RPI Acquires Trident Edge Consulting

Baltimore & Annapolis, MD (January 16, 2013) — RPI Consultants, a Baltimore, Maryland headquartered professional services firm known for business process and ERP implementation and integration expertise, recently announced the acquisition of Trident Edge Inc, a consulting company specializing in ERP implementation and supply chain optimization in the healthcare industry. Michael Bernhard, Founder and President of Trident Edge, joined the RPI Consultants team as a Partner. The acquisition was completed as of January 1, 2013.

Founded in 2007 and based in Annapolis, MD, Trident Edge Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in supply chain systems implementation and optimization services for the healthcare supply chain industry including leading practices in Supply Chain Strategy, Procurement, Inventory Management, Shared Service departments, Item Master Standardization and Management, and the implementation of GS1 standards and E-Procurement Solutions. The firm has experienced considerable growth over the last six years.

Michael Bernhard will lead initiatives to expand RPI’s services within the healthcare industry focused on Procure-to-Pay process improvement opportunities. He is a leading proponent of transitioning the healthcare industry onto GS1 standards, and his team has developed an advanced solution to optimize inventory levels that integrates with Lawson’s Inventory Control software.

Mr. Bernhard has spent over 20 years managing a variety of supply chain optimization projects and ERP implementation efforts across all facets of the supply chain spectrum. Prior to consulting, Mr. Bernhard worked for over 10 years in Operations Management in Medical Device Manufacturing and the U.S. Navy. Mr. Bernhard has an MBA from the University of Maryland.
“RPI has been a key partner for the past several years” explained Mr. Bernhard. “We have worked together on many projects and share the mission of delivering the highest possible standard of consulting services. The combination presents a significant opportunity to jointly bring our solutions, services and educational offerings to our customers. Together, we will be able to provide a more complete solution for our employees and customers. We look forward to joining the RPI team!”

“The healthcare industry is increasingly challenged by declining margins and looks to the supply chain as an opportunity to reduce costs” said Brian Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer of RPI Consultants. “Trident Edge and Michael Bernhard are industry leaders in supply chain optimization services for healthcare providers. Now that they have joined the RPI team, we will be able to increase the scope of services that we provide to the healthcare industry. In addition, RPI has experienced rapid expansion in our PeopleSoft and Lawson practices,” said Mr. Rosenberg. “The acquisition of Trident Edge positions RPI to more fully support our clients’ needs in these areas and it adds significant strength to our ability to develop innovative solutions for these customers.”

The Trident Edge office will be merged with the RPI corporate office in Baltimore, MD, effective immediately.

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