CIO Review >> Magazine >> December  2013 Manufacturing Technology Special issue

Today, innovation and manufacturing capabilities are dispersed around the globe. Global supply chains, localized products and virtualized product development are changing the nature of manufacturing. Additionally, manufacturers must adopt new business models to move from pure product selling to services and solutions for their end customers. Expanding into new markets, sourcing of scarce raw materials and compliance with stringent regulations also raise challenges for the manufacturing organizations of today.

Spread across high-tech, automotive, industrial equipment, life sciences and more, the globally competitive manufacturing sectors that invent and make high-value-added products are availing leading-edge technologies to streamline and optimize their operations. Software solutions that address all aspects of manufacturing sector are proving to be the game changer here. Expertise in leading ERP and BPM systems, clubbed with the power of Cloud and Big Data are helping the manufacturing companies deal with industry consolidation, global supply chain complexity and volatile commodity prices and thereby perform operations at peak efficiency.

From roadmap definition to design, implementation and maintenance, manufacturing clients get the business results they expect from their technology investments and outsourcing programs.

In the last few months, we looked at hundreds of solution providers and consulting companies and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the challenges of the manufacturing industry.

In our selection we examined the vendors' capability to fulfill the needs of manufacturing companies by offering products, solutions and services that support core business processes. We also evaluated the vendor capabilities related to deployment of cloud, Big Data and analytics, mobility, and Business Intelligence in the specific context of the manufacturing business.

We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution and Consulting Providers 2013.

20 Most Promising Manufacturing Consultancy Companies of 2013
Company Management Description
Alternative Technology Solutions
Aliso Viejo CA
Vivian Keena
Helping customers increase ERP investments while reducing implementation costs.
Blink Consulting
Framingham MA
Sakib Kadak
Helping customers achieve business goals and optimized results from their technology investments and initiatives.
Torrance CA
Nem Bajra
Provider of business technology solutions specializing in ERP systems implementation for Microsoft Dynamics GP Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Cambridgeshire UK
Tony Christian
Industry analyst firm providing market insights on the use of IT in industries
Morristown NJ

Raj Mamodia CEO

Delivering highly responsive and innovative solutions that help clients align their IT strategy with business goals
Haddonfield NJ
Ameet Shah
Process improvement and business management consulting firm focused on optimizing cloud applications to alleviate operational bottlenecks
Woodland Hills CA
Cliff Hall

Provide consulting services to industries helping clients achieve increased profitability higher efficiency and be more competitive in the marketplace.

Brentwood MO
Bryan Sapot
Helps customers improve processes and efficiencies by using optimal enterprise softwares
Stillwater MN
  Providing high-quality cost-effective
Columbus OH
Todd Anderson
Manufacturing consultancy committed to building high levels of performance by providing a custom and integrated approach
Framingham MA
Larry Rychlak
Providing expertise training and support to help companies realize the full power of design technology
San Ramon CA
Gene Russell
To provide fresh perspectives and clear methodologies to help organizations eliminate inefficiencies
Alpharetta GA
Craig Smith
Helping clients save money and drive revenue through the efficient use of cutting edge technology.
Ann Arbor MI
Chad Kymal
Helping clients achieve and sustain customer-focused competitive advantage with significant bottom-line impact.
De Pere WI
  Operational excellence advisory and resource firm that provides lean leadership facilitation training and education
Chicago IL
Anil Kumar
IT services and consulting firm focused
Naperville IL
Martin Rowan
Sr. Partner
Focused on 'Information Maturity' - a key element in supporting organizations to achieve a high degree of Business Maturity.
Greenville SC

Ricardo Studart
Kathleen Payne
Vice President
Operations improvement and systems integration firm providing enterprise-wide information systems.
Galena OH
Jeff Carr
Managing Partner
Research and ERP consulting firm to help its clients improve their business performance
Irvine CA

Humayun Rashid

Maximizing the value of SharePoint investment and possessing understanding of the SharePoint ecosystem