Ken Orr was a Fellow of the Cutter Business Technology Council and a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Data Analytics & Digital Technologies, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies, and Business & Enterprise Architecture practices. He was also a regular speaker at Cutter Summits and symposia.
Mr. Orr was an internationally recognized expert on enterprise architecture, data warehousing, knowledge management, software engineering, business process reengineering, and technology transfer. He was the Founder and Principal Researcher of The Ken Orr Institute, a business technology research organization. Previously, Mr. Orr was CIO of the State of Kansas Department of Administration, and 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 had more than 30 years of experience in research, analysis, design, project management, technology planning and management consulting. His clients included such organizations as the states of California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington, the city of Chicago, the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, FAA, IBM, DEC, Detroit Edison, Xerox, Olivetti (Italy), Philip Morris, Pacific Bell (SBC), Bellcore (Telcordia), Burlington-Santa Fe Railroad, Kellwood Corporation, Phoenix International (Canada), and many others.
Mr. Orr wrote three books, Structured Systems Development, Structured Requirements Definition, and The One Minute Methodology and was the author of dozens of articles on advanced software development, technology management, and human communication.
Mr. Orr was one of the principal developers of both DSSD (Warnier-Orr) Methodology and Business Enterprise Architecting Modeling (BEAM). He was a leading researcher in the development of automated tools for enterprise architecture, requirements engineering, database design, program generation, business requirements, and multi-platform prototyping. Mr. Orr’s techniques and Warnier-Orr diagrams have been used by thousands of analysts and developers.
Mr. Orr was a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world. He was a featured speaker at major technical and management conferences in England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Singapore, and Japan.
Mr. Orr worked with organizations around the world in the areas of enterprise business process reengineering, accelerated systems development, data warehousing, and advanced methodologies.