About Us


Manage the complexity and clutter that cripple an organization's ability to respond quickly and effectively to internal or external challenges - such as executing strategies, implementing policies, or responding to threats.

At the core, we unify operations strategy, processes, organization and performance management into a business operating system (BOS) directed by business rules, analytics, dynamic event processing and closed "loop" control. We apply industry standards to take advantage of proven processes and accelerate value recognition. 



Applied OpX is an innovative organization with diverse industry knowledge and expertise in business process engineering, automation and operational Intelligence. We have a wide network of team members.  

(Click name of key members to learn more)


Kirk Weiss - President and Member

Brian E. Burgdorf - Network Member

Keith Mullins - Network Member

Darrel Suderman, Ph.D. - Network Member

David Baynes - Network Member



Applied OpX was formed in 2004 to assist organizations create business value and leverage untapped capabilities.  

Our team has an excellent track record of breaking business constraints, engineering solutions and unlocking the potential for maximum performance. We fulfill our obligations and consistently exceed expectations. Success is directly attributable to delivering measurable value and becoming a trusted business partner. 

Discussion Topics


Transformational Leadership

 A Transformational leader consistently exhibits four behavioral competencies often called the "4 I's" (Idealized Influence, Intellectual Stimulation, Inspiration Motivation and Individual Consideration). The common theme is to motivate others to do more than they originally intended and often more than they thought possible.

Business Operating System (BOS)

Business Operating System (BOS) provides a framework that ensures a strong linkage between customer satisfaction, quality, productivity, and profitability. It links the strategy of the company with its tactics through the use of Business Rules and Key Performance Indicators. Benefits include: organizational alignment, operational intelligence, efficient use of resources and clear accountability.

Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing utilizes virtual & physical systems to enable highly effective supply chain "Make" operations. It applies flexible manufacturing techniques to respond rapidly to changing conditions.  Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) is an innovation strategy that enhances manufacturing execution activities. 

Disruptive Innovation

Not all innovations are disruptive, even if they are revolutionary. For example, the first automobiles in the late 19th century were not a disruptive innovation, because early automobiles were expensive luxury items that did not disrupt the market for horse-drawn vehicles. The market for transportation essentially remained intact until the debut of the lower-priced Ford Model T in 1908.  The mass-produced automobile was a disruptive innovation, because it changed the transportation market, whereas the first thirty years of automobiles did not.

Blue Ocean Strategy

Companies can succeed by creating "blue oceans" of uncontested market space, as opposed to "red oceans" where competitors fight for dominance, the analogy being that an ocean full of vicious competition turns red with blood.

Business Disruption

"Business disruption has become a hot topic – and it’s not just a passing trend, it’s the new normal. Whereas a decade ago business disruption was the rare exception, it is now a reality that companies face on a regular basis. The major cause of disruption is the rapid advancement of technology and globalization, which allows new business models to be introduced at an ever-increasing rate and with rapidly declining costs. The truth is, at this very moment your company is most likely either disrupting other companies or being disrupted."

                              ~ Forbes.com

Our Service Offerings

Excellence as a Service (XaaS)


Excellence is never an accident; It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” —Jack Welch 

Click here to learn how to begin the journey



We take a holistic view of the situation. This may include examining elements of the Operations Strategy, Processes and Organization, and Performance Management.

In line with this, we will investigate business situations, identifying and evaluating options for improving the business, defining requirements and ensuring the effective use of information systems in meeting the needs of the business.

 Sample Case Study 



Design thinking balances analytical and intuitive thinking. It combines an openness to explorative thoughts with an exploitative mentality, striking the balance between innovation and a systematic scalable process. It pulls resources back into the knowledge funnel and allows to progress through all stages.



We combine knowledge in the fields of business administration, system design, Industrial Engineering, as well as information technology and connect it to all aspects of transformation, from means of presentation to process models to cultural and change management considerations.

Sample Case Study

Program Management


"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."  - Sun Tzu

At Applied OpX we pride ourselves on our ability to flawlessly execute a companies strategies.  We have a proven Project Management methodology.

 Sample Case Study 

Digital Transformation


We could not say it any better than Gerd Leonhard.

Are you driving change...or being driven by change.

Click here to see his compelling video

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Applied Operational Excellence, LLC

(636) 398-6218

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