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A Stoneridge Software & IT Directions Event

Event Details

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN

Selecting the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for your company is a journey. Without a map, the road can be a little bumpy. And since no two companies are the same, the tools you need for your “trip” will vary. That’s why Stoneridge Software and IT Directions have teamed up for an exclusive event, designed just for you and other business decision-makers who are within two years of embarking on an ERP software evaluation journey.


  • 1:30 p.m. – Event check-in begins
  • 2:00 p.m. – Greeting & kickoff
  • 2:15 p.m. – Topic mini sessions
  • 4:20 p.m. – Panel discussion
  • 5:00 p.m. – Social with cocktails and heavy hors’ de oeuvres

Topics include:

  • How to tailor the best ERP evaluation process for your company
  • How to budget for your ERP project
  • The most important things to consider when choosing your ERP solution
  • How to navigate cloud considerations in your ERP decision
  • Determining where the IoT (Internet of Things) and the latest technology trends fit within your organization


Don’t just take it from us!

We’ve also arranged a panel of your peers who have traveled this road before you. This group will help you identify and avoid ERP implementation “gotchas,” so you can enjoy a smooth ride.

Panelists include:

  • Julius Chepey, Chief Information Officer –  APi Group, Inc.
  • Mike Polis, Chief Financial Officer –  Crown Tonka/Rainey Road Holdings Inc.
  • Bill Guggemos, Vice President of Technology & Capital – FORCE America
  • Rick Griffith, IT Executive – IT Directions
  • Larry Stephan, Director of Project Management – Stoneridge Software

Who should attend?

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • CIO
  • COO
  • Controller
  • IT Director
  • Or applicable role

(limit 3 seats per company)

Your tools for success.

Attendees will receive these ERP Evaluation & Selection tools:

  • ROI Calculator
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator
  • Business Needs Template
  • Decision-maker PowerPoint deck
  • Contract negotiation checklist
  • Sample ERP Goals
  • Sample Consultant Evaluation Criteria

Special Bonus for attendees!

When it comes to ERP experts in the Midwest, your top destinations are Stoneridge Software and IT Directions. We’ve arranged Midwestern-themed gift bags for all attendees. Please RSVP at the registration form above and reserve your choice for a bottle of locally distilled spirits:

  • Norseman Gin
  • 45th Parallel Vodka
  • 11 Wells MN13 Whiskey
  • Non-alcoholic option

Your Speakers

Eric Newell, Stoneridge Software

Eric Newell is the President of Stoneridge Software. In the three-and-a-half years since founding the company, he has led Stoneridge Software through explosive growth in team members, customers, services and product offerings. As a Microsoft Dynamics ERP Gold partner, the company has accomplished many challenging and successful software implementations during this time.

With a combined passion for technology and business excellence, Eric has taken on many internal initiatives to grow in operational excellence as a professional services consulting firm. This pursuit has benefited in being able to pass on best practices to clients and has resulted in many awards, such as ChamberChoice Entrepreneur of the Year, Accounting Today’s Top 100 VARs, Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs and VAR Stars, SPI Research’s Best-of-the-Best Professional Consulting Firms and numerous Best Place to Work Awards.

Prior to founding Stoneridge Software, Eric spent 13 years at Microsoft.

Barb Zimmerman, IT Directions

Barb is a Partner at IT Directions and a recognized leader in evaluating application software, negotiating IT contracts, implementing, and transforming organizations. Barb has a passion for aligning Client and vendor expectations for mutual success. She got her start in the consulting practices at two different Big 4 firms and has more than 20 years of consulting experience with over 120 companies.

As a licensed CPA, her rare blend of financial and operational experience facilitates a holistic approach to projects. Barb has a thorough knowledge of business processes and best practices and can help organizations innovate using technology to achieve their goals. Barb is an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas teaching an Engineering IT masters course. She’s also a featured presenter at regional vendor conferences and is quoted in various articles on software selection and IT contract negotiations. Throughout the years, Barb drove innovations in ITDirections’ services to continually keep pace with the changing technology landscape.

Scott Boedigheimer, Stoneridge Software

Scott Boedigheimer is Vice President of Sales at Stoneridge Software, focusing on new sales and account management. Scott often refers to himself as a “recovering CPA” having started his career in public accounting and earning his CPA certificate in 1990. That background has served Scott well throughout his career in public accounting, technology consulting, sales and management.

Scott started his career and spent several years with Larson, Allen, Weishair and Co., a Minneapolis-based regional CPA firm. Scott’s passion for technology led him to form LarsonAllen Technology Solutions; a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm that helped clients implement accounting and ERP solutions. He spent the next several years running that practice, then other Value Added Reselling (VAR) organizations at Virchow Krause and Altara. At Altara, Scott was responsible for the Central Region of the US and also served as the firm’s VP of Sales. Scott left Altara to join Microsoft in a Strategic Engagement Manager role. In that capacity, he worked on larger ERP opportunities with Microsoft Dynamics partners.

Jim Westerman, Microsoft

Jim Westerman has been with Microsoft 15 years. He is a Dynamics 365 for Operations Specialist working with Microsoft customers in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Services industries for the past 7 years. Before that he spent five years as a Microsoft Account Manager working with a portfolio of 16 manufacturing customers. Previous roles include three years as a Business Productivity Advisor, and he started with Microsoft in 2001 as a SQL Server/Business Intelligence (BI) Solution Specialist.

Jim joined Microsoft after spending six years in the manufacturing practice at Accenture, and 5 years at SAP, where he focused on complex manufacturing. He has an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Minnesota, is APICS certified, and has taught Inventory and Production Control at the University of Minnesota.

Chris Kunze, Microsoft

Chris Kunze has worked in the IT field since 1996 in various roles that include consulting, training, support, and technical sales. After completing his undergraduate work in Physics at Hamline University, he earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has held many roles within Microsoft since joining in 2004, most recently as a Cloud Infrastructure Specialist working with customer to Transform their Datacenter with Microsoft cloud and server technologies.

About Stoneridge
Stoneridge Software is a unique Microsoft Gold Partner, with emphasis on partner. With specialties in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we focus on attracting the most knowledgeable experts in the field to our team, and prioritize delivering stellar solutions with maximum impact for your business. At Stoneridge, we are deeply committed to your results. Each engagement is met with a dedicated team, ready to provide thorough, tailored, and expert service. Based in Minnesota, we intentionally “step into your shoes,” wherever you are. We focus on what you care about, and develop trusting, long-term relationships with our clients.