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From Christofer Dutz <>
Subject Re: [Introduction] Christofer Dutz
Date Tue, 05 May 2020 11:25:15 GMT
Our team ... not tram ;-)

Am 05.05.20, 13:23 schrieb "Christofer Dutz" <>:

    Hi all,

    I have noticed that our tram has grown quite a bit in the last year and most of you I
have never met personally.
    We have been discussing a lot of things here on the list and on slack, but I only have
little background on who you folks actually are.

    So I would like to ask anyone interested to just introduce himself in this thread.

    I’ll start:

    My name is Christofer Dutz, I’m currently 42 years old and studied computer-science
at the University of Darmstadt.
    I’m the son of an Electro-Engineer and therefore already had contact with all of this
automation stuff when I was a kid, but somehow lost contact when I discovered my interest
in computers.

    Being an IT guy living near Frankfurt (Germany) there is almost no chance to not work
for Banks and Insurance companies. So I guess I’ve been working for about 12 different Banks
and Insurance companies in the last 15 years. I always like to compare working for a bank
like asking Picasso to paint a portrait, but to have him wear a mental-institution restraining
jacket and have him paint with a brush in his mouth. End of the first quarter of 2017 it was
getting so unbearable for me, that I was thinking about giving up my profession as an IT specialist
and even starting to learn something new. I was already looking for companies looking for
an apprentice as carpenter, when I had another round of self-reflection. Even if I probably
would have been good as a carpenter, I still love doing my job, just not for Banks and Insurance
    I was seeing the same with a lot of my colleagues.

    It was that time that Industry 4.0 was everywhere … all the problems are easily addressable
with open-source and a lot of the skills I have from the banking would have been a perfect
match. So I had a look at what’s missing in this big picture and pretty quickly noticed
the data-access problem is the biggest barrier and no solution being available or in sight.

    Luckily at codecentric we have something called “Innovation budget”. Here if you’ve
got an idea, you can pitch in some shark-tank-like session with the board and if they like
it, you get the funds for doing that. My idea was to build a universal protocol adapter. From
the beginning I said I want this to be a true open-source project at Apache. The benefit for
codecentric would be to eliminate the barriers to offering IIoT solutions with our large set
of professionals in all areas this involves. The board agreed and for the last 3,5 years I
have been paid by codecentric to work on Apache PLC4X full-time.

    Outside of the IT world, I love to do sports with others, so I’m usually in the gym
in some workout and TaeBo courses about 3 times a week, I love snowboarding and everything
that has anything to do with water.

    Another huge passion of mine is melodic electronic music, so usually I travel around the
Europe visiting different electronic music festivals.

    I live in a town called Ober-Ramstadt together with my girlfriend Tanja, where we just
moved into a house I inherited from my grandpa and which we renovated in 2 years of hard work
… and still the work doesn’t end … so some-times I fall off the face of the earth for
a few days cause I’m probably digging trenches for the foundation for some wall, or my rain-water
system, or … or … or …. Guess the digging never stops.

    Ok … so I hope this gives you a little impression on who I am and what drives me …
it would make me happy to see some of you folks also introduce yourself. And I would even
more love to have a beer with you (Or, as I’m a hessian … a big glass of apple wine) 😉


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