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

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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 Technology Solution Providers of 2013
Company Management Description
AeroScout
Boston MA
www.aeroscoutindustrial.com
Janet Chaffin
President
Improving operational efficiency that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location condition and status of mobile assets and people
Attensity
Palo Alto CA
www.attensity.com
Howard Lau
CEO
Helping brands leverage their customer conversations as a business asset.
Greenwich CT
www.cosserp.com
Antonia Spitzer
President
Developing integrated manufacturing and ERP solutions for small- to mid-sized manufacturers
St. Louis MO
Bill Harrison
CEO
Providers of software for the full spectrum of supply chain management
New Jersey

Thomas K. Ng
CEO and Founder

Streamlining supply chain processes from design to delivery through a cloud-based collaboration platform called ecVision Suite®.
Lexington MA
Michael W. Rennell
CEO
Enabling businesses to comply with government regulations meet a range of industry standards and achieve other management objectives.
Atlanta
Alok Pathak
CEO

"Provider of technology driven consulting services and products for business processes "

California
Randy Flamm
CEO
Offers Manufacturing Software and ERP Software systems for repetitive process and discrete manufacturing industries
Redwood Shores CA
Sandra Kurtzig
CEO
Kenandy is the leading provider of cloud ERP applications that manage the operations, finance and manufacturing for global enterprises
Georgia
Michael Edenfield
President and CEO
Delivering innovative supply chain solutions its customers need to solve today's complex challenges
San Mateo CA

Zach Nelson
CEO

NetSuite is a cloud-based financials / ERP solution that allows manufacturers to fully run their business end-to-end from customer-facing multi-channel sales to the production floor. The solution offers manufacturers robust capabilities to more efficiently manufacture, forecast, price, track and schedule products, with a focus on design and a single platform for both B2B and B2C distribution.
Troy MI

Jason Blessing
CEO

A satellite communications vendor offering IP communications technology for constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in challenging defense and government agency environments.
St. Cloud MN
Joe Blauert
CEO
To provide a mid-market ERP software solution for the process manufacturing industry.
Leyland UK
Kevin Luxton
CEO
Provider of manufacturing intelligence software to help organizations transform data into critical insight in order to achieve continual product
Chennai India

Virender Agarwal
CEO

Creating "Next Generation Enterprise Solutions" that enhances competitive capabilities.
Boston MA
Koray Dogan
CEO
To address the original promise of supply chain planning and provide true end-to-end optimized answers that the business can execute.
Veenendaal NL

Cornelis Bosch
CEO
To help companies translate processes into solution capabilities build integrated business management infrastructures and optimize supply and value chains.
Long Island NY
Bob Vormittag
President
Providing customers with fully integrated solutions that can expand their business process.
York PA
David Myers
CEO
Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM with Cloud Based Services and industry solutions giving our customers a competitive advantage to effectively compete and grow their business
NorfolkVA

Ned Lilly
CEO

President

Helping companies successfully implement powerful and easy-to-use open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to grow business profitably.