Jim Shepherd Joins Plex Systems as Vice President of Strategy: Plex Systems Inc., provider of the Plex Online cloud ERP system for manufacturers, announced the appointment of Jim Shepherd as its vice president of strategy, starting immediately. In this role, Shepherd is responsible for defining strategic direction to continue the growth of Plex Systems with manufacturers across multiple industries and markets. Shepherd brings nearly 40 years of thought leadership and operational experience in manufacturing and software industries to the Plex Systems team. Frequently quoted in leading publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Shepherd is widely recognized as an expert in the application of enterprise software to business operations. He has extensive knowledge and proficiency in the design, development and implementation of enterprise resource planning and supply chain planning systems. Over the years, Shepherd has guided many global manufacturing companies in their selection and implementation of ERP, maximizing their return on investment. Prior to joining Plex Systems, Shepherd served as vice president and distinguished analyst for Gartner Inc., the world’s leading IT research and advisory company. Shepherd joined Gartner during the acquisition of AMR Research in 2009. In his roles at both AMR and Gartner, he provided analysis of ERP systems, supply chain management, and the convergence of business strategy and enterprise applications. Among his many accomplishments, Shepherd was named the first AMR research fellow. Earlier, Shepherd served as vice president of operations at Conrac Corp. and director of supply chain at ACMI. Throughout his career, he has held several senior management positions in software companies, including Avalon Software, Carp Systems and ASK Computer Systems. Shepherd holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.