In today’s extreme uncertainty, manufacturers seek a way to be ready for anything. That’s only possible when MES and other plant floor software applications are easy to manage and configure centrally, deploy quickly, and upgrade smoothly, even site-specific options. Leading companies like Lumentum, an innovator in photonics, have focused on those capabilities in their selection and rollout of enterprise MES. They make wafers, chips, modules, and assemblies in-house and also use contract manufacturers.
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Ralph Loura is Chief Technology Officer at Lumentum. He is a business leader with significant business transformation and technology enablement experience in driving growth and productivity improvements.
Ralph holds a strong record of success in creating robust Technology organizations and has a proven ability in adapting/maturing technology organizations to solve business issues while managing costs and risks. He is an accomplished Thought Leader who brings the strong combination of IT expertise and business acumen to provide support, guidance and strategy to businesses and boards.
Peter Brostowicz is specialized in enterprise application implementations, process optimization, application development, creating test plans and managing multimillion-dollar budgets. He led distributed cross functional teams for SAP and Oracle Application deployments and improvements, and managed projects that resulted in greater than $1M in savings per year and impacting over 5,000 users.
Luís Ponte is Product Development Director at Critical Manufacturing, leading the Engineering teams responsible for the development of the company’s products and their underlying Framework.
Luís has more than twelve years of professional experience, the last ten being with Critical Manufacturing. During his career at Critical Manufacturing, he has participated in and led multiple MES implementations for advanced industries, including semiconductor, electronics, solar and medical devices. In 2016 he became Head of Product Implementation, leading the global MES implementations team for 5 years.
Luís holds a Master’s degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering from FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner.
Julie Fraser is Vice President of Research of Manufacturing Software for research firm Tech-Clarity and leader of MESA’s Smart Manufacturing Community. Julie’s research focus includes the realities of moving Industry 4.0 from vision to reality; the role of MES/MOM; and more. She is fascinated not only by the technology and approaches, but also by the organizational, cultural and personal transformations required to drive success in manufacturing.