Hi, this is Chris, I am directing the Topconf Duesseldorf 2017 conference from 4-6 October at the Renaissance Düsseldorf Hotel. I’m excited to share with you an interview with one of our new conference sponsors for this year: anderScore GmbH.
We asked the general manager of anderScore GmbH, (Sibylle Ohm), to share with us a bit more about anderScore and the impact they are having in the German IT scene.
Chris: For someone who has never heard of anderScore, what is it and what is its core mission?
Sibylle: How is that- you have never heard about anderScore :-? This year, we are having our 11th jubllee (as a Cologne company we of course celebrate the 11th not the 10th anniversary). We are busy in customer-specific software-development with latest yet stable technologies, usable in enterprise scenarios and covering the entire application life-cycle.
anderScore analyses business requirements, designs or improves architectures and finally develops customer-specific applications, usually Java-based and through an agile approach. We implement from scratch, suitable into existing environments, we refactor or completely migrate legacy systems (or parts of these), we establish SOA (service-oriented architectures), we develop web-frontends and Android mobile-Apps. We run security checks (pentests), suggest security-improvements and performance-optimizations as well as technological stabilizations. Last but not least we provide our know-how through public trainings to others.
However, apart from our technological focus, we target at understanding our customers´ business to establish best suitable solutions for them. That does not only mean applying agile methods, but makes us a bit different ("anders" in German) to help our customers in achieving their score.
Chris: How did anderScore get started?
Sibylle: After more than 15 years in development and management positions (space & aeronautics, data warehousing, director in telcos and IT servces), I was a freelancer for 5 years. For a logistics enterprise I set up and managed alarge greenfield project to enable the customer accessing a new market segment. As for a freelance project manager and his freelancer team (20 people) contracting with an international organisation was rather difficult, we had the idea to found anderScore. That was 11 years ago- and since then we are seated in the heart of Cologne,i.e. the well-known heart of the world.
We like to construct and to be creative yet reliable (for stable and enhanceable software) at the same time. We like to be at the bleeding edge of open-source technology, as well as find out in close cooperation with our customer what will be best with a longterm view for him.
Chris: We are excited to have anderScore as a partner with Topconf Duesseldorf 2017. What motivates anderScore to partner with this year's conference?
Sibylle: The anderScore team is very happy to finally get an international software-conference into the Cologne region of western Germany. Apart from all that gaming, media and clicky bunty circus, the really interesting talks happened at Munic or elsewhere so far.
Topconf in particular covers to some extend the anderScore-approach: bring togetter business and IT/ SW-development. Because a large part of the Topconf talks address methods and softskill topics.
We really enjoy being part of the Topconf initiation in our own region.
Chris: What kind of people do you like to meet at Topconf Duesseldorf 2017?
Sibylle: I am sure to meet again a lot of skilled former colleagues, partners and customers of mine after a 30 years’ life in software-development business. This even may boost a new cooperation again.
Besides, I like to get in contact with software-, architecture-, methodology-, and coaching-experts whom I up to now had never the possibilty to meet so far.
I think that Topconf well gathers to some extend the "creme de la creme" of my and anderScore´s business.
Actually, I don’t see how not to visite Topconf.
Chris: What would you tell someone to convince them to attend Topconf Duesseldorf 2017?
Sibylle: If you have any questions with your current evaluation-, design-, or development topics, or if you are just curious about upcoming technical or communication-improvement topics: you will meet the international specialists at Topconf: both, during their talks as well as on the site for further bilateral exchange.
We are not that far away here in western Germany, and even at Düsseldorf. That´s why Topconf presents the ideal platform to us, to strengthen our know-how and capabilities.
Get and stay informed about prospective architectures, project management dos and don´ts, dealing with legacy systems, extracting the interesting out of big-data, and see how others apply programming languages and how they cope with hidden challenges such as security- or usibility issues.
Your company can safe a lot of money with your know-how then! And: your colleagues will ask you for support or contact to other experts!
Chris: Most of the speakers for the 8 tracks for this year’s Topconf Duesseldorf 2017 conference are published. Tell us about which track(s) are most interesting to you and why.
Sibylle: Mmh- to be honest, as a generalist, I am keen on the Topconf´s general concept and for me it will be very hard to select among the parallel tracks. I like most of the architectural tracks, but with my DWH-background I want to attend the big-data-tracks as well. Especially the hidden-challenges tracks are interesting, because anderScore as primarily being a SW-company has to cope with these (networking, security, performance,...) every day. Of course I should attend the anderScore talks. But I also like to learn new ideas in project management, which up to today is my usual personal role in customer projects, besides being anderScore´s general manager.
You see: I have not yet made up my mind, and this will become a complicated selection.
Chris: Tell us about yourself, what is your primary vocation and what do you enjoy about it?
Sibylle: In my life, I want to do something useful (apart from sailing tallships and still riding thoroughbreds in training-lots for horse racing). That´s why anderScore is engaged with refugees (Flüchtlings Imi´s, Imi= imigrierte Kölsche, meaning someone from Cologne but originating from somewhere else, short FlüMi): we every 2 weeks together with RoR (refugess on rails, from the rails user group) run a 2-hours session called "FlüSchmiede" in the rooms of the CCCC (Chaos Computer Club Cologne). We there try to show to FlüMi´s what can be done with SW-development, how this works, and discuss with them whether this may be interesting for their own professional future. We offer internships and have developed a piece of software at anderScore-time to sort out organizational issues.
Regarding the professional life, that means, doing something really useful for the customer. He should not pay for wasting results but in the end for increasing his earnings, decreasing his cost and himself having fun in doing something valuable with well supporting applications.
In all that, I think, Topconf should be an extremely useful conference here at our door.
Huge thanks to you Sibylle and anderScore for sponsoring Topconf Duesseldorf this year.
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