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Matt Barber

Welcome to MES Matters, for all matters related to Manufacturing Execution Systems. As an industry professional, I've created this blog to share my knowledge and insights with anyone interested in learning about MES. Whether you're a seasoned MES expert or just starting to explore the field, my goal is to provide you with valuable information that will help you make informed decisions and improve your manufacturing operations. Join me on this journey of discovery and innovation in MES, and let's explore this exciting field together!

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My Story

As a software engineer at Lighthouse, a pure-play MES company, I began my career by working on MES projects for clients and integrating our MES (Shopfloor-Online) with other applications. I quickly progressed to managing projects and designing solutions. My work allowed me to collaborate with customers from various industries and manufacturing processes around the world.

In 2019, I made the transition to Head of Product, where I led a team responsible for overseeing all aspects of the product, from management and design to quality, release, documentation, pricing, and go-to-market strategy.

Currently, I serve as VP & General Manager for MES at Infor, globally responsible for MES. This blog aims to provide valuable insights into the complex and intriguing world of MES. While many online articles focus on buzzwords and future technologies, my blog will explore the real-world challenges manufacturers face and the pragmatic solutions that can help them succeed. Much of the content is educational, with the aim of helping people who are on a journey of MES discovery.

MES is the foundation of smart manufacturing and industry 4.0. It is critical to the future success of manufacturing, yet despite this there is still a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication around MES.


Through thoughtful and insightful writing, I aim to provide valuable information and help bridge the gap between futuristic ideas and the practical realities of MES.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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