HR: Bernd, you have been at ACTICO since March 2015. What team do you work in?
Bernd: I work as a Java software developer in product development. I optimize and design what is known as our “ACTICO Workplace”, among other things. It supports IT professionals in companies in developing complex, rule-based and process-oriented enterprise applications.
HR: Tell us about your academic and professional career so far.
Bernd: I initially studied business informatics at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences. After completing my degree, I decided to go a step further and do a master of science in business informatics at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten. During my studies, I gained practical experience at EPIS Microcomputer and BMW. When I finished my master’s degree in 2010, I was given the opportunity to complete a doctorate at the University of Ulm. I then also completed my doctoral studies in computer science there.
HR: What was the subject of your dissertation?
Bernd: My dissertation was about ‘process-oriented information logistics’. The aim was to examine how knowledge workers in companies can be provided with process-related and context-sensitive information. To this end, I implemented various research projects together with Daimler AG, iQser AG, the University of Ulm and Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the projects was to use semantic technologies to process both structured and unstructured information in intelligent, user-friendly process information portals in order to provide knowledge workers with the right information. The second step was the actual implementation of the solutions in the application context of electronic vehicle development at Daimler AG.
HR: During your doctoral studies, did you ever consider pursuing a purely academic career?
Bernd: Yes, I also thought about this, of course. That’s why I also continue to work as a lecturer and lecture on “Business Processes/Process Modeling” at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences. However, it is very important for me to not distance myself from the practice and to drive forward problem-solving approaches in companies. That’s why I am very happy that I can work on new solutions at ACTICO as a product developer while having the opportunity to work part-time as a lecturer at the same time.
HR: How did you start working at ACTICO?
Bernd: I worked at Bosch Financial Software, which is now called ACTICO, via Bosch Software Innovations. Bosch Software Innovations gave several lectures during my doctoral studies at the University of Ulm and at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, so one thing led to another.
HR: Which tasks do you find particularly exciting?
Bernd: There are many different tasks that I find exciting. On the one hand, there is the daily challenge of developing new technologies in order to solve highly complex problem structures. On the other hand, I also find the variety exciting. We frequently work on joint solutions with our sites in Chicago and Singapore. But what I also like are non-development activities such as taking part in university fairs and contact with creative and ambitious developers.
HR: What makes ACTICO so special as an employer?
Bernd: I work in a really great team at ACTICO and the working atmosphere is just right. I also like my area of work a lot. What I particularly value are the really flat hierarchies at ACTICO. Contact with managers is not only very close, but usually also very instructive since our managers often have creative and innovative product visions, which we then also want to incorporate into our products. At ACTICO, you also get a lot of responsibility within a short period of time, which I find very good. And we always have a lot to laugh about, whether at work or at one of our team events.
HR: Have you developed further during your time at ACTICO?
Bernd: Definitely. Of course, I have learned a lot of technical and specialist aspects, especially in terms of product development and technology. For example, I can now understand and analyze the specialized processes of banks and insurance companies much better. Development is not just technology, but also theory. So this combination is perfect for a business informatics specialist. But I can also say, in general, that I have met great new people at ACTICO and I was able to build a new personal network. That’s why I’m looking forward to the future with ACTICO.
HR: What are your hobbies and how do you spend your spare time?
Bernd: I go running and road biking in a club. Otherwise, I do a lot of winter sports and I love traveling when time permits. I also volunteer at the St. Nicholas Guild.
HR: Thank you Bernd. We look forward to working more with you.