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CIO at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Europe's largest business school. Responsible for providing the digital solutions and infrastructure for research, teaching, learning, and administration, for all students, faculty, and staff. In charge of the digital transformation strategy and its implementation.

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Founder of Virtual Smart Home

Boutique software maker with a focus on smart home solutions for Amazon Alexa. With Alexa skill such as URL Switch, URL Routine Trigger, and Virtual Routine Trigger, Virtual Smart Home™ provides users around the world the missing link in their smart home environments.

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Managing Partner at Avenir Now® business consulting

Consulting and supporting organisations in the private and public sectors on their digital transformation journey with a portfolio ranging from strategic planning, business models and business processes, to service management, project, programme, and change management.

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Author of the book “Integrated IT Management” (in German)

Currently working on a book encouraging a holistic, integrative view on IT management. It describes from a practitioner's perspective, how diverging management models in IT – service management, project management, and agile software development, innovation management and information security management, strategic and operational planning etc. – can be combined in a way to make IT management effective and sustainable.

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Josef has been working on the digital transformation, particularly in the public sector, for more than twenty years. His aim is to foster a holistic view of digital transformation and to make a case for integrated IT management. He is interested in digital business models, lean approaches, and innovation management. For more than 15 years, he has been sharing his experience in Master's level courses at universities and has been giving talks on several aspects of IT management.

PhD in Information and Computer Engineering (formerly “Telematics”). Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, Paris, and Mannheim Business School, Germany.

Passionate about cooking and culinary experiments, in love with France, crazy about interior design, furniture and product design.