Marcel is the co-founder and CTO of Xpirit, a high-end consulting firm based in Hilversum, Netherlands. Marcel co-founded Xpirit in 2014 as a spin-off from Xebia Netherlands. Together with Xebia, they help customers with Digital Transformation, Agile Consulting, and Cloud-Native Software development with both Microsoft and open-source products. Marcel spends most of his time exploring how new and emerging technologies, a shift in mindset, and a new way of work, can help organizations produce software faster. Helping organizations transform towards a high speed, innovative, and productive organization has become his passion. Marcel loves to learn new technologies and teach others what he has learned. Besides his work as CTO of Xpirit, he also fulfills interim CTO roles at companies that want to transform. Marcel has specialized himself in the field of organizational leadership, Application Lifecycle Management, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Cloud/Web scale application architectures. Marcel is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences. He has delivered sessions at events like Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft //Build, NDC, Microsoft TechDays, Visual Studio Live!, and Techorama to name a few. In his spare time, he also builds online courses for Pluralsight. Marcel has been awarded by Microsoft the Microsoft ALM MVP award for more than 15 consecutive years and he is a Microsoft Regional Director since 2008. You can always contact him to talk on topics like Leadership, DevOps, ALM, Cloud Computing, Microservices, Docker, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.
Alex is an application development enthusiast since the late nineties and works as an architect, lead developer and mentor at large enterprises and small companies. He spends his time teaching other developers the details of the Microsoft development platform and frameworks, and coaches architects to design and build modern distributed applications at cloud scale. He has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Visual Studio and Development Technologies 11 times. In his spare time, Alex likes to participate in all kinds of sports, and loves playing and programming new and retro video games.