GUEST SPEAKER: Erich Leipold. An experienced IT consultant for 27 years, Erich Leipold is the founder and lead consultant at Work Horse Integrations. He started out mostly working with custom software application design and development, and for the past 17 years he has worked in the integration space. He started implementing Mule applications in 2006 with a Northeast Ohio retailer, and has been working primarily on integration development with MuleSoft products since. Erich primarily focuses on application integration services for the MuleSoft family of products leveraging Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and API technologies. His combined experience covers many industries that has taken him to over 30 cities in 19 states throughout the United States, as well as working at locations in Great Britain, Jamaica, and Barbados. He also provides architectural reviews as well as DevOps Consulting-Design and Implementation services, providing organizations the ability to deliver applications and services more rapidly and more effortlessly. He also assists organizations build server environments and DevOps procedures for on-premise, CloudHub, and container-based environments. Currently he is completing a project for an energy company in the South that supplies energy to five states. He is assisting them with building infrastructure to develop and deploy MuleSoft integration applications to support their internal business operations, and utilizing Microsoft's Team Foundation Server to build and deploy Maven-based projects with automated unit testing. Erich received a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Akron in 2001.