About the Authors

Jimmy Asher - Director of Product Strategy

Mr. Asher joined Savigent Software in 2012. Asher has over 20 years of experience in automation, systems integration and information management. Prior to Savigent Software, Asher was a Project Leader at Avid Solutions, a leading System Integration firm in North Carolina. Prior to Avid, Asher owned and managed a System Integration firm in Virginia that provided services to a wide variety of industries including: Pharmaceutical, Medical, Food, General Process, Automotive and Discrete Manufacturing.

He specializes in helping manufacturers understand the value and role modern Information Technologies as it relates to their Manufacturing Operations, through the deployment of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and other information systems in a variety of industry verticals. His wide range of experience is spread across discrete, continuous, batch and mixed mode systems in both regulated and non-regulated environments. Asher is an advocate for the MES/MOM space by actively participating in collaborative, non-profit organizations. He is the Treasurer for Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Assocations (MESA) International and serves on various committees focused on Smart Manufacturing and Education topics. He also serves on the Platform Technical Advisory Team of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. 

Mark Besser - Vice President - Customer Success
Mr. Besser joined Savigent Software in 2013. Besser has more than 30 years' experience with professional services and support, architecting creative solutions to solve complex business issues and enabling organizations of all sizes to get the maximum leverage out of their technology investments. Prior to joining Savigent Software, Besser held similar positions with Guidance Software, Orion Consulting, Oracle Corporation, and Cray Research. He serves on the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Associations (MESA) Americas Board of Directors and various MESA committees, and also serves on the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition Board of Directors and technology advisory committee.

He is responsible all aspects of successful engagement with Savigent clients and prospects: sales, channels and partners, consulting and advisory services, needs assessment, solution architecture, technology deployment, training, knowledge transfer and ongoing support.