It is an astonishing phenomenon: Germany only occupies regrettable midfield positions when it comes to digitalization . However, in discussions with company leaders or at meetings of associations it becomes clear that many of the leaders and managers are almost annoyed by the topic. A spokesperson for the association even apologizes for addressing the subject of digitalization at all. Of course, there is often not much fundamentally new knowledge about digitalization in general to gain in lectures and seminars when you have already attended numerous lectures, visited Silicon Valley, admire Israeli startups and experience Asian digital power. I even believe that in many cases the top level management has largely understood the topic – it is most certainly high time for that. read more
As a member of the Virtual Reality team here at fme I want to give you a bit of an insight today into the last three years of our project work. One of the most important facts is to let the client not only see but experience the product. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)are two key technologies to achieve this. Here is a short abstract of our project history
March – August 2015: The first Project with Oculus Rift DK2
In March 2015 we started a VR development project for one of our clients. Their wish was to show their products in the VR world. The end customer should be able to move around the product and even switch the product configuration while in Virtual Reality. We were using the DK2 and Unity to realize it. The main challenge was a stable rendering for both eyes. The frame rate (images per seconds) dropped significantly which is defined as lower than 60 frames per second. Thus, the user became VR sick. We solved this by removing unnecessary 3D Model details and integrating a better-balanced lighting system.
The term “digital transformation” as the great revolution is currently present in all media and must not be missing in any vision. But I often see the confusion surrounding this buzzword and would like to share my thoughts on it.
Digitization – Digital Transformation
First of all, I notice that the term “digitization” is often referred to as “digital transformation”. In my opinion, this should be clearly separated from each other.
I see digitisation as the transition from analogue to digital. This is, for example, the replacement of paper documents (holiday request, material requisition, travel expense report, scanned invoice) by forms/dialogues on the intranet. The advantages compared to conventional in-house mail with only one analogue copy are clear: faster processing on the computer without waiting times. And other new technologies and applications (e. g. mobile devices, sensors, networking and apps, frameworks, cloud storage…) ensure that more and more areas are opened up for digitization by computer science/IT.
Who hasn’t already made the painful experience of how bad communication has led to additional costs and reduced the quality of a project at the same time? We don’t want that to happen at all and therefore most project leaders today are very aware of the importance of communication within their project.
To help keeping your communication straightforward in a migration project, let’s have a closer look at the mapping specification as a crucial document in migration projects.
Last week I attended the Tech-Conference of Amazon Web Services – AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas. It lasted five days, a period of time that is not always easy to take off from your daily work. Following are the most important pieces of content from my perspective in 7-10 min for reading.
* 10 Seconds Management Spoiler *
Serverless, Machine Learning, the Machine Learning Camera DeepLens, Alexa for Business and Kube as a managed service are the main highlights of this year’s re:Invent. By extending and making existing and established services such as EC2, S3, Glacier or DynamoDB more flexible, AWS helps customers to map many requirements directly in the managed service and reduce the need for workaround implementations. It will be fascinating and at times frightening, what will be possible in the future due to the combination of these powerful services.
Some weeks ago we were invited to host one event of a networking event series called “Schnack & Schnittchen” (Sandwich-Talks) organized by the Junior Entrepreneurs Organization in Brunswick (Wirtschaftsjunioren Braunschweig). The Wirtschaftsjunioren Brunswick are part of the national association ‘ Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland’ and the international association ‘JCI’, in which young entrepreneurs and (young) executives network, train and engage themselves.”Digitialization” was the topic for that event and we gave an insight to the attendees in how we understand the Digital Transformation (DT) and how we help our clients to get a grip at the upcoming challenges. read more
On Monday, the 23rd of October 2017, 20 bachelor students of Business Informatics at the Technical University of Braunschweig had the opportunity to get to know fme AG during an excursion day.
Our CEO Dirk Bode opened the event with some information about fme’s history and explained the importance of digital transformation. In addition, we were able to show the students the career opportunities and give them an insight into some of the projects and topics of our business units.
Digitization is changing the world in a sustainable way. New digital technologies are entering the market at an ever-increasing rate, enabling a variety of new business models. Netflix and Co. have eliminated the video libraries, Uber puts the taxi industry under pressure, the hotel industry feels the breath of Airbnb breathing down its neck and the car industry is more afraid of Tesla, Google, Apple and others than of the usual and well-known competitors.
In my last blog post, ‘Digital Transformation Is About More than Just IT,’ I wrote about a fortunate trend, whereby more and more companies are taking a more holistic approach to the digital transformation. We know that IT alone is not the solution to the challenges posed by the digital transformation. More and more companies are slowly realizing that the digital transformation affects not only the IT department but also all other areas of the company.
But training courses and consulting services that are currently being offered give a different impression. Discussions revolving around the digital transformation primarily address the challenges in today’s business world, and terms such as ‘agility’ and ‘new business models’ crop up as the important key terms. Well-known companies that were once successful are mentioned as examples of organizations that did not manage to get on the right path towards digitalization. The training courses and consulting services then frequently put forward new IT procedures and technologies – such as cloud computing, microservices, DevOps, and big data – as solutions to the challenges of our time. However, IT departments are often not trusted to successfully introduce such modern solutions.
Hmmhm, let’s think about it. Maybe for the driver’s licence? Or was it the ITIL exam four years ago? Or the Scrum Master test?
Yet, we’re learning every day – especially in times of digitalization where dynamic changes in our work environment are a daily occurrence and regular software updates, new policies and processes recurrently change our operational procedures. These circumstances make it necessary to combine modern forms of learning and to integrate them in our work life – one concept of how this could look like is the 70:20:10 model. read more