Markus is the President and Chief Software Architect of
EPS Software Corp. (and it's various
properties, such as CODE Consulting, CODE Training, and
VFPConversion). He is also the Publisher of
CODE Magazine and the co-host of
CodeCast. He is a Microsoft RD
(Regional Director) and one of the longest-serving MVPs (1996-present). Markus
is the founder of other business ventures, such as
Tower48 (digital software escrow),
Xiine (digital reading),
JockTock (sports social network), and
Markus has worked on a large number of software projects for some of the world's
largest companies (including a number of Fortune 500 companies). Markus has
worked as a contractor to the Microsoft Visual Studio team, and has
worked closely with various product groups at Microsoft. Besides his activities
around CODE Magazine, Markus has been published extensively in practically all
large industry publications (mainly in English, but on occasion in German as
well). He has received various and numerous awards and recognitions, many
related to his active involvement in the community and his regular appearances at events of
all sizes. Markus has also been involved in the creation and continued support
of various user groups, such as D2SIG (WPF
and Silverlight) and HDNUG (.NET).
In his spare time, Markus is an enthusiastic Ice Hockey player (and
supporter) as well as an avid windsurfer, traveler, and general enthusiast of
sports such as scuba diving or mountain biking. On rainy days Markus either
reads, enjoys a computer game, or researches new technologies.
Markus on Social Networks
You can connect with Markus on the following Social Networks:
Developer Community Activity
Markus is very active in the Microsoft Developer
Community. Markus is a MS RD and MS MVP (one of the longest serving in fact:
1996 - present). Markus speaks at various large industry events (such as TechEd
He is also involved in local events and user groups.
For instance, Markus is the founder of D2SIG,
a WPF and Silverlight focused user group for developers and designers in
Houston. Markus also regularly speaks at HDNUG,
the Houston Area .NET Users Group. In addition, Markus is an
INETA speaker and in that role, speaks at
various users groups around the US, Canada, and Europe (and occasionally
elsewhere as well).
Through CODE Magazine, Markus also sponsors various
events, from large conferences to Code Camps and individual user group meetings.
Markus is also the initiator of the
State of .NET events, a series of
free events that usually last one afternoon and discusses the current state of
various .NET technologies and techniques.
Of course Markus is also an active blogger and
contributor to various community sites, in addition to his "regular" writing
activities (articles and books). Markus articles have appeared in magazines such
as CODE Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Visual Studio Magazine, ASP.NET Pro Magazine,
FoxPro Advisor, Fuchs, FoxTalk and Microsoft Office & Database Journal, and
Markus has also been involved in targetted community
efforts around platforms such as Windows Mobile (now Windows Phone) and
Microsoft Tablet PCs. Microsoft has named Markus one of the world's 10 most
influential Mobile PC developers.
Markus is also the co-host of CodeCast, a free companion podcast to
CODE Magazine, focusing on .NET development topics. In addition to CodeCast,
Markus has also appeared on various other podcasts, such as
.NET Rocks, , Polymorphic Podcast, and
Of course CODE Magazine
itself can also be seen as a community effort, since CODE enables a large group
of community members to write and receive content. Many CODE related efforts,
such as CODE Focus Magazines (special
issues of CODE) are completely free of charge to the reader.
EPS as a company employs more MVPs and RDs than any
other company in the world. EPS has a unique culture of promoting community
efforts amongst our employees.
EPS Software Corp.
EPS Software (and its related properties such as CODE Consulting, CODE
Training, and VFPConversion) is a custom software development and consulting
firm headquartered in Houston, Texas (USA) and Salzburg (Austria).
EPS has been named on of Houston's Largest Software Companies by the Houston
Business Journal (number 13 in the most recent listing in 2010).
EPS Austria GmbH
EPS maintains offices in Europe. EPS Austria GmbH focusses on many of the same
efforts as EPS Software Corp., with an emphasis on VFPConversion (see below) as
well as modern interface technologies and paradigms (in particular multi-touch
and Natural User Interfaces - NUI - on PC and mobile platforms such as Windows
Phone, iPhone, Andriod...).
CODE Consulting and CODE Training
EPS' CODE properties specialize on enabling developers to build better
applications on the Microsoft platform. This is achieved through various means.
EPS' key efforts in this area (besides CODE Magazine) are
CODE Consulting and
CODE Training. In these areas, EPS
does most of its development using Microsoft Visual Studio (.NET) and SQL Server
(among other server technologies). EPS has worked on numerous software projects
for Fortune 500 companies including Philip Morris, Qualcomm, Shell, Microsoft,
CODE Training provides standard and personalized training on various .NET
As a former leader in Visual FoxPro development, EPS has been the leader (and
only resource, really) for people who want to move their technology from Visual
FoxPro to .NET and SQL Server.
EPS conducts regular VFPConversion training sessions. EPS is also helps in the
process of converting VFP applications of all sizes and all levels of
involvement, from simple mentoring to multi-year conversion projects handled
entirely by EPS.
EPS is active beyond Microsoft consulting. EPS also consults around digital
publishing (Kindle,...) and helps publishers and authors to publish their
content in digital format(s). EPS is a leader in automated conversion of content
to all kinds of digital platforms.
EPS is also a leader in Social Network consulting, especially on Facebook. EPS
helps customers to establish a presence on Facebook. In addition, EPS develops
custom Facebook applications and clients.
Markus is the founder of
Tower48 digital escrow services. Tower 48 is the thought-leader in
the digital escrow business. For more information, visit