Tuesday, December 30, 2014

B2MML Topic Floods MESA’s Top 50 Resources of 2014

By Dave Emerson, MESA XML Committee Chair

Business to Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML) showed up in several spots on MESA’s Top 50 Downloads of 2014. But why?

A company’s operational IT landscape usually consists of many different systems with each one serving one or more functions. These systems were often purchased by different groups, at different times, from different suppliers, using similar data in different formats for different purposes, some may be managed by a manufacturing operations group with others managed by corporate IT. Taken together these systems are critical for a company’s manufacturing operations.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Climb Out of Project Pitfalls

By John Clemons, International Board Member at Large, Americas Board Member, and Marketing Committee Chair of MESA International

There’s a lot of factors that can derail a manufacturing IT project. Simply being aware of these factors can help you avoid a pitfall. However, if you find yourself in a pitfall, here are some steps you can take to climb out:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#44 Download in 2014: The Future of Manufacturing in a Connected World

By Conrad Leiva, International Board Member of MESA International and member of MESA’s Technical Committee
In a 2010 presentation called "The Future of Manufacturing in a Connected World ", Rick Bullotta from BurningSky Software, shared his thoughts on the future of manufacturing and many of those insights are still holding true today. Following are some points from that presentation:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top 50 MESA Downloads of 2014: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Manufacturing Operations Management, and More…

By Maryanne Steidinger, Americas Board Member of MESA and volunteer on MESA’s Marketing Committee

Over the past 25+ years, MESA International has produced an incredible amount of information covering real issues and real needs of the manufacturing community. From Guidebooks to Best Practices to Reporting Methodologies, if you have a question on what/why/how for manufacturing solutions, MESA likely has the answer. We wanted to share this wealth of work with our blogging community, and with that in mind, show you the top 50 downloads from the MESA.org website over the past year:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Save the date! MESA North American Conference: May 4-6, 2015

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend MESA's 2015 North American Conference.

Our event will be co-located with the IndustryWeek Best Plants (IWBP) Conference & Expo and will highlight the business value of solving plant and enterprise-level manufacturing challenges with Information Technology (IT)-based solutions. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Press Release: MESA International Announces Event Plans for North America in 2015

Annual North American Conference to be co-located with IndustryWeek Best Plants
Conference & Expo

CHANDLER, ARIZ., December 2, 2014 - The Americas Board-of-Directors for MESA International announces its North America events plans for 2015, including plans to co-locate its annual conference within the IndustryWeek Best Plants (IWBP) Conference & Expo. The MESA conference will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, May 4 - 6, 2015. Registration for the MESA community will open mid-December 2014.

Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 First Call for Papers: Advancing.Manufacturing.IT

MESA International is making the first call-for-papers to support our 2015 theme, “Advancing. Manufacturing. IT. We will focus on highlighting the business value of solving plant and enterprise-level manufacturing challenges with Information Technology (IT)-based solutions in 2015 and are looking for contributors willing and able to share their experiences.