Schladweiler Associates, Inc.

John Schladweiler

John Schladweiler has worked for thirty-five years in the field of IT implementation, with emphasis on innovation, product development, and technology strategy to achieve business leverage. His roles have included that of a consultant, a line manager, and a product manager.

Recent Projects
  • For a leading financial services firm, provided an analysis of data center options that identified a more scalable architecture that had inherent backup and recovery. The newly identified architecture had a cost basis 25% below the original infrastructure budget.
  • Provided technology leadership to a 100+ year-old futures exchange, establishing plans for electronic trading. Engagement included assessment of software vendors, selection of hosting vendors, contract negotiation support, and implementation planning.
  • For a $12 billion heavy truck manufacturer, assessed dealership systems support. Defined an architecture for e-business using an extranet to integrate dealer systems with manufacturer systems. Also identified an innovative way to self-fund the migration to the new platform.
  • For a major Medicare services contractor, led the implementation of a quality management system leading to ISO 9001:2000 certification.
  • Served as acting Chief Technology Officer for an insurance industry ASP that provides electronic document presentment and electronic bill presentment and payment. Role involved architecture and service delivery definition and costing, and service marketing strategy.
  • For a software company wanting to enter the banking and insurance market, identified appropriate entry applications and assisted with obtaining meetings with potential pilot customers. For another software company focusing on the insurance industry, led a business function review to identify the economic benefit of process improvements. The report was done for the insurance company CEO and identified over $3 million in annual benefits.
  • For a North Carolina utility company, developed an IS strategy that focused on supporting the sale of regulated and non-regulated products, and on reducing the cost of operating its outside plant.
  • Assessed technology readiness of a global electronic retailer ASP that provides net settlement of customs duties and shipment transactions. Scope included assessment of software, support structures, and operations (both domestically and internationally).
  • For the number two US-based multi-channel voice/data and interactive voice response software company, identified European market entry strategies, and interviewed and assessed potential distribution partners.
  • For a $40 million private manufacturing company, developed a systems vision including defining an e-business approach and integration of MRP systems into the e-business architecture. The opportunity that was identified for incremental and annual savings/revenues exceeded $10 million.
  • For a Fortune 100 company, developed a self-assessment questionnaire to be used by CIO's and general managers to determine current practices as compared to best practices for use by over 100 IT departments in various company divisions.
Prior Experience
  • Co-founded the US subsidiary of the German company debis Systemhaus (now T-Systems). The company provides management consulting, systems integration, and application hosting, and grew in three years from zero to $26 million in revenue and closed contracts worth $130 million. Focused on migrating customer's existing infrastructure to web platforms to reduce cost, and on integrating legacy and ERP systems with e-business capabilities.
  • Number two executive and Senior VP of Technology and Network Operations at an Internet start-up company [] serving the real estate industry and its customers. The company's website had over three billion hits, won a Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovation, and pioneered the technology for information exchange between companies used in e-business applications.
  • For one of the top three US banks, analyzed computer infrastructure and recommended an approach that would save $25 million annually and improve uptime.
  • Was brought in as Senior VP of Strategy and Product Development for the global leader in computer and network backup services to fix service delivery and profitability problems. Turned the situation around in twelve months and created new revenue generating products to increase market share. The data network around which the strategy was implemented was recognized by the editors of Data Communications as one of the top twenty in the world.
  • At one of the top three US insurance companies, recommended major structural changes to the client's service delivery chain, identified technology costs that resulted in the client discontinuing its largest selling product, and specified organizational changes to create a more market-oriented company.
  • For a consumer goods company, linked manufacturing scheduling to order flow, saving $1 million annually.
  • At a major bank, led the effort to establish a new IS strategy and applications architecture and to build an ongoing management process around which scarce resources could be assigned to projects with the highest business value.
  • Start-up responsibility for the IBM training center focused on network computing with global responsibility.
  • Product manager for the launch of the first online automated teller machine product line in the US.
  • Senior Advisor - The Chicago Corporation
  • Member and former Vice Chairman, Membership - Union League Club of Chicago
  • Board Member and Immediate Past Chair - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
  • Board Member - National Alliance for Mental Illness Cook County North Shore
  • Former Member - Chicago Stock Exchange Board Technology Oversight Committee
  • Member - Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force of the Secret Service
  • Member of the Executive Committee - Information Systems Management Forum
  • University of Chicago - Masters of Business Administration
  • Northwestern University - Bachelor of Arts

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