BizTalk Community series: Introducing Nino Crudele

Last MVP summit I met the only Italian BizTalk Server MVP Antonino Crudele (Nino). He has been an BizTalk MVP for 5 years in a row now and that is quite an accomplishment. During the summit we had a nice little chat and got to know each other a little better. I asked him a couple of questions for my BizTalk Community Series that bring BizTalk community members to the foreground. Here is his story.

Nino Crudele is 46 years old and has two daughters, one son and a fantastic wife Grazia. He lives in  the hills of the Val Trebbia near Piacenza (province Emilia Romagna, Italy). Nino has been working in the consulting world for almost 20 years. He started as a C developer and later moved to .NET and the Web. He has always been fond of the integration aspects of development. One day back in 2003 he had the opportunity to work with BizTalk. This was one of the first Italian BizTalk pilots using BizTalk 2002.

Currently Nino is the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) at Raise S.r.l., a consultancy company in Italy. Besides that he is also a Virtual Technology Specialist for BizTalk Server, a role in which he works closely with Microsoft Italy. He enjoys this role as it enables him to work with many different clients seeing BizTalk in different scenario’s from a technical point of view, size, and criticality.
Nino has worked with most of the BizTalk accelerators, Rosettanet, HL7, SWIFT and has done some big projects on EDI and RFID. In the past he also had the opportunity to be part of a big integration project with a major Italian enterprise organization that integrates many technologies like SAP, AS400, TIBCO and others using BizTalk. During this project Nino faced one he’s memorable challenges a throttling assessment on a BizTalk architecture with more than a 100 CPUs.

Nino has to say the following about me, sharing knowledge, the BizTalk Server product, and the MVP Program:

“In Steef I found a wonderful person and a great professional, has a great energy and his blog proves it. I love to share my experiences and my knowledge with my blog and community, I think that in Italy and in the world is really important to speak about BizTalk, it is one of the best product that Microsoft did. I’m BizTalk MVP from 5 years and thank to my MVP lead, this 2012 has begun so wonderful, the MVP summit I met so many great people and great professionals, I am happy and honored to be part of this great family that is the BizTalk MVP group.”

His MVP Lead Alessandro Teglia, who I spoke with a few weeks ago has the following to say about Nino:

“As a Community Program Manager (aka MVP Lead) for CEE & Italy, I usually meet a lot of people, with strong skills and very passionate ones. I do (and I love) this job because of them, their attitude, and their willingness to help others. In particular, I found in Nino a valuable expert when I first met him and, lately and very good friend I can count on. I can easily say Nino is one of the most popular BizTalk expert in the whole Country. Nino’s ability to involve you in activities and projects is just amazing; his charisma, his positive attitude is so vivid in him that you could follow him everywhere ! But it’s also supported by his strong technical knowledge which makes him a very valuable Consultant, Community Expert, Project Manager, COO and to me, a great friend.”

In his spare time Nino likes to spend as much time possible with his family. He like to write articles, create webcasts, and experiment with technology. He follows the various BizTalk communities in the world. Nino himself created the first Italian community for BizTalk (

There are however a lot other things Nino likes to do in his spare time. He told me he could write a book about it. So I will quote here what he told me:

“In my life I did everything, I started to practice martial arts 4 years ago, have a brown belt Judo, did Kung fu, practiced Boxing and I’m an instructor in Muay Thai. I practiced the free climbing for nine years and was part of the free climbing Italian Team for three years. I love Kayaking, I like to run and did the marathon in Athens. The others sports in my life when I was young were rugby, scuba diving, skateboarding (free style), break dancing, and so on as I can't remember all.Nowadays I like to do karting, and I have a 125 cc, play chess and friends on mine. I love music like music like rock, metal, pop, rap”.

Nino is indeed a very active person and I like to thank him for his contributions to BizTalk community and time to have a chat with me. Nino and I will meet again in May, when we will organize a BizTalk event at Microsoft Italy in Milan. I am looking forward to that event and spending some time with Nino, meeting his family and share our passion for BizTalk and rock music.

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