As an Avanade Executive for collaboration, Thomas is responsible for portals & collaboration solutions (P&CS) in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Thomas joined Avanade in June 2001 and started as a program manager for large infrastructure transitions at major automotive and retail customers. Since 2006 Thomas developed the P&CS capability team in Austria, Switzerland, Germany (ASG) and has worked with a wide variety of customers in a broad set of industry verticals and moved into the EALA role in 2011. Thomas is an expert in collaboration architectures based on Microsoft .NET technologies, project and portfolio management as well as enterprise search. His primary focus is Microsoft SharePoint. In addition, he is actively investigating the impact of social computing and the collective intelligence to improve effectiveness and productivity in the workforce of enterprise customers. Prior to joining Avanade, Thomas worked as head of research and development for Microsoft Business Solutions and ISVs responsible for mid-market ERP products. He also holds a diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).