BizTalk Community series: Introducing Jeroen Hendriks

For most people the holiday season is over. That does account me as well, however there is one fun trip ahead of me to the US (California). Before I go I have another story for you on a BizTalk community member Jeroen Hendriks, the founder and owner of the BizTalk Admin blog.

Jeroen works as a consultant for Axon Olympus. His work mostly consists of advising customers on how to maintain a BizTalk infrastructure, designing and implementing new BizTalk infrastructures. Besides his day-to-day job he maintains the BizTalk Admin blog, where a group of BizTalk’ers blog about BizTalk administration related topics.

“If anyone is interested, we are always looking for new bloggers….!”

After his bachelor in technical business administration Jeroen did a technical traineeship (MCSE boot camp) and ended up as a middleware administrator for an insurance company. There he was responsible for Websphere MQ and BizTalk Servers.

“BizTalk and I were a good fit because now, 7 years later, I still work daily with the product.”

Jeroen specializes in administration and engineering. Development is something, which he regrettably has not picked up yet. It is one of his goals for the coming year to learn some C# and BizTalk development.

On his job Jeroen has the following to say:

“As an administrator / engineering I worry about how to meet the SLA requirements. Maximum downtime, performance and maximum data loss are important requirements. The excellent scalability and high availability options in BizTalk help me getting the job done. Not surprisingly these are some features I really like in BizTalk. Also the ease of administration has been improved in each version. I remember the time when there wasn’t even a concept called applications in BizTalk (2004).”

His view on sharing knowledge is as follows:

“When I started in the IT internet and search engines were already well established. Whenever I needed some information or had a problem the answer was mostly just one search query away. There are so many blogs, forums, etc. were people help each other out. I would like to encourage your readers to contribute to the community. It is not only helpful to others, but also for yourself. Just give it a try and find out for yourself.”

In his spare time Jeroen likes to play around with technology, for example with the Raspberry PI and the Netduino.

“I don’t know why, but turning lights on and off through the internet is fun!”

Besides technology Jeroen is currently studying Moroccan Arabic. It seems that learning technologies suits him better than learning languages, because his wives one year old nephew is picking it up quicker than him, yet he feels it is good fun.

Jeroen has been studying martial arts (karate, jiu-jitsu, etc.) for almost 15 years now. For the last 6 years has has been a karate instructor at a local karate school. That taught him that becoming good in something is one thing, but teaching it to others is something totally different. At the moment Jeroen is looking for a new challenge. After the summer he wants to start with some kickboxing and MMA. Who knows we might see him perform in the octagon for the UFC.

I like to thank Jeroen for his time and contributions for the BizTalk community.

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