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Rick Franzosa
Sr. Director Analyst
5 years at Gartner
35 years IT Industry

Rick Franzosa is a Sr. Director, Analyst in Gartner's Supply Chain Research organization. Mr. Franzosa is responsible for Gartner's manufacturing technology systems research. He works with vice presidents and directors of manufacturing, business process experts 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 State of the MES Market. Goodbye, Old Friends.

by Rick Franzosa  |  October 28, 2019

The 2018-2019 Gartner/MESA International ‘Business Value of MES’ Survey published on October 18.  The 2019 Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems will publish (tentatively) tomorrow, October 29.  This blog presents some thoughts on the underlying research for these two October ‘bookends’. About the survey The survey results show that companies continue to adopt MES, and continue to […]

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Another Digital Manufacturing Domino Falls

by Rick Franzosa  |  February 28, 2019

Today’s announcement “ABB and Dassault Systèmes enter global software partnership for digital industries” is the latest domino to fall in the enterprise digital manufacturing world, roughly 9 months after Rockwell Automation’s investment in PTC.  There is a lot to unpack here, but on the surface we are now looking at three enterprise level vendor solutions […]

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FAQ – Critical Capabilities for MES

by Rick Franzosa  |  February 12, 2019

On February 11, 2019 Gartner published the first release of the Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems.  While the MES vendor and practitioner community is generally familiar with the Gartner Magic Quadrant, the Critical Capabilities document is foreign to this space.  We’ll answer some frequently asked questions OK, so what’s the difference between an MQ and Critical Capabilities? Gartner initiated […]

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Social Networking Questions for System Selection

by Rick Franzosa  |  January 16, 2019

The selection of a manufacturing operations management system, or any supply chain execution system, can be a complicated process, but borrowing a few questions typically used in relationship building could improve your chance of success. When it comes to technology solutions for manufacturing operations (MES/MOM), there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. The variety, uniqueness and complexity of manufacturing […]

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Magic Quadrant Mythbusters, Part Deux

by Rick Franzosa  |  November 5, 2018

Last November, I wrote about MES Magic Quadrant Mythbusters.  With the release of Gartner’s second Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) , let’s see if the busting of these MQ myths still holds up: 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 […]

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It’s 2018, Do You Know Where Your Digital Manufacturing Is?

by Rick Franzosa  |  October 22, 2018

What an exciting time for manufacturers!  Endless possibilities with new technologies taking the forefront.  Like the glimmering lights of a casino, vendors portray their “Industrie 4.0” solutions, Digital twins, Digital Threads, platforms for IIoT, platforms for innovation, platforms for automation, not to mention “Lite-MES”, “thin-MES” and two new contenders “Aspiring MES” and “non-traditional MES”, as well as the […]

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“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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