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TEC's team of analysts and software selection consultants brings decades of experience to your selection projects. With expertise in a wide range of enterprise software, industry, and business areas, they keep our Evaluation Centers up to date; provide fresh insight into industry news, trends, and analysis; and help our clients research, evaluate, and select best-fit software solutions.


Mehdi Aftahi is one of TEC’s founding partners and the chief technology officer. His development work led to TEC Advisor, TEC’s world-class decision support system. Aftahi also holds a patent on the algorithm behind ebestmatch, the engine that powers TEC Advisor.

Aftahi is an industry leader in the field of decision-making processes. He has worked with an international customer base, assessing the requirements of IT decision makers, software vendors, consultants, and governments.

With more than 20 years of experience in business software development, Aftahi is an expert in the area of matching customer business process criteria to software capabilities, and has steered the creation of TEC’s best-practice software selection methodology. Aftahi has also managed dozens of ERP selection and evaluation projects as well as several ERP implementation projects.
Aftahi manages the entire development team at TEC, developing the decision support platform, and the entire team of consultants at TEC, delivering on the software selection and evaluation projects of customers in various industries worldwide.

Aftahi holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a master's degree in software engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey).

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Ari Ahmadi is a business analyst at TEC. She has worked with TEC’s proprietary software (ERGO) for more than 10 years, and built most of TEC’s Evaluation Centers and custom models, based on functional requirement sets for different application areas. She is an expert at analyzing product capabilities compared to client-oriented requirement sets, and converting business processes into functions and features.
Ahmadi has been a key member of the project team for several business process management (BPM) solution selection projects, for several high-profile clients.
Prior to TEC, she worked as a researcher and developer in the area of solar power plants.
Ahmadi holds a bachelor’s degree in solid state physics and a graduate diploma in computer science.

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Valentin Beranek is a senior computer systems analyst working within TEC's project delivery group, with more than 11 years of experience. Before joining TEC, he worked in Europe as new product introduction (NPI) manager for a multinational US-based manufacturing company, for which he managed a variety of manufacturing projects, as well as IT software and hardware projects.

Beranek has led over 80 enterprise software evaluation and selection projects, involving enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), and product lifecycle management (PLM) requirements.

Beranek earned a bachelor's degree in manufacturing automation in Europe, and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.

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Raluca Druta holds TEC’s focus on emerging trends in human capital management (HCM), customer relationship management (CRM), field service management (FSM), and retail management. She brings in-depth knowledge of various industries to TEC’s research—chiefly retail, logistics, and fashion. She has consulted for IT firms and higher education institutions in the areas of project management, conflict resolution, employee recruitment and retention, and customer experience.
Druta is a keen observer of change at all levels, from the way massive open online courses (MOOCs) are democratizing higher education to the impact of evolving social networking practices on employee management, product recognition and brand building, and customer loyalty and retention. She reports frequently on advancements at a conceptual level, where trends are beginning to impact industry directions, as well as on the tangible aspects of implementation at the software vendor and end-user level.
Before joining TEC, Druta worked with vendors and service providers in supply chain, learning experience management, human resources, and other fields. Her background knowledge of Web site design, search engine optimization (SEO), and software user training further inform her understanding of critical enterprise software components. She holds a degree in computer science.

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Sherry Fox, TEC's Industry Relations Manager for Analyst Services, has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector. Before joining TEC, Fox spent five years as vendor compliance administrator for a large Canadian retail clothing chain. She helped create and manage the department and provide support regarding policies and procedures to vendors all over the world. Fox also helped develop various programs related to environmental and human rights issues within the apparel industry, and participated in conferences on the subjects of sustainability and climate change.

Fox also acts as a research consultant for TEC's human capital management space. She has been involved with several software implementation projects during her years in the retail industry. From deploying payroll software to integrating a benefits module, she was actively involved in all phases of these implementations. A proficient writer of articles, online content, guides, and manuals, Fox has comprehensive knowledge in the areas of retail, manufacturing, compliance, and technology. She has in-depth management experience with various enterprise segments, including payroll, human resources (HR), logistics, and compliance.

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Jorge García is a senior business intelligence (BI) and data management analyst for TEC. He has more than 20 years of experience in all phases of application development, database and data warehouse (DWH) design, as well as 9 years in project management, covering best practices and new technologies in the BI/DWH space.

Prior to joining TEC, García was a senior project manager and senior analyst developing BI, DWH, and data integration applications with Oracle, SAP Business Objects, and data integration. He has also worked on projects related to the implementation of BI solutions for the private sector, including the banking and services sectors. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the most important BI and DWH tools on the market.

García is a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust.

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Gabriel Gheorghiu is a project manager for TEC’s project delivery group. He specializes in ERP for discrete manufacturing, for engineer-to-order manufacturing, and for utilities. He was involved in the selection process for a dealer management system (ERP for the automotive industry) for the largest car manufacturer in Romania.

Prior to joining TEC, Gheorghiu was an ERP consultant and corporate trainer for a Montreal, Canada-based ERP vendor for the apparel industry. He has been involved in training, consulting, and project management in several fields, including transportation/logistics, insurance, car and spare parts manufacturing and distribution, apparel manufacturing and distribution, and real estate.

Gheorghiu holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (Romania), and a master's degree in territorial project management from Université Paris XII Val de Marne (France), along with an attestation d'études collégiales (AEC) in Oracle Administration from Herzing College in Montreal. He is also an Oracle Certified Associate.

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Predrag (PJ) Jakovljevic is TEC's principal analyst, with a focus on the enterprise applications market. He has over 20 years of industrial experience within the discrete manufacturing sector, including the machinery and equipment, automotive, construction and engineering, and electronics industries.

Prior to joining TEC, Jakovljevic was a senior consultant in the package-based solutions (PBS) group of CAP Gemini in Houston, Texas (US), with Baan's Manufacturing and Logistics modules as his main field of expertise. At CAP Gemini, Jakovljevic was involved in system demonstrations, software gap analysis for prospective clients, and Baan implementation assignments.

Before CAP Gemini, Jakovljevic was employed as a senior consultant for Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in Johannesburg (South Africa), where he specialized in Baan's Manufacturing and Logistics modules, and engaged in the processes of ERP package selections, as well as in proposal preparation. Jakovljevic served as a team lead for manufacturing, and for service and maintenance package system integration. As a consultant he has been involved in business requirements definition and software gap analysis, business process mapping to software functionality, software configuration and parameter setup, and key user training.

Jakovljevic holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He has also been certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) and integrated resources management (CIRM), and is an Association for Operations Management (APICS)-certified supply chain professional (CSCP).

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Mohammad Esmaeil Mansour is the senior project consultant for TEC's major projects in the Middle East.

Prior to his graduation, Mansour was hired by Invera Inc. to work in the research and development (R&D) department in Montreal. Among his many tasks, he worked in programming and as a senior report writer. He was involved in creating report designs and development standards that were followed by all subsequent developers. Mansour also trained recruits who joined the development team.

After gaining experience in the IT field, Mansour joined the Alexander Group Inc. in the US as a consultant, and successfully completed a number of projects in different parts of the US prior to joining TEC.

Mansour graduated from McGill University in Montréal, Québec (Canada) with a BS in computer science.

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Aleksey Osintsev, as a research analyst at TEC, focuses on the areas of ERP for manufacturing, accounting and financial software, as well as retail solutions. He has over 18 years of experience in manufacturing and private sector IT, from both the ERP application user and the corporate software development sides.

Prior to joining TEC, Osintsev was a project manager and chief information officer (CIO) at a smart instrumentation engineering, manufacturing, and servicing company. He led the IT department and was responsible for business systems, including ERP selections, implementation projects, and business processes change management. More recently, Osintsev went through a number of successful ERP implementations, system upgrades, and business management projects as a project coordinator and consultant in the food processing, electronic manufacturing, and apparel industries.

Osintsev earned his master's degree in industrial engineering and business administration at South Ural State Technical University (Russia).

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Ted Rohm is a senior research analyst at TEC focusing on ERP manufacturing solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in large-scale selection, design, development, and implementation projects, primarily in the biotech/pharma industry.

Prior to joining TEC, Rohm worked for a number of companies including Oracle, Syntex, and Genentech (now part of The Roche Group). Rohm worked with Genentech for 13 years, starting as a senior programmer analyst responsible for building custom applications using the Oracle Tool suite in support of sales and marketing and product distribution. He then became senior manager of commercial systems, where he directed the development, deployment, and operations of enterprise-wide applications for the sales and marketing departments. Rohm was the principal systems architect during his last few years at Genentech, focusing mainly on the implementation of SAP ERP and its integration with other systems.

Rohm holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Allegheny College.

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Denis Rousseau is a senior project manager for TEC's project delivery group.

Rousseau is a multilingual planning and project management consultant with extensive international experience. Over the past 25 years, he has used planning, project management, and group dynamics to define project start-ups and to troubleshoot difficult situations in order to put projects back on track.

Rousseau is the former senior project management consultant for CANARAIL and Canadian Pacific Consulting Services, two internationally recognized railway consulting firms. In a similar position for Canadian Pacific Limited, the parent company of CP Rail, his experience has covered a wide variety of projects.

He holds a BS in psychology from l'Université de Montréal, Québec (Canada), and was educated in Mexico, Lebanon, Argentina, Canada, and France.  

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Nasser Tehrani is a senior project manager with more than 10 years' experience in project management. He has managed over 100 very successful software evaluation and selection projects, involving enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), and transport management systems (TMS). In particular, Tehrani has worked on numerous key projects involving business process management (BPM). He is an expert in the area of matching customer criteria to software capabilities.

Tehrani’s clients are among the leaders in their industries, ranging across oil & gas, utilities, aerospace, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. His expertise has been valued by small and growing businesses as well as by large organizations, in both the private and public sectors. Among the companies he has managed projects for are American Airlines, Con Edison, South Coast Water District, Crown Equipment, Lamprell Energy, and Masonite.

Before joining TEC, Tehrani was director of the IT faculty at Vienna Academy in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). He was an IT manager for more than 10 years at various manufacturing and distribution companies. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

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