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Insight & Tools to Meet the Challenge of Software Selection for Your Manufacturing Business

Event Details

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29
Avalon Event Center
2525 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103

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 has collaborated with Impact Dakota on this exclusive event, designed just for you and other business decision-makers in the manufacturing industry 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 & topic sessions
  • 4:20 p.m. – Implementation case studies
  • 5:00 p.m. – Social with cocktails and hors’ de oeuvres

Topics include:

  • How to tailor the best ERP evaluation process for your company, including how to budget
  • The 4 most important things to consider when choosing your ERP solution
  • How to decide what software platform is right for you: on-premise, cloud or a hybrid option
  • Managing information flow – A key ingredient for improving productivity
  • Technology trends for the IoT (Internet of Things), big data and more.

Don’t just take it from us!

We’ll also cover some key software implementation case studies to help you identify the pitfalls and successes so you can enjoy a smooth ride.

“I thought this was an excellent overview of considerations when selecting an ERP. By actioning these bullet points a company could save themselves a lot of time and pain.”

– 2016 Map Your ERP Journey event attendee

Who should attend?

  • COO, Operations Manager
  • Controller, IT Director
  • Business Analysts
  • Or any applicable role

(limit 4 seats per company)

Your tools for success.

Attendees will receive these ERP Evaluation & Selection tools:

  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator
  • Business Needs Template
  • Sample Evaluation Criteria
  • Decision-maker PowerPoint deck


When it comes to ERP experts in the Midwest, your top destination is Stoneridge Software. All attendees will leave with a locally-themed gift bag!

Your Speakers

Eric Newell, Stoneridge Software

Eric Newell is the CEO of Stoneridge Software. In the four-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.

Reza Maleki, Impact Dakota

Reza Maleki, a Senior Business Advisor with Impact Dakota, has more than 30 years of professional experience which includes serving in four universities in the United States and working as a consultant with diverse manufacturing companies. Reza assists clients in assessing and discovering operational needs and solutions, design and delivery of training materials pertaining to target clients, and providing consulting services to clients to foster their continuous improvement activities. Prior to joining Impact Dakota, Maleki served as the Enterprise Scholar Faculty at North Dakota State University for 11 years teaching and coordinating more than 80 multi-disciplinary industry projects. The main focus of these projects, as well as the consulting work that Maleki has done, was on improving operational efficiencies and productivity. He has been involved in a number of civic and professional organizations and is currently serving as the President of Minn-Dak Manufacturers Association.

Dr. Maleki received all his degrees from North Dakota State University which include a Ph.D. in Engineering and B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is a registered professional engineer, certified manufacturing engineer, and an academic associate of Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute. Maleki uses as many learning opportunities as possible and has completed the requirements for and received certification in Lean Leadership. In 2016 Maleki received a certification recognizing his accomplishments in meeting the standards of a Lean Certified Practitioner which is approved by the American Society for Quality, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Shingo Institute, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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.

Ron Rud, Stoneridge Software

Ron Rud is an Enterprise Sales Director at Stoneridge Software focused on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Enterprise. Prior to joining Stoneridge, Ron served as a Strategic Solutions Consultant focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) applications at Digi International. Previous employment also includes Director of Sales Operations at former Microsoft partner, Symbiant and President/Owner of NorComp Corporation.

Ron received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Rich Studer, Stoneridge Software

Rich Studer is a Sales Executive at Stoneridge Software focused on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Business. Previously Rich served as a Dynamics GP Practice Leader and then Director of Sales and Marketing at Boyer and Associates. Prior to becoming involved in business development he was a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant for more than 15 years.

Rich received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University.

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.