My name is Karl Widmer and I work as an IT system engineer at a well-known IT service provider in the region, with many branches spread all over Switzerland.
I solve problems for our customers and help as technical consultant. When 3rd party companies and suppliers sometimes are sitting on the fence, I help with the necessary far-sightedness, coordination and clarification. I mainly care about datacenter environments, but a printer problem or a computer that does not run, still does not scare me off.
Work / education
After a longer stay in the military and a few years in the software sector as an internal technician and system administrator, it has brought me back into the world of hardware and networks. I love it when I can build, test and install new server systems. The biggest thing, however, is when I see a satisfied customer who can work better and more efficiently with the new infrastructure.
Sure, I have made my hobby a profession. Or is it the other way round? Actually no matter, for me it fits the way it is. I also work at home on the computer. Also, I always try out new hardware, test it, see what is possible. When it rains outside, I like to delve into technical topics, search for solutions for customer problems.
I live in the beautiful Rhine valley in the canton of St.Gallen (Switzerland). With its temperate climate (cold in winter and warm in summer, usually at least), it is good to live here. I like the more rural character in our region. The big city hectic and concrete ravines are not my thing. But i’m fine with that.
I love photography. I’m not a master in it, there are always blurry shots. Nevertheless, I love to hold on to this one moment with a pressure on the trigger, whether animals or nature recordings, objects or humans. Here, too, the technical aspect appeals. I do not just take a photo. It will quickly become several hundred if I have an idea in mind. I try, experiment with the light, play with it. As a compensation to the job, I often go jogging to get the mind free. Among my favorite books are the science fiction thriller of Dale Brown and various history books from WW2 veterans or other military personal, mainly US. And for sure, there are some brilliant technical books from Microsoft and VMware which i like.
Certifications / Awards
As part of my business, I received the following certifications and awards: