Beginning of 2006 I helped founding ManageIQ,
Inc., a privately held company dedicated to provide cutting-edge management solutions for enterprise-wide
virtual environments. By 2012, ManageIQ has been the leading provider of enterprise cloud management and
automation solutions that enable organizations to deploy, manage and optimize private and hybrid clouds,
virtualized infrastructures as well as virtual desktops. ManageIQ's solutions, built on a common Adaptive
Management Platform™, deliver unified monitoring, management and automation through a single pane of glass
across enterprise clouds and globally distributed data centers. Global 1000 enterprise customers are using
ManageIQ's solutions to transform the management of their IT infrastructures, accelerate service delivery and
maximize their IT resource investments.
In December 2012, ManageIQ has been acquired by Red Hat
for approximately 104 million US$. Until this time, I've been a shareholder and consultant for ManageIQ,
mainly working on questions of the overall software architecture, security architecture, open
Web-services-based interoperability, and user interface experience.
The years 2004 to 2006 I spent in Mahwah, New Jersey (USA) working as a senior
software architect for Hewlett-Packard's Change & Configuration Software Organization (CCSO).
CCSO, to a large extent formed from the two acquired companies Novadigm, Inc. and Consera, Inc.,
is developing HP's software management and configuration management products. Furthermore, it is
at the center of one of HP's largest strategic efforts in the software business, aiming at
creating solutions for 'Managing the Adaptive Enterprise'. With CCSO, I was a member of the core
team to shape and bring to life this strategy, architecting HP's next generation IT management
Beyond this, I've been responsible for product architecture design, technology research,
and prototyping in the area of HP's 'classic' software management suite Radia, which
was acquired from Novadigm, Inc. The Radia suite comprises solutions ranging from server
provisioning, patch management, and desktop standardization to OS migration, CRM deployment,
and software asset management.
From January 2001 to March 2004, I have been a solution architect and
project manager for the Software Engineering Services division (SES) of Hewlett-Packard
GmbH in Böblingen, Germany. SES is an experts center that concentrates on systems
integration, thereby closely working with and supporting HP Consulting. In medium- and
large-scale European projects, SES architects, implements, and supports custom product
integrations in the area of network and system management as well as in the area of
security solutions. My focus was on system management in general, and on software
distribution and configuration management in particular.
my projects at HP
From 1996 to 2000, I have been doing research in the system software group
at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Aside from some interesting studies on globally distributed software development
environments and software architecture in general, my research mainly focused
on methods and techniques for building tailor-made operating systems on the
basis of generic components. Major topics were the parameterization
and configuration of operating system's services, techniques for (semi-)formally
specifying functional and nonfunctional component properties and requirements,
and techniques and methods supporting the development process of tailor-made operating
systems. The latter especially concerned developing tool-support for the mapping
of requirements to component selections and configurations. This work finally
leading to my Ph.D. thesis was done in the context of the subproject B5 "Generic
System Software" (GeneSys)
of the Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 501.
my projects at SFB501