What does a Senior Expert at Zielpuls actually do? In the following interview with our Senior Expert in Digitalization and IT Sebastian Werner we will learn more about the importance of his work.
A conversation with our Senior Expert in Digitalization and IT Sebastian Werner.
You are now Senior Expert at Zielpuls GmbH. How would you describe your career so far?
I started in March 2013 as a working student, at that time Zielpuls was still an upcoming start-up. I gained my first experience in the automotive and aerospace industries with a focus on software development.
In August 2016 I started as a technology consultant at Zielpuls. It quickly became clear to me that I wanted to follow the path of an expert in the field of Digitization and IT. So I shifted my responsibilities away from software to the previous phases of value exploration and solution design.
As a Senior Expert, I focus on design thinking, business development and systems engineering.
I would describe my career here at Zielpuls as "challenging and supportive", which I would repeat again anytime and with great pleasure.
As a Senior Expert in Digitalization and IT, what does your typical day at Zielpuls look like?
At the moment I am on site at the customer for a project four days a week. We as a team deliberately decided against staying at a hotel and live in a Zielpuls shared apartment in Stuttgart-Mitte. After an eventful day with the customer, we usually cook together and end the day with a round of sports or relaxing on the couch in front of the TV.
As an expert, my focus in the project is on the technical aspect, without losing sight of the customer's strategy. My area of responsibility includes ensuring technical compliance and the associated requirement process for embedded software.
In another project, my team colleagues and I are developing an industry 4.0 cloud architecture to connect various production plants and their machines. So it can happen that I have a meeting in Stuttgart in the morning, lead a workshop in Frankfurt in the afternoon and return to Stuttgart in the evening.
The typical day as an expert doesn't exist, but that's exactly what makes working at Zielpuls so exciting.
What types of technologies have you already worked with here at Zielpuls and is there a particularly exciting one in your eyes? Are there simpler technologies than others and did you encounter an eypecially complex one?
I can't name the one "most exciting technology ". For me, Zielpuls is a technology-independent project partner for our customers and that's why we try to keep our technology knowledge as broadly as possible. I often encounter the common tech buzzwords in my day-to-day project work and in discussions with our customers. It is important to build up basic knowledge in various areas and to be able to comment on them. This is a decent way to introduce business partners to new technologies and generate added value.
In most cases, the complexity does not depend on the technology, but on the environment variables and the required scalability. Let's take the example of a prototype for blockchain-based ticket validation that has been detached from the legacy system. This may sound technologically complex, but it could be implemented without too much effort.
The integration of a new microservice into an existing architecture sounds simple again. However, it turned out to be quite complex due to several limitations, such as the different IT-political strategies of the three subsidiaries involved and the technical limitations imposed by the legacy system.
Ultimately, a strong team in the background is more important than the technology to master the complexity. This is what Zielpuls is all about: broad-based expertise and a "short communication line".
What do you think, which topic is going to expand in the filed of Digitalization?
Due to my current projects I am more intensively involved with the topics cloud, IoT (Internet of Things) and production. There you can find many of the current disciplines of digitization. In the field of IT Enterprise Architecture, we are increasingly concerned with the question of logic allocation in cloud, fog and edge. The decisive factors here will be networking, i.e. 5G and broadband expansion, as well as the computing power and costs of hardware.
In addition to logic, of course, data is needed. Topics such as big data and blockchain are omnipresent and are used productively. However, I see the aggregation and monetization of data as expandable. Here we will see a new ecosystem of data marketplaces grow in the future.
For me, the topic currently on the upswing is augmented reality, which consumers have so far only used for gaming, but which will gain in relevance for the industry. While Apple is driving this technology strongly on tablets and smartphones for designers and game developers, Microsoft is focusing on production-related applications such as remote maintenance with HoloLens. A pair of competing glasses, on which Apple is rumored to be working, would further fuel competition, lower prices and make the technology suitable for mass production.
Many thanks to Sebastian Werner for sharing your experiences as a Senior Expert in Digitalization and IT!