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We’re excited to share this guest post from Steve Lantz of Lantz Group Management Consulting. Steve is an operations and supply chain expert with 30 years of experience. He has led transformational changes at both small and Fortune 150 manufacturers. Steve’s particular area of expertise is using data analytics to optimize operational processes.

Imagine this scenario, which will sound familiar to many IT professionals at smaller companies: Your company has just closed a huge new account with a major multi-national brand. Everyone is celebrating, but the IT team is sweating. This new customer only places their purchase orders through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) – no exceptions. The sales team has closed the deal, and now it’s up to your IT team to make it happen.

Meet the second generation of the BDK family! Brian Kimball is building on the family legacy in his role as Senior Systems Engineer. Brian is the oldest son of BDK founders Bruce and Edwina Kimball. Brian acclimated to technology at a young age because his family has always been tech-oriented. He remembers a server always being in the house. As Brian grew older, his path to the IT field took a creative turn. He majored in Art at the University of Maryland, and his first love was digital & graphic design.

They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person. That is certainly the case for Bruce & Edwina Kimball, the co-founders of BDK, Inc. The couple shares a successful business and busy lives as the parents of eight children.

Managing technology can be especially challenging for small companies that have Fortune 500 customers. Huge companies like these require world-class service and IT integration, which can be difficult to deliver with limited resources. BDK has had the opportunity to help a specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore overcome this challenge. In this case study, we’ll share how we developed a customized, mobile ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) interface to improve our client’s inventory visibility.

You’ve heard about ransomware attacks on the news… They’ve targeted some of the world’s largest companies and institutions. They have odd, sinister sounding names like “WannaCry” and “Petya.” Ransomware attacks cost companies thousands – if not millions – of dollars.

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