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Rick Franzosa
Research Director
2 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

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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What IS The Business Value of MES?

by Rick Franzosa  |  September 29, 2016

Gartner, in conjunction with MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) have been asking this question in an annual survey, with results that have helped our clients focus on best practices that are most likely to help them achieve desired results. Technology moves forward, and MES practitioners and users alike are now faced with a dizzying array of […]

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It’s The End of The (MES) World As We Know It

by Rick Franzosa  |  July 12, 2016

One of the bigger surprises with coming from the research for the Market Guide for Manufacturing Execution System Software was not just the rapid shift away from independent MES providers to automation, ERP and PLM vendors that provide MES capability, but how much of a shift has taken place in just the past year. The sample […]

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One Source of the Truth

by Rick Franzosa  |  March 18, 2016

I was having a discussion with a client about some of the jargon that is popular in the realm of manufacturing software systems. We got to one of my favorites. “One Source Of The Truth”. This will be professed by vendors in the ERP space, the automation space, the PLM space, the MES space.  Basically, […]

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Business Value of MES – Going Like Sixty

by Rick Franzosa  |  February 22, 2016

Last fall, we completed the fourth year of our joint survey with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA International) on the business value of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).  MES technology continues to grow, enablement grows with the proliferation of mobile devices, big data analytics and the advent of IoT. Cloud-based MES implementations, unthinkable not too […]

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Digital Manufacturing Doesn’t Just Happen

by Rick Franzosa  |  February 16, 2016

We are all about Digital.  Digital music, digital photography, digital business and, of course digital manufacturing. For several years, we have seen manufacturers that were in the process of ‘digitizing’.  They were scanning existing manufacturing documentation and storing it in online repositories.  End users could then view these documents on terminals in PDF format,  using a ‘paper-on-glass’ solution.  They […]

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