Programmed for success Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2007

Robert Beatty didn’t wait until he grew up to become an entrepreneur: At age 10, he was programming software, and by 16, he had joined a major manufacturing company.

After graduating college, he worked in a number of jobs in quality control and information technology, and saw the ineffectiveness of information systems as well as the inefficiencies created by a mediocre IT system.

To resolve those issues, Beatty created Plexus, an information system designed to resolve issues the company was having and handle similar problems in the future. The program was a success, and he turned it into a company called Plexus Systems Inc.

At first, the company was much like any other manufacturing information system, but in 2000, Beatty took the company in a new direction. He felt that traditional information systems would eventually fall by the wayside, and a more customer-oriented, interactive system could provide better benefits to the customer, leading to the creation of Plexus Online.

Plexus Online is an interactive, Web-based information system that provides real-time, on-demand interactive information systems that can be customized to the client’s needs.

With the system, a user no longer has to be connected to the server or have the right version of the software to access the information system; the only thing needed is a connection to the Internet.

Beatty’s goal is that one day, Plexus Online will be the best manufacturing information system on the planet.

HOW TO REACH: Plexus Systems Inc., (248) 391-8000 or www.plex.com