Patrick Spielmann is a managing partner of Vegard IT GmbH – a Berlin-based consulting company – and an experienced IT generalist with a strong focus on large scale architectures. He is working with products from the IBM ICS/ESS portfolio for over a decade. For the last six years, he has been focusing on infrastructure optimization and deployment automation for IBM Connections. He is also a passionate advocate of customer needs and opinions towards IBM. Patrick is married and father of two. In his spare time he is voluntarily taking care of the Internet connectivity of his hometown and accompanies a seat in the local council.