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Thorsten Rood
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Overall summary

I'm working in information technology business as enterprise architecture consultant (over the years my job title changed really creative, depending on the company I worked for). For me this is a very interesting and varied job if you accept working in the field. And of course you need a professional environment that allows you realizing the projects according to customers' needs.

My Skills

My specialization targets to an end-to-end IT process design where I'm focussed on project services that require complex integration tasks. This includes return of investment analyses, design phase and sophisticated real-world installations. In addition I'm performing in-depth troubleshooting on runtime issues. Not just being responsible for project management and leading the technical staff. I'm also consulting the executives concerning their future IT strategy and options.

In the course of time I specialized on designing and implementing large Windows-based data-center setups and made several installations for worldwide enterprise customers. Especially I'm trained on delivering end-to-end management options, affordable high availability solutions and meeting service level expectations. By combing both my long-term skills in software development and software integration experience, I'm adding true value to the core technical setup using fastidious automated/unattended rollouts and strong customized solutions.

Consulting   Architecture and Rollout   Enterprise Solutions
  • Corporate Strategies
  • Early Adopter Installations
  • Product Readiness Testing
  • Admin-Staff Training
  • Analysis, Design, Integration and Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Reporting
  • High Availability
  • Datacenter Automation
  • Custom Solutions
  • CorporateIdentity-Integration

My personal favorite is anything what makes up application delivery, terminalservices and VDI in business. Because this area of specialization touches all aspects in infrastructure and business cases, it requires a generalist's approach; so I might also say I understand a lot of what's going on with both servers and applications. :-) If you're interested in getting professional support or architectural IT consulting services, I would be glad to assist you. Please notice this will be possible based on commercial engagement, only. Pay attention I'm living in Germany, so consider the relevant next airport locations being Duesseldorf International (DUS/EDDL) and Koeln-Bonn (=Cologne) Airport (CGN/EDDK).

Employers

Although I would not say I behave like a classic "jop-hopper" that frequently changes between companies, I adjusted my employments from time to time. I worked for several consulting service firms in the past.

These are steps in my career:

PostIt
Principal Architect since 09/2007, NET.WORKERS

In my new role I'm busy in the area of application and infrastructure delivery solutions. This includes a well-combined mix of various vendor technologies with a strong focus on Microsoft Windows Server System and Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructure. That includes a range between product analyses and individual pilot-engagements up to strategic large-scale solutions to deliver applications in an efficient manner. I'm covering industrial sectors like manufacturing, finance, insurance and government.

I'm also responsible for architecture consulting at technical and management level, business development and presales.

Principal Architect since 09/2007, NET.WORKERS
Chief IT-Architect, Q2/2003 until 08/2007, KPMA

Within division project services I was consulting enterprise customers' IT environments in various sectors like banking, insurance and engineering industries. I covered questions around the ideas of deploying and accessing business critical applications and services (based on i386 platforms and within heterogeneous environmental specifications). My primary specialization was focussed on global usage of Terminalservices/Citrix and web integration.

In addition, I assisted in pilot projects and conduct several proofs of concept regarding new technologies - primarily sized around 1,500+ client connections.

Chief IT-Architect, Q2/2003 until 08/2007, KPMA
Senior IT-Architect / Infrastructure Specialist, 2002 to Q1/2003, EDS

Working within organizational unit project services I was around with customers primarily belonging to sectors like banking, insurance and engineering industries. This job included pre-sales, design, consulting and rollout/field-support on heterogeneous backend architectures focussed on Microsoft, Citrix and Linux.

Beside of daily ongoing project operations I did pilot installations and technology proofs of concept. This was focussed on deployments around 500 to 2,500 clients.

Senior IT-Architect / Infrastructure Specialist, 2002 to Q1/2003, EDS
IT-Architect, 2001, EDS / Systematics

Seven years later I changed the employer to increase my professional specialization and found a firm that allowed me realizing much larger and more complex scenarios.

I joined a division that had focussed on enterprise customer project service tasks, where I was responsible for designing and implementing C/S-systems and various solutions around products made by Microsoft, Citrix and Linux-based companies. This was enhanced sometimes by research and writing studies on IT architectures and early adopter installations.

IT-Architect, 2001, EDS / Systematics
Senior Systems-Engineer, Mid 1997 until end of 2000, MEGRA Informatik

When I started my studies on computer science at FernUniversitšt in Hagen it was important for all of us not to retire my knowledge that I earned over the last four years. We created a flexible cooperation where I continued to work with the firm for three days a week.

By terminating the engagement in software development we increased my responsibilities around networking and server technologies. That got enhanced by customer service, second-level support and I also managed the company-wide internal network. I was focussed on technologies like unified messaging, document management and CRM/ERP/commodities management. In the end of 1997 I took over strategic responsibility on deployments of Microsoft™ Windows™ NT/2000 and BackOffice™.

MEGRA was certified as a DATEV systemspartner plus, so my daily work included conceptual and technological aspects of DATEV products for professional services agencies.

Senior Systems-Engineer, Mid 1997 until end of 2000, MEGRA Informatik
Software development and systems integration, Mid 1995 until mid 1997, MEGRA Informatik

A few months before I started my professional education (as a bank business management assistant) one of our customers asked for an individual and specialized solution. I had worked with them for years already and there was no other colleague available for such a development (except for rejecting the whole customer project). So I took over responsibility for creating and programming the solution based on weekends (the customer agreed a rebate for the disadvantage of accepting a long-term development timeframe). Just one year later, the first version was available for running a pre-productive database on it.

The product became a success story: Around 50,000 lines of code were required for compiling the program and the final version was ready 18 months after I started development and research on it. Obviously some adoptions were required later to integrate the solution into their multi-user environment and so I also started managing their network environment.

Software development and systems integration, Mid 1995 until mid 1997, MEGRA Informatik
Programmer, Mid 1993 until mid 1994, MEGRA Informatik

While I was in school I joined MEGRA to do some programming tasks as a temporary worker. I had the opportunity to realize two small projects on my own: a commodities management system was missing some features not added by the vendor, and we decided to create add-ons for this. They got integrated in production environment for several of our customers.

One of the product's features required database access based on Novell™-Btrieve™ so I started learning and managing their server technologies.

Programmer, Mid 1993 until mid 1994, MEGRA Informatik

Although I started working in IT business specialized on programming, this has changed over the years towards system integration and consulting, which now covers fully different aspects of technology and business. This can be considered a roundabout way but learned after all, this perfectly helps me in doing my job today. The same applies for learning the different ways of utilizing IT efficiently at various customers in their individual industrial sectors that I have meet over the years.

Headhunters pay attention: I don't think staying with a single firm for more than 20 years really reflects today's market and its challanges and influences over the time - there's a strong need to distinguish between loyalty and being routine-blinded. My style of doing projects is high-skilled and professionally trained, making up one of my major principles today and in the future. I expect this level from any person to talk to - so contacting me without strong concepts in mind just wastes our time...

Studying the same time?

Beside of professional engagements I'm doing studies on computer science in parallel; the later one is about to finalize soon. When I finished my professional education in 1997 I decided to add a universitaire part focussed on information technology. The same time I already had spent some time in professional IT business where I learned being up to date is one important key factor, resulting in upgrading skills at least every 6-8 months. A long research (and trial-phase) was required to find out how to combine both worlds together.

There exist a lot of predefined opportunities to combine working with ongoing education (most of them offered by private institutions, where one of Germany's most known might be Studiengemeinschaft Darmstadt). As I compared various options and took into consideration how much time is required for those in any way, I finally preferred FernUniversitšt Hagen, which allows succeeding in a full-featured diploma.

 
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