Univ.-Lektor Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn., CMS (UK)
Chief IT Architect
|Born:||October 2, 1966|
|Voice:||+43 (1) 32950-114
|Mobile:||+43 (676) 83329-214
|Fax:||+43 (1) 32950-128
|email (private):||c.strnadl (at) ieee.org|
|Curriculum Vitae (16 pages CV in English [PDF])|
|1985-1994: Technical University Vienna|
|1988-1994: IT & Communications Consultant|
|1994-2004: ATOS ORIGIN Information Technology|
|2005-now: Software GmbH
|Current: Chief IT Architect|
publications (21 pages, PDF)
& Communications Consultant
||Parallel to his academic
engaged since 1988 as a consultant for IT and communications with
autonomous implementation of solutions (design, programming and
implementation of system and application software) in the area where
telecommunications, (fax, telex, telebox) and data-communications
(PC/LANs, EDI [electronic data interchange], electronic
mail) meet and converge. Several successful projects for various
partners have been realized during that period of time.
successfully completed the studies
of Technical Physics at the Technical
University of Vienna (1985 - 1990; honours) research scientist
("Assistent") at the Institute for Theoretical Physics
(1991 - 1994). Besides persuing his academic work (which has resulted
) responsible for the institute's heterogenous PC/Workstation LAN
including international connectivity (a.k.a. Internet).
Ph.D. 1993 (honours) in the area of computer-based condensed matter
theory (liquids, to be more to the point). Actively affiliated to
the Institute (until 2000) as a
lecturer of the (self designed and conceptualized) course
"Symbolic Mathematics in Theoretical Physics" (in German,
And, of course, not to the least, the Institute still provides enough Web space on the real Internet for me to display these few ;-) words.
|Atos Origin Information Technology||Changed 1994 from TU Vienna
Atos Origin (then still named Philips Communications &
Processing Services which
merged into a [new] ORIGIN in 1996 which merged into the French-Dutch
Origin in 2000). First primarily working as a Project Manager,
and System Administrator in the area of Value Added Network
Services (EDI, computer supported collaborative work, Internet and
1995 - 1996 Technical Manager Screen Phone Services
The project was a technical success (on time, on budget, on quality). Commercially, though, the era of the Internet brought about a change in strategy towards web-based access and delivery models instead of phone-based customer premises equipment.
1997 - 2001 Service Practice Manager OIS
1999 - 2000 Chief Technical Officer (CTO) &
- 2004 Management Consultant
results of his engagements were
His presentations have been ranked "best presentation" at over 60% of all evaluated conference, amongst them well-known brands IDC, LSZ, CMG, CECMG, Future Network, and Euroforum
In the course of his activities at Atos Origin he
gained broad and
diverse practical experience in managing highly complex and/or
new projects, the largest of which has been the Zumtobel IT infrastructure outsourcing
Mr. Strnadl has been the Global Project Manager for this largest ever international Austrian IT infrastructure outsourcing deal involving in excess of 5.000 devices at over 100 locations in 16 countries. The core project team consisted of approx. 20 people and over 100 persons have been involved in various stages of this multi-national project which had to be approved ad board level at both organizations.The actual contract amounts to more than 200 documents with over 1.600 pages -- and has been negotiatied and signed after the breath-takingly short time of only 5 months and 1 week. While this certainly provided tangible (read: cash) benefits to both companies it meant that the core project team had to (literally!) work day and night during the hot phases just before signing / closing.During 2002 and 2003 postgraduate studies in Management Science (focus: Change Management) at the University of Huddersfield (UK) and graduation "CMS (UK)" which amounts to a "Certificate in Management Science" acknowledged by the British / UK Management Council. The only difference to an MBA being the fact that while an MBA finishes off with a purely theoretical piece of work (the "thesis") a CMS (UK) has to be completed with a full-fledged Change Management project in one's own organization -- which, simply put, is not really amenable to platitudes and academically sounding verbiage and lots of citations.
||Since April 2005 with Software GmbH
Österreich as Chief IT Architect.
In this position responsible for SAG's high level and strategic solutions (and, of course, products) such as
As opposed to the rather simple-minded and technically oriented data warehouse approach semantic solutions recognize and honor that usually the meaning of corporate data is not well defined, inconsistent, and imprecise. EII circumvents these non-technical obstables by letting the user implement so-called Ontologies (which are nothing more than individually defined hierarchies of meaningful terms, their relationships, and rules how to derive additional terms from a set of given propositions). Combined with a powerrful inference engine this lets the user explore the true meaning of certain terms or let her follow "chains of reasoning" (so-called transitive closures) .
If you have ever wanted to discover the subtle flavours of "customers" hidden in your corporate application silos or the various ramifications of "revenues" without some technician telling you that he cannot really explain how that number got into the data warehouse or Excel spreashett without yet another week of looking into ETL code -- than EII certainly is something you might want look into!
Have you ever wondered why IT still has not succeeded in cleaning up the mess and complexities of their n-tier architecture (consisting of m times 3- or 4-tier applications such as SAP R/3) despite a plethora of buzzwords they offer? Are you tired of having to let go business opportunities because your IT manager (once again) has convinced you that he will not be able to implement the such-and-such change to the "Customer information system" because your current version of your CORBA ORB does not provide IIOP to MS .NET without having to set-up an intermediate J2EE environment for EJBs. And, even if that would work, he will not be able to guarantee any performance or service levels because of an old JMS version not supporting Log4J?
A service-oriented architecture might be able to clean up this mess because, for the first time ever, a SOA starts with business logic in mind and sets out to define meaningful activities or capabilities (aka "services") from a process logic or business point of view and not (!) from a technician's vantage point. In its fullest vision a SOA would even let the user design her applications without any software developers involvement at all by simply "orchestrating" and chaining together given services in a meaningful workflow.
Sure, there is some way to go from the here and now to implement this vision -- but we might be able to help you jump-start this journey with quick returns :-)
| As Consultant I regard active
as a fundamental professional activity to stay abreast of the
and to cross-fertilize with other disciplines and best practices. And -
the least - I like new environments and people.
During the course of my career I have delivered over 140 presentations, seminars or public workshops on a wide variety of current IT issues and themse at conferences of LSZ, IDC, Future Network, CMG-AE, CECMG, IEEE, Euroforum and various others. 60% of my presentations have been ranked "Best Presentation" by the audience. Together with my other (written) contributions my publication list counts more than 100 entries -- if you are still interested you*'ll find a download PDF here.
|After 5||Unbelievable, though it may seem (even to
myself), I have a
private life as well ;-) When I do not read trade or technical
Lately, however, I have started to become quite interested in the laws and started to read some introductory works (e.g., Koziol-Welser, Barta, Zankl) in Civil Law with a decided focus on contractual law, warranties and representations and liability ("Schuldrecht"). But this includes also other areas relevant for my diverse interests such as "Vereinsrecht" (Law of associations) or the questions under which circumstances non-profit organizations ("gemeinnützige Vereine") are exempt from the obligation to pay taxes (§ 34ff BAO, if you care). In lieu of other knowledgeable people I have been asked more than once and had to develop quite some expertise (also in order not to become myself liable due to § 1299 ABGB - "Sachverständigenhaftung").
... you will find me out-side (as opposed to in front of a PC or a book) with my three most important companions. My wife, Susanne, who holds a Ph.D. in biology, still tries to get me more acquainted with "real" life (as opposed to artifical intelligence). She sees that I come to a (fair) share of fresh air and impressions from nature. Apart from that she is an excellent coach and sounding board: More than one of my public talks have been shaped by constructive criticism from her.
Usually and with impeccabe (female?) instinct she would uncover (sometims subtle) flaws in my reasoning. In many instances these glitches could be related to my supposing to much prior knowledge on the listener's side. While it is certainly not easy for me to admit defeat (being a consultant, after all), I inevitably have to conceed that she's right. And, later during actual performance, the audiences usually value the additional clues to my thinking.
She works as a self-employed science journalist in the area where biology, communications, and journalism meets and you could read her articles in several media, amongst them Der Standard.
Quite recently she has completed her first book, actually a Children's book,, "Herbert & Co", featuring a fox living in a pleasant wood and his adventures (amongst them, finding his wife, meeting some monsters and other things. The book is aimed towards parents who are looking for more than 20 "good night" stories to be read aloud to their children. Together with the quite extraordinary illustrations an ideal present (and, no, I do not get any provisions ;-)
Katharina, on the other hand (born November 1996), does not at all care when her daddy tells about how "nice" actual demonstrations of IT's alignment with business strategy might look like using the Success-Resource Deployment (SRD) model. To her it is a colorful display of squares irregularily scattered on a piece of paper and begging for some more colorization and other details. In addition, she is also more concerned with her next riding lesson or with her next short story (she is writing stories faster than I can spin out Powerpoint slides -- and I am quite a master at that...). Not to forget Peter (May 1999), who is most likely to become an engineer himself if you take his current interest in technical details at any level as a sign for his future occupation.
Or have you ever noted that some trams carry a rear mirror on their left side and some don't? Or that the "MAN" logo on some of our urban buses differs depending on the place where it is affixed? Or have you ever noticed a Taurus locomotive with three (!) pantographs? He has -- and, usually they only carry two.
And thanks to their persistence they will sometimes hear me not speak shop-talk for days (even weeks during holidays!).Together all this makes up an exciting life which is nicely framed by both, technology and humanity.
All views expressed in this page are mine and not (necessarily) those of my employer.
Last changed: 2009-03-14 by cfs.