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Interview with Thomas Harrer

by | Mar 13, 2020 | Interviews,

Thomas Harrer

Thomas Harrer

Chief Technology Officer for IBM Systems Hardware Sales Europe

Key Topics:IBM, IBM Systems, AI, Data, Innovation, Security, Blockchain, Storage, Servers, Cloud Native, Mission Critical Systems, Architecting the Future, Modern Data Protection
Location:Stuttgart, Germany

Thomas Harrer is Chief Technology Officer for IBM Systems Hardware Sales Europe. He helps clients across Europe to evolve their infrastructure architecture. He is an advocate known for his forward thinking and leadership in Artificial Intelligence, Data, Blockchain as well as mission critical Core Systems and hybrid cloud solutions. Thomas Harrer is an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I have a computer science background and shaped IT solutions in the last years. Being able to add innovation to existing structures has become key. Besides growing in the technical skills, I also grew my presentation skills to become a trusted expert.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Data & Innovation

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

In the last year, I worked with great influencers like Ludmila Morozova-Buss, Spiros Margaris, Sally Eaves, Neil Cattermull, Stéphane Nappo but get also inspiration from many other influencers around.

Outside of your key topics who else influences you?

I take big inspirations from reading books and articles. One author who recently influenced my thinking is Yuval Noah Harari. I have also been inspired by authors of the past, including literature and philosophy.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I have been given keynote presentation on events, between 50 – 300 participants about architecting the future and about modern data protection.

If a brand wanted to work with you, what offline/online activities would you be most interested in?

Speaking opportunities, video interviews.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

Good sources are RSS feeds and Twitter groups

What brands have you worked with?


Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Share / create a social post
  • Speak at or attend an event
  • Create video content

What are your passions outside of work?

Music, I like many forms of music but really like Jazz

What businesses/organisations are you affiliated to?


What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Direct Message on Twitter