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Houston Business Journal: Face to Face with Leland Putterman of Acorn Systems


by MOLLY RYAN, Reporter

Growing up in Houston, Leland Putterman never thought about entering the technology field. Even while studying at Princeton, he only took one computer science course. Despite his lukewarm interest up to that point, Putterman launched a career in technology after college and has not looked back since.

Starting off at IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in Houston, Putterman moved on to Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) and BMC Software Inc. (Nasdaq: BMC) before becoming CEO of Houston’s Acorn Systems Inc., a profitability management software company.

Cabela’s® Selects Acorn Systems

HOUSTON, TX—May 2, 2012 Acorn Systems, the preeminent resource for profitability and cost management solutions, and Cabela’s Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter®of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, today announced the selection of Acorn’s Performance Analyzer™. After a thorough evaluation of major leading profitability systems, Cabela’s selected Acorn Systems because of its expertise in profitability management and its ability to provide a flexible, scalable and elegant platform to drive true net SKU profitability analytics. 

Acorn Announces 2011 Customer and Partner of the Year Award Winners

Applauding Aon, Unilever, Avisen and Batuman Consulting
for Applied Best Practices for Profit Improvement & Cost Reduction

HOUSTON, TX — April 18, 2012 — Acorn Systems, the leading provider of cost and profitability management solutions, today announced their 2011 selections for Global Customer of the Year, International Customer of the Year, and International Partner of the Year. The annual awards recognize Acorn customers and partners with the most strategic and innovative use of Acorn’s software and solutions. Added this year was the Distinguished International Partner Achievement Award.

Acorn Systems Customers Navy Federal Credit Union and Comerica Bank to Lead Sessions at AMIFs Annual Conference

Company executives to discuss how Acorn Systems’ Enterprise
Performance Suite impacts bottom line results 

Houston, TX—April 18, 2012—Acorn Systems, provider of cost and profitability solutions, today announced its participation and silver sponsorship at the Association for Management Information in Financial Services (AMIFs) Annual Conference for Profitability, Performance and Risk, April 25-27 in Phoenix, AZ at the Ritz-Carton Hotel. Executives from Navy Federal Credit Union and Comerica Bank will lead presentations on how Acorn Systems’ profitability and cost management solutions are driving better operational decisions and improving profitability.

Acorn Systems CMO to Speak on Cost-to-Serve at RILA’s Logistics 2012

Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Supply Chain Conference: Logistics 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acorn Systems, provider of cost and profitability solutions, today announced that Jerome Patterson, CMO has been invited to speak at the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Supply Chain Conference: Logistics 2012.

Unilever Signs Global Enterprise License and Managed Service Agreement with Avisen for Acorn's Enterprise Performance Suite

LONDON (RNS: London Stock Exchange) - July 14, 2011 - The Board of Avisen Plc, the AIM quoted business technology and profit improvement specialist, is pleased to announce that Unilever Plc ("Unilever"), one of the world's leading consumer goods companies, has entered into a long-term relationship with Avisen, by awarding it a three year contract to provide a Global Cost to Serve Solution for Unilever's Global Supply Chain and Customer Service Function.

Acorn Systems Names PSC Environmental Services Customer of the Year

HOUSTON, TX - April 26, 2011 – Acorn Systems, the leading provider of cost and profitability management solutions, today announced it has selected PSC Environmental Services as its Global Customer of the Year. Selected from Acorn's wide-ranging North American customer base, the annual award recognizes the customer with the most strategic and innovative use of Acorn's software and solutions.

Ernst & Young purchases Acorn Software through Avisen

15 December, 2010 – Avisen plc, the AIM quoted performance management specialist, is pleased to announce that Ernst & Young LLP ("Ernst & Young"), has purchased an annual license to use Acorn Systems’ Performance Analyzer™ ("Acorn Systems") products to perform cost and profitability analysis for its clients. This follows a successful project with one of Ernst & Young’s large Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) clients using Acorn’s Performance Analyzer.

Providing Unprecedented GPS for Enterprise, Acorn Systems Introduces Operational Performance Simulator™

HOUSTON, TX (April 27, 2010) – Empowering businesses to more accurately forecast in an uncertain economy, profitability and cost management solutions provider Acorn Systems debuts Operational Performance Simulator™ (OPS). Seamlessly connecting operational data with financial planning software, OPS allows managers to create proactive plans that accurately reflect up-to-date, enterprise-wide information for key operational performance drivers.

Acorn Systems Announces Entry into Rackspace Partner Network

HOUSTON, TX (March 25, 2010) – Acorn Systems today announced they have entered into the Partner Network with Rackspace® Hosting, (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry. This relationship is designed to add mutual value for their current clients and to increase targeted exposure and reputation for both companies.

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