In this paper I want to hold their findings up to some scrutiny. In the very first sentence they state that third party suppliers are often relied upon to justify, select, configure, implement, integrate and extend MES/MOM systems. They are right, but is this the right approach? We have developed a 7 step plan which covers these steps with one important difference. At Step 4 we break the process. Until the product is chosen we operate independently. If chosen for the implementation then we become (if we do our job right) a real partner in manufacturing. Steps 5 to 7 involve a rigorous roll-out, frequently across multiple plants globally.