Eberhard Hechler is a Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, who joined the IBM Boeblingen Lab, Germany in 1983 as a junior programmer. After a 2,5 year international assignment to the IBM Kingston Lab in New York, USA, he has worked 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 is on Information Management and DB2 UDB on distributed platforms. He is a currently the Technical Enablement Architect for IBM’s Information Platform & Solutions, working with System Integrators throughout Europe. Eberhard holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (Diplom-Mathematiker) from Hamburg University.