Photo appears courtesy of Nathan. The newest superstar to join the Aurora EDI Alliance team (via McAna EDI) is Michael Barnhouse! We had the opportunity to learn more about him recently and here is what we found. After a 15-year career as CFO in international construction, Michael Barnhouse was approached by a Chicago based consultancy to lead a new practice area focused around Business Process Management. As this was 1996, working with organizations in all areas of Supply Chain Management quickly became the primary focus for the better part of the next 15 years. During this period Michael helped both public and private clients in the areas of Banking, Governmental, Insurance, Medical, Logistics, Manufacturing and Retail achieve demonstrable ROI from improvements to their respective operations and delivery channels. EDI and business process automation were a key focus for the majority of the many engagements. Michael quickly earned the confidence of his clients and established a niche for providing a proven big picture perspective that helped him lead his clients in developing the Strategic and Tactical plans necessary to achieve their goals.
Michael also enjoyed engaging in the technical aspects of the projects. With no formal IT education, Michael learned the tools and technologies that his clients would and did deploy, becoming a highly respected domain expert with software vendors like IBM, Microsoft, Mercator and others. He has always believed that you cannot ensure success on any project if you do not know what or whom you are working with intimately.
In 2010 Michael left consulting to take on a new challenge as COO for a late stage start-up. Over the next 4 years the goals for growth and probability were achieved resulting in the sale of the organization to a larger industry player. Michael is excited to return to consulting and has joined David McAlister at McAna EDI, focused again toward assisting organizations in achieving measurable ROI within their EDI and business process automation channels. While Michael is new to Delta/ECS technologies, he has quickly come up to speed and likes the mapping language, the business process flow control, the flexibility, and the bundling of virtually everything you need in one package. We couldn't agree more! We want to give Michael a very warm welcome and are looking forward to working with him!
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