Once a year, we brought the top level executives from our partner companies down for a couple day meeting so that they could get to know their peers at the other companies involved in our project. This helped them to better understand their role and the big picture.
On a monthly basis, in-house we gained buy-in through design sessions where we worked through the details together-- with our technical people working side-by-side with the technical experts from our partner companies. Through the process, they developed not only business relationships but personal connection, which served the entire process well as we grappled with how to overcome the challenges and changes that arose along the way. While we are still focused on the migration and getting our new facility to full operation (projected for early 2009), we plan to attend PRINT 09 to make sure that we stay in touch with where the technology is going and stay on that leading edge.
David Fox is the Vice President of Manufacturing at Valpak, where he is responsible for overseeing all manufacturing operations. He joined Valpak in 1996 and served in a number of IT roles including Director of Management Information Systems (MIS). From 2003 through 2006, he was one of the key Project Directors on Valpak's ProductionWay (PW) initiative, helping lead the PWteam in the planning, design, construction and systems integration of the new facility in St. Petersburg.