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Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 2
At the beginning of June, I attended the PowerPlex 2013 conference, Plex System’s 12th annual user conference, in Columbus, Ohio, where the focus was on the

d part 20  Systems at a Crossroads: Part 2 At the beginning of June, I attended the PowerPlex 2013 conference, Plex System’s 12th annual user conference, in Columbus, Ohio, where the focus was on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, Plex’s cloud-based vertical ERP software solution for managing the lean manufacturing process. Following is a look at the product and its position in the marketplace, as well as the company’s new product roadmaps and what looks to be missing from Plex’s current strategy. For more

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