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In 2011he was named an IBM Fellow, the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer at IBM can achieve. He is the leader of the Specialty Service Area (SSA) for Cloud Services at IBM's Global Technology Services Delivery Technology and Engineering organization. He builds the architecture for cloud offerings in the Global Technology Services portfolio, driving them as standards into client deals. He led the design of the Common Cloud Management Platform, the reference architecture that guides IBMers around the world in the design and delivery of IBM cloud solutions to clients-including the new IBM SmartCloud offerings recently announced. He built the method-based framework of what actually makes up the technical core of productized service assets. It delivers the base for well-defined, consistently understood, technical artifacts, which has been fully embraced within IBM's services' development process. The initial realization of this concept was carried out in 2002. The son of an IBM systems engineer, he grew up harvesting grapes and playing sports in a wine-growing region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine. At his father's suggestion, he took a job as a contract Programmer in the IBM Heidelberg Science Center in Heidelberg, Germany while working on his Master?s degree in Economics. He earned his Doctorate degree in Computer Science and worked on his thesis in a joint program with IBM. After a year-long post-doctoral fellowship at the Almaden Research Center, he returned to Heidelberg and soon became immersed in his first big IBM project - business intelligence. He developed many of the key data warehousing technical assets which fueled the growth of what became a huge services business for IBM. Through his experience working with clients across Europe on business intelligence engagements, he found that a solid architecture provides more than a technical blueprint for IT experts. It also serves as a powerful sales tool. He is a powerful advocate for communities of practice that bring together IT architects and specialists who support specific services areas, such as Cloud.
Noted For:Leader of the design for the Common Cloud Management Platform, and delivery of IBM cloud solutions to clients-including the new IBM SmartCloud
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