Rainer Pirker is an IBM senior leader, managing international Sales & Presales teams with a strong track record in developing business and achieving sustained growth over the past +25 years in IT, focusing on Central & Eastern Europe already for +18 years.
Rainer is very well known for his enthusiasm on new technologies and as such he was building up and leading the IBM Watson & Cloud Platform business in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). Since he took over the Cloud Infrastructure business, he could generate high double-digit growth both on signings and revenue. Rainer started to evangelise the cloud business already back in 2010 within GTS. In the years 2013-2017 he was also focusing on the Mobile API Economy, Integration and Private Cloud business across CEE. From 2001 till mid 2010 Rainer was building up and managing the Software Group (SWG) technical team and established a solid SWG services business across CEMA/CEMAAS/CEE, supporting customers and business amounting to $700m license revenue, including a $35m SW services business, leading a team of up to 600 professionals. Rainer joined IBM in 1993 at the Vienna Software Development Laboratory, working as an Systems Engineer and later consultant, supporting large clients in their Y2K and Euro transformation.
Rainer is holding a University degree in Business Informatics and is speaker at international conferences on mobile & cloud computing, software testing & development.