My name is Gijs in ‘t Veld. I live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
I started working in IT in 1986. Soon after my first couple of developer assignments (mainly using the C programming language) I went to lead a team that developed a B2B integration platform. Running on Unix, Linux and VMS and using Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server as databases. I acted as the main architect, lead developer and product manager. Our customers were mainly in the logistics business and based in The Netherlands.
In 1995 I was the co-founder of Esperanto EDI Tools, which later was renamed to Covast. I was the CTO at that company, responsible for vision and strategy regarding technology and product manager for the product. We built a B2B integration platform, but this time on Microsoft Windows and SQL Server. I again led an R&D team, but this time a bit bigger, as we went international. First we focused on Europe, from our office in Rotterdam, and in 2001 we started our head office in Atlanta, GA after onboarding an investor. Later we also opened an office in Bellevue, WA. Close to the Microsoft HQ. Because we worked a lot with the integration product team in Redmond back then. We became the one and only B2B Accelerator for BizTalk Server and at the peak had about 10% of all world-wide BizTalk Server users as our customers. In 2007 we sold our technology to Microsoft.
In 2008 I was the co-founder of Motion10, a Dutch Microsoft consultancy. We started with 8 people and by the end of 2021 we were with 160+ people, focusing on Data & Analytics (modern dataplatforms in Azure combined with Power BI), Modern Work & Security (Office365) and Azure & Integration. Basically all Microsoft cloud services, except for business solutions (Dynamics). I was the CTO at Motion10, responsible for technology vision and strategy. I was also involved quite a lot with our most strategic customers and acted as a principal consultant on many digital innovation and transformation projects.
By the end of 2021, a new era started for me. I decided to quit my job and leave Motion10. The company is in great shape and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team: a top 5 Microsoft managed partner in Holland. But, as of now I’m on my own and will only take on part-time freelance and interim jobs in IT. I will also be available as-a-service. A CTO-as-a-service. Just contact me if you are in need for a (temporary) experienced guy to help you start a cloud technology focused business, make an existing product development team more mature, need an advisor on your board or just need someone to help you define a Microsoft cloud strategy.
Kind regards, Gijs in ‘t Veld