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2018 Ross SIG Conference
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This annual customer conference offers sessions across Ross Special Interest Groups, including the Chemicals, Metals & Natural Products, Food & Beverage, Life Sciences and Services industries. Special Focus Groups revolve around Finance, Technology and Operations. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with Ross product experts, as well as their peers from other customer companies.
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Monday, October 15
 

8:00am

Registration and Information
Monday October 15, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:00am

Pre-Conference Session: Intermediate EMF (Fees Apply)
In this session we will review EMF from the ground up. This is an introduction to EMF for users who have never used the product. We will cover the server, logs, maintenance, and even build a few basic processes. Additionally, we’ll cover the implementation and configuration of a selection of the 70+ pre-defined processes which Aptean has built and are ready for use in your environment. Finally, we will close the session with a Q&A session to review any questions you have about EMF.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hoglander

Michael Hoglander

Technical Consultant, Aptean
Michael has experience in IT working with both hardware and software, including B2B consulting experience across multiple clients, and is proficient in SQL syntax and SQL Server Management Studio, and Windows Server.  He works with EMF, Ross Financials, Ross Manufacturing, IAF, DML... Read More →


Monday October 15, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:00am

Pre-Conference Session: SSRS Reporting
SSRS is a reporting tool that you likely already own. In this session we will cover SSRS from the ground up. We will build a few basic reports and also discuss implementing these reports for your users through Smart Client. We will have a Q&A session at the end of the session to review any questions you may have about SSRS Reporting.

Speakers

Monday October 15, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:00am

Pre-Conference Session: Technical Tips & Tricks: Issue Resolution & Debugging
This session will focus on understanding stored procedures and common library programs. We will cover IAF debugging techniques used in identifying complex problems and/or data errors and finding resolution as applicable. A high level discussion on the Ross application architecture and functional flow of logic based on relational data will be presented to support the review process. This session is targeted for business and technical analysts maintaining and supporting the Ross enterprise system.

Speakers
avatar for Eddy Kassaye

Eddy Kassaye

Customer Solutions, Aptean
Eddy Kassaye is an accomplished ERP professional with more than 20 years of experience designing, developing, implementing and supporting new and existing enterprise software systems. He has a wide range of experience in manufacturing, financials, maintenance, supply chain, finance... Read More →


Monday October 15, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

12:00pm

Lunch (Pre-conference attendees only)
Monday October 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Session: Advanced EMF
This session is intended for users with a working knowledge of EMF. We will cover advanced topics such as web services, email listeners, HTTP listeners, Regular Expressions, JavaScript, and more. We will have an open forum and Q&A session to review any questions you have about EMF and review advanced usage scenarios.

Speakers

Monday October 15, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Session: Functional Tips & Tricks: Potency, Calculations & Conversions
In this session we will review three main functional topics (Potency, Formula based calculations and conversions, Specification codes):
  • Setup and utilization of formula based UOM conversions
  • Setup and use of Potency in formulating recipes
  • Use of dependency formulas in recipes to support complex formulations based on potency
  • Setup and use of specifications and test codes with lot characteristics within the supply chain.
 
This session is designed for power users with basic knowledge of setting up and maintaining configuration within the Ross application.

Speakers
avatar for Eddy Kassaye

Eddy Kassaye

Customer Solutions, Aptean
Eddy Kassaye is an accomplished ERP professional with more than 20 years of experience designing, developing, implementing and supporting new and existing enterprise software systems. He has a wide range of experience in manufacturing, financials, maintenance, supply chain, finance... Read More →


Monday October 15, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Session: Getting the Most out of Advanced Reporting
Advanced Reporting for Ross ERP is constantly evolving based on user feedback, regulations and new technology. Be sure to get the maximum value from this report writer. We’ll cover:
  • Overview of the latest features and reports
  • Using spheres and advanced sphere drilldowns
  • Creating reports for your business

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Erridge

Trevor Erridge

Financial Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Trevor Erridge has had a 30-year career as a senior professional in Finance, Operations and Sales Management. He has international business experience in accounting and finance, budgeting, forecasting, process optimization, costing and sales operations.He began his career in South... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

Customer Success – Ross ERP, Aptean


Monday October 15, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

Customer Leadership Meeting (Invitation Only)
Monday October 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

6:00pm

Welcome Reception
Monday October 15, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta
 
Tuesday, October 16
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

Opening General Session
Join us as we open the event with important notes and a preview of the days ahead.  We'll meet the Ross EUC and SIG leaders, talk about what to expect during the conference, and give a brief update on Ross and Aptean news!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Finch

Kelly Finch

Director of Technology, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
Kelly is the Director of Technology at O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc; a complex, results-oriented innovative dairy solutions company that develops and produces value-added products and a wide range of dairy products.Kelly has led the evolution of the technology team over her 25-year... Read More →
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For over 20 years Jack 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... 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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

Registration and Information
Tuesday October 16, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:45am

Break
Tuesday October 16, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Financial Budgeting Comes to Life
New to Financial Budgeting?  Surprised When The Financial Statements Are Published? Hardy Diagnostics shares their journey in implementing a Financial Budget by Cost Center.  See how to leverage Ross ERP and Advanced Financial Reporting to:
  • Implement a culture of accountability
  • Establish budget templates
  • Define budget targets
  • Develop Variance Reports
  • Track Actual vs. Budget Variances

Speakers
avatar for Darla Prevish

Darla Prevish

CFO, Hardy Diagnostics
Darla Prevish started at Hardy Diagnostics in 2014 and is currently the CFO.  Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% employee owned company, develops, manufactures, and distributes automated microscope slide stainers for laboratory use as well as culture media and rapid identification kits used... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

QlikSense at Gehl Foods & Illes Seasonings & Flavors
QlikSense has been widely talked about within the Ross SIG community. The tool is sold as a solution to all of your reporting needs. Gehl and Illes will present how they have used the tool to address their reporting needs.
  • What questions have been answered at Gehl 
  • Data mart, Data warehouse, and business intelligence fundamentals
  • How Qlik fits into these strategies and concepts
  • How to implement a true data warehouse and BI solution with Ross and Qlik
  • See how Illes converted QlikView documents to QlikSense using mashups to enhance their users' experience

Speakers
avatar for Les Howell

Les Howell

Executive Director of IT, Illes Seasonings & 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... Read More →
avatar for Tim Ringle

Tim Ringle

Business Systems Analyst, Gehl Foods
Tim Ringle has 18 years of IT experience in both public and private sector industries. As part of an ERP implementation team at a midsize US food manufacturing company, Tim became familiar with multiple ERP systems and a wide range business concepts. He enjoys working with the most... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Factory MES: See What's New & What's Next
So much as happened in Factory MES since we last met.  Please join us as we share truly innovative and exciting new features and functions that make Factory a powerhouse tool for your manufacturing line.  We'll discuss:
  •  The complete rewrite of KPIs
  • Modern, updated reporting
  • New cell page with call-outs and configuration features
  • New interactive report packs
  • Drag-and-drop pivot-style reporting
  • New Plan Attainment metrics
  • What's up ahead in Factory roadmap

Speakers
avatar for Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas

General Manager, Factory MES, 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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Recipe Control & Paperless Lot Tracking with 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.

Speakers
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

IT Security at Prent & Goex Corporation
Learn how we identify, prioritize, protect and prevent compromises to our systems. During this session we will:
  • Share how we identify risks in our environment
  • Explain our decision making process and how we prioritize what to spend our time and money on
  • What training, processes and technologies we have invested in to protect our systems and prevent the systems from being compromised
  • Share stories with the audience of issues we all have been through and lessons learned

Speakers
avatar for Steve Zimmerman

Steve Zimmerman

Chief Information Officer, Prent Corporation / Goex Corporation
Steve has nearly 30 years of IT experience of which most 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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Challenged With Capturing Your Outbound Freight?
Join O-AT-KA Milk Products and PEZ Candy as they discuss how and why they leveraged a separate database to capture their freight details while staying connected to Ross ERP.  Both companies will share their stories of what got them to the solution they are using today, covering areas such as:
  • What their initial challenges were regarding outbound freight
  • Why they use a separate database to help solve those challenges
  • How they leverage the information in Ross ERP
  • How they address reporting and accruals
  • What were some of their wins and challenges
  • What are the next steps related to Outbound Freight

Speakers
avatar for Chris Balay

Chris Balay

Director of I.T., PEZ Candy Inc.
Chris has been the I.T. Director at PEZ Candy Inc. since 2000. He was part of the team that chose and implemented Ross ERP 5.7 in 2005. Since then PEZ has uplifted to 5.9, 6.4 and 7.1.
avatar for Alyce Clark

Alyce Clark

Accounts Payable Manager, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
Alyce has been with OATKA since 2006 and is responsible for the management of the Accounts Payable Team and Processes. She brings to the OATKA team, a BA in Accounting from the University of West Florida and 38 years in diversified accounting experience. Along with accounts payable... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

GDPR: It Applies to All of Us
The General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR)  is a European Union regulation but it applies to all of us, and it has widespread implications for any company with contacts, customers, and possibly your customers’ customers in the EU. Violations can carry enormous fines.

Join us to learn how GDPR relates to the information you have stored in Ross ERP and related archives. We will cover:
  • Who Does GDPR Affect?
  • Facts & Figures
  • Principles & How Aptean Can Help


Speakers
avatar for Jason Barr

Jason Barr

Chief Information Security Officer, Aptean
As Chief Information Security Officer, Jason Barr leads Aptean's compliance, governance and security programs. Jason has over 20 years of experience in the information technology sector building and securing hosted platforms for customers.


Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Demand Planning: Put the Horse Before the Cart
Is Demand Planning the first step in your S&OP process? If not, you might be pulling the cart with manual labor. During this session we will:
  • Share how SI Group drastically revised our customer forecasting (aka Demand Planning) process
  • Explore some features we discovered and demonstrate the value add
  • Open the floor to hear what others are doing with Demand Planning

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Savage

Bethany Savage

Enterprise Process Analyst, SI Group


Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Selecting an Industrial Computer or Rugged Tablet for Your Manufacturing Environment
Touchscreen computers and tablets are an integral part of modern production lines in the food manufacturing, packaging, and material handling industries. Computer hardware directly affects the efficiency, productivity, resiliency, and overall profitability of your production lines. Careful consideration must be taken to ensure the computer or tablet will integrate well into your production environment. It must meet the demands of the physical environment, be compatible with Aptean software, and operate without failure for several years.

This seminar discusses some key items to consider when selecting computer hardware and provides an overview of Teguar’s proven Aptean compliant touchscreen computers and rugged tablets.

Speakers

Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Adapting Document Connect to Custom Requirements
Bonset America shares their experience in adapting Document Connect to facilitate paperwork reduction. Join this session for a look at:
  • How we transitioned from paper to electronic storage for the shipping documents
  • Integration with the existing Doc Connect / SharePoint site
  • Creation of a new inquiry & data zone to bridge the gap between sales invoices and orders
  • Streamlining the process to reduce time spent during audits

Speakers
avatar for Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson

IT Manager, Bonset America Corp.
Rob Richardson is the IT Manager for Bonset America Corp., located near Greensboro, NC.  Bonset America manufactures heat-shrinkable film for the packaging industry, shipping to the Americas and Europe since 1989. Rob joined Bonset in 1999 and led the implementation of Ross ERP in... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday October 16, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Using Project Accounting at SI Group
Project Accounting is a useful tool in recording and tracking spending against budget(s).  At SI Group, the module has replaced a very manual process we had for doing all of this.  Project Accounting is the single source of information that has allowed the system to work for us.  We'll cover:
  • Means to easily track capital as well as expenditures
  • Includes Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) to outline major steps
  • Reliable visibility into the status of capital projects
Join us to see how Project Accounting works for SI Group!

Speakers
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Dana Smoak

Enterprise Process Analyst, SI Group


Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Connecting with Audiences through Storytelling
Do you need a better way to align people with your vision? Trying to communicate a new concept, idea, or initiative? Connecting with your audience through storytelling is a valuable skill that will enable you to capture attention and influence decisions. We will discuss:
  • Why stories resonate with audiences
  • The importance of sharing context in your presentation
  • A structure for a story-driven presentation
  • Tips for creating and delivering a presentation that keeps audiences engaged

Speakers
avatar for Andy Sirmon

Andy Sirmon

Sr. Principal, Sales Enablement, Aptean
Andy is responsible for helping guide product sales enablement efforts with a particular focus on elevating and packaging Aptean’s value messaging to support its go-to-market strategies. Andy brings with him almost 20 years of marketing experience with a focus on understanding customers... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

Paradise Tomato Kitchens: Customer Experience with Factory MES 9.1
The presentation will cover PTK’s experiences with the newest version of Factory MES.  It will review specific areas where we have experienced difficulties or have been time consuming in past.  Using these examples we will demonstrate how the software has helped PTK overcome the problems.
The challenge for PTK is to drive information down to the decision makers on the floor real time, while gathering historic information that can be shared and analyzed over a longer time frame.  This information is used for continuous improvement projects.

 Areas of benefit to PTK include:
  • Version 9.1 Cell page interface between our users and the system.
  • Report Scheduler
  • Schedule attainment
  • Email distribution
  • Quality Dashboard
  • Headlines page
  • Ability to run on multiple devices
  • Historical data collection and analysis
  • Reduction in reports from 52 to 12 reports 

Speakers
avatar for David Whatley

David Whatley

Factory Manager, Paradise Tomato Kitchens
David Whatley is a Special Projects Manager/Corporate Analyst for Paradise Tomato Kitchens (PTK) a  manufacturer of high quality signature sauces for restaurant chains and industrial customers. PTK has three plants across the US, two in Louisville, KY and one in Los Banos, CA. David... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

The Latest in Advanced Reporting with Synoptix
Speakers
avatar for Trevor Erridge

Trevor Erridge

Financial Solutions Consultant, Aptean
Trevor Erridge has had a 30-year career as a senior professional in Finance, Operations and Sales Management. He has international business experience in accounting and finance, budgeting, forecasting, process optimization, costing and sales operations.He began his career in South... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

Customer Success – Ross ERP, Aptean
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:00pm

The Old Cozy Blanket: An IT Security & Compliance Perspective
In today’s software environments every release will have security improvements. Understanding the need to keep current with upgrades and the risks to your business will help keep you compliant with industry regulations, and may save your bottom line. Join Aptean’s Chief Information Security Officer, Jason Barr, as he shares his perspective gained from years of experience building and securing hosted platforms in the IT sector.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Barr

Jason Barr

Chief Information Security Officer, Aptean
As Chief Information Security Officer, Jason Barr leads Aptean's compliance, governance and security programs. Jason has over 20 years of experience in the information technology sector building and securing hosted platforms for customers.


Tuesday October 16, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

ABC's of Activity-Based Costing
Freight, direct labor, manufacturing overhead are all significant portions of the total cost structure, but how do you properly allocate costs to products? In this session we’ll discuss:
  • Setting up & managing landed freight costs in Ross
  • Using labor activity drivers to calculate and manage direct labor costs in Ross
  • Determining the best method for manufacturing OH allocation and how to implement in Ross

Speakers
avatar for Adam Acorn

Adam Acorn

Director of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing, Kettle Cuisine


Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

Meet the Aptean Customer Success Team
Join us as we discuss all aspects of the Aptean service and support team:  We'll cover all of the topics and more:
  • The metrics we use to measure effectiveness
  • An overview of the tools available on the new Aptean Connect support site
  • Tips and tricks to get the most out of support

Speakers

Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

Data Collection (DC), Ross Inventory Manager (RIM) or Both?
With the recent release of Ross Inventory Manager (RIM), how do I know which collection application to use and what is best for my company? Well this session will help answer some of those questions and more! We have packed 4x the information into this 45 minute session by having multiple companies partake in this panel.

So come join the discussion with Bonset America, Hardy Diagnostics, O-AT-KA Milk Products and PEZ Candy as they share their experiences on how they are using one or both of these applications at their companies.  The panel, based on their experiences, will be addressing questions such as:
  • What hardware works best and why?
  • Which applications are used and what are the differences?
  • What part of their manufacturing process uses DC, RIM or both?
  • What are some of their best practices? Challenges?
  • What do our users think? - Discussion around user experience

Speakers
avatar for Chris Balay

Chris Balay

Director of I.T., PEZ Candy Inc.
Chris has been the I.T. Director at PEZ Candy Inc. since 2000. He was part of the team that chose and implemented Ross ERP 5.7 in 2005. Since then PEZ has uplifted to 5.9, 6.4 and 7.1.
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... Read More →
avatar for Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson

IT Manager, Bonset America Corp.
Rob Richardson is the IT Manager for Bonset America Corp., located near Greensboro, NC.  Bonset America manufactures heat-shrinkable film for the packaging industry, shipping to the Americas and Europe since 1989. Rob joined Bonset in 1999 and led the implementation of Ross ERP in... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Swartz

Rebecca Swartz

Business Systems Coordinator, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
I collaborate with users throughout our company to ensure applications and systems meet their needs and empower them in their roles.  I strive to encourage continuous improvement and innovation via technology in order to achieve our company’s goals.


Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

Workflow Automation – Accelerate operations by seamlessly integrating WorkflowGen with Ross
In this session, you will be able to visualize the benefits of integrating industry leading Workflow tool, WorkflowGen, with your Ross system to power critical business processes.  WorkflowGen enables you to easily build web based, mobile friendly e-forms, custom interfaces and workflows, fully integrated with your Ross system.
 
Ken Yannitell, Programming Supervisor from Sadler’s Smokehouse will explain how his company uses WorkflowGen as an orchestration engine to optimize and automate Recipe Change Authorizations and more using custom web pages.

Speakers
avatar for Intellera

Intellera

Intellera was founded in 2001 and has been helping its' clients achieve maximum efficiency by bridging the gap between people, processes and technology ever since.By providing innovative, tailor-made business process management and forms/workflow automation solutions, we simplify... Read More →
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Ken Yannitell

Programming Supervisor, Sadler's Smokehouse


Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

Next Level Server Architecture
Join us to l earn about Aptean's technology roadmap, including:
  • An overview of Cloud hosting 
  • Best practices around virtualization and redundancy,
  • A conceptual introduction of Containerization and HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure)

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Aptean


Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:00pm

Oracle
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.


Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:00pm

Break
Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:15pm

Electronic Payments - AR & AP
Do you currently work within an organization that writes or mails paper checks? Does your accounting team manually enter and allocate incoming checks and wires? Do you have a lockbox that charges expensive document or processing fees? Are the incoming remittances indexed and searchable?

If your AP or AR payment processes are either manual or could benefit from streamlining, this is the session for you. Learn how Kettle Cuisine has leveraged existing Ross functionality to implement ACH and virtual credit card payments, and how they’ve automated the cash receipt process without using a traditional lockbox.

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... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:05pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:15pm

Creating a Bill of Lading for Bin Transfers between Physical Warehouses when using One Logical Warehouse in Ross
Kathy LaBudde, Business Analyst at Berner Food & Beverage LLC, a private label consumer packaged goods food and beverage manufacturing company, will share the company's process of creating a Bill of Lading for “shuttles” between physical warehouses under one Logical Warehouse in Ross.

Come hear what we have done and share what you have done to solve same or similar business process tasks. With Berner’s current expansion, our onsite warehouse space was overtaken by production lines, which created a need for automated bill of lading creation for shuttles between our facilities. This transaction is a Data Collection Bin Transfer but did not satisfy trucking documentation needs.
We’ll discuss the following:
  • Use of “logical” warehouse for ease of user visibility to inventory and MRP/MPS
  • Data Collection Bin Transfer to create Bill of Lading for transportation documentation
  • Tracking of shuttles between facilities including number of transfers and time between locations
  • The result is a document stored in custom Ross table tracking the LPNs moved, Carrier information, and user/time stamps.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Labudde

Kathy Labudde

Senior Business Analyst, Berner Food & Beverage
Kathy LaBudde, Business Analyst at Berner Food & Beverage LLC, a private label consumer packaged goods food and beverage manufacturing company, has been with Berner since 2000. This is also the year Berner implemented Ross.


Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:05pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:15pm

Kettle Cuisine does Supply Chain Planning
Learn how Kettle Cuisine uses SCP Demand Planning and Advanced Planning & Scheduling to drive their business.  You will see how:
  • The Demand Planning process that drives the business
  • The importance of the right Pyramid can drive forecasting by grouping products
  • APS plans approximately 500 jobs a day (4 levels deep)
  • APS automatically creates 500 Ross jobs a day
  • MRP runs every day based on planned and live jobs

Speakers
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Tom Puorro

Kettle Cuisine


Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:05pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:15pm

EDI and API Connectivity Solutions from B2BGateway
EDI and API Connectivity Solutions from B2BGateway remove the need for the Ross user to manually re-key data when exchanging business documents with all manufacturers, 3PLs, or hundreds of trading partners such as Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cardinal Health, Mckesson and Walmart. Having implemented over 25,000 thousand EDI relationships over the years, B2BGateway has developed customized solutions for all industries and client types. Join us to learn more about B2BGateway’s EDI and API Connectivity Solutions for Ross.

Speakers
avatar for B2BGateway

B2BGateway

B2BGateway is a global EDI and Advanced Data Connectivity solutions provider. Having partnered with Ross ERP since 2006, B2BGateway’s EDI and Advanced Data Connectivity solutions remove the need for the Ross user to re-key data when exchanging business documents with all manufacturers... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:05pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:15pm

EMF: Amalgamation Achieved!
The hardest part of the journey is where to start. Perhaps you have taken the pre-conference training, but how do you take that back and start to use it today? Perhaps you have been coding EMF processes for a while but know there is more. More features. More opportunities. The need for more understanding on how features work. Join us as O-AT-KA illustrates our journey from the beginning basics to where we are today!
  • The Journey: Where to start?
    • We will be exploring the basic features and demonstrating our usage
    • Providing examples of basic alerts that helped us get started
  • The path of Lesson’s Learned:
    • We will be demonstrating:
      • Data filters
      • Loops
      • Data Sections
  • Where are we today on that Journey?
    • Core systems integration
    • Web services
    • Subroutines

Speakers
avatar for Elly Odell

Elly Odell

IT Programmer Analyst/BI, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
I hold a unique position where I can utilize my skills in IAF, DML, EMF, QlikView, ACCESS and SQL Server to create/enhance applications to put information at the user's fingertips. I also perform as a visionary, collaborating with others to focus the technology growth to meet the... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:05pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:15pm

Networking Time
Tuesday October 16, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

5:00pm

Reception ~ Sponsored by The EUC
Tuesday October 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
TBA Loews Atlanta
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

Registration and Information
Wednesday October 17, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:30am

General Session
Speakers
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For over 20 years Jack 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... 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... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:30am

Break
Wednesday October 17, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Reconciling the Inventory Module to the General Ledger
Join Nature Nate’s as they share tips & tricks for reconciling the inventory sub-ledger to the general ledger:
  • Discuss the challenges we were facing at Nature Nate’s
  • Identify helpful reports & information from the sub-ledger side that can be used for reconciling
  • Identify items or fields that can be used for cross referencing between general ledger & sub-ledger reports to find variances
  • Discuss transactions that could impact your reconciliation

Speakers
avatar for Julee Hynes

Julee Hynes

Accounting Manager, Nature Nate’s
Julee Hynes has been Accounting Manager at Nature Nate’s since May 2017.  Nature Nate’s is a privately-owned company in North Texas that sells raw and unfiltered honey and honey products.  Julee joined Nature Nate’s six months after the company went live on Aptean.  This... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Analytics: Deep Dive into Aptean's Plans
In this session we will be looking into Aptean’s roadmap for process analytics. This includes an overview of current analytics dashboards; an overview of the new Data Warehouse and a brief explanation on the available KPI’s.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For over 20 years Jack 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... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Aptean


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Implementing MPS/MRP
Get insights into the planning modules within Ross – Master Production Scheduling and Material Requirements Planning. In this session we’ll:
  • Review basic planning principles, including all supply and demand components
  • Explore the streamlined functionality introduced in recent releases
  • Discuss implementation strategies for rolling out multiple facilities
  • Highlight key MPS & MRP reporting needs

Speakers
avatar for Andy Pulling

Andy Pulling

Product Analyst, Aptean
As a Product Analyst and Solutions Consultant for the Ross team, Andy has a wide ranging set of responsibilities. He works closely with the services and development teams, providing input for future functional requirements, and coordinating new product and service pack launches as... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Quality for Ross by uniPoint
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.


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

10:00am

Ross ERP: To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade?
Join us as FOUR different companies share how they approach Ross ERP Upgrades; Illes Seasonings, O-AT-KA Milk Products, Paradise Tomato Kitchens and Sadler’s BBQ.

Each company takes a slightly different approach to upgrades and the panel will be answering questions such as:
  • Should we upgrade now or later? When is the right time and what is the right version for us?
  • Do we have to train everyone on the new version? How do we know what the new functionality is?
  • Why and how do we partner with Aptean?
  • How do we uplift all our customizations?
  • How much time does it take to upgrade?
  • Why do we have to test before going live? And how?
  • How do we ensure the upgrade goes smoothly?

Speakers
avatar for David Dancer

David Dancer

IT Director, Sadler’s Smokehouse
David has been in manufacturing for over 18 years – his first ten years in garage door manufacturing.  He came to Sadler’s in 2008 and began to learn Ross.  Since then he has implemented data collection, EDI and developed many add-ons in Visual Studio that integrate with Ross... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Finch

Kelly Finch

Director of Technology, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
Kelly is the Director of Technology at O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc; a complex, results-oriented innovative dairy solutions company that develops and produces value-added products and a wide range of dairy products.Kelly has led the evolution of the technology team over her 25-year... Read More →
avatar for Les Howell

Les Howell

Executive Director of IT, Illes Seasonings & 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... 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... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Finance Focus Group
Are you a Finance or Accounting individual?

Are you someone who has asked a question such as “I wish Ross or a Ross partner could provide me with the ability to decrease the time it takes to close the month or to make processing of our accounting transactions easier and less time consuming”

Have you made a comment such as “Wow, I did not know Ross had a solution to automate my journal entries and allocations as well as my financial and budget reports!”

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, then come join us in the Finance Focus Group!  We want to hear what works for you when processing transactions, closing the month, generating reports, and analyzing data AND we want to hear what challenges you face on a regular basis.  We also want to know what improvements you would like to see in future releases.  Your input will be valuable as we provide our collective experiences to Aptean for future fixes, development and enhancements to the Ross family of products.

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... Read More →
avatar for Darla Prevish

Darla Prevish

CFO, Hardy Diagnostics
Darla Prevish started at Hardy Diagnostics in 2014 and is currently the CFO.  Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% employee owned company, develops, manufactures, and distributes automated microscope slide stainers for laboratory use as well as culture media and rapid identification kits used... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Operations Focus Group
We want to hear about your experiences with the family of Aptean applications used in your business (Ross Production Manager, Factory MES, TabWare, Ross Inventory Manager, etc.).  What are your success stories and challenges as an Operations organization?  What issues are you having with the software?  What improvements would you like to see and what is their priority?  What is your pet peeve? What features and functionality would you like in the future?

The Operations Focus Group is committed to providing a platform to maximize the benefits of the various software tools for you and your company.  Your input will valuable as we provide collective experiences to Aptean to drive fixes, development and enhancements to the Ross family of products.

Speakers
avatar for David Whatley

David Whatley

Factory Manager, Paradise Tomato Kitchens
David Whatley is a Special Projects Manager/Corporate Analyst for Paradise Tomato Kitchens (PTK) a  manufacturer of high quality signature sauces for restaurant chains and industrial customers. PTK has three plants across the US, two in Louisville, KY and one in Los Banos, CA. David... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Technology Focus Group
We want to hear about all of your experiences with the various technologies you use with Ross. What sorts of technology have you used that were extremely successful and which didn’t go so well. Were you so bold to try something experimental with Ross that wasn’t officially supported by Aptean?  What was the result?  Come share your knowledge and efforts with us. Cloud Options, Wifi, PC’s, Smart Devices, HTML5, Integrations, etc. Your input will be valuable as we provide our collective experiences to Aptean for further fixes, development and enhancement to the Ross family of products into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Viglas

Michael Viglas

Applications Support Administrator, Illes Seasonings & Flavors
Michael has been with Illes Seasonings and Flavors for 17 years. Viglas started as a Systems Administrator and moved over to Applications Support.  Under the direction of Les Howell, he has seen many changes including implementation of Ross ERP, Pivotal, PlanetTogether APS, and SG... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

12:30pm

Lunch
Wednesday October 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

Moving Data from DCS to Ross using the WebServices API
Speakers
avatar for Robert Hymes

Robert Hymes

Enterprise Process Owner - Manufacturing, SI Group


Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

Month End Process / Closing Process Roundtable
Come join us for an overview of Aptean recommended Month End Processes with and open discussion to follow.  Learn from your fellow users who have optimized their Month End Process, share your experiences and discuss recommendations on ways that Aptean can help you.

Speakers
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Aptean


Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

Lean Flow Operations and Ross
The Horticulture Industry has turned to "Lean" Techniques in order to maximize profits and prepare for labor shortages. Midwest Groundcovers, one of the largest container nurseries in the Midwest States, undertook a significant “Lean Flow” project that was implemented in 2017. Most of the effort and focus related to order fulfillment.

In this session, we will discuss how we built Ross customizations in order to:
  • Optimize shipping racks with products that change sizes throughout the year
  • Batch pull in all of our production nurseries
  • Stream-line order assembly in our distribution warehouse

Speakers
CP

Chris Plane

Inventory, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC
RS

Rick Santiago

Network/PC Tech, Midwest Groundcovers LLC


Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

Utilizing TabWare: What's New & What's Coming in Asset Management
More and more Aptean customers are adopting the Ross-TabWare integration for Asset Management. Join us to learn about:
  • New features and functionality
  • Plant performance improvement with BI dashboards to show specific KPIs, such as the health of your assets, maintenance costs, equipment downtime & inventory
  • Ensuring compliance & traceability through work management, preventive and predictive maintenance and comprehensive event tracking
  • Integration points with Ross ERP & Factory MES
  • What’s coming next…

Speakers
avatar for Jay Ratliff

Jay Ratliff

Solutions Consultant, 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... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

Food Safety with London Consulting

Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

1:45pm

IOT in Manufacturing
Industry 4.0 is all about leveraging the growing ubiquity of new wireless / mobile and sensor technologies in the manufacturing world. During this session we will discuss some of the trends of factory automation that are currently available and also a whole lot of promising opportunities that can be leveraged to build powerful industrial systems and applications.

Speakers
avatar for David Dancer

David Dancer

IT Director, Sadler’s Smokehouse
David has been in manufacturing for over 18 years – his first ten years in garage door manufacturing.  He came to Sadler’s in 2008 and began to learn Ross.  Since then he has implemented data collection, EDI and developed many add-ons in Visual Studio that integrate with Ross... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Aptean


Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:45pm

Lean & Green with the Accounting Cycle
Have you ever asked the questions…there has to be a better way to process this transaction or I must be missing something, processing this transaction should not take this long or be this hard.  Join our roundtable discussion where a panel of experts in the subjects of financial and cost accounting will answer your questions regarding the accounting cycle processes and how their companies use the functionality of the Ross family of products to complete those processes.  Come with your questions as we embark on an interactive session of networking and information sharing.

Speakers
avatar for Darla Prevish

Darla Prevish

CFO, Hardy Diagnostics
Darla Prevish started at Hardy Diagnostics in 2014 and is currently the CFO.  Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% employee owned company, develops, manufactures, and distributes automated microscope slide stainers for laboratory use as well as culture media and rapid identification kits used... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:45pm

The New Data Warehouse Option for Ross Analytics
The new Aptean Data Warehouse option brings power and flexibility to your reporting and analytics systems:
  • Viewer Agnostic, use what you have or what works best for each business unit
  • Consistent data for each department, regardless of user interface
  • Tables and Relationships defined and maintained by Aptean
  • Finally deliver self-service BI!
  • Future integration of other Aptean products (*forward looking statement, your mileage may vary)

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Aptean
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... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:45pm

TabWare CMMS Implementation with Integration to Ross
Troy Grove, Chief Information Officer at Berner Food & Beverage LLC, a private label consumer packaged goods food and beverage manufacturing company, will share the company's process of converting from their former CMMS (Computer Maintenance Management) systems to TabWare CMMS.

Come hear what we have done and share what you have done to solve same or similar business process tasks.

Improving our overall Maintenance approach to Preventive Maintenance, Break/Fix, MRO Procurement, A/P and costing based on FIFO and overall line efficiencies at Berner Food & Beverage was our goal. With Aptean’s acquisition of TabWare and the interface from TabWare to Ross and Ross to Tabware, our maintenance and technology team worked together to transform the maintenance department approach with the TabWare CMMS system. This session will take you through the process of converting from an existing CMMS system to TabWare CMMS with Ross ERP integration using Option 1.

We’ll discuss:
  • Guidance and expertise that our Aptean and Berner partnership has provided to convert from multiple CMMS systems to Tabware CMMS
  • Wins and challenges we have experienced
  • Defining and optimizing our process flow utilizing the Option 1 interface where Ross is the Vendor and Part Master, Tabware is the procurement application and Ross is the A/P & G/L function and the in-betweens of transactions to and from Ross via EMF events
  • The end result is the closure of 2 different CMMS applications and the utilization of the TabWare CMMS solution

Speakers
avatar for Troy Grove

Troy Grove

CIO, Berner Foods
Troy Grove is the CIO for Berner Food and Beverage LLC, located in Dakota, Illinois. Prior to joining Berner Foods in 1998, Troy spent over 11 years with Newell/Rubbermaid where he gained significant business process experience as the project manager for ERP/CRM/EAI/ECM/MES/CMMS/BI... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:45pm

Mobile Data Capture for Ross ERP
Join Peak-Ryzex to learn about end-to-end enterprise mobility, retail, managed services, printing and mobile data capture solutions. Peak-Ryzex helps Ross users accelerate mobile deployments, maximize worker uptime, and enable actionable intelligence. Their solutions are built to enable real-time traceability, inventory accuracy, and process optimization across the supply chain.

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.


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

2:45pm

Disaster Recovery, VMware & High Availability
Discover how Sadler’s Smokehouse has leveraged VMware to increase systems availability and guard against catastrophic events resulting in data loss by utilizing:
  • High availability configuration of VMware
  • Off-site replication
  • Database backup strategy and backup appliances

Speakers
avatar for David Dancer

David Dancer

IT Director, Sadler’s Smokehouse
David has been in manufacturing for over 18 years – his first ten years in garage door manufacturing.  He came to Sadler’s in 2008 and began to learn Ross.  Since then he has implemented data collection, EDI and developed many add-ons in Visual Studio that integrate with Ross... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

3:35pm

Break
Wednesday October 17, 2018 3:35pm - 4:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

Finance Module Best Practices: Global Controls, System Setting Review, Menu Review
Controlling access to your financial information and transaction processing does not have to be a struggle. With Ross ERP's system controls and settings, along with user-configurable security you can keep it all under tight control.  We'll discuss all of this and more, followed by an open discussion:
  • New and existing controls and system settings
  • Streamlined vs segregation of duty transaction options
  • Security Manager review
  • Security Groups

Speakers
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Aptean


Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

EDI Partnerships with Integration to Ross ERP – Automating the Function
Pam Gesin, Senior System Analyst at Berner Food & Beverage LLC, a private label consumer packaged goods food and beverage manufacturing company, will share the company's trials and tribulations of automating their EDI process via SPS Commerce with Ross ERP.

Our goal was to automate the order process in and the invoice process out between our EDI partners and Ross ERP.  This would improve the overall efficiencies (speed and accuracy) of the whole EDI process at Berner Food & Beverage.  This session will highlight our lessons learned and issues found when implementing the Extended EDI automation solution.

We’ll discuss the following:
  • Guidance and expertise that our Aptean and Berner partnership (using Aptean Services) has provided when implementing our EDI Automation process
  • Prep work needed within the Ross ERP system
  • Define and optimize our process flow to/from Ross and SPS Commerce via EMF events
  • The end result is better accuracy, consistent data and time savings

Come hear what “gotchas” we found, the need to use EDI Extended and using EMF to automate the FTP download and upload process.  Share what you have done and any issues you found when implementing your own EDI automation process.


Speakers
avatar for Pam Gesin

Pam Gesin

Berner Foods
avatar for Brandon Maciag

Brandon Maciag

Information Technology, PEZ Candy, Inc.
Brandon has worked in the IT department at PEZ Candy, Inc. since 2010. His specific duties include EDI implementation, web development, ERP support, and syndicated sales data reporting. He has been involved in RossERP uplifts to 6.4 and 7.1.


Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

Advanced Planning & Scheduling Tools with 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.

Speakers
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.


Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

Sponsor Session TBA
 

Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

4:00pm

EMF CAB Group/Roundtable
What is all this hype around EMF? You hear all this talk, but what is it? What are Aptean’s plans around this tool? Where can it be used? Join us for a conversation regarding the potential for this product and what it means to your company.
  • Overview:
    • Where is it in your system today
    • How is it being used
  • The Plans (Aptean):
    • Cost structure changes
    • Development Plans
    • Releases
    • Aptean Services
  • Help us move from EMF Roundtable to EMF CAB:
    • What is a CAB?
    • Why should I participate?
    • What benefits does it bring to my company?
    • How can we collaborate outside of the SIG Conference?
    • Where should I sign up?

Speakers
avatar for Elly Odell

Elly Odell

IT Programmer Analyst/BI, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
I hold a unique position where I can utilize my skills in IAF, DML, EMF, QlikView, ACCESS and SQL Server to create/enhance applications to put information at the user's fingertips. I also perform as a visionary, collaborating with others to focus the technology growth to meet the... Read More →
avatar for Andy Pulling

Andy Pulling

Product Analyst, Aptean
As a Product Analyst and Solutions Consultant for the Ross team, Andy has a wide ranging set of responsibilities. He works closely with the services and development teams, providing input for future functional requirements, and coordinating new product and service pack launches as... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy

Aptean
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... 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... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

6:00pm

Dinner & Evening Event ~ Sponsored by Aptean
Wednesday October 17, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta
 
Thursday, October 18
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

SIG: Chemicals
Speakers
avatar for Dan Loosemore

Dan Loosemore

Plant Manager, Hammond Expanders
avatar for Eric Lucke

Eric Lucke

Director, SI Group
Eric Lucke is a Sr. Manager of Global Enterprise Solutions at SI Group.  He has been working with ERP systems for 16 years and with Ross for 12 years.  He has partnered with Ross to enhance the standard product and is a co-leader of the Chemical SIG.  He has led multiple project... 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 October 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

SIG: Food & Beverage
The Food & Beverage SIG group is extremely important to both Aptean and the SIG community. Aptean uses the content generated in this session to roadmap out the enhancements to the product to make sure that they focus on the improvements most valuable to the community. We will.
  • Quickly review all enhancements on list for consideration
  • Add items for review that are suggested
  • Quantify the value of suggestions to the entire Ross community
Please be sure to attend to make sure your needs are reflected in the Ross development roadmap.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Balay

Chris Balay

Director of I.T., PEZ Candy Inc.
Chris has been the I.T. Director at PEZ Candy Inc. since 2000. He was part of the team that chose and implemented Ross ERP 5.7 in 2005. Since then PEZ has uplifted to 5.9, 6.4 and 7.1.
avatar for Tim Ringle

Tim Ringle

Business Systems Analyst, Gehl Foods
Tim Ringle has 18 years of IT experience in both public and private sector industries. As part of an ERP implementation team at a midsize US food manufacturing company, Tim became familiar with multiple ERP systems and a wide range business concepts. He enjoys working with the most... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

SIG: General Business
Speakers
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... Read More →
avatar for Shari Ray

Shari Ray

Aptean


Thursday October 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
TBA Loews Atlanta

8:00am

SIG: Life Sciences
Join your fellow Life Science and Pharmaceutical peers during this interactive forum where we will discuss current issues such as new tracking and reporting requirements impacting our industry, new or enhanced functionality within Ross ERP which can be used to resolve issues specific to our companies, and prioritization of new functionality requests.   Your input and feedback is valuable and will be provided to Aptean as they continue to develop and enhance the Ross family of products to meet our current and future needs.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert

IT Business Systems Manager, Crown Laboratories, Inc.
Chris Lambert has over 15 years of experience in large-scale manufacturing operations. As part of a global manufacturer of industrial equipment used in the energy and chemical sectors, Chris rapidly progressed in his role from project & operations management to ultimately leading... Read More →
avatar for Darla Prevish

Darla Prevish

CFO, Hardy Diagnostics
Darla Prevish started at Hardy Diagnostics in 2014 and is currently the CFO.  Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% employee owned company, develops, manufactures, and distributes automated microscope slide stainers for laboratory use as well as culture media and rapid identification kits used... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:30am

Break
Thursday October 18, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:45am

Ross Version X: Deep Dive with Q&A
Speakers
avatar for Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For over 20 years Jack 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... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:45am

Monetize, Automate and Optimize the AP Process
CloudX is a leader in Accounts Payable and Payment Services, offering a full suite of  Cloud based software tools and BPO services that can help you improve the entire lifecycle of procurement to payment.  Our software is fully integrated with Ross.  In this session you will learn best practices and see a high level demonstration  of the tools and approaches that will help you turn your Accounts Payable Process into a profit center.

Speakers
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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... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
TBA Loews Atlanta

9:45am

Ross & Excel Queries
This session will look into how to help your Excel users get their data from the Ross system faster using tools to help optimize their efficiency.

We will be looking at how most basic user defined queries built in Excel MS Query editor are very inefficient. With some basic SQL knowledge, Views/Stored Procedures can be used to create better retrieval for frequently used reports and files. We will also look at some basic tips to help users create their own queries more efficient on their own.

Lastly we will take a quick look at AdHoc Server settings to see if this can help with server memory management for those companies that run a larger amount of external queries.

Speakers
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Alan Katz

Aptean
KY

Ken Yannitell

Programming Supervisor, Sadler's Smokehouse


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:00am

Closing Session & Prizes
Speakers
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Kelly Finch

Director of Technology, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.
Kelly is the Director of Technology at O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc; a complex, results-oriented innovative dairy solutions company that develops and produces value-added products and a wide range of dairy products.Kelly has led the evolution of the technology team over her 25-year... Read More →
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Jack Payne

Ross Enterprise Product Manager, Aptean
For over 20 years Jack 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
TBA Loews Atlanta

11:45am

Departures and Checkouts
Thursday October 18, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
TBA Loews Atlanta

12:00pm

Customer Leadership Meeting (Invitation Only)
Thursday October 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA Loews Atlanta