that allows users to search for data both on their network and/or the internet. It provides a security controlled content search across databases on your network.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Pulling

Andy Pulling

Ross Product Analyst, Aptean
Andy is a Ross Product Analyst and has been with Ross for over two years. He works closely the services and development teams, providing input for future functional requirements and coordinating new product and service pack launches. Previously he spent time as a business consultant  in the Customer Solutions organization, focusing on customers’ manufacturing and supply chain needs.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

Inventory Management – Driving Accuracy with Shop Floor Discipline
Limited Capacity filling up

Inventory is at the center of many Ross ERP modules - Planning, MRP, TraceExpress and more.. But because we’re all human, there are always things beyond the system’s control that can cause inaccuracies. At Boulder Brands, they realized that the biggest issues are sometimes outside the software, so they’ve put system triggers in place on the shop floor to help keep quantities as accurate as possible for both raw materials and finished product inventory.  From an Aptean perspective we’ll talk about the system functionality and the tools in place that can help drive inventory accuracy, and then we’ll discuss Boulder’s practical experience from a user perspective, exploring their proactive approach that notifies shop floor supervisors when things seem off, and allows them to account for human error to improve accuracy, reinforce traceability and minimize office intervention.


Speakers
avatar for Annemarie van de Lindt

Annemarie van de Lindt

Director Technical Applications, Boulder Brands
Annmarie worked as a technical consultant for Ross in in Europe from 1998 to 2004, and in the US from 2004 until 2013. She joined Boulder Brands in November 2013 where she serves as Director of Technical Applications
avatar for Jim Nail

Jim Nail

Senior Manager, Customer Solutions, Aptean
Jim manages the Customer Solutions group for Ross ERP. He focuses his energies and experience on managing new logo and upgrade projects and the successful implementation and support of all the Ross ERP Modules including Data Collection and Inventory Control to North American clients.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

SQL Server Performance / Virtualization
Limited Capacity seats available

Alan Katz will provide overview of Release changes and discuss best practices to tune SQL Server Databases. Ravi Reddy will provide an overview on Virtualization and discuss best practices.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Katz

Alan Katz

Senior Technical Consultant, Aptean
Alan Katz has over 30 years as an information technology consultant. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bentley College with Bachelor of Science in MIS. He has been working at Aptean since 1994 and has worked in several technical positions within client support, development, and consulting services and specializes in platform and database technology.
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Technical Manager in Solution Consulting, Aptean
Ravi is an Oracle Certified DBA and a Microsoft Certified DBA, holding a Master of Business Administration (Information Systems) from Kallinga University, India; Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University, India and Diploma in Software Engineering (Honors) from Open University of British Columbia, Canada. With more than 14 years of experience in the field of technical solution consulting, technical account management and database... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

SI Group SCP Demand Planning Global Implementation and Roundtable Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

The SI Group will present details on their Supply Chain Planning’s Demand Planning global implementation, followed by a roundtable discussion to share other’s successes and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Donushi

Brian Donushi

Ross Senior CS Consultant, Aptean
An accomplished IT professional with more than 30 years of experience in both corporate and consulting environments, Brian spent 20 years in the IT consulting industry culminating in co-owning a consulting firm that offered SAP, Oracle and PeopleSoft services. He has extensive manufacturing experience which includes training companies on JIT and Cellular manufacturing principles. | | Brian began consulting in Ross ERP in 2007 and moved into... Read More →
avatar for Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Manager - Global Solutions, SI Group
Brian has been with SI Group since 1999 working in Global IT for the past 11 years. He has both domestic and international ERP implementation experience and a broad range of business knowledge across numerous functional areas.


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

5:30pm

Gala Event, Sponsored by Aptean
Tuesday November 15, 2016 5:30pm - 9:00pm
TopGolf - Midtown 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
 
Wednesday, November 16
 

8:30am

Breakfast
Wednesday November 16, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Overlook East Loews Atlanta

9:30am

General Session - Ross Product Roadmap and Ask Jack & Jill
Join us for a look ahead at the release schedule and new features planned in the Ross ERP product roadmap.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For the past 20 years he has been working with the Ross ERP solution for process manufacturers and helping customers get the most value out of Ross ERP. He continues to work closely with the product management and development organization in providing input into future functionality requirements and with the services organization in application of new functionality.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Ellington DEF Loews Atlanta

10:30am

Break
Wednesday November 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Correcting User Errors with Oracle Flashback and Log Miner
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever been in a situation where a user accidentally deleted rows from a table and you had to get them back? Have you ever dropped a table and realized you were in the wrong database or had the wrong table name?

This presentation covers Oracle capabilities to reverse committed transactions (e.g. insert, update, delete) and recover from accidental Data Dictionary changes (e.g. dropped or truncated table).  Each Oracle feature will be introduced with prerequisites, configuration dependencies, limitations and a working example.

 

Speakers
avatar for Nir Friedman

Nir Friedman

Oracle DBA/Consultant, NF Consulting, LLC
Nir Friedman is an independent consultant who has been providing Oracle DBA support/services to various Ross ERP customers for over twenty years and addressing the common (and not-so-common) challenges they face.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Factory MES Best Practices for Ross Users
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out how Factory MES can provide Ross users with enhanced visibility of metrics and performance based on targets stored within Ross. Attendees will learn specific examples – such as using the ‘budget/standard/planning rate’ stored within Ross to provide real time visibility on how jobs are performing against plan. This session will be beneficial for all attendees, even if you aren’t using Factory MES yet”

Speakers
avatar for Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Roy Thomas has spent the last 20 years in the Performance Improvement and MES space across various industries like Food & Bev, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, Automotive and CPG. He is a certified Lean practitioner and has been instrumental in bringing best practice C.I workflows to the Factory MES solution. He has implemented and sold Factory MES for over 13 years to both privately held as well as large enterprise customers. He moved from the... Read More →
avatar for James Wood

James Wood

Director, Factory MES Product Line, Aptean
James Wood is currently the Director of Factory MES. For the past 12 years James has been working with the Factory MES solution, and has been a part of the team that has delivered hundreds of successful Factory MES implementations across the globe. James has worked as a business analyst, solutions consultant, and now works closely with all areas of the Factory MES teams to provide a customer-focused product strategy, ensuring businesses achieve... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Getting the Most out of Reporting
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For the past 20 years he has been working with the Ross ERP solution for process manufacturers and helping customers get the most value out of Ross ERP. He continues to work closely with the product management and development organization in providing input into future functionality requirements and with the services organization in application of new functionality.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Starting Down the Road to Maintenance Excellence
Limited Capacity seats available

Improving our Asset Reliability Program at OATKA Milk is one of our Strategic Priorities.  This session will take you through the beginning stages of our process.  With the guidance and expertise that the Marshall Institute partnership has provided us thus far, we will share some of the wins and some of the challenges we have experienced.  Through this initiative, we have started defining and optimizing our process flows which lead to improved use of our Ross ERP system as a functioning CMMS.  With Ross's flexibility, our Technology Team is able to work with us identifying and creating what we need to continue down the path and ultimately achieve Maintenance Excellence.   


Speakers
avatar for Don Cloy

Don Cloy

Maintenance Manager, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Quality for Aptean Ross by uniPoint
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will demonstrate how Quality for Aptean Ross can lean-out your quality process and track the total administrative cost of quality at every stage. You will also learn how to get away from tracking quality events on multiple spread sheets, disconnected databases and on hand-written paper; and learn the business value of a broad-scope, integrated quality management software.  uniPoint is an approved Aptean Partner and offers a paperless quality management solution integrated to your live Ross data.

Speakers
avatar for uniPoint

uniPoint

Quality for Aptean by uniPoint integrates with your Ross ERP system and manages your NC’s, CPA’s, Documents, Maintenance, Auditing, Health & Safety, Education & Training, Surveys, Complaints, Inspection, Verification and Supplier Management.
avatar for Brian Keaton

Brian Keaton

Senior Implementation Consultant, uniPoint Software
Brian offers over 18 years of experience in fast-paced manufacturing environments, nearly a decade of which focused on Quality Management and Process Improvements, and has earned his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from ASQ.   Brian understands first-hand the unique challenges that come with developing and managing a Quality Management system, and maintaining ISO certifications. He looks forward to working with you and your team to... Read More →
avatar for Patty Marascuilo

Patty Marascuilo

Regional Sales Manager, uniPoint
Prior to her six years at uniPoint Software, Patty served in the Manufacturing ERP arena for over 16 years in sales and customer service. Her role is to assist Aptean in communicating about and demonstrating how the Aptean Quality by uniPoint solution is effective in automating customers’ quality initiatives.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

12:00pm

Lunch Sponsored by Aptean
Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Overlook East Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Continuous Improvement: Getting the most from your Factory MES implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide insight into one of the core strategic initiatives developed by Aptean in 2016 on how to ensure our customers get the most from their Factory MES implementation. As the Factory MES project progresses, it is imperative to keep striving for improvement and looking to achieve next level performance. The session will focus on the coaching engagements designed and developed by our CI Coach, that facilitate the journey towards your strategic goals alongside Factory MES, how coaching can impact an organization, and the successful outcomes of this key strategic initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Robertson

Brent Robertson

Performance Coach, Aptean
Brent has over 20 years as a Lean Specialist in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, recently joining Aptean supporting the Factory MES product line. As a Performance Coach, Brent partners with customers to explore ways to effectively leverage data captured from the application to drive their improvement efforts. With certifications from ASQ as a Six Sigma Black Belt and the ICF as an Executive Coach, Brent has a diverse background to draw... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Controlling Master Data Integrity
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about processes and procedure around Master Data in complex environments. Who controls the data, setup and maintenance of data, and how to use tools to automate data integrity. 


Speakers
avatar for Annemarie van de Lindt

Annemarie van de Lindt

Director Technical Applications, Boulder Brands
Annmarie worked as a technical consultant for Ross in in Europe from 1998 to 2004, and in the US from 2004 until 2013. She joined Boulder Brands in November 2013 where she serves as Director of Technical Applications


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

IT Trends & Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

Steve Zimmerman, CIO at Prent Thermoforming, will discuss a range of newer technologies and how they impact our world. He will focus on computing related technologies and security we can implement now or in the next year.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Zimmerman

Steve Zimmerman

Chief Information Officer, Prent Thermoforming
Steve has over 25 years of IT experience of which more than 22 years have been at Prent. He has participated in growing the company from two locations in the US to nine around the world. Prent is a global designer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed rigid plastic packages, trays, and components for the medical, electronic, and consumer industries. Goex is a manufacturer of custom plastic sheet and roll stock used in a variety of... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

TabWare Asset Management for Ross
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on how to enhance operations by leveraging TabWare and Ross together. This combination can lead to improved equipment reliability and deliver Availability, Capacity and enhanced Quality to production. TabWare is a comprehensive Computerized Maintenance Management System / Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS / EAM) solution that helps you effectively manage expensive equipment, spare parts inventory and purchasing operations.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Adams

Rich Adams

Executive Vice President of Professional Services, Aptean
Rich is responsible for delivering valued added TabWare solutions to Aptean's AssetPoint customer base. This includes defining specific customer solutions with Return on Investment (ROI) and balanced scorecards, project delivery, user adoption and continuous improvement programs. Rich’s nearly 20 years in the Enterprise Asset Management industry helps customers maximize value from AssetPoint’s products and services. Rich’s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Ratliff

Jay Ratliff

VP of Solutions Management, Aptean
Jay has over 25 years in Asset Management experience helping customers achieve value from their CMMS. His background spans consulting, training, product management and sales for Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, Chemical, Oil and Gas, Metals Manufacturing and other specialized industries. Jay holds bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and is based in Greenville, SC.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Transforming Invoice Processing and Accounts Payable Automation
Limited Capacity seats available

When invoice processing and cash management are the lifeblood of your organization, visibility and optimization can transform mere efficiency into full-fledged operational excellence.  Accounts Payable automation streamlines your end-to-end operations by enabling you to capture invoices from virtually anywhere, extract relevant data and export to your ERP system without human intervention, and at all times gain visibility to the financial processes that support or subvert your business success.  Join this session to learn how Kofax’s Smart Process Application platform, TotalAgility, dramatically improves and transforms the Accounts Payable process.

Speakers
avatar for Kofax

Kofax

Kofax provides software to simplify and transform the First Mile of customer engagement. Kofax document capture and process automation solutions integrate with Ross ERP and eliminate manual Accounts Payable and Invoice Processing tasks.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Financial Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents financial tips and tricks that you don't typically find in any documentation manual. It will include a collection of favorite shortcuts and features from customers and consultants, plus some new and exciting ones from Aptean Solutions Consultants. Also included will be a summary of all the allocation methods. Some lost or hidden treasures may be uncovered in this session. The audience is invited to share their own. Always informative and fun.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Block

Carl Block

Systems Administrator, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Carl has been with ISMIE since 1984 and first implemented Ross Classic at ISMIE in 1994 and upgraded to iRenaissance in 2002. ISMIE uses the financial suite and has integrated it with their claims and underwriting systems. Carl has been on the Ross EUC board since 2004.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Rolling Out Ross Process Planning (MPS/MRP) Across Multiple Production Facilities

Over the past year, multiple Ross Customers have taken advantage of the new multiple selection options that have been added to Master Production Scheduling and Material Requirements Planning. In this session, we will review the following process:

  • Creation of the Sales Forecast in both Ross SCP Demand Planning and Ross ERP
  • Creation of a 52 Week Schedule in Ross SCP Advanced Planning and Scheduling
  • Download of the 52 Week Schedule into Ross ERP as a MPS
  • Creation of the MRP by plant and by Planner
  • Conversion of MRP Suggestions into Purchase Orders

 

During this session, we will review:

  • Scope and Project Plan for the MRP Implementation
  • Specific steps of the planning process
  • Benefits gained from the roll-out of MRP across the plants
  • Lessons learned

Speakers
avatar for David Koch

David Koch

Strategic Account Manager, Process Manufacturing, Aptean
David Koch has been associated with the Ross Enterprise product line since 1995 and ERP software for over 20 years. He currently manages a number of Aptean’s largest process manufacturing accounts providing business consulting support in the areas of Manufacturing, Distribution, and Finance. David has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University, a Masters Degree in Finance and International Business... Read More →
avatar for Andy Pulling

Andy Pulling

Ross Product Analyst, Aptean
Andy is a Ross Product Analyst and has been with Ross for over two years. He works closely the services and development teams, providing input for future functional requirements and coordinating new product and service pack launches. Previously he spent time as a business consultant  in the Customer Solutions organization, focusing on customers’ manufacturing and supply chain needs.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

EMF Roundtable and CAB
Limited Capacity seats available

EMF (Event Management Framework) is an extremely powerful tool that monitors and reacts to various data sources. From creating custom alerts to full blown interfaces, there isn’t much EMF can’t do. Join us as we explore various EMF solutions, current and upcoming projects, and take a look at what the roadmap holds for the future of EMF.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Finch

Kelly Finch

Director of Technology, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
Kelly is celebrating her 24th year at O-AT-KA; a complex, results-oriented Innovative Dairy Solutions Company that develops and produces value-added products and a wide range of dairy products. Early on, Kelly implemented the company’s first client network; designing and building the network and department. She now directs the newly named Technology Team and leads the company toward innovative solutions that maximize the use of technology... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Swain

Ryan Swain

IT Director, Paradise Tomato Kitchens
Ryan Swain has been with Paradise Tomato Kitchens since 2001. | When it was determined that the companies ERP system needed to be replaced he led the selection and implementation of Ross ERP in 2008. | Since that time Ryan and his team have undertaken 4 major ERP upgrades, implemented Factory MES and Supply Chain Management.  Ryan and the PTK team played a significant role in integrating the customized DC solutions developed at Paradise... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Creating a Cyber-Secure Field Mobility Solution with Limited In-House Expertise
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating a mobility solution for your workers in the field can be complex. With the high turnover in IT, or companies running on a limited IT staff, most companies do not have the skilled IT resources to research, evaluate, select, deploy or support a solution. Today's solution needs to factor in security more than ever before, since the question isn't when attackers will compromise mobile devices and networks for a data breach, but how will they attack enterprise mobility.  During this session we'll review: how new features and functions will impact your current solution, how to design a field mobility solution that factors in future IoT, Cyber Security needs and where to start, and how to design a plan that requires less support from IT.

 


Speakers
avatar for Tony Horling

Tony Horling

Enterprise Mobility Expert / Founder, InTu Mobility
Tony Horling, a Field Mobility Expert and Founder of InTu Mobility, has spent his career positioning companies as key market players in the integrated supply chain and logistics solutions marketplace. As an expert in outside-the-four-wall mobility, Tony guides companies through the complex decision-making process that comes with building a mobile solution that will unite data collected in the field with a company's... Read More →
avatar for InTu Mobility

InTu Mobility

InTu Mobility is a technology consulting company that help businesses who are looking to create a more efficient mobile operation. Working with solutions such as | Proof of Delivery (POD) Route Accounting Routing & Scheduling GPS & Telematics Equipment Rental Waste removal Hazardous Material Transportation Construction And more… Their expertise will help guide you through pre-project... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

2:05pm

Formula Control with Paperless Traceability; a Ross Integrated Solution
Limited Capacity seats available

SG Systems is leading the way in creating efficient factories which minimize material losses and improve product consistency throughout North America. Our solution is a unique combination of industrialized hardware and software designed to bridge the gap between Ross ERP Systems and shop floor operations. The results include real-time data with paperless traceability, improvements in efficiency, inventory accuracy and product consistency. Learn more about the functionality of the solution, the integration of these two systems, and how they might work for you by attending our session.

Speakers
SH

Stuart Hunt

President, SG Systems
avatar for SG Systems

SG Systems

SG Systems provides a recipe control and paperless lot tracking solution for manufacturing companies across North America. The user-friendly production solution can be integrated with Ross and provides a rapid financial return by streamlining the weighing and materials handling processes by reducing costly ingredient giveaway.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

3:00pm

Break
Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

SIG - Chemicals, Metals & Natural Products
Limited Capacity filling up

Please join us for updates from SIG leaders and bring your ideas for improvements, concerns/issues. Come to share your best practices and gain insights from your peers. We look forward to an interactive industry-focused discussion.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

SIG - Food & Beverage
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for updates from SIG leaders and bring your ideas for improvements, concerns/issues. Come to share your best practices and gain insights from your peers. We look forward to an interactive industry-focused discussion.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington DEF Loews Atlanta

3:30pm

SIG - Life Sciences
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for updates from SIG leaders and bring your ideas for improvements, concerns/issues. Come to share your best practices and gain insights from your peers. We look forward to an interactive industry-focused discussion.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

5:00pm

6:00pm

 
Thursday, November 17
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday November 17, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Overlook East Loews Atlanta

8:30am

Optimizing Technology Fit and Business Processes
Limited Capacity filling up

Do we customize Ross ERP or do we ask the business to adjust the business process? — In the 8 years that Boulder Brands has been using Ross ERP we answered this question in different ways. We will share our experiences balancing upgrades, acquisitions, leadership changes, support and costs.

Speakers
avatar for Annemarie van de Lindt

Annemarie van de Lindt

Director Technical Applications, Boulder Brands
Annmarie worked as a technical consultant for Ross in in Europe from 1998 to 2004, and in the US from 2004 until 2013. She joined Boulder Brands in November 2013 where she serves as Director of Technical Applications


Thursday November 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:25am
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

8:30am

Project Accounting
Are you a Project Manager frustrated by all the different avenues of information you must travel just to accurately track your project? Come see how Project Accounting allows you to easily record, analyze and store costs associated with capital and R&D projects and assess the progress. You can track purchases, commitments, expenses, incomes and GL transactions all on one module without the need to have an accounting degree.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Britt

Danielle Britt

Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Danielle recently joined the Ross ERP team as part of Aptean’s acquisition of AssetPoint. As a Solutions Consultant, her focus is on providing demos of Ross Advanced Reporting and Ross ERP Financials to new and existing customers. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, working in roles including management assistance and accounting. Danielle also has experience in VOIP and hardware sales. Most recently she served as an... Read More →
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Customer Solutions Manager, Aptean
Shari Ray is an accomplished ERP professional and Professional Services Manager with more than 18 years of experience implementing, supporting and upgrading Ross ERP. She has specialized in Financials and Distribution servicing Manufacturing and General Business clients. Shari possesses diversified experience in client and project management.  Prior to consulting on Ross ERP, Shari’s background consisted of 8 years’ experience... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:25am
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

8:30am

Ross ERP – Hosted Solution Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this Cloud-focused roundtable to discuss the option of implementing Ross ERP on a hosted network (PAAS / IAAS). Discuss experiences from customers who have already implemented this solution. What has and has not worked.

Moderators
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Technical Manager in Solution Consulting, Aptean
Ravi is an Oracle Certified DBA and a Microsoft Certified DBA, holding a Master of Business Administration (Information Systems) from Kallinga University, India; Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University, India and Diploma in Software Engineering (Honors) from Open University of British Columbia, Canada. With more than 14 years of experience in the field of technical solution consulting, technical account management and database... Read More →

Thursday November 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:25am
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

8:30am

Industrial Computers: Achieving a Reliable ERP and MES Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Your ERP and MES software solutions are only as good as the hardware you run them on.  In this session we will walk you through available computing solutions on the market and showcase examples of companies who have enjoyed ERP and MES success by selecting the right computing solutions for the job!

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Trum

Christopher Trum

Teguar Computers

Sponsors
avatar for Teguar Computers

Teguar Computers

Teguar is a leading provider of cutting-edge computer solutions including slim panel PCs, fully enclosed and waterproof touch computers, medical all-in-one Computers and fanless box computers.  Teguar Computers are not your run of the mill consumer computers which dominate mass markets.  Our industrial and medical computers are specially designed for what you need from a reliable computer in your demanding area of work.  Teguar's... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:25am
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

9:35am

Hardy Diagnostics Taxware Implementation using EMF
Limited Capacity seats available

Hardy Diagnostics shares their experience in implementing Taxware using EMF. We will look at the design, implementation, and the initial results from the project as well as lessons learned.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Donushi

Brian Donushi

Ross Senior CS Consultant, Aptean
An accomplished IT professional with more than 30 years of experience in both corporate and consulting environments, Brian spent 20 years in the IT consulting industry culminating in co-owning a consulting firm that offered SAP, Oracle and PeopleSoft services. He has extensive manufacturing experience which includes training companies on JIT and Cellular manufacturing principles. | | Brian began consulting in Ross ERP in 2007 and moved into... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Mendoza

Eddie Mendoza

Director of Information Systems, Hardy Diagnostics
Eddie has been with Hardy Diagnostics since 2005.  He has been the project manager for various Ross ERP and IAF upgrades, Pivotal CRM implementation and subsequent upgrades, and several other Aptean product implementations (Customer Portal, SCP, EMF, etc.).  His most recent project was integrating Taxware with Ross ERP.


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:35am - 10:30am
Ellington C Loews Atlanta

9:35am

How Hammond Group is Leveraging QlikView Aptean Analytics

QlikView is very different from traditional business intelligence software. See how a Chicagoland based chemical company is leveraging its Ross ERP databases to graphically display: Financial statements and ratios; Sales and Expenses across multiple facets compared to budgets; Inventory levels; Manufacturing productivity; and a couple of external links for good measure.


Speakers
avatar for Steven M. Paulich

Steven M. Paulich

Director, Information Systems, Hammond Group, Inc.


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:35am - 10:30am
Piedmont Loews Atlanta

9:35am

SIG - Finance & General Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for updates from SIG leaders and bring your ideas for improvements, concerns/issues. Come to share your best practices and gain insights from your peers. We look forward to an interactive industry-focused discussion.

Thursday November 17, 2016 9:35am - 10:30am
Ravinia Loews Atlanta

9:35am

Upgrade Methodology & Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

See how GEO Specialty Chemicals approaches their upgrades. During this session we will review the processes that we follow.
• How do we determine which version to upgrade to
• How much training will the users need on this new version
• Show you how we make sure the data conversion portion of the upgrade goes smoothly and error free.
• Take a look at how we uplift our customizations
• How we work with the users to make sure adequate testing is done?
• How we map out the cutover weekend so that everyone knows what to expect on Monday when the new system is available

Speakers
avatar for Randy Harris

Randy Harris

Systems Application Manager, GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc
Randy has been with GEO Specialty Chemicals for over 15 years. He is responsible for the maintenance and support of applications at GEO. Randy is a Certified Oracle Professional and holds a Masters Degree in Technology Management at Mercer University. Before coming to GEO, he worked at Ross Systems, Inc. (now Aptean) as a Sr. Technical Advisor on the Human Resources application. His technical skills were developed at Digital Equipment Corporation... Read More →
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Customer Solutions Manager, Aptean
Shari Ray is an accomplished ERP professional and Professional Services Manager with more than 18 years of experience implementing, supporting and upgrading Ross ERP. She has specialized in Financials and Distribution servicing Manufacturing and General Business clients. Shari possesses diversified experience in client and project management.  Prior to consulting on Ross ERP, Shari’s background consisted of 8 years’ experience... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams

Applications Manager, GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc
Teresa has been with GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc for 30 years. GEO began working with Ross ERP in 1997. She has implementation experience in all functional areas of the Ross ERP product. Teresa is responsible for support, implementations, training, upgrades and modifications.


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:35am - 10:30am
Ellington B Loews Atlanta

9:35am

Transportation Management Software: The Logistical Differentiator
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will demonstrate the functionality of a TMS system in addition to the hard and soft cost savings. SEKO will start by taking you through the process of taking allocated goods, rate shopping in real-time using your own carrier rates, managing tracking milestones and carrier performance. In addition, SEKO will demonstrate how to effectively leverage consolidations, load planning and route optimization in a live, integrated environment.


Speakers
avatar for SEKO Logistics

SEKO Logistics

SEKO Logistics is a global forwarder and an award-winning supply chain technology house. SEKO effectively leverages its core competencies which includes creative logistics services, exceptional supply chain technology and proven operational strategies to craft a unique customer experience which provides end-to-end visibility, creating a competitive differentiator. SEKO has implemented these capabilities on a global basis, in all business segments... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:35am - 10:30am
Ellington A Loews Atlanta

10:30am

Break
Thursday November 17, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Ellington Prefunction Loews Atlanta

10:45am

Closing General Session
Speakers
avatar for Craig Keller - Chairman

Craig Keller - Chairman

Vice President, Comptroller, Midwest Trading, Inc.
Craig Keller is Vice President and Comptroller for Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, located in Maple Park, Illinois. As the name implies, Midwest Training supplies custom soil blends, mulches, compost and other products mainly to landscape contractors, re-wholesalers and garden centers in the five state area around Illinois. Along with its sister company, Midwest groundcovers, LLC, Midwest Trading has been using the Ross ERP system since... Read More →
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For the past 20 years he has been working with the Ross ERP solution for process manufacturers and helping customers get the most value out of Ross ERP. He continues to work closely with the product management and development organization in providing input into future functionality requirements and with the services organization in application of new functionality.
avatar for Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Senior Director Ross Product Line, Aptean
Jill has spent more than 20 years providing Ross Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) manufacturing customers an unsurpassed expertise in software implementation and business planning. Jill’s knowledge in manufacturing operations, business practices and industry specific regulations has given her the ability to focus on team collaboration, identify immediate customer needs and execute long term business goals.


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ellington DEF Loews Atlanta