The Certified Enterprise Integrator
by Palmer Stevens,
Chairman of Enterprise Integrator Exam Committee at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers 2003-2004

My background with the Certified Enterprise Integrator

I obtained my Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI) from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1997.    I worded for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) starting in 1990.   Of my many certifications, this one fits my background the best.  Reference my qualifications for more about my general background.

The Unique and Valuable Role of the CEI

In the last decade, many advances in manufacturing strategies and information technology occurred.  The effective utilization of lean manufacturing, integrated product development and advances in information technology systems for the enterprise have the core success factors for manufacturing firms in recent years.  The benefits of these technologies are not realized without integration and process re-engineering of processes across the manufacturing enterprise.  Many of these technologies are integral to quality improvement and registration, also.

The role of the CEI is valuable in transforming the enterprise into a modern highly functioning manufacturing enterprise.  This skill set and experience has allowed me to design and implement the integration of processes and information systems that is overwhelming to almost all  managers.  This task is so intensive, it takes at least one person dedicated to understanding how all these systems work together efficiently and accurately. 

As a CEI, I have converted several plants over to pull systems and supply chain management practices.  I have selected and implemented ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems for firms.   A CEI must understand an enterprise's core strengths and processes that make it competitive and preserve them through the implementation of new processes and systems.   I have integrated the scheduling and capacity planning systems with their business processes and strategies for a Machine and Tooling Shop. In addition, he lead and implemented a new enterprise-wide integrated manufacturing management system at another firm after reviewing current business processes, hardware, and software.

Many firms have IT managers, engineering managers, accountants, legal counsel, manufacturing managers and many other roles.  Legacy business systems were designed with transactions and hierarchies that reflected the concentration of knowledge in departments.  Today's successful companies have leveraged the information explosion to create higher quality products quicker with less cost and more customer satisfaction.  The time has come for a professional recognition of individuals who can use these latest technologies to integrate their enterprises.  The means identifying the core processes and information keeping them intact in the midst of a lot of all this new distracting information.

EDS recognized the value of this certification and supported my acquisition.  EDS considers this professional recognition important to their status an the development of the systems integration industry.  The sponsor my involvement in the CEI Exam Committee, which manages and writes content for the certification test.  I contribute most of my new exam questions to reflect the current information technology knowledge and application.

Project Stories

These stories illustrate the type of value and expertise that a CEI can bring to an enterprise.