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Project Leader – IT / Enterprise Software, Operations, Supply Chain

Welcome to my personal / professional web site! 

I have been very fortunate in my long and successful career, serving over 60 companies in scores of projects as a business, manufacturing, ERP systems, and IT consultant, including Deloitte and Touche, as well as successful stints as VP Manufacturing and Director of Material earlier in my career.    

The purpose of this web site is to provide the visitor with the ability easily find publications, articles, and papers I’ve written which may be of interest, and to quickly read more about the aspects of my work experience which may be of interest.  It helps overcome the inherent limitations of a brief resume, which of necessity must be focused.

There are common threads that run through my work and life.  Briefly, these are:

·        Intense curiosity about how business, IT, manufacturing and supply chain work – not just WHAT works, but WHY things work the way they do.  This motivation has led me to investigate and quickly become fairly knowledgeable, even expert, in more areas, and to a greater level of detail, than most otherwise well informed professionals.  I have a visceral NEED to know why something works the way it does, whether the result is desirable and brings success, or the opposite.  All results – good and bad – are a predictable outcome of some kind of process.  The key, for me anyway, is to understand which processes bring which outcomes, and why

·        Manufacturing and Supply Chain – the process from idea to something physical which is useful to many people has held my attention throughout my career.  In many companies, the engineering process itself is an integral part of the making of things, and has its own fascination to me.  A personal project provided deep insight into this process right out of graduate school, in which I studied chassis and suspension design, then did simple engineering drawings, from which a friend and I built a complete modified stock race car, and then raced it.  From mental image to a 650 hp race car; very exciting at the time.

·        Information Technologycompanies were making use of computer technology before I started my career, but the uses and capabilities have become steadily more powerful, and so my interest in deploying these powerful tools everywhere I worked has grown concurrently.  While much of my work was not focused specifically on IT aspects, in almost my the work has involved the company’s information systems, or lack, in some cases.  One cannot succeed in any business endeavor without paying a lot of attention to information.

Available on this site are:

·        About Us – more detail about how my interests and work evolved through several stages from early, through mid-career, and into the work of the last several years, highlights of some of my work experiences, certifications I hold, publications I've authored, including a hard-back text, published originally by Prentice-Hall, and sold globally, used most typically in material management courses.

·        Success Stories – these are short articles describing 6 of the more successful projects I’ve led.  The time frames range from 1990’s through 2009.

·        Best Practices a “sub” web site – in which you can peruse, download and/or read articles I’ve written on the “path to best practices,” an interest throughout my career.

·        AIMS a “sub” web site – this site describes the AIMS/ERP system, initially developed at Alesis Corporation in the early 1990’s, then marketed via the company I ran through 2001.  The system’s last customer migrated off the system in 2007.  Few people have the opportunity to design, in detail, a full-scale, 1,000 screen ERP system, then see it developed and implemented in a number of sites.  All 1,600 pages of design specifications are available on the site.  The system has a number of very unusual, powerful capabilities not found even in large ERP systems.

·        Blog additional articles and publications which I’ve authored.  I can recommend one particularly interesting presentation – a team effort with other Turnaround Management Association (TMA) members, given at the UCLA Anderson school of business.  A real-world story of the Accuride Company bankruptcy.  The team included the investment banker from Houlihan-Lokey who actually worked on the case, which involved Accuride, at the time a $600 mil/year company.  Showcases a number of business practice issues and what happens when things go wrong.




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Paul Deis brings 25+ years of experience with over 60 firms to his work with IT, ERP, production & supply chain.

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