About the Author
Eberhard Hechler is a Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect. He joined the IBM Böblingen Lab in Germany in 1983 as a junior programmer. Eberhard worked more than two years on an international assignment with the IBM Kingston Lab in New York, and he has worked on projects in software development, performance optimization and benchmarking, solution architecture and design, software product planning, management, technical consultancy, and technical alliance management. In 1992, Eberhard began to work with DB2® for MVS™, focusing on testing and performance measurements of new DB2 versions. Since 1999, his focus has been on Information Management and DB2 UDB on distributed platforms. He is currently the Technical Enablement Architect for IBM Information Platform & Solutions, working with System Integrators throughout Europe. Eberhard holds a M.S. in Mathematics (Diplom- Mathematiker) from Hamburg University.
Ivan Milman is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, focusing on security and governance in the Information Management area within the IBM Software Group in Austin, Texas. Over the course of his career, Ivan has worked on a variety of distributed systems and security technology, including OS/2® Networking, DCE, IBM Global Sign-On, and Tivoli® Access Manager. Ivan has also represented IBM to standards bodies, including The Open Group and IETF. Prior to his current position, Ivan was the lead architect for the IBM Tivoli Access Manager family of security products. Ivan is a member of the IBM Security Architecture Board and the IBM Data Governance Council. Ivan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Master Inventor at IBM, and has been granted 12 U.S. patents.
Martin Oberhofer joined IBM in the IBM Silicon Valley Labs in the United States as a developer for database technology. After returning to Germany, he joined the IBM Böblingen Lab, from which he still works as a Technical Consultant and member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise include database technologies, Java™ software development, MDM architecture, and IT systems integration. His special focus area is integrating MDM systems into the operational IT landscape by synchronizing and distributing master data with SAP application systems. He provides architecture workshops to customers and system integrators. He holds a M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Constance, Germany.
Paul van Run has almost 10 years experience in MDM and 15 years in IT. At DWL, he was part of the R&D leadership team developing DWL Customer, one of the first dedicated CDI products on the market. After the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005, he became a Senior Technical Staff Member, and he is responsible for the architecture of the IBM Master Data Management products: MDM Server (formerly WebSphere® Customer Center) and WebSphere Product Center, both market leaders in their segments. Before coming to DWL, Paul worked as a software developer in the insurance industry for an ING Group subsidiary in Canada. Paul holds a M.S. in Information Science from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Dan Wolfson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the chief architect and CTO for the Information Platform and Solutions segment of the IBM Information Management Division of the IBM Software Group. He is responsible for architecture and technical leadership across the rapidly growing areas of Information Integration, Master Data Management, and Industry Models. Dan’s previous roles include CTO for Business Integration Software and chief architect for Information Integration Solutions.
Dan has more than 20 years of experience in research and commercial distributed computing, including transaction and object-oriented systems, software fault tolerance, messaging, information integration, business integration, metadata management, and database systems.