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Systems Integrators: A Key Resource for Helping Vendors Execute and Support MES Platforms

Recently, Gartner released its 2021 Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), a report where its researchers analyzed the strengths and cautions of 18 top MES solution vendors. If you are unfamiliar with the Gartner Magic Quadrant, this series of reports is assembled by Gartner every year or two for a variety of technology-focused industries. The goal of the analyses is to assess each vendors completeness of vision and their ability to execute in the specific spaces.

First and foremost, the ACE team would like to extend a congratulations to all our MES solution partners who ranked as visionaries, leaders, or challengers in this year’s Magic Quadrant including ABB, AVEVA, GE Digital, Honeywell, Parsec, Rockwell Automation, and Siemens (full results shown in Figure 1).


Figure 1. The complete rankings for the Gartner Magic Quadrant for MES.

We are also particularly excited to see that one of our key strategic partners in the MES space, Parsec, was the highest ranked company for its ability to execute. Even more exciting to us as a Certified TrakSYS™ Partner is that the report specifically referenced one of Parsec’s business model strengths as having 70 percent of their deployments performed by systems integrators. As a former systems integrator themselves, Parsec used their experience to develop an extensive systems integrator program. Gartner went on to recognize that Parsec’s decision to partner with integrators – including ACE – has proven to be a key part of their success.

Another area assessed by Gartner where Parsec ranked well was for their geographic strategy. According to the report, “Although one of the smallest vendors in this Magic Quadrant, Parsec is one of only two vendors in this research that has at least 10 percent of its customers headquartered in each of the four global regions.” Again, this is largely due to their extensive network of integrators that span six continents and are dedicated to delivering MES solutions to their customers. ACE can attest to Parsec's reach in the MES space, having delivered successful solutions to customers in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Furthermore, ACE is one of just a few systems integrators that can apply MES in batch and continuous processes in addition to the traditional discrete manufacturing space. We have implemented these process MES solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and food & beverage industries, helping them improve both the productivity and profitability of their facilities.

As an independent systems integrator, we bring value to our customers by approaching all problems holistically, whether the solution involves an MES like TrakSYS™, or leverages any of the software and technologies developed by our other vendor partners. Regardless of the type of project, MES, cybersecurity, network design, or a control system modernization, consider partnering with ACE for a successful outcome.  

Learn more about our approach to MES and our established relationships with our technology partners.