There are many technologies that are impacting the next gen MES. Manufacturing execution systems (MESs) help manufacturers and other industrial organizations reduce costs while improving operations, collaboration, workflow execution, planning and scheduling, product and material traceability and quality. Specific MES functionality can vary significantly, depending upon the supplier and industry focus. The next Gen MES applications are integrated and collaborative solutions that include embedded or 3rd party advanced analytics including machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). New solutions also include energy management, and manufacturing intelligence with easier to design visualization. Today’s MES also includes MES connectivity platforms, edge and cloud computing capabilities and new services. The next Gen MES is the nexus technology for the digital transformation and smart manufacturing.