The answer in brief: Experience and Expertise.
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 cluster configuration.
Our experience helps us 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. Also, sharing our knowledge at trainings and events with users and customers is important to us.
We are official partners of and work closely with Puppet Inc.
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 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, including institutions in the public sector and even the Vatican City State. Passionate about sharing and delivering his passion for Puppet and infrastructures automation, he never stops learning new things as he realizes how much more there is to learn.
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.
Senior IT Automation Consultant
Robert started his IT career in 2004 when he did his apprenticeship at an unspecified magenta-colored telecommunication company. But his interest for computers started even earlier. Since he was a child, computers and tech have played a big role in his life. His father and brother are also big tech enthusiasts. 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 another unspecified yellow 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. Their paths crossed again and again until Robert decided to work at example42.
Robert loves to work with Puppet, Ruby, Elasticsearch, Grafana, Linux, and Monitoring.
When there isn’t exactly a pandemic raging, Robert can be found at various meetups and conferences.