Project management: IT supported processes easier to plan


According to the findings of a market survey carried out by Munich-based Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, project management today also encompasses tasks, such as the approval and release of budgets and agreement-related issues, that used to come under the realm of other disciplines. Network and milestone analyses are therefore long since a thing of the past.

When it comes to planning, HR and reporting channels, various methodologies and processes come into play. New approaches, such as agile project management and the Japanese Kanban method, are also on many users’ agenda. In addition, change cycles are also becoming increasingly shorter. Tiba further claims that ten-year development projects are a rarity today. According to the research carried out, results can be achieved faster in project management in particular through the implementation of workflows, document management, ticket systems and Business Intelligence.

So it is all about database management, based on the requirement it can be a simple App or a complext product like Primavera. And it is always based on the five project management steps I learnt in the late 80’s.  Set goal, plan, discuss & decide, execute, review.

Internet of Things: Germany has best Expertise


After cloud scepticism and Industry 4.0 criticism, the new question is: What do German medium-sized organisations make of the Internet of Things? This is exactly what IDC asked 150 IT decision makers from German companies with more than 500 employees. The conclusion: 45% consider themselves to be “very familiar” with the Internet of Things, ahead of industrialised nations like the USA (42%) and China (37%).

The user survey established that the networking of sensors, devices and machines, including immediate evaluation of data collected, could tap into new areas of business, especially for medium-sized organisations. According to  IDC, the most important role in The Internet of Things, at least in the start phase, will be played by providers of hardware and software as well as by the solutions providers and system integrators. The largest hurdles standing in the way of an IoT implementation are the up-front costs, security considerations and the apprehension amongst those responsible for IT when selecting the right provider. Additionally, writers criticise the fact that there is currently still a lack of comprehensive solution approaches.

What is your view on this? Is it something which will get out of the laboratory into the daily life of all of us?

Job market: Germany has job vacancies for IT specialists

Something from my home ground GermanyIMG_4192In many industries, it is still not easy to fill vacancies as and when required. Current figures have been released by StepStone, the online job exchange, which has presented the results of a self-commissioned survey on the situation in the German market for skilled workers. The companies surveyed have found it difficult to find suitable candidates, in particular, in the IT, engineering and technology sectors. However, the situation is also tense for the following professions: public finance, doctors, nursing and geriatric care.

Most PR departments are not expecting the situation to improve at the beginning of this year. Half of those surveyed stated that they were expecting the demand for skilled workers to be just as high for 2015 as in the previous year. Every fourth company anticipates that the manpower requirement will continue to rise. Only a mere 6% are reckoning with a decrease in demand.

As early as 2014, StepStone recorded a disproportionately strong effort by companies in their search for qualified staff. In addition, the job exchange evaluated some 2 million job advertisements from various sources for their atlas of skilled workers.

What is the impact for the German economy? I think there is a need to re-focus the way we look into education and labour. And also open our market to foreign employees. For the sake also of my pension.

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