About Ken Orr


Ken Orr

Ken Orr is one of the world's leading business systems and software consultants. Ken has been a leading figure in software/systems development since the 1970s. Ken Orr is an internationally recognized expert on enterprise architecture, data warehousing, knowledge management, software engineering, business process reengineering, and technology transfer. 


Ken is the Founder and Principal Researcher of The Ken Orr Institute, a business technology research organization. Mr. Orr is a Fellow of the Cutter Business/Technology Trends Council. Previously, Mr. Orr 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). 


Mr. Orr has extensive experience in research, analysis, design, project management, technology planning and management consulting.  His clients have included 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, FAA, IBM, DEC, Detroit Edison, Xerox, Olivetti (Italy), Pacific, Philip Morris, AT&T, Burlington-Santa Fe Railroad, Kellwood Corporation, Phoenix International (Canada) and many others. 


Mr. Orr 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, technology management, and human communication (see Publications )


Mr. Orr was also one of the principal developers of the DSSD (Warnier-Orr) and Business Enterprise Architecture Model (BEAM) Methodologies, and a leading researcher in the development of automated tools for automatic program generation, data base design, business requirements and, advanced client/server prototyping. Mr. Orr is also the developer of the Ken Orr Enterprise Data Architecture


Based on his work on automated DB and program design, a South American company, ARTech, has developed an automated tool that automatically designs database and generates programs for most of the major databases and most client/server programming languages. Mr. Orr continues to do research in this important area.


Mr. Orr 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.