Alex Buchner is the co-founder and technical lead of the leading Moodle, Totara and Mahara partner, Synergy Learning. He has been involved in system and database administration for more than two decades and has been administering virtual learning environments of all shapes and sizes since their advent on the educational landscape. Alex holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MSc in Software Engineering. He has authored over 50 international publications, including two books, and is a frequent speaker on Moodle, Totara and Mahara, and related open-source technologies. His first book on Moodle Administration by Packt Publishing has become the de facto standard on the topic.