The buzz: Hum a few bars? Manufacturers: Achieving sustainable product innovation requires great discipline plus extraordinary collaboration within your company, across your stakeholder community, and with your customers. Why? Booming global competition requires you to have more product variants, faster time to market, lower costs – all while facing growing regulatory and sustainability requirements. How? Borrow a page from the music world: a PLM symphony of simplification, technology, automation, and agility. The experts speak.
Alan Mendel, LeverX: “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future” (Walt Disney).
Jeff Doneghue, BUNN: “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps” (Confucius).
Brian Soaper, SAP: “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong” (Charles Kettering).
About the speakers:
Alan F Mendel
Alan F. Mendel, Vice President of Strategic Consulting, Sales and Marketing, Co-Founder of LeverX, Inc., is responsible for the strategic consulting practice, sales and corporate marketing for LeverX. He is a recognized worldwide authority, author and frequent speaker on methodologies and technology solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM) throughout the extended enterprise and supply chain. He works with mid-sized and large enterprises to identify product lifecycle challenges and how to adopt PLM industry best practices and leverage their investments in SAP solutions to meet their business objectives. Alan has spent almost three decades consulting internationally with organizations from many industries and technology suppliers on the development, use, implementation, and market for solutions to address the product lifecycle. He has a B.S. in Design Engineering and Technology from Brigham Young University. Alan is an avid traveler, outdoorsman, and skier.
Jeff Doneghue is Director of Product Lifecycle Management & Engineering Services at BUNN in Springfield, IL. He has direct responsibility for BUNN’s strategic PLM planning and implementations. Jeff has implemented SAP ERP (PP, MM, WM, SD, FICO), SAP DMS, SAP CAD Integration and SAP PPM. He is currently implementing SAP ECM, expanding PPM to include strategic reporting and growing SAP Master Data usage to support multiple solutions. Additionally, Jeff has experience with engineering, new product development, business technology and process improvements at Siemens, Eaton Corporation and Honeywell.
Brian Soaper, Principal, Business Development at SAP, is a Cincinnati native where he earned an aerospace engineering degree. He has designed products for a number of different industries before joining the software industry. He earned an MBA and has spent the last twenty years, fourteen at Siemens PLM and six at SAP, helping manufacturing companies to improve new product introduction processes. Brian’s passion is helping companies recognize that the new product introduction process requires collaboration across the organization and is not owned or controlled by any one functional area.