BizTalk Community series: Introducing Rene Brauwers


The third story of the BizTalk Community Series that brings active BizTalk community members to the foreground is on Rene Brauwers. He is mainly an active blogger on BizTalk Server. His blog contains highly valuable posts on setting up a BizTalk infrastructure, how to integrate with CRM 2011 and on many other topics. Last year he also acted as technical reviewer for BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns book and for my forthcoming BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook.

Rene is 34 years old, born in Venlo, the Netherlands, and he moved to The Hague in 1996 to study. Ever since he has stayed in or close to that city. He currently lives together with his girlfriend Miranda in Rijswijk.

Rene is a BizTalk Specialist at Motion10 and is he considers himself as one of those people who is lucky enough to say that he can make a living out of his hobby. His BizTalk expertise ranges from the early stage involvement like pre-sales, proof-of-concepts, requirements gathering, architecting, developing to administration. Besides BizTalk he still finds the opportunity to do some programming as well like C#, SQL, WCF, Entity, WF, Azure and so on.

Rene’s integration background started years ago with WebMethods. The main reason for his involvement with this product back then was that BizTalk according to his employer was not mature enough. His employer choose WebMethods. However Rene has never been a Java kind of guy. He liked Microsoft more, so in the end he was thrilled to get his hands-on experience with BizTalk.

Rene loves the versatility of the BizTalk Server product. Iin fact nowadays it (almost) fits into the complete .Net software stack. He feels that almost every integration challenge can be solved with it.To his opinion there is not another product that offers so much out of the box functionality as BizTalk Server (BRE,BAM, B2B, B2C, ESB, SOA etcetera). All this functionality for such a relative small investment. With this level of versatility Rene believes a developer should be pretty broadly skilled (infra-structure knowledge, security, LOB applications, SQL, .NET, WCF, Cloud, PAAS, SAAS, being able to think in processes, think publish/subscribe, creative, Communicator, Team-player, Documenter etcetera). Besides that as a developer you have to stay on top of the latest developments, which makes it so interesting. He thinks all of this makes us BizTalkers so scarce!!!
In his spare time Rene likes to:

  • Spends a lot of time together with his girlfriend Miranda on decorating their house and planning/discussing on how to decorate it. Well actually she comes up with the good ideas and he usually agrees.
  • Loves to spend time together with friends, have a few drinks and some laughs.
  • Likes to dig into new (Microsoft) Technologies and play around with them.
  • Big a fan of (summer) music festivals like Pinkpop, Valtifest, LoveLand, Extrema, Parkpop and so on.
  • Study, well that’s one of the perks when you’re in IT, you always have to keep learning and luckily he doesn’t mind.
  • Mostly he just chills and relaxes, enjoying live to it’s fullest extent.

Currently Rene doesn’t practice any sports, except for the occasional swim in the morning. Yet he has the intention to start picking up table-tennis again, something he enjoyed when was young. Besides that he loves to watch soccer. He mainly likes to watch ‘Oranje‘ (our National Soccer Team) play. Yet he is still disappointed by the fact that the Dutch lost the World Cup 2010 final from Spain. Rene simply can’t wait for the sweet revenge this year with Euro 2012 😉
A final quote from Rene:

“Simply treat people as you would like to be treated. Respect each other and be honest. It all sounds so easy, but only if it would be that easy…. “
Rene also has a request for my readers:
If you have a 457 visa for Australia to give away 😉 Feel free to contact him through LinkedIn.

Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.


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