Dan is a seasoned veteran of software design, development, and integration, primarily in the brewing industry. Interested in software development at a young age, Dan plunked out his first code as a kid on an Apple IIe, graduating to rudimentary game programming on Casio and TI calculators before moving on to the "real" stuff. In 2009 co-founded NutPowered Technologies, a company that provided custom software, web, and mobile solutions for a variety of businesses. After deciding to simply focus on what he's best at, he started Ward Brewing Solutions in 2012 (known as Ward Scientific Systems at the time).
Dan holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master's degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on information systems, and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. While in Wisconsin, he served as President and a director of the St. Francis Association of Commerce and as a director on the board of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the piano, spending time with his family, the occasional bicycle ride, and playing his favorite PC game titles.
About Ward Brewing Solutions
Since 2012, Ward Brewing Solutions has been providing technical expertise to breweries in the process of designing, integrating, and supporting systems that manage the various stages of the beer production process, from high-level supply chain planning, to research, to quality control. Our mission is to enable breweries to innovate, experiment, and produce the best possible beer by making sure the technical systems they use all play nicely with each other.
Founded in St. Francis, Wisconsin as Ward Scientific Systems, the company is currently based in San Diego, California and serves clients nationwide.
Our Consulting Philosophy
"Our consulting philosophy can be summed up in one simple phrase: one size doesn't fit all.
"Every situation is different. Every environment is different. It doesn't make much sense to take one technology, programming language, architecture, or even software development methodology and apply it universally. Personally, I've spent my career working with different technologies and methodologies, and I've seen them used in both right and wrong situations. For example, if you're working with minimal resources, then perhaps using open source products would be a great way to minimize your costs, instead of buying software with expensive licensing. If your requirements are not well-defined, or if you're not sure what to expect, then perhaps an adaptive or iterative approach to developing a solution would be the best fit, instead of trying to define all of your requirements up front.
"In each and every case, it's important for us as consultants to understand what you're trying to accomplish. You can expect us to spend some time getting familiar with your brewery so we can design a better solution. We love to learn, and it's what drives us personally and professionally."
- Dan Ward, Founder