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Rick Franzosa
Research Director
4 years at Gartner
32 years IT Industry

Rick works with vice presidents and directors of manufacturing, business process experts and leaders of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement, and enterprise architecture and IT roles supporting manufacturing operations. He also works with providers of technologies and services for manufacturing operations. Read Full Bio

“Lite” Works for Beer, but not for MES

by Rick Franzosa  |  July 16, 2018

There’s a phenomenon that has become prevalent in the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) market that is a source of confusion with manufacturers.  New solutions described as “MES-Lite” or “Thin MES” rely in part on decades old confusion of what MES actually is. Our annual surveys on the Business Value of MES (conducted with MESA International for the past six years) […]

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Industrial and High-Tech/Electronics Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 14, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, and […]

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Life Sciences Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 11, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, and […]

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Process Manufacturing Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 7, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, and […]

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Automotive Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 6, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, and […]

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Aerospace and Defense Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 5, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, and […]

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Consumer Goods/Food and Beverage Context for Manufacturing Execution Systems

by Rick Franzosa  |  December 4, 2017

The Manufacturing Execution Systems market has always been fragmented by industry and technology.  A Magic Quadrant cannot do justice to the nuanced differences, so in conjunction with the release of the Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems, there will be six industry specific context documents.  These documents focus on the unique challenges in the industry, […]

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Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems – Mythbusters

by Rick Franzosa  |  November 28, 2017

With the release of Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) , let’s see if we can bust some common MQ myths, especially when the topic is MES: Myth 1: – You can’t write a Magic Quadrant for a Fragmented Market When I joined Gartner in 2014, there was one thing I knew for certain.  […]

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The Business Value of MES

by Rick Franzosa  |  October 31, 2017

What sort of information can you get from surveying MES users about their experience in choosing, implementing and using Manufacturing Execution Systems? For the past five years, Gartner, Inc. and MESA International have been delving into this topic and generating best practices and strategies for MES practitioners and users, including the adoption of Enterprise MES, […]

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Digital Doppelgänger

by Rick Franzosa  |  October 27, 2016

There may be no concept in digital business more compelling than the digital twin.  I remember an early instantiation, back in the late 1990s, where an aerospace and defense firm had a titanium compressor case that had been severely gouged during the machining process.  The cost of scrapping this nearly finished part would have been huge, but […]

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