Project Manager Germany - Andreas
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PROJECT MANAGER GERMANY - ANDREAS
SCISYS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Andreas has been at SCISYS for almost 10 years and works as a project manager in the Media & Broadcast division. He values the positive relationship and the longstanding collaboration with customers.
What is your job and what does your work involve?
I am a technical project manager and my job involves a lot of communication and meetings with customers as well as working specifically on new systems or workflows. I’m also responsible for the timely delivery of our systems and the integration of the systems in third-party interfaces. This part involves a lot of travelling to our clients’ premises and installation work on-site.
What is your educational background?
I have a degree in computer science from Dortmund University. This is my first job after university.
Tell us about your career at SCISYS so far.
I started out as a support engineer where I mainly tested our software. Our division was then split into two teams, and I was made team leader of one of the teams. After a reorganisation of our division, I started working as a project manager for our customers in the UK. After five years as project manager, I decided to leave the company, but changed my mind nine months later when I returned to my old job at SCISYS. I’ve now been at SCISYS for almost 10 years.
What tools and skills do you use in your role?
For most project documentation we use Microsoft Office programmes such as Word or Excel, but for timetables or project plans we use Microsoft Project. The installation of new systems or system versions requires a lot of configuration work, including setting up SQL databases and scripts for databases. We prepare the configuration in our so-called dira! deploy, where many of the system parameters are configured.
What kind of projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on two large projects for one of our main customers in the UK. The first project consists in the delivery of an audio archive for programmes that have been broadcasted and archived since 1930, where employees should be able to access the archived programmes more easily by using a web-based application. It involves importing the archived material, converting the audio files into a new standard format, which are then converted into a format with low resolution, and creating XML files containing the metadata. The second project started recently and it deals with the delivery and start-up of our systems in three different locations across the UK.
What do you like most about your job at SCISYS?
The variety of my job is what I like most. There are many challenges and interesting projects where you can use new software and technologies. Many of our customers have been using our systems for many years, and we therefore have a very good relationship with them. Our team at SCISYS also works very closely and colleagues always encourage one another, which creates a pleasant work environment.
What, in your opinion, are some emerging trends in your specific field?
One of the trends we are currently experiencing is a move from thick clients to web-based applications. Most or our dira! products are thick clients, which is why our development team is now working on the creation of a new web-based dira! generation. Additionally, many customers have started using virtual machines and replacing expensive servers which take up a lot of space. This is also accompanied by the use of technologies such as Audio-over-IP, where the audio stream is distributed through the WAN or the internet. Some UK radio stations have already started using these techniques and there are good prospects for us in many other projects.