Contact: Susan Blakely
Blakely and Associates (952-937-2869)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRAGMATEK Consulting Group and Advanced Integrated Technologies
Team Up to Help Companies Take Advantage of Six Sigma, Lean
Manufacturing and SCOR Techniques for Greater Performance Improvement
Minneapolis, Minn. (May 20, 2003) — PRAGMATEK Consulting Group, Limited and
Advanced Integrated Technologies Group (AIT) announce a strategic alliance to market the
Pro-Ex ProgramSM, an integrated approach to business performance improvement featuring
the popular Lean and Six Sigma business improvement models.
The partnership is based on the convergence of Lean and Six Sigma with the
complementary technique for streamlining supply chain processes, called the Supply Chain
Operations Reference (SCOR) Model. The convergence of the three models is a growing trend
among leading companies to maximize the investment of business-improvement projects for
greater P&L impact.
"The skills and experience of both firms are a perfect complement for helping clients to
realize improved profitability and shareholder value,” said Steve Bloom, CEO of
PRAGMATEK. "AIT has an excellent reputation for mentoring and leading Six Sigma and
Lean initiatives, and PRAGMATEK’s application of the SCOR Model helps clients prioritize
their operational issues and achieve a quick return on investment.”
The Pro-Ex Program helps companies to efficiently identify, scope and execute business
improvement projects by combining the strengths of each model:
Six Sigma for diagnosing and executing defect and variation reduction projects.
Lean Manufacturing for diagnosing and executing waste elimination projects.
SCOR for aligning strategic and operational metrics and goals to identify and execute on
business improvement opportunities.
“Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing are proven to help businesses execute projects with
discipline and consistency,” according to AIT Partner Rod Recker. “Their weakness has been
in initially identifying which projects to pursue. SCOR addresses that weakness by clearly
identifying projects that will provide the quickest financial return. We’re impressed by SCOR
and PRAGMATEK’s deep SCOR experience.”
Founded in 1989, PRAGMATEK Consulting Group, Limited is a leading management
consulting and business systems firm headquartered in Minneapolis. The firm’s services
encompass the entire life cycle of a client’s business and information projects to increase
revenue and profitability. The firm works with companies in manufacturing, distribution,
retail, pharmaceutical, and packaged goods industries. For more information, visit
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Advanced Integrated Technologies Group
implements Six Sigma, Lean, and Supply Chain Management programs for companies that
wish to dramatically increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. The company has
helped clients to save more than $750 million by streamlining operations — from product
development and manufacturing to delivery and customer service. For more information
about AIT Group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.theaitgroup.com.