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Julie Kienast

MK & Associates
Senior Consultant / Services Manager
Grand Rapids, MI

Julie Kienast is an applications consultant and project implementation leader with MK & Associates. Julie has over 31 years of experience implementing and training industrial sector clients on the XA ERP suite of applications. She has extensive background in XA applications. Her area of expertise is the financial applications, however, she works with all areas in XA to ensure the consistency of information throughout the ERP system. She also has a background in programming, thus understanding the ramifications of proposed “changes” to databases or systems. Professional Experience: • Implemented or managed over 100 XA related projects in the past 31 years. Worked with over 100 different XA clients throughout North America. • Has done extensive user training on XA Release 7, 7.8, 9 and 9.1 “Power Architecture” applications across all the application areas. • Knows various manufacturing industries (automotive, repetitive, make-to-order, plastics, stamping and metal forming, tool and die, and others). • Led the successful conversion of a mainframe-based payroll and human resource system to the System i running XA Payroll and Midrange Systems PERMS package for a 500 million dollar horticulture/catalog company. • Provided consistent and long-term facilities management and information systems support to several Michigan firms that have limited or no on-site systems staff. • Successfully Implemented and supported over a dozen installations of Job Accounting for Tool and Die clients. • Worked extensively on design and implementation for Supply-Chain EDI due to her knowledge of Purchasing, Inventory Management, and business processes needed in the EDI world. • Project manager for the implementation of 10 plants in the United States and Mexico for a large multi-national corporation. Julie is the co-author of a job accounting software application used at over ten of the largest tool and die shops in Michigan. She has taught hundreds of XA classes and injects a tremendous amount of real-world experience as a user, instructor, and project manager. Julie has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all consultants at MKA.