About Atelier



Atelier staff have 35 years of experience using customer input to anticipate customer needs and define timely solutions that increase customer satisfaction. We have used business process and systems engineering techniques on over 80 management consulting and software development projects to optimize product and process definition, simplify system development, and reduce cost and time-to-market. We use our experience with best practices in 6 different industries- Insurance, Electric Utility, Information Services, Business Application Software, Transportation, and Financial Services-to hone product features and seize opportunities presented by emerging technology, such as the world-wide web.



Louis B. Deziel

Atelier was founded by Louis Deziel in 1993. Deziel has 20 years of experience in providing management consulting and product development services. He previously worked at Minx Software as Director of Product Development and Marketing for a family of integrated business management software products. As senior management consultant at Strategic Decisions Group, he led large strategy development projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Deziel has led successful consulting projects for firms such as Westinghouse, Pacific Gas & Electric, Teledyne, Harris, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, EPRI, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and @Home Network. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University. Deziel holds a US Patent for probabilistic scheduling software.


Alison Polkinhorne

Alison Polkinhorne adds her strengths in product implementation methodologies and practice to Atelier's expertise. Polkinhorne has 15 years of experience in establishing Product Release and Test architectures, and in managing large-scale product releases for software development companies. She worked for Sun Microsystems in its infancy, and has held Directorships for several Silicon Valley start-ups, including Nvidia Corporation and, most recently, Ipsilon Networks (now Nokia). She holds an M.A. from Stanford University.