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It comes as no surprise to anyone in the IFS family that once again, IFS Senior Advisor Bill Leedale has been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s Pros to Know awards program. This is not his first turn at the winner’s podium either. Leedale is a fixture on this list of experts, as well he should be.

Bill LeedaleLeedale is the embodiment of the 21st Century business expert, who shares freely what he knows in order to maximize enterprise value in an organization. Leedale extends to IFS’s manufacturing ERP customers his deep, almost boundless, knowledge of lean manufacturing software, supply chain management (SCM) and operations. He is also an author of the APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework.

I myself have benefitted immeasurably from Leedale’s insights as we have collaborated over a number of years on white papers on the ins and outs of manufacturing best practices and ERP software here at IFS. He is smart, open with his knowledge and is a delight to work with.

How prolific and impactful has Leedale been in his role with IFS? Let’s consider for a moment some of his contributions to our own body of knowledge:


In this white paper, Leedale outlines the requirements of ISO 26000, a standard for corporate social responsibility based loosely on the UN Global Compact. What new demands will ISO 26000 place on ERP and other enterprise software used by industrial companies? Leedale discusses how ERP can facilitate ISO 26000 compliance and makes a strong case for adopting the standard.


Every two years or so, there is a new crop of three-letter acronyms in manufacturing IT. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is certainly one of the hot “TLAs” in recent years. So naturally, many technology vendors and consultants are trying to jump on the S&OP bandwagon. This rush to embrace S&OP has led to some confusion as to what this remarkable discipline really entails. In this white paper, Leedale clarifies what S&OP is and what it is not. He also examines how enterprise software like ERP can facilitate S&OP, and what functional requirements are necessary to make it work.


Everything manufacturing executives thought they knew about project management and operations management is changing. It used to be, that project management had to do with building a one-off item or executing a one-off plan. But now, project managers may be connecting certain elements of the enterprise with a project in order to achieve certain defined goals. In this white paper, Leedale describes the benefits that manufacturers can realize by adopting a management-by-project approach to their business, addressing specifically how management by project can be used for recessionary times.

Again, congratulations to Bill Leedale on this recognition.

Leedale’s 30 years of experience leading large-scale implementation and business process reengineering engagements for global companies make him a sought-after consultant across multiple industrial sectors. Leedale holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and an M.B.A. from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is an author of the current APICS body of knowledge and an author of APICS’ current Lean Enterprise Workshop. His certifications include Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM), and Certification in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM).

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