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August 30, 2017

Fidelity Investments Speakers Series Features John Pence

Please join us on September 26th at 6 p.m. in room 1231 in Engineering Building 2 for the first talk in the Fall 2017 Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Speakers Series.


Our special guest speaker will be John Pence, President and CEO of Sunrise Technologies.  His talk topic will be “ERP:  The Backbone of Modern Business.”

Pence has spent the last 37 years tackling large scale IT and supply chain projects for a wide range of corporations. He spent the first 15 years of his career working his way up from programmer trainee to CIO at Sara Lee Corporation. Along the way, he held numerous IT and non-IT jobs, including Director of Planning and Distribution for Sara Lee’s 400+ retail stores, serving as the logistics partner to Wal-Mart, and CIO of Champion Products. In 1994 Pence left Sara Lee to found Sunrise Technologies, an award winning global company focused on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP solution. Sunrise has been recognized most recently as a finalist for Microsoft Global Industry Partner of the Year. Sunrise is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, with offices in Dallas, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, Lugano, Switzerland, and Xi’an China.


Pence earned a BS in Mathematics and Economics with Highest Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1979.


Abstract: ERP software has a reputation as dull and boring. After all, how exciting can accounting software be? But, did you know that ERP is the backbone for eCommerce, customer relationship management, global trade, manufacturing efficiency, advanced distribution center logistics, and so much more? ERP has become so broad that it is literally the conduit for most advanced business processes in the modern enterprise. In this talk, John Pence, a leading expert in ERP software implementations, will open your eyes to just how crucial these business solutions have become. If you are considering a career in IT Consulting, you will not want to miss this.


The event is free and open to the public.  Ample free parking is available on Centennial Campus after 5 pm.  For directions and more information, click here.


These lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.



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