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I’m an independent IT consultant and entrepreneur in the Internet and software business. I’m interested in design, enterprise applications, web apps and SaaS products. I design and develop business solutions and applications. I help companies in terms of software quality and knowledge transfer, e.g. with Angular and Spring Boot.

Stratospheric: 1-Year Anniversary Sale and Release 1.8

It’s been exactly one year since we have released version 1.0 of the Stratospheric book. The book already has 900 readers on Leanpub. Let’s make it 1,000 this month! We want to celebrate the anniversary with you by releasing version 1.8 of the book and doing an anniversary sale. You can read more about the new release in this blog post on the Stratospheric website. Read more

Self-Publishing a Book With (Almost) Complete Strangers: A Recap of Our Writing Process for Stratospheric

This week, Philip Riecks - one of the co-authors with whom I wrote Stratospheric - From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS - published this article about our writing process for that ebook on his new blog about subjects such as freelancing, motivation, indie hacking, or productivity: Self-Publishing a Book With (Almost) Complete Strangers This highly detailed documentation of our writing process not only describes how we went about writing, publishing, and marketing Stratospheric but also gives a slew of suggestions, ... Read more

What is a (business) process, actually?

The terms process and business process, in particular, are sometimes used lightly and without thinking too much about what those terms actually mean. Drawing upon and thinking in terms of the concept of a value chain (i.e., a set of activities designed to create a product or service that has value to a customer) some time ago I came up with this definition of what constitutes a process, not just when it comes to business and market value, but also with regard ... Read more

Now Available as a Kindle Edition, Too: “Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS”

Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS is now available as a Kindle edition on Amazon, too. Read more

Automating Processes: Meeting Notes

One of the key benefits of business software, or as a matter of fact, any software, is automation of tedious, repetitive tasks. One of the three great virtues of a programmer according to Perl creator Larry Wall is laziness as defined in: "The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many ... Read more

Working Across Timezones in Remote Work Settings and Distributed Environments

When working in a distributed environment or remote work environment, as is increasingly - and quite fortunately - becoming the default for knowledge workers, and the software industry in particular, chances are, rather sooner than later you'll be collaborating across timezones. I'm currently collaborating with people from EDT, GMT, CEST, MYT, JST, and AEST timezones, for instance. Asynchronous communication is crucial in a remote work setting already when no time differences are involved. It becomes absolutely vital when people from different timezones depend ... Read more

Lösung für die COVID-19 Pandemie: Schnelltests als Zugangsberechtigung

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.Contrary to my usual writing habits the remainder of this post will be in German. The reason for this is that although the subject most certainly is of interest to everyone the specifics of the solution outlined in the following mostly apply to the current COVID-19 situation in Germany and my personal experience with that situation. The article therefore is mostly relevant to a German audience. If you're interested in discussing the potential for ... Read more

My Remote Work Setup

I've been a proponent of remote work, new ways of work and different approaches to work culture and the opportunities and options those provide for a long time. While 2019 arguably was the year when remote work finally caught on for more than just a select few, 2020 most definitely was the year when remote work really took off - for obvious reasons. I'd like to quickly share some of the tools and components from my current setup, in terms of both specific ... Read more

2020 in Live Gigs

I'm an avid music fan and concert-goer. As mentioned in last week's post I'd like to write a bit about live music events in 2020. For obvious reasons, 2020 has both been a very different and a very difficult year for live events and those that make a living from them: Artists and performers, speakers, conferences, festival, venues, sound engineers, sound and lighting technicians, caterers, stage hands. These were the only bands I was able to see during on-location live music shows ... Read more

2020 in Review

May you live in interesting times. - claimed to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse - Usually I refrain from writing one of those end-of-the-year reviews because they often amount to little more than self-involved navel-gazing (been there, done that ...). However, 2020 was a truly interesting, extraordinary and in many ways remarkable year. So, here goes, navel-gazing and all ... In December 2019 (or thereabouts) what we today know as COVID-19 or the Coronavirus pandemic started to spread causing a global crisis ... Read more
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