I was already involved in insourcing when working in municipal government – we planned, built, and took over the operation of our own data center. However, no one knew this term back then. Outsourcing is another area I am closely involved in today, and one that is currently experiencing a renaissance in the form of cloud services.
In 2005, after more than 14 years with various management consultancy firms, I decided to become self-employed. This affords me the independence required to provide customers with a holistic service: I can recommend the right solutions, products, and expert advisers to take them on a direct route to the desired outcome. Since 2005, I have focused much energy on learning about the networking approach, which I make use of as a very effective tool. Since 2012, I have been involved in the eco e.V. Data Center Competence Group.
With ecoTrialog, I have developed a format that enables me to play an active part in shaping the future of the data center market. As an auditor for the eco Datacenter Star Audit, I am able to learn about many aspects of data centers and, in developing this audit, I found it particularly important to address the operation of a data center. Indeed, the biggest challenge is not building a data center but running it efficiently, without interruption, 24/7, and enacting the documented processes. Sitting on the jury for various international industry awards provides me with a good opportunity to better understand other markets and benefit from the exchange of views across specialties with other jury members.
In my view, as a professional, I have a duty to keep learning, to keep actively engaging with innovative ideas, to have regular exchange with experts, and to be open to investigating new developments. This means that, when you meet me, you will not find someone who is standing still, but someone who is always moving forward!