As an Integration Architect he worked for vendors and users alike and has over 25 years exeprience as a system designer/developer including mainstream software products (Software AG). he has extensive experience in IT training and consulting, as well as technical writing, and working in international environments (Europe, United States, South Africa, Africa, Middle East) and has industry experience from several backgrounds (finance, retail, logistics, scientific). Gerd has over the years gained a solid project management background and has been called a "visionary" on occasion for his ability to step off the prescribed path and find novel solution approaches.

Key Skills

  • Technical Training and Presentation.
  • Certified IBM MQ, IIB, and MQ WorkFlow (Earlier BPM Adoption)
  • Solution Design and Infrastructure Architecture
  • Technical Leader and Advisor
  • Negotiator and Mentor
  • Project Management Background
  • Mainframe Experience (S/370), Assembler and OS Interfaces (VSE, VM, MVS Systems).

Course Portfolio

  • WebSphere Integration Bus and Message Broker.
  • WebSphere Message Queue
  • WebSphere Process Server and Business Process Manager
  • IBM DataPower Gateways
  • Pure Application and Cloud Technologies

Gerd as an IBM'er

Specializing as a Project Manager and Technical Sales Specialist for WebSphere Integration Software, with deep skills on IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, he also covered DataPower and other products from the WebSphere portfolio, with a strong conceptual SOA background. In 2009, Gerd became a member of the CEEMAS Region (later CEEMEA, then MEA) Community of Practice team, supporting, enabling and mentoring technical sales resources from Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. He was well sought after by practitioners world wide and frequently contributed to related discussion forums. From 2012, he became a member of the world wide team for channel technical sales, enabling and supporting business partners in the Middle East and Africa, and his portfolio extended to include PureApplication, API Connect and other appliance based middleware and concepts of cloud implementations. He was responsible for introductory and advanced training for IBM business partners up to and including their respective product certifications, and at times where applicable, conducted certification tests as proctor.


IBM Redbook SG246849: An EAI Solution using WebSphere Business Integration (V4.1) Authors: L Gavin, G Diederichs, P Golec, H Greyvenstein, K Palmer, S Rajagopalan, A Viswanathan IBM (ITSO), 2003, ISBN/ISSN: 0738426547

IBM Redbook SG248351: An Architectural and Practical Guide to IBM Hybrid Integration Platform Authors: Carsten Börnert, Kim Clark, Shahir Daya, Matthieu Debeaux, Gerd Diederichs, Vasfi Gucer, Shamim Hossain, Gary Kean, Carlo Marcoli, Shohei Matsumoto, Amar A Shah, Johan H Thole IBM (ITSO), 2016, ISBN-10 0738442267/ISBN-13 9780738442266

Co-Author for many IBM certification tests for IBM certified developers and administrators of WebSphere Message Queue and Message Broker.


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