In January, 2009, The Port of Tacoma engaged
Helmut Berchtold and adi Consult to provide strategic organizational
planning services to its executive leadership team...During the period
of this engagement, we found Mr. Berchtold's experience in strategic
development, technology, communications and finance to be particularly
helpful to our needs for prompt and accurate assessment of our overall
organizational strategy. His recommendations were an integral part
of the Port's eventual implementation of a cost reduction program that
is projected to yield six million dollars in savings over the next
twenty four months...
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Tim Farrell, Executive Director
The Port of Tacoma
Helmut Berchtold has worked as a consultant
for our US-subsidiary Steinbeis Packaging US in Boothwyn, PA between
January to July 2004.
The Boothwyn plant has been started in
November 2002 and did not succeed in 2003 to reach an acceptable level
of quality and productivity.
At the end of 2003 we changed the plant
management and hired Helmut to help the new group in restructuring the
entire plant with special focus on workflows, productivity, production
planning, and administration. With his help production waste has been
reduced by 9% and the overall cost structure was reduced by 20%.
Customer satisfaction has been brought back to a normal level and the
plant achieved its first break even month since start-up.
Helmut is a straightforward, clear thinking
and practical person, who is looking for quick results.
I recommend him as a crisis manager for any
Michael Steinbeis, CEO
Steinbeis Packaging Group
Helmut Berchtold represents the consummate
His intelligence and broad background contribute to his quick grasp of
the client’s process strengths and deficiencies. After only a brief
analysis of the situation, Helmut gets straight to the heart of the
problem(s) directing analytical work and corrective action wherever
appropriate. In this capacity he works tirelessly at all levels of the
- Strategic -- integrating his plans
and proposals into the clients overall strategies and/or direction;
working closely with top management and its staff.
- Leadership -- works within the
client’s leadership structure, coaching and mentoring the various
members of the management team regarding their respective roles in the
- Operational -- works directly on
the shop floor analyzing needs, developing corrective action plans,
coaching shop-floor level personnel in the new and/or revised
procedures which he, himself is not above producing directly.
Helmut has the perceptive ability to
identify problem areas outside the client’s realm of vision. In so doing
he provides the client with a broader vision which usually expands the
solution to more completely satisfy the needs of the client.
His language skills permit operating in a multi-lingual environment. (In
this case, German) He provided invaluable help to our multi-national
Company, readily translating, for interchange, all types of
communications (e.g. procedures, drawings, specifications, etc.)
Helmut’s approach begins with developing close professional
relationships throughout the client organization, thus winning
cooperation from most everyone. It is my conclusion that Helmut
Berchtold can be an asset to any organization with whom he works.
Dr. Paul P. Caruso, Ph.D.
General Manager – U.S. Operations
Steinbeis Packaging Group
Netupdate, Inc. provides software solutions
and services to the mortgage lending industry in an ASP (application
service provider) environment. In an effort to preserve our company’s
leading edge position, Helmut Berchtold was contracted to review our
entire IT environment, our systems scalability, the skill set of our
technology staff, and our short and long term ability to provide
reliable and highly available systems to our customers.
Organizational framework and infrastructure have a profound impact on
the success of the IT department. Although there was minimal downtime
recorded in the department, my sense was we were at risk in areas such
as outdated hardware, software licenses, and inappropriate employee
skill sets. In addition, I was concerned about other areas of potential
risk that were not so obvious to me.
Within a very short period of time, Helmut assessed and absorbed the
current situation, made recommendations to eliminate risks, improve the
hardware environment and streamline the IT operation of our company.
Thanks to him, we restructured our entire existing IT resources and
hired the appropriate skill sets to complement this new organization.
Helmut Berchtold saved Netupdate a great deal of money! For example, we
are now in the process of consolidating a multitude of servers. Not only
does that leave us with less, faster, and more reliable hardware but it
also drastically reduced our need to purchase/upgrade expensive software
licenses. Based on Mr. Berchtold’s recommendation, we replaced an
employee that recently left to pursue other opportunities with an
appropriately skilled individual at a yearly savings of $30,000 in
salary cost. Furthermore, we became aware of an opportunity to
consolidate several computer racks at our co-location facility providing
us with instant savings of several thousand dollars per year. What we
can’t quantify is the cost of the risks that were lurking that Helmut
kept us from experiencing.
Without hesitation, I would recommend Helmut Berchtold for an overview
or detailed analysis of any Information Technology department in any
Thank you, Helmut!
Diane Holmstrom, CEO
One of our portfolio companies hired Helmut
Berchtold to review its IT environment, systems scalability and the
skill set of its technology staff. Within a very short period of time,
Helmut assessed and absorbed the current situation. He made
recommendations to eliminate risk, improve the hardware environment and
streamline IT operations. Helmut’s work was concise, actionable and
impactful. I would recommend him to any of our portfolio companies.
Alexander Hutton Venture Partners
We at Rainbow Software International (Limited)
first met Helmut in Osaka Japan in 1999 during the World Trade Centers International Conference.
Helmut was spearheading a drive to bring together technology companies from several countries around the, then ahead of its time, "e-Marketplace" for the
World Trade Centers and their 500,000 global members. We found his ability
to bring innovation and structure to technology and multi-cultural
relationships exceptional and key to the fast paced development of this
very complex project. Attempting to merge technologies and business
relationships across borders and cultures is fraught with many unseen pitfalls.
Helmut helped us navigate these pitfalls with uncanny insight and
Rainbow Software International (Pty) Ltd
We engaged your company in an effort to guarantee the best possible
utilization of our personnel and to streamline our existing work flows.
Additionally, we commissioned you to develop and install a planning and
reporting system, which would allow middle and top management to
undertake effective resource planning. Due to your keen analytical and
conceptual abilities was it possible to achieve both goals completely
and to our utmost satisfaction.
During the project, we came
to value your consulting experience along with your ability to learn
quickly and utilize this new knowledge in developing solutions to
existing problems. Your down to earth approach, creativity and
compassion for all our employees were instrumental in achieving our
goals. We highly recommend your services to any of your future
Chairman of the Board
|Dr. J. Sabasz
Member of the Board
When we started up our web site development
and hosting company, we needed help in packaging our services into a
product that would not only be successful, but profitable as well.
We were fortunate enough to utilize the
services of SAGA Systems.
SAGA Systems helped us analyze the current
marketplace, aligned our company assets to maximize productivity and
guided us through our first year. Based on the solid foundation and proper focus that SAGA Systems gave us, we
have been able to grow at a rate above the industry standard. Their expertise in the areas of new business start-ups and
e-business structuring for success has proven to be invaluable.
Joseph C. Bergamo
Full Service Web Sites, LLC
...Mr. Berchtold provided outstanding results time and again. He was able to motivate his staff to increase productivity to
ensure that the goals of the corporation were consistently met and/or
exceeded. His ability to successfully navigate through international
business situations became a valuable asset to our group.
Some of Mr. Berchtold's most notable accomplishments were:
- Restructuring our foreign currency accounting department
resulting in a dramatic reduction in accounts receivables and effective
- Establishing company-wide procedures for the purchasing
and leasing of assets. This included negotiating national vendor arrangements and installing asset
controls. Also, set-up management guidelines to ensure administrative
consistency throughout the branch offices.
- Spearheading a review of the technological infrastructure
and communication networks utilized throughout the company. After recommending a streamlined solution, he led the
implementation of a comprehensive, company-wide IT infrastructure and
communication network joining 53 US offices. This led to the interconnectivity of our North American offices
to our offices worldwide.
Mr. Berchtold's successes while working within our company continue to be
utilized and mimicked by our managers and employees today.
Executive Vice President, COO
company was contracted to design and develop a comprehensive IS system
for an international real estate firm.
The system needed to include an intranet capable of supporting
their internal administration requirements as well as an internet
presence to support their clients externally.
Systems played a key role in the design and planning phase of the
project. The project involved intranet and extranet design and
integration as well as complex database solutions.
Their expertise in choosing state-of-the-art tools and vision for
future growth allowed us to propose a viable and cost effective
have nothing but the highest praise for the work that SAGA Systems
performed and the professionalism that they brought to the project.