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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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Tuesday, October 16
 

10:00am

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

Technical Product Manager, Aptean
avatar for Ryan Swain

Ryan Swain

Director of Information Technology, Paradise Tomato Kitchens
Ryan Swain has been with Paradise Tomato Kitchens since 2001. When it was determined that the company’s 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 →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Ellington Salon C

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
JB

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
Inman

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
Piedmont

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
Ravinia

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
Piedmont
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

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

Technical Product Manager, Aptean


Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Ellington Salon C

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
Ravinia

2:45pm

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 a 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 EUC board for... 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 →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Ellington Salon B

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
Ravinia
 
Thursday, October 18
 

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
Piedmont

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
Ellington DEF

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

Principal Customer Solutions Consultant, Aptean


Thursday October 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Inman

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
Ravinia

9:45am

Ross Version 8: 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
Ellington DEF