Volker Kueffel has been a software engineer and architect for almost two decades and has been developing software since he was a teenager. A physicist by trade, he has worked on large-scale data systems in various verticals of the software industry, spanning from online travel, mobile, and enterprise applications to online advertising. He introduced Apache Camel into one of his projects where it has successfully served as a major system component for several years. Volker is a native of Germany and currently lives with his family in San Francisco, California.
Carsten Ringe is a software developer by heart and has been working in different industries, from defense to agriculture and logistics, in the last 10 years. Over the last couple of years, he has spent his time with Apache Camel building a scalable integration platform for a large logistics enterprise.
Phil Wilkins has spent over 25 years in the software industry, working for both multinationals and software startups. He started out as a developer and has worked his way up through technical and development leadership roles, primarily in Java-based environments. He now works as an enterprise technical architect within the IT group for a global optical healthcare manufacturer and retailer using Oracle Middleware, Cloud and RedHat JBoss technologies.
Outside of his work commitments, he has contributed his technical capabilities to supporting others in a wide range of activities from the development of community websites, to providing input and support to people authoring books and developing software ideas and businesses, including reviewing a range of technical books for Packt and other publishers. He is also a blogger and a participant in the Oracle middleware community.
When not immersed in work and technology, he spends his time pursuing his passion for music and with his wife and two boys.