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Rath & Strong Partners with
Palisade Corporation

@RISK to Lead Practitioners to Monte Carlo Simulation

11 August 2008, Ithaca, NY - Palisade Corporation is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with the management consultancy Rath & Strong, based in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Rath & Strong is an acknowledged leader in the field of change management and counts many Fortune 500 companies among its clients.  The firm’s current consulting and training emphasizes Lean Six Sigma, and the goal of its new partnership with Palisade is to expand the role of Monte Carlo simulation in Lean Six Sigma practice.  Palisade’s software @RISK 5.0 will be an important  analytic tool for Rath & Strong, and Palisade will advise the firm’s consultants on the use of Monte Carlo simulation in process improvement.

“As many Six Sigma black belts know, Monte Carlo simulation is an important technique for Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma because it allows practitioners to simulate and optimize process variables before implementation.  This reduces the time and cost of any Design of Experiment process,” says Palisade’s Steve Hunt, Palisade’s Six Sigma Product Manager.

Rath & Strong Vice President Augie Stagliano works with clients on process optimization, and because of his background in operations research and applied statistics, he was aware of how much Monte Carlo simulation could add to his clients’ process improvement projects.  He initiated the partnership arrangements on behalf of his firm and will lead efforts to train Rath & Strong consultants on @RISK.  “I really like the functionality of @RISK—the intuitive interface makes it easy to demonstrate an analysis—and I wanted to work with a company that could energize the adoption of Monte Carlo simulation throughout our operations.”  

Stagliano sees the company’s Monte Carlo simulation initiative as a continuation of the company’s long history of innovation.  Founded in 1935 by MIT faculty, Rath & Strong was the first consulting group to integrate change management into their clients’ operations, and Stagliano points out that “we have always been open to new approaches that will give our clients an edge—that’s why we are known for working with successful companies.”

» @RISK and Six Sigma

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