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Stu Johnson

Vice President of Product Marketing

“The pandemic laid bare the weaknesses of not having a modern cloud platform. Anyone who wasn’t already leveraging the cloud for remote work was challenged to continue operating during shutdowns. But those using the cloud didn’t miss a beat. Companies also realized that replacing one system at a time would be costly and disruptive. As such, many are digitally transforming their entire enterprise, especially midmarket manufacturers who aren’t equipped to run multiple IT replacement projects. We’re seeing those companies choose a unified platform approach. Once their teams are trained on the platform, adding the solutions that they need becomes much easier, and in the long run, much more cost-effective.”

Stu Johnson

Full Profile

Stu Johnson has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing with 20 years focused on product marketing. He’s held various leadership roles at enterprise software providers and served global manufacturers in the consumer, aerospace, automotive, medical, and food & beverage industries.

Johnson started his career as a mechanical engineer with a major defense contractor. He then jumped to the front-end of the manufacturing process, working for a PLM solution provider and also did a stint in the MES space. Now, working with a Cloud ERP, he’s situated at the center of an end-to-end manufacturing platform—an opportunity that allows him to bring all of his experience to bear, as he’s worked in almost every software category that a manufacturer could need.

Johnson deeply understands the industry, as well as the technologies that manufacturers need to adapt and thrive amid today’s most pressing challenges. His various experiences have enabled him to map out the intricate journey manufacturers take to leverage cloud ERP technology to achieve their business and digital transformations.

Thought Leader Experience

Johnson is a leading expert on enterprise solutions for manufacturers. As such, he’s been asked to speak at numerous manufacturing, distribution, and technology conferences, including Dreamforce, Salesforce World Tour, IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show), and many others. He’s versatile enough to deliver a keynote address to thousands of listeners, lead a breakout session, participate in a panel, moderate a roundtable, or engage an audience from the theater stage of an exhibit or expo floor. In addition, he’s delivered many webinars, lunch-and-learn seminars, and has spoken at other types of events. His most recent webinar focused on helping manufacturing professionals make better data-driven decisions from a common data platform.

Johnson is also a skilled writer who has penned many manufacturing- and technology-related articles, white papers, e-books, and blog posts. For example, he was the co-author of “MES for Dummies,” and he served as the primary author and editor for a quarterly newsletter, known as the “Factory Miracles.”

Hot Topics

He’s available to comment on the following topics:

  • Business Visibility. Why do today’s manufacturers need real-time visibility both inside their businesses (e.g., in terms of customer knowledge and the health of their operations) and outside their businesses (e.g., helps build a resilient supply chain)? How can manufacturers achieve this 360-degree visibility? What types of technologies have become “table stakes” in order to get the data they need?
  • Supply Chain Strategies. Discuss supply chain strategies that are being explored by today’s manufacturers, such as near-shoring, friend-shoring, and re-shoring. These strategies are bringing suppliers closer to home and helping manufacturers maintain a broader pool of suppliers than in the past.
  • Technology That’s Purpose-Built for Manufacturing. For example, manufacturers need an ERP that is purpose-built for their industry – as a result, it will support their fundamental workstreams of inventory, production, and finance management and keep them in sync.
  • Digital Signals. Today, an IT operating system must enable manufacturers to connect with all supply-and-demand signals. This will help them to better adapt to disruptions, balance capacity, and remain competitive.
  • Platform Solutions. The value of a unified cloud platform in enabling the next generation manufacturing ecosystem. Enterprise solutions—such as ERP, CRM, and PLM—plus hundreds of point solutions can plug-and-play without expensive, costly, and fragile integrations. In addition, manufacturers benefit from a common data model and user experience.