About me


I love to work with complex IT system landscapes in the interface between business and technology. I am motivated to solve hard problems with no easy solution and have done so for almost a decade for large enterprises as well as start-ups.

With a background as a PhD I am an analyst with all my heart, and bring conceptual clarity and structure to any problem I am faced with.

I have a wide technical outlook and understand many different technologies enough to talk to technical experts, but my unique ability is to keep an overview, to see the larger picture and connect all the technical dots.

My writing

I write about technology, psychology, sociology, history and anything that can lead to better conditions for humanity…

See the blog on this site

My Companies

Lisdorf Consulting is my consulting company specializing in Enterprise Architecture, Data Solutions and the general use of technologies in complex organisations and system landscapes.

My software company is Sensor Six. Sensor Six lets you manage product ideas, get input from stakeholders in order to prioritise development effort and plan your road map. Users love how easy it is to engage stakeholders in product decisions, something that was not feasible at this scale earlier. You can see a product demo here

My Social

Connect with me on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anderslisdorf

Follow me on twitter my handle is alisdorf

or on Quora where I answer questions about technology and architecture

or on Researchgate where you can find references to my research


I developed the data services strategy for New York City. After working closely with Agency and internal stakeholders on data sharing needs and validating solutions with POCs I defined the overarching Architecture Vision for data services in New York City. This was elaborated in further detailed Architecture Vision documents for specific areas like, Data Lake, Data Science Platform, Hybrid Integration Platform, Logical Data Warehouse most of which were reviewed by multiple internal peers and externally by Gartner. This vision forms the basis of point 9 in the new Commissioner Samir Saini’s ten point strategic plan for DoITT. This prompted the formation of a 20+ person unit to implement the vision. The process showed how DoITT as a central service provider can add value to agencies through dialog around needs and thought leadership on technologies

I researched and defined the new data integration solution for New York City. New York City has an ageing legacy system that is both complex and costly. Furthermore development of any integration will take months. My responsibility was to modernise the integration solution to do what it does today, supporting mission critical systems, but also offer self service and reduce cost and complexity. Through engagement with stakeholders and developers we did POCs and validated the architecture of a solution that would not only do the same as today, but do so in a more resilient fashion while offering self-service capabilities for city users. On top of this we were able to show cost reductions of the new solution for close to 80% saving New Yorkers for millions of dollars in tax payer money in years to come.

I defined the architecture for implementing Customer Masterdata on a Northern European GSIB Banks Hadoop platform: Nordea had to implement highly sensitive personal data on a new platform, the Hadoop platform supplied by Cloudera. My responsibility was to design and get a solution approved. To do this I had to navigate the difficult bureaucratic processes of getting a solution on a brand new platform approved at the highest resilience level (business critical) and navigate all pertinent regulatory and non functional requirements. I did this by working with technological experts, architects and involving a wide spectrum of stakeholders in all steps of the process. Customer data was absolutely critical for Nordea’s use of the Hadoop platform, since very little Big Data of relevance could be done without this data. High profile programs in the area of fraud management and the new core banking platform had key dependencies to this project. Therefore it was under high pressure from diverse interests from stakeholders in many parts of the bank.

I defined the architecture roadmap and deliverables for a Northern European GSIB bank’s anti financial crime initiative: The Retail Anti Financial Crime program in a major Northern European Bank needed to deliver a number of IT solutions. It was the highest prioritised program in the bank at the time. The purpose of the program was to implement the necessary system support to comply with FSAs requirements in order to avoid multimillion dollar fines and potentially losing the bank license. It involved significant usage of big data components employed in a heterogenous architecture characterised by legacy systems and multiple parallel ad hoc solutions. I Created a plan for the architectural deliverables for 12 projects, 200 plus individuals and three different organisational silos. Everything was done according to company guidelines in a very challenging fragmented stakeholder environment. Part of this work even won us the 2016 Cloudera Data Impact Award . For a presentation of what we did see this powerpoint: Big data in a regulatory context

Created the product sensor six from nothing – I researched, designed and architected all aspects of the solution for the SaaS product management tool Sensor Six (www.sensorsix.com). I also financed everything with my own funds and setup an off-shore development team. Sensor Six was featured favourably as one among 11 of the most attractive Product Management solutions on the market by the independent Analysts Sirius Decisions in the Sirius Decisions Product Management Field Guide.  One example of a customer review reads:

Probably, the biggest reason to opt for the solution is its approach to decision-making. I liked that it broke down complex decision-making to specific, quantifiable decision points and establishes a process to make decisions. That you can do this using a single and simple solution is even more of an advantage because it integrates functionality and features from multiple solutions into a single comprehensive solution. I also liked that the solution combines qualitative and quantitative aspects of decision-making. Multiple roles and security permission only add to the solution’s attractiveness. This is because it enables you to reinvent and categorize inputs from multiple stakeholders for a decision.

Created a Decommissioning Strategy and plan for a 40 year old Finance System for a Major Danish Retailer: I created the strategy for decommissioning a number of legacy Mainframe IT systems as SAP Finance was rolled out. As part of this I did in depth analysis of the sparsely documented systems and constructed a detailed plan for decommissioning activities. This entails retiring approximately 2000 programs, 1000 database tables, 400 mainframe jobs while making sure that the remaining legacy systems and hundreds of Access databases remain functional. The plan spans a 6 year period with more than 50 timed actions that was recorded in the Service Management tool for future implementation.



My writing

My blog on this site is a collection of pieces I have written for other sources as well as original pieces just for this site. It features mainly short pieces of reflection on certain ideas involving technology designed to make the reader think, sort of like an Op-Ed. It should therefore not be taken as examples of documentation or research. For my academic writing please see this short selection of my most important publications. They are all from my previous career as a scholar of history:

Lisdorf, A. 2000b: “The Bible in History – How Historians Create a Past (review)”, Tabu, nr. 12

Lisdorf, A. 2004c: “The Spread of Non-natural Concepts – Evidence from the Roman Prodigy Lists”, The Journal of Cognition and Culture, nr. 4: 151-173

Lisdorf, A. 2005e: “The Conflict over Cicero’s House: An Analysis of the Ritual Element in ‘De Domo Sua'”, Numen-International Review for the History of Religions, nr. 52: 445-464

Lisdorf,A. 2006: ” Hans Dieter Betz: The “Mithras Liturgy” – Text translation and commentary (review), Bryn Mawr Classical Review, http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2006/2006-07-41.html

Lisdorf, A 2007a: “What’s HIDD’n in the HADD? – A Cognitive Conjuring Trick”, Journal of Cognition and Culture, nr. 3-4: 341-361

Lisdorf A. 2007c: “The Effect of Ritual Action on Evaluation of Credibility in Divination”, Proceedings of the 29th meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Nashville Tennessee

Lisdorf, A. 2009a: “Roger Beck: The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire”(review), in Journal of Roman Studies 99: 216-217

Lisdorf, A. 2009b: “Traumatic Rites in the Cult of Cybele and Attis – A New Perspective”, in anthology by Whitehouse, H. & L. H. Martin, E.J. Brill, Leiden

Lisdorf, A. 2010: “Towards a Cognitive Historiography – Frequently Posed Objections”, “Festschrift for Luther H. Martin, Panayotis Pachis (ed.),

Lisdorf, A. 2011: ”Pole Position – Space, Narrative and Religion”, in Geertz, A.W. & J.S. Jensen: Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture: Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative, Equinox

Czachesz, I & Anders Lisdorf 2013: ”Computer modeling of cognitive processes in Biblical Studies: The primacy of urban Christianity as a test case” in Uro, Risto and Czachesz, István: Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies, Edited by