Consulting Partners

Sometimes the best way to leverage the power of DPL is to bring in an experienced consultant

Many organizations choose to bring in outside expertise in order to extract the most value from our software solutions and accelerate the process of adopting new decision-making methodologies. Syncopation Software has long-standing relationships with a variety of high-quality independent consultants from around the globe who have real-world experience using DPL, as well as deep specialist knowledge of their industries and methodologies. By engaging with one of our consultants below, you benefit from their skills and experience as well as their close connections to Syncopation's technical experts.

Colin Bowers, President
Columbia, Maryland

Example of work:
NIST Special Publication 1800-1E: Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices

The Ramparts founders are professional engineers who have both commercial experience plus several decades working in the Intelligence Community. The Ramparts team has over 3 decades of experience performing threat analysis for critical infrastructure, automotive, and defense systems, and over a decade of experience leading adversarial red team assessments focusing on military and commercial automotive platforms. Ramparts serves the automotive, medical, and energy sectors by providing external third-party security assessments of developing and deployed systems. We have demonstrated proficiency and proven methods to identify, quantify, and target high-profile risk scenarios, demonstrate practical system exploitation, and develop strategies for effective and affordable threat mitigation.

Stephen Chapel,
Founder and Principal
Palo Alto, California, USA

Example of Work:
Gas Procurement Risk: An Analytic Tool for Understanding & Managing Fuel Procurement Risks for Natural Gas Fired Power Plants

S.Chapel Associates specialize in providing the best analytic methods and tools to solve asset management decision problems within the electric, gas, water utility and public sectors. In-house technical expertise includes modern financial economics, decision science methods, and software engineering. Their expertise and focus is on three main areas:

  • Consulting services: asset management, fuel contracting and inventory planning, capital budgeting
  • Software Development and Support: Project priority systems, aging asset repair/replace model systems, fuel inventory modeling
  • Analytic Model Development
  • Stephen Chapel, formerly of EPRI and now head of S.Chapel Associates, created the original analytical asset management group at EPRI and spearheaded the efforts for over twenty years. Chapel has expert knowledge of utility business analysis methods and has proven problem solving and analytical capabilities. He is well known for his ability to take projects from the conceptual stage to a practical implementation.

Erich Wolf, Senior Consultant
Washington State, USA

Sapere helps companies develop and implement innovative solutions to their industries’ most challenging demands. At the core they are a dynamic management consulting firm that helps clients improve the performance of their projects, products and services while bolstering their ability to create value. They provided expertise to clients within the Energy, Technology, and Federal sectors.

Erich Wolf is a senior consultant at Sapere. During his time as a consultant, Erich has diverse practical experiences in a range of professional environments, from the Federal Government and public utilities to private contractors. No matter what role, Erich can consistently provide effective project planning, risk management and decision analytics for his clients. He is certified in a number of relevant areas, including project management, risk management and cost estimating.

Jay Horton,
Founder and Managing Director
+61 2 9238 6886
Sydney, Australia

Example of Work: Real Options: The State of the Art

Strategis Partners Pty Limited is an independent management strategy consultancy, recognized for its insight on complex future-oriented initiatives. The firm works with clients to develop a coherent picture about the strategic forces at work and how best to respond. They also help clients build data analytic capabilities to succeed in dynamic business environments. Their clients are based throughout Australia and South East Asia, in the energy and natural resources, food and agriculture, government and infrastructure, retail and logistics sectors.

Jay Horton is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategis Partners. He advises Boards and senior management of corporations in Australia and Asia on strategy and organization. Over the past 25 years he has played key leadership roles, including as Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey & Company, and Managing Director of management consultancy ORG.

Stratelytics offers services in a range of analytic areas. Our primary areas of focus are:

  • Asset/Contract Strategy and Valuation – designing, evaluating and negotiating resource commitments including physical assets and contractual arrangements
  • Portfolio Management – analyzing and optimizing the mix of business activities across technologies, markets and regions
  • Investment Analysis – identifying and characterizing “mis-priced” assets, both public and private
  • Gregory Hamm, Principal, was a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Director and power practice leader at PwC’s Applied Decision Analysis (ADA) group. Dr. Hamm has over twenty years of experience solving organizational problems using facilitation, coaching, and modeling. His primary emphasis is the application of decision analysis and real options to major investment decisions and subsequent asset management activity. Dr. Hamm’s most recent work is in financial modeling and analysis of electric generation technologies. He also has substantial experience in risk management, R&D planning, and market forecasting. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon, and an MS and a PhD in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford. Dr. Hamm has taught quantitative analysis to a variety of professional audiences. He has served as a lecturer or consulting faculty at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and California State University East Bay. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California, and is currently on the Board of Alameda Power & Telecom.

Trygve Botn
+47 934 33 995
Nydalsveien 33, Oslo, Norway 0484

Consulting Clarity

ThinQ Decisions is a management consulting firm specializing in strategic decision-making. We support the core elements of the decision-making process including facilitation of problem/opportunity framing, qualitative and quantitative analytics under risk and uncertainty, and facilitation of decision-making. Typical industries we support are oil & gas, pharmaceutical, retail, IT, and marketing and sales. In addition, we provide ad-hoc analysis, cost and schedule risk assessments for projects, act as a 3rd party project partner for clients, and provide Decision Analysis training. Trygve Botn is Founder & Doer at ThinQ Decisions and has broad experience with Decision Science and Analysis from Chevron where he held several advisory and leadership roles. Trygve is also a Lead Practitioner in Decision Analysis from the Society of Decision Professionals.

Dr. Krishna Kumar,
President and CEO
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Examples of Work:
Overview of Consulting Engagements

Tiara International Consulting, L.L.C.(TIC LLC) embodies an innovative problem-solving approach that applies creative solutions to international business problems. TCI's CEO, Dr. M.V. Krishna Kumar, is a seasoned senior executive from Petroleum Industry and former Executive Director of Corporate Consulting and Professor of Global Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management. As a Petroleum Executive, Dr. Kumar was coordinating Strategic Planning involving hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments every year. In Thunderbird School of Global Management, he started a Corporate Consulting from grass roots and carried out over 150 international projects involving many Fortune 500 companies the world over.

Phil Beccue, Principal
Santa Barbara, California, USA

Examples of work:
Processes & Tools of Portfolio Management: SPRINT

An Updated Assessment of Oil Market Disruption Risks

Phil Beccue is the founder of White Deer Partners, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the application of decision analysis, financial modeling, portfolio optimization, and risk analysis to strategic business problems. As a decision analysis practitioner and consultant, Phil has helped companies develop corporate and asset strategies and improve portfolio management and business operations. Phil was a consultant with Applied Decision Analysis for 9 years, and led internal teams at Amgen and Baxter for 12 years in portfolio management and decisions analysis projects. Phil’s consulting and executive teaching include work for international corporations, small businesses, and government agencies. He has trained over 1000 managers and senior executives on the principles and processes of strategic decision-making. He is a frequent speaker in executive decision programs, won the Decision Analysis Practice Award, is a contributing author of Advances in Decision Analysis, a founding fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals, and served on the leadership council of the Decision Analysis Society. He has received degrees from Westmont College in liberal arts and Stanford University in Management Science Engineering.

Mani Vannan, President
New Jersey, USA

Mani Vannan is the founder of XCEL Insights LLC, a strategy and business analytics consultancy focused on life science and healthcare organizations. Mani is a veteran strategy and operations executive with extensive management consulting experience in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, and energy verticals. He's developed a proven track record for driving revenue through leading enterprise, business unit and product level strategic initiatives.