Chris Brockmann, GM brox IT-Solutions Chris was educated in Germany, the UK and the US. Chris holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, NC. Before starting brox, Chris spent 10 years in various positions with ERP vendor Baan. His responsibilities included solution sales to customers like GM, Delphi, Visteon, Ford, Porsche, Mitsubishi and Daimler in Europe, North America and Asia. In 1998 Chris founded brox with the goal to enable enterprises to achieve the same level of excellence in information logistics that ERP systems were giving them in physical logistics. brox products Anyfinder and Enterprise Information Framework were successful in organizations like Audi, CreditSuisse, Dresdner Bank, Volkswagen and others, prior to the launch of the Eclipse SMILA initiative under his direction. As a member of the Eclipse Board of Directors, Chris is closely following the progress of open source in the runtime space and working with various organization to foster acceptance, standardization and adoption of open source business models by enterprise customers. Chris is also in charge of the eccenca (a SMILA distribution) Technology Partners Program and in this role is setting up a global network of excellence with partners delivering text analytics, natural language processing, indexing, semantics, storage and other exciting technologies.