Rainer Stropek is co-founder and CEO of the company software architects and has been serving this role since 2008. At software architects Rainer and his team are developing the award-winning SaaS solution “time cockpit” (http://www.timecockpit.com). Previously, Rainer founded and led two IT consulting firms that worked in the area of developing software solutions based on the Microsoft technology stack. Rainer is recognized as an expert concerning .NET development and software architecture. He has written numerous books and articles on C#, database development, Windows Azure, WPF/Silverlight, and WinRT. Additionally he regularly speaks at conferences, workshops and trainings in Europe and the US. Since 2010 he has been MVP for Windows Azure. Rainer graduated the Higher Technical School Leonding (AT) for MIS with honors and holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Studies of the University of Derby (UK).