About Us

About The Company

PlaidCloud provides the analytical capabilities we dreamed of for the everyday use both our customers and ourselves. Tartan Solutions, founded by Michael Rea and Paul Morel, specializes in architecture, development, and implementation of business cost and profitability solutions throughout the world. We are SAP and SAS partners with expertise in SAP Profitability & Cost Management (PCM), SAS Activity-Based Management (ABM), and SAS Data Integration (DI) Studio. As with most analytical solutions, much of the work is centered on data curation and marshaling.

We knew there was a better way of approaching data sourcing, transformation, and staging than using spreadsheets, desktop databases, or waiting on teams to build transformation processes. So, we started using Python for transformations and data cleansing. Realizing the need for these capabilities among our customers and friends, we built PlaidCloud as the cumulative site for everything related to analytics.

Why the tartan name and a plaid theme? The Tartan was not only the mascot of Carnegie Mellon, where our founders Paul and Michael met, but it is also an accurate representation of how data, services, and knowledge are woven together to form something unique and powerful. Plus, we also have a liking for colorful patterns.

Industries Currently Using PlaidCloud

  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Commercial Banking
  • Retail Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Discreet Manufacturing
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Consumer Package Goods
  • Oil & Gas
  • Transportation Logistics

About the Founders

Paul Morel

Paul has built an extensive consulting background in finance and operations, solving both analytical problems, and leading finance and accounting projects in various industries. In addition, Paul is one of the world’s experts in SAP’s Profitability and Cost Management application (PCM) for Enterprise Performance Management.

Today he leads the core infrastructure and services development for PlaidCloud.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Rea

Michael began his career as a component engineer within the Packard Electric Division of Delphi Automotive Systems. There he developed components primarily for GM Powertrain and, in his time there, Michael received patents for three of his component designs. Michael has since developed a deep background in operations and finance, working in both consulting and in industry. In addition, he is one of the world’s experts in SAP’s Profitability and Cost Management (PCM) application for Enterprise Performance Management, as well as SAS Activity-Based Management (ABM)

Michael leads the sales, marketing, and customer service areas for PlaidCloud.

Michael holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

About the Team

Andrew Hodgson

Andrew leads our SAS application delivery which includes SAS Activity-Based Management (ABM), SAS Data Integration Studio (DI), and SAS Information Map Studio applications. Andrew is a SAS Certified Data Integration Developer for SAS 9 and has extensive experience in design, deployment, and automation of complex ETL workflows.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Malone University.

Silvio Santos

Silvio is an expert with SAP’s Profitability and Cost Management (PCM) software. He has extensive experience providing financial teams with business software and technology solutions. Having worked with software solutions like SAP’s PCM and SAS ABM and financial consolidation solutions (Oracle Hyperion Financial Management), along with reporting solutions like COGNOS and Hyperion Essbase, Silvio also has developed a wealth of experience critical in him leading the development of the PlaidXL product.

Silvio holds degrees from Universidade de Taubate (Brazil) and Universidade do Vale do Paraiba (Brazil) in Industrial Automation, Systems Analysis, and Data Processing.

Adams Tower

Adams leads the core development efforts for PlaidCloud. He has years of deep technical experience with Python as well as leading edge tools like Pandas and Docker.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.