Parental Leave

Andreas Wittig – 19 Mar 2021

This is the last thing on my checklist before I leave for nine months. Until January 2022, I take on the joys and responsibilities of child care.

Parental Leave

Having children in Germany

My wife and I have two children who are three years and nine months old.

In Germany, the state compensates parts of the salary for mothers and fathers taking care of their little children for up to 14 months - see Elterngeld to learn more. Typically, women take 12 months off - men take off two months. This time, my wife and I split our parental leave in half, and both do nine months.

At the end of the year, our little one will start going to daycare. Commonly, children in Germany go to daycare from the age of 12 to 18 months.

Andreas and Michael Wittig

Hej, Andreas & Michael here!

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About the Business

What happens to our business while I’m on parental leave? I’m fortunate to run a business together with my brother. Michael will take over a lot of my duties. For example, I’ve handed over some of my consulting clients to Michael. But we also found freelancers and consulting firms to take over some of our clients.

We will also reduce the content published on cloudonaut: 4-5 videos, two blog posts, and one podcast episode per month.

On top of that, we hired Steffen and Wilhelm to produce videos and manage our social media presence.

We are also investing heavily into cloudonaut plus, bucketAV - Antivirus for Amazon S3, and marbot and hope to grow our monthly recurring revenue significantly until the end of the year.

I’ll be back!

I’m looking forward to visiting playgrounds, swimming, laughing, and playing with my children. Also, I’m missing working together with Michael already. I’ll be back in January 2022. I wish you all a good time! 👋

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Andreas Wittig

Andreas Wittig

I'm an independent consultant, technical writer, and programming founder. All these activities have to do with AWS. I'm writing this blog and all other projects together with my brother Michael.

In 2009, we joined the same company as software developers. Three years later, we were looking for a way to deploy our software—an online banking platform—in an agile way. We got excited about the possibilities in the cloud and the DevOps movement. It’s no wonder we ended up migrating the whole infrastructure of Tullius Walden Bank to AWS. This was a first in the finance industry, at least in Germany! Since 2015, we have accelerated the cloud journeys of startups, mid-sized companies, and enterprises. We have penned books like Amazon Web Services in Action and Rapid Docker on AWS, we regularly update our blog, and we are contributing to the Open Source community. Besides running a 2-headed consultancy, we are entrepreneurs building Software-as-a-Service products.

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