Gehring Goes Live with ETO ERP Encompix in Just Six Months

Written by Thomas Cutler

Established in 1976, Gehring L.P. launched its North American operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

The 50,000 square foot facility provides a full service machine tool operation, engineering and assembly of custom precision honing machines, comprehensive research and development services, contract honing services, tooling re-work services, a highly skilled team of service technicians, spare parts and in-house manufacturing of super-abrasives by another Gehring Group member, Diato L.P.

After a six-month implementation Gehring L.P. went live on Encompix,repparttar nation’s leading ETO (Engineer-to-Order) ERP system. The implementation or champion team was comprised of eight representatives from each department, including both end-users and managers. As with most successful implementations,repparttar 145935 president was heavily involved and committed torepparttar 145936 project's success.

Adrian Mitrea wasrepparttar 145937 project manager forrepparttar 145938 Encompix implementation. According to Mitrea, "We are seeing a streamlining of our processes with better communication between departments. Our people can seerepparttar 145939 whole process and not just their piece. They now understandrepparttar 145940 effect their work has on downstream operations, and we now haverepparttar 145941 discipline to make things happenrepparttar 145942 right way. This is a direct result of having a single, integrated system."

How To Organize A Seminar Or An Event

Written by Matt Bacak

Seminars and events have always been implemented as a holistic experience to participants. Thus, organizing an event requires extensive planning and preparation with most work implemented at least a few months beforerepparttar actual event. Most ofrepparttar 145867 time, seminars seem to run like clockwork with all events flowing smoothly according to schedule. In reality however, much groundwork has been worked on withrepparttar 145868 purpose of developingrepparttar 145869 right atmosphere in addition to a beneficial experience to partipants.

1. Establishingrepparttar 145870 theme ofrepparttar 145871 event

Each event follows a theme and purpose which will driverepparttar 145872 event set-up,repparttar 145873 target audiences orrepparttar 145874 participants,repparttar 145875 guests andrepparttar 145876 marketing approach. In general, a business event such as an international conference for a particular industry will appeal to participants conducting businesses within that industry as well as sponsors who gain mileage out of publicizing their products duringrepparttar 145877 event.

Apart from that,repparttar 145878 theme ofrepparttar 145879 seminar will also determinerepparttar 145880 type of marketing channels to be used to for publicity. This also holds true forrepparttar 145881 seminar marketing team who will needrepparttar 145882 event theme to correctly identify target participants and companies to sellrepparttar 145883 event to.

2. Selecting a venue

Venue selection is highly dependent onrepparttar 145884 scale ofrepparttar 145885 event. Usually this is determined byrepparttar 145886 number of participants,repparttar 145887 presence of any guests of honor (such as royalty or politicians)repparttar 145888 activities duringrepparttar 145889 event, or if there are additional floor space required for exhibition purposes.

A typical seminar of about 100 – 200 can be comfortably implemented in a hotel seminar room, possibly in a theater style setting or classroom setting. However, larger scale events with participant numbers scaling between 500 – 1000 may require a large hall, ballroom, auditorium or a convention center.

The location and quality standard ofrepparttar 145890 venue is also important especially ifrepparttar 145891 event involvesrepparttar 145892 participation of VIPs. With this, a reputable location would be imperative, including good quality and wide range of seminar facilities available. It is always wise to explorerepparttar 145893 possibility of a few venues and examine their location suitability, level of services, ambience, and costs before coming to a decision.

3. Seminar Marketing and Publicity

Seminar marketing is by farrepparttar 145894 most critical and often most challenging task in event organizing, and is often regarded asrepparttar 145895 most critical factor of an event’s success. This is becauserepparttar 145896 number of participants turning up for a seminar is highly dependent onrepparttar 145897 strength of marketing activities and publicity. Whether or notrepparttar 145898 event achieves its objective or whetherrepparttar 145899 organizers will walk home with a profit or loss largely depends onrepparttar 145900 marketability ofrepparttar 145901 event. This means thatrepparttar 145902 right marketing strategy and seminar positioning must be adopted in order to draw adequate event sign-ups.

Most ofrepparttar 145903 time, event organizers who have large budgets will turn to aboverepparttar 145904 line marketing such as newspaper and magazine advertisements as well as radio and television advertising to publicizerepparttar 145905 event. Press releases may also be sent in to major newspapers, in order to createrepparttar 145906 awareness ofrepparttar 145907 upcoming event. Additionally, large advertising media banners and posters can also be purchased to advertiserepparttar 145908 event in high human traffic areas. When using print advertising,repparttar 145909 specific magazine or newspaper used must haverepparttar 145910 target audience of your event as their primary readership base. Also all print media should be copy written with an enticing approach, highlightingrepparttar 145911 extensive benefits of participation.

However, if budget is a problem, then belowrepparttar 145912 line marketing may also do wonders. Ifrepparttar 145913 event is industry specific, mass faxing to companies belonging torepparttar 145914 industry would be feasible. Telemarketing is a very effective marketing channel to create awareness withinrepparttar 145915 right participant group. Additionally, dispatching sales personnel to attend torepparttar 145916 requirements of large participant groups is an ideal and effective strategy. Mass emailing has become one ofrepparttar 145917 most cost-efficient methods to reach out to large target audiences. This would be really useful ifrepparttar 145918 event organizer already have an existing database. Otherwise, a list of names can be rented from database companies to attainrepparttar 145919 same results.

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