Avaap: a Leading Global IT Services Provider

 

What is Avaap?

The name Avaap is inspired by the five elements, written in the language of Sanskrit.

 

Leadership

Dhiraj Shah President & CEO

Dhiraj Shah founded Avaap in 2006 to address critical business gaps for organizations that rely on Infor Lawson as their mission-critical ERP. In 2011, Dhiraj made the decision to strategically focus on Infor software solutions. Under Dhiraj’s leadership, the company has experienced significant growth and exceeded its goals every year since its inception. Today, Avaap [...]

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Dhiraj Shah

President & CEO

Dhiraj Shah founded Avaap in 2006 to address critical business gaps for organizations that rely on Infor Lawson as their mission-critical ERP. In 2011, Dhiraj made the decision to strategically focus on Infor software solutions. Under Dhiraj’s leadership, the company has experienced significant growth and exceeded its goals every year since its inception. Today, Avaap is among the largest Infor Alliances Partners.

In 2016, Avaap acquired Falcon Consulting, a KLAS-leading Epic Systems implementation and optimization firm. Avaap is the only Infor systems integrator with a dedicated EHR practice, providing healthcare customers with a single source solution for clinical, business and financial applications. Avaap employs more than 400 technology and business professionals across its locations, including offices in Edison, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Paul, MN, Spain, U.K. and Chennai, India. This growth is testament to Dhiraj’s vision and genuine desire to improve customer business practices through strategic partnerships and exceptional software services.

Avaap has earned several accolades including Infor Alliance Partner of the Year in 2014-2016; Infor Cloud and Net-New Sales Partner 2016; Infor Services Partner of the Year in 2013 and Infor 2012 Partner of the Year for Innovation. Avaap has also been recognized for its fast growth, including the Best in Biz award in the medium size business category; NJBIZ’s Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey and a six-year honoree on the INC. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

Prior to Avaap, Dhiraj held several positions at Lawson Software. He was instrumental in developing Lawson’s offshore strategy by helping establish a global center of excellence in Chennai. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences including Inforum, Infor Partner Summit, INC. 500 conference, and the Kaplan Institute.  Dhiraj graduated with honors from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in professional communications. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global networking organization of successful entrepreneurs.

Dhiraj has the unique talent for leveraging the latest technologies and conceptualizing them into turnkey solutions that drive better efficiency and efficacy for Avaap’s growing customer base. His deep industry knowledge has helped Avaap build a strong presence in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and public sector verticals, among others.

 

Leadership

Craig Joseph, MD Chief Medical Officer

Craig Joseph, MD, is Avaap’s Chief Medical Officer. He is a pediatrician and physician informaticist who is well-grounded in both clinical practice and the use of the electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care as well as physician efficiency and happiness. Craig received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Miami. [...]

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Craig Joseph, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Craig Joseph, MD, is Avaap’s Chief Medical Officer. He is a pediatrician and physician informaticist who is well-grounded in both clinical practice and the use of the electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care as well as physician efficiency and happiness.

Craig received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Miami. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Craig practiced primary care pediatrics in suburban Detroit for eight years, and then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to work for Epic. At Epic, Craig helped establish the EHR vendor’s clinical content and configuration recommendations (now known as the Epic Foundation System). Craig worked with clinical and operational executives at Epic’s customers around the United States to ensure optimal use of the software.

After leaving Epic, Craig was tapped as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Agnesian Healthcare, a three-hospital system and enterprise customer of Cerner. After implementing computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and executing on clinical documentation improvement and Meaningful Use initiatives, Craig moved to Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest pediatric hospital system in the United States. At TCH, he was the interim Chief Medical Information Officer, leading the transition to ICD-10, completing two major Epic upgrades, and moving the organization closer to HIMSS Stage 7. Additionally, Craig worked closely with revenue cycle leadership to improve charge capture and accurate physician documentation of patient acuity.

At Avaap, Craig is involved with all aspects of the company’s healthcare consulting practice. He works directly with clients and with Avaap’s technical and clinical advisors to maximize the use of technology in all medical practice milieus.

Craig is an active diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (with specialization in clinical informatics).

 

 

Leadership

Adam Goldstein Vice President, ERP

Adam Goldstein is vice president of ERP at Avaap, responsible for product architecture, development, support and all Infor software delivery. With 15 years of professional ERP experience specific to Infor Lawson, Adam brings expert-level knowledge of methodologies, processes, and tools to Infor Lawson ERP implementations. Specialized as an Infor Lawson Solutions Architect, Adam possesses significant experience [...]

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Adam Goldstein

Vice President, ERP

Adam Goldstein is vice president of ERP at Avaap, responsible for product architecture, development, support and all Infor software delivery. With 15 years of professional ERP experience specific to Infor Lawson, Adam brings expert-level knowledge of methodologies, processes, and tools to Infor Lawson ERP implementations.

Specialized as an Infor Lawson Solutions Architect, Adam possesses significant experience working on ERP implementations with roles ranging from technical lead to the detailed design and development of dashboards, reports, process automation, interfaces, conversions and extensions. He has deep understanding of Infor technologies and data structures and has worked on many projects that range variably in size and complexity.

Since joining Avaap in 2008, he has been highly leveraged as the architect for Avaap’s portfolio of turnkey solutions and dashboards, built with one key objective to seamlessly integrate with Infor Lawson customer environment. Under Adam’s direction, Avaap’s product portfolio features 12 solutions designed specifically to extend value and capabilities of Infor software.

Adam has an impeccable consulting track record due to his strong technical expertise and hands on approach. Most recently, he has defined a methodology to reduce the complexity of migrating to the cloud and adapted Avaap service delivery and consulting to support customer modernization efforts.

Prior to joining Avaap, Adam served as a senior consultant at Bearing Point, a multinational management and technology consulting firm, and as a Technology Consultant at Lawson Software. Adam has received numerous awards for his work and spoken at industry conferences such as CUE and INFORUM.

 

Leadership

Andy Anderson Vice President, M3 Service Delivery

Andy Anderson serves as vice president, M3 Service Delivery, at Avaap. Andy joined Avaap in September 2012 to build a dedicated Infor M3 practice. Under his leadership, Avaap’s M3 team has grown to be the largest consulting team in the US of highly skilled, certified Infor M3 resources with a track record of successful implementations [...]

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Andy Anderson

Vice President, M3 Service Delivery

Andy Anderson serves as vice president, M3 Service Delivery, at Avaap. Andy joined Avaap in September 2012 to build a dedicated Infor M3 practice. Under his leadership, Avaap’s M3 team has grown to be the largest consulting team in the US of highly skilled, certified Infor M3 resources with a track record of successful implementations and upgrades for food processors, equipment rental and service, manufacturing and distribution organizations.

Andy brings more than three decades of IT and business experience and a proven track record of providing Infor Lawson and M3 consulting services. Prior to joining Avaap, Andy was a practice director at Lawson software for four years where he developed Lawson’s QuickStep implementation methodology, a solution that pre-configures core processes and minimizes the impact of implementations for an M3 customer.

Andy has sat on both sides of the desk as a vendor and client. Andy served as information technology director for Red Wing Shoe Company, an American manufacturing organization, and as the vice president of Americas M3 Users Group. His vast experience as a client and on vendor IT capabilities delivers a unique perspective on the challenges and objectives faced by clients and how to bridge the gap between the two.

Andy received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Moorhead State University.

 

Leadership

Ben Hansen Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Ben Hansen is the Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Avaap responsible for all finance, accounting, human resources, recruiting and IT/operations activities. He is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in finance, insurance, healthcare, research and technology, responsible for creating value through accurate, insightful metrics and analysis as well as building [...]

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Ben Hansen

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Ben Hansen is the Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Avaap responsible for all finance, accounting, human resources, recruiting and IT/operations activities. He is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in finance, insurance, healthcare, research and technology, responsible for creating value through accurate, insightful metrics and analysis as well as building partnerships throughout the company to drive its success.

Prior to joining Avaap, Ben held several leadership positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, including Vice President of Finance for the Clinical Diagnostics division, as well as key roles in the Research, Healthcare, Diagnostics and Biosciences divisions. Ben also served as CFO of the medical services business Masterplan and President of the medical parts business ReMedPar, both of which were sold to Aramark by the private equity company Berkshire Partners of Boston, MA.

Ben earned his Executive MBA from Vanderbilt University and BS in accounting from Franklin University and the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

 

Leadership

Melissa Prusher Vice President, Global Marketing

Melissa Prusher is Vice President of Global Marketing where she is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Avaap’s marketing, communications and brand management activities. Melissa brings more than 25 years of experience planning, developing and executing marketing campaigns to support overall business strategies and meet sales objectives. Under her leadership, Avaap has grown [...]

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Melissa Prusher

Vice President, Global Marketing

Melissa Prusher is Vice President of Global Marketing where she is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Avaap’s marketing, communications and brand management activities.

Melissa brings more than 25 years of experience planning, developing and executing marketing campaigns to support overall business strategies and meet sales objectives. Under her leadership, Avaap has grown to be the largest Infor Alliance Partner and the only Infor healthcare systems integrator with a dedicated EHR team focused on Epic.

Prior to joining Avaap, Melissa spent thirteen years in private practice as a content development and marketing strategy specialist for enterprise software vendors with an emphasis on best-of-breed HCM solutions, as well as supporting organizations in the healthcare, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and  beauty and fashion industries. Her work has been featured in the Human Resource Management Journal, Workforce Magazine, Wall Street Journal and other business publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards including best business blog by American Business Awards, the prestigious Davey International Award for best feature writing, and a Platinum MarCom award.

Melissa began her career with Clairol leading product publicity, strategic relationships and corporate communications. In this role she was responsible for creating the first online brand experience for a beauty company and served on the founding committee of New York’s fashion week, 7th on Sixth.

Melissa received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Hartford. She remains active in professional marketing organizations and the New Jersey technology community.

 

Leadership

Paul Buonopane Vice President, Avaap EHR Revenue Cycle Management

Paul Buonopane is Vice President of Avaap EHR where he is responsible for leading the strategic direction of Avaap’s revenue cycle and clinical optimization practices and in helping healthcare organizations align and optimize clinical and revenue cycle management practices to enhance patient and physician experiences, maximize cash collections and minimize cost to collect. Paul brings [...]

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Paul Buonopane

Vice President, Avaap EHR Revenue Cycle Management

Paul Buonopane is Vice President of Avaap EHR where he is responsible for leading the strategic direction of Avaap’s revenue cycle and clinical optimization practices and in helping healthcare organizations align and optimize clinical and revenue cycle management practices to enhance patient and physician experiences, maximize cash collections and minimize cost to collect.

Paul brings 18+ years of experience assisting healthcare providers with both clinical and revenue cycle operational and systems transformation initiatives. Paul specializes in operations and information systems in academic medical centers, ambulatory care facilities including physician practices and hospital-based clinics, and multi-facility health systems. His areas of expertise include business process redesign, patient engagement and physician experience, clinical integrated network design and population health, revenue cycle net revenue improvement, enterprise data warehouse design and implementation, interim revenue cycle leadership, and Epic Systems risk mitigation, implementation and optimization.

Under his leadership, Avaap EHR (previously Falcon Consulting) earned Best in KLAS Category Leader for Revenue Cycle Optimization in 2017 and has been recognized as a KLAS-leading organization for three consecutive years. Paul brings sound financial leadership and deep industry perspective to help customers achieve positive cash flow and operational efficiencies while ensuring best clinical practices and compliance with established laws, regulations, practices and procedures.

Paul also served in Deloitte Consulting’s National Strategy and Operations Healthcare Provider Practice for more than a decade. He managed large-scale clinical and revenue cycle systems implementations and transformed the financial health of large academic medical centers through process redesign, implementation, monitoring and tracking of key performance indicators. Paul has been quoted in numerous industry publications, most recently in The Wall Street Journals’ CIO Journal.

Paul received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. He is Six Sigma and DBA certified. Paul has spoken at industry conferences such as the Computer Electronics Show (CES) and is an active board member of Healthimation.

 

Leadership

Michele Behme Vice President, Avaap EHR Clinical

Michele Behme is Avaap’s vice president of Clinical EHR and a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical healthcare IT experience. In addition to significant hospital operational and leadership experience, Michele has led work with several major healthcare IT consulting firms supporting senior leadership, sales support, solution creation and served in client advisory [...]

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Michele Behme

Vice President, Avaap EHR Clinical

Michele Behme is Avaap’s vice president of Clinical EHR and a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical healthcare IT experience. In addition to significant hospital operational and leadership experience, Michele has led work with several major healthcare IT consulting firms supporting senior leadership, sales support, solution creation and served in client advisory and delivery roles. She brings a strong background in EHR implementation work, participating in single and multi-facility EHR implementation projects across the country in addition to Ambulatory and Hospital Affiliate program development. Michele understands the importance and challenges of pre-implementation planning, system selection, design workflow, clinical integration, application build, testing, training, go-live support, optimization analysis, CPOE, physician documentation, and clinical transformation.  Her experience leads to a better understanding of the impact technology has upon the financial, operational, functional and workflow needs of physicians, clinicians, end users, patients and healthcare systems as well as how data can drive change and improve outcomes.

As a member of senior leadership teams with several healthcare IT consulting companies, Michele had responsibility for the management, quality and growth of the clinical delivery team, building professional services and as an active participant in company operations, business development, project delivery, and client relationships. Michele and her team focus on the comprehensive services, methodology and tools designed to support clients on any phase of an EHR project lifecycle.

Michele holds a BSN from the University of Evansville, professional memberships in HIMSS, ANIA, ISNA, AONE in addition to  ANCC certifications in Nursing Informatics and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She is certified in Epic Inpatient ClinDoc, Orders, Order Transmittal and Decision Support (2015) and also holds athenahealth GLS and CPL certifications. Additionally Michele serves as an Executive Advisor for a telehealth company, MilkOnTap.

What is Avaap?

The name Avaap is inspired by the five elements, written in the language of Sanskrit.

agni (fire)
vayu (wind/speed)
akash (sky)
ap (water)
prithvi (earth)
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History

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Avaap started in a small New Jersey office. Today, we are among the largest Infor Alliance Partners and fastest growing IT services and solutions providers with a dedicated EHR integration practice. See how we've grown!

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Awards and Accolades

Infor Alliance Partner of the Year 2014-2017

2014-2017 Best Places to Work in IT

6-Year Honoree Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies

Deloitte's Technology Fast 500

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Our Partnership with Infor

Trusting a certified partner to help guide you through software implementation is critical

Our attention. Avaap is strategically focused on Infor IT services and solutions.

Our people. Avaap is comprised of some of the industry’s best talent, averaging 16+ years of experience with Infor software.

Our services. Avaap is a certified Infor partner specializing in Infor CloudSuite, Lawson, M3, PLM, EAM and HCM applications. We also provide hardware resell and staging capabilities for a complete end-to-end solution. With a dedicated EHR practice, Avaap is the only partner with a single source solution for clinical, business and financial applications.

Our solutions. Avaap has created Infor-specific applications to extend functionality and fill critical business gaps.

Clients

Avaap brings an industry-focused partnership approach to
client engagements, helping our customers reach business and technology goals to optimize software investments. Here’s a sampling:

// Healthcare
// Public Sector
// Retail
// Manufacturing & Distribution
// Process
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Our Products

Avaap has invested heavily in software development designed for customers that use Infor and/or Epic, producing a suite of JumpStart solutions that implement software at peak efficiency, streamline processes, enhance visibility into business activities, increase user satisfaction and help achieve faster time to value of software investments.

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Our Services

Avaap specializes in Infor and Epic software installations, upgrades and technology services, and revenue and clinical optimizations, ensuring technology investments are implemented at peak efficiency and fully leveraged to meet evolving business needs. A dedicated EHR practice provides healthcare customers with a single source solution for clinical, business and financial applications.

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CloudSuite Financials

Avaap has a track record of success in Lawson implementations. Now, Avaap is bringing the most compelling and engaging next generation financial business applications to customers. Infor CloudSuite Financials delivers on the vision for industry-specific cloud applications that combine responsive design with machine-learning and big data analytics. Experience a seamless migration and technology deployment experience.

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EHR (Electronic Health Records)

Avaap EHR Services provides specialized knowledge and primary capabilities in all aspects of health care provider solutions. We have deep experience in the provider space and technology, processes and operational competencies designed to help make EHR more usable; prepare healthcare organizations for change, improve productivity and reduce administrative costs while enabling better physician-patient engagement.

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Infor M3

Avaap is a certified M3 services partner and solutions provider.  Our competitive rate structure combined with the industry’s top M3 consulting professionals assures our customer’s cost effective and successful project outcomes. Avaap is the only M3 partner to provide end-to-end services which include hardware and software services.

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Human Capital Management

Transform your human resources function into a strategic force. Avaap has significant GHR/ Talent Acquisition implementation experience to help you align HR processes with business goals, centralize employee information, track all personnel work activity, streamline processes and tasks, and empower employees with HR self-service capabilities.

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October 02, 2017

Avaap Ranked as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work

EDISON, N.J. (October 2, 2017) – Avaap, the largest IT services provider strategically focused on Infor and Epic software, today announced it earned a spot on Modern Healthcare’s annual Best Places to Work list. Avaap ranked no. 75 of supplier organizations. The recognition program, now in its tenth year, pays tribute to outstanding employers in […]

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July 17, 2017

Avaap Named Among the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago

EDISON, N.J. (July 17, 2017)- Avaap, the largest IT service provider strategically focused on Infor and Epic software, today announced that it has been included on the 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago list. Avaap EHR, located in Chicago, provides clinical optimization and revenue cycle management solutions for organizations that use […]

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July 06, 2017

Avaap Successfully Implements Infor CloudSuite™ Financials at Palos Health

Inforum 2017 Diamond Sponsor Avaap to Showcase Innovation at Annual Conference EDISON, N.J. (July 06, 2017)- Avaap, the largest IT services provider strategically focused on Infor and Epic software, today announced the successful go-live implementation of Infor CloudSuite Financials tightly integrated with Epic at Palos Health, a multi-facility community hospital based south of Chicago in […]

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Intermountain Lawson User Group (ILUG)

Date October 20, 2017

Time 10:00 am

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Infor Lawson Mid-Atlantic User Group

Date October 23, 2017

Time 8:00 am

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CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum

Date October 31, 2017 - November 03, 2017

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October 16, 2017

The Power of One

One only has to look at the growth of buyers on the largest global creative commerce platform to get a sense of the changing retail landscape and what it means for the manufacturing industry. The year Etsy went public, it pulled in $2.4 billion in global sales from its collection of limited edition novelty merchandise, […]

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October 09, 2017

Too Much Of A Good Thing…

Someone much more intelligent than me once said that too much of a good thing may be a bad thing. Or could be a bad thing. Or something like that. You get the idea. Recently, a physician asked me about an alert that he saw while ordering a medication in the hospital’s electronic health record […]

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October 05, 2017

Snack on This: A Look at How Consumer Eating Habits are Changing the Dairy Industry

More than 90 percent of Americans snack multiple times throughout the day, accounting for half of all eating occasions. As the average consumer gets busier, they move further from the traditional three-meals-a-day lifestyle. This drives the need for snacks to be able to replace the nutrition missed from a meal. Dairy manufacturers are seeing this […]

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Avaap Careers

A Great Place to Work in IT

Avaap offers a culture of reward and respect against the backdrop of quality software services and technology innovation. See why the most talented consultants build their careers with Avaap!

Our Headquarters

Avaap USA, LLC
510 Thornall Street, Suite 250, Edison, NJ 08837

Phone: 732.710.3425
Fax: 732.243.9550
Email: info@avaap.com

Avaap Midwest 
6 West Fifth Street, 8th Floor, St Paul, MN 55102

Avaap EHR 
70 Madison Street, Suite 2610, Chicago, IL 60602

Global Center of Excellence 
Chennai ONE, IT SEZ, Upper Stilt, Pallavarm-Thoraipakkam, 200 ft Road, Thoraipakkam, Chennai 600096. INDIA

Avaap Europe
Stanmore House 64-68 Blackburn Street Radcliffe, Manchester M26 2JS. England

Avaap Spain
Travessera de Gracia, 73-79 Barcelona, Spain 08006

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