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Ken Orr is an internationally recognized expert on business process reengineering, technology transfer, software engineering, data warehousing, and knowledge management. He is the founder and Principal Researcher of The Ken Orr Institute, a business technology research organization. Previously, Ken was an Affiliate Professor and Director of the Center for the Innovative Application of Technology with the School of Technology and Information Management at Washington University (St. Louis).

Ken has a B.A. from Wichita State University, has done graduate work in Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and has more than 35 years of experience in research, analysis, design, project management, technology planning, and management consulting. His clients include such organizations as the States of California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington, The City of Chicago, The U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, IBM, DEC, Xerox, Olivetti, Philip Morris, Pacific Bell (SBC), Bellcore, Santa Fe Railroad, Kellwood Corporation, Phoenix International, and many others.

Ken has written three books (Structured Systems Development, Structured Requirements Definition, and The One Minute Methodology) and is the author of dozens of articles on advanced software development, data warehousing, technology management, and human communication. He was also one of the principal developers of the DSSD (Warnier/Orr) Methodology, and a leading researcher in the development of automated tools for business requirements, database design, and advanced client/server prototyping. His database design strategies have been incorporated into the GeneXus Database and Systems Generator. Ken's systems, database, and programming techniques as well as Warnier/Orr diagrams are used by thousands of programmers and developers everywhere.

Ken is a frequent speaker at conferences all over the world. In the last decade, for example, he has been a featured speaker at major technical and management conferences in Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay , Singapore, and Japan. 

Currently, Ken is working with organizations around the world in the areas of business process reengineering, accelerated systems development, data warehousing, advanced methodologies, and knowledge management. This work has led to a number of new seminars and conferences including Business Process Reengineering, Technology Management, Accelerated Application Development, Reusable Application Models and Templates, Workflow Management, Data Warehousing Architectures, and Knowledge Management.


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