WHY example42?

Expertise  Experience

Pragmatism  Professionality

Sharing Attitude  Flexibility

Why example42?

The answer in brief: Experience, Expertise and Flexibility.

IT departments are complex environments. Before you can provide a suitable solution for workflows, it is important to identify the actual requirements. While we offer expert knowledge about Puppet, we also have many years of experience in IT, system and network administration, and high availability.

Our experience helps us to identify what IT departments have to face in everyday life; as consultants, we can distinguish the typical weak spots. We have seen these too often.

We love Puppet because it’s a great software tool to make IT operations smarter, safer, and faster. Our aim is to give our customers the best service and consulting experience regarding how to improve their IT environment. Being a company with experienced professionals, we do this with flexibility and versatility.

Our DNA is openness and knowledge sharing: we do this in trainings and events as well as with our Open Source projects.

We are Official Puppet Training and Professional services partners and work closely with Puppet Inc.

Martin Alfke


Martin Alfke has been working in IT since 1999. He worked for start-up companies, finance institutions and internet platforms, prior to co-founding example42. He managed Linux and Solaris systems and had already liked automation principles even prior to Puppet.

Martin learned about Puppet in 2008, and since then, his work has changed from System Administrator to Infrastructure Developer. In 2011, he became an official Puppet Trainer, delivering all official German-language Puppet trainings.

At example42, Martin helps customers to solve their issues using automation and DevOps principles.

Alessandro Franceschi


 Alessandro Franceschi has been working in IT since 1995 when he opened a Linux-based ISP in Italy. Self-employed, he has fulfilled different roles: he has been a webmaster, a Linux trainer, a network administrator, a security expert, a system administrator, and a web developer.

In 2007, he started using Puppet while working as a sysadmin at the Bank of Italy. He wrote the open source example42 modules, Tiny Puppet, and PSICK. He has also delivered hundreds of Puppet training and consulting sessions worldwide, facing the most diverse environments: from StartUps to Top100 Corporations. Passionate about knowledge sharing he never stops learning new things as he realizes how much more there is to learn.

Simon Hönscheid

Senior IT Automation Consultant

Simon Hönscheid has always been curious and interested in IT. He started his apprenticeship as a Systems Engineer in 2009 after a short detour into design. Working for a Linux driven company, he learned about open source and how the ecosystem works. During this time, he became familiar with his first specialisation: Monitoring.

At the end of his apprenticeship, he picked up Puppet as a solution to automate repetitive tasks. He immediately got fascinated and delved into Puppet and the surrounding DevOps ecosystem. With automation, other things became an issue; that was how Simon discovered log aggregation and log management with Elasticsearch. Recently containers and Kubernetes have become his favourite technical playground.

Robert Waffen

Senior IT Automation Consultant

Robert started his IT career in 2004 when he did his apprenticeship as a Systems Administrator. One day Robert found this strange program “Linux” at a PC shop. As he hadn’t known that there were other Operating Systems besides Windows, he wanted to know more…

Robert started his first job in Cologne in 2008 and moved to Berlin in 2013.
Through a logistics corporation, Robert learned about Puppet. Since then Puppet has been a constant companion since then, and through this journey Robert got to know Simon and Martin. 

Robert loves to work with Puppet, Ruby, Elasticsearch, Grafana, Linux, and Monitoring.

Tim Meusel

Senior IT Automation Consultant

Tim „bastelfreak“ Meusel became a Senior Automation IT Consultant at example42 in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a DevOps Engineer for GoDaddy EMEA in Cologne, Germany, where he developed and maintained a big public cloud platform.
Tim is the driving force behind various open source projects. He founded the VirtAPI-Stack and is a very active Vox Pupuli Maintainer and Project Management Committee member. Tim has been doing work in the DevOps area since 2009 and began persuing Puppet solutions in 2012. He was recently reelected to serve on the Vox Pupuli Project Management Committee.
In his free time, Tim enjoys good BBQ and ice hockey.