19. Sep

From molecular biology to IT

Martina Hasenleitner’s exciting career path

Not all of our colleagues have followed a straightforward IT training path. Many have made interesting career changes. Project manager Martina Hasenleitner has an especially fascinating career path.
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1. Jul

Customer-focused future trends

Our data science collaboration with the University of Salzburg

How artificial intelligence can facilitate processes for companies and their customers is the subject of a collaboration between the University of Salzburg (Machine Learning/Department of Computer Science and Statistics/Department of Mathematics) and Porsche Holding Salzburg. We provide data that students then embed into prediction, optimisation or pattern recognition issues. One of these is Sebastian Zeng, who presents his research project to us in the following interview.

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21. Jun

The expert willing to meet new challenges

Moving from IT training into identity and access management

Brigitte, how did you become an IT specialist?

I completed a course of in-depth IT training and studied business informatics. Alongside my studies, I was already working as a trainer for Microsoft Office products and Lotus Notes.

Joining Porsche Informatik 2007 was actually just a small step, as I was already working in the predecessor companies as an external service provider for Porsche Holding Salzburg.

Where did the step from trainer to developer for Lotus Notes come from?

What fascinated me back then about Lotus Notes was the ability to quickly create results-oriented solutions for a wide variety of use cases. I also liked the combination of design and logic.

How did your career at Porsche Informatik develop?

As a software engineer, I initially implemented clients’ requirements in the form of Lotus Notes applications. For example, I would create an order and investment database or develop a database for when employees joined and left the company.

In 2019, a specialist in identity and access management (IAM) was being looked for and due to my many years of experience and the wide range of tasks I had implemented, I already had a good overview and a broad knowledge of the many processes surrounding the “identity lifecycle” of employees. This was actually the perfect preparation for my transition to the IAM project.

IAM Experte Interview mobile working

Calling from garden to garden: Author Michaela interviewing IAM specialist Birgit Hemetsberger while both work remotely

From Notes to IAM specialist: What was the biggest challenge in this change?

Starting from almost zero was quite something. You have to reinvent yourself, start everything afresh and redevelop your professional recognition. I was keen to take on this challenge and I haven’t looked back since!
A lot has changed, especially in the last two years, and I have learned an incredible amount. The range of new topics is so diverse, and I like that.
There are still relatively few women in IT, so how can you make a career in IT more attractive to young women?
You need to create an awareness that IT is nowadays a very varied and diverse field of work and that without IT, many things would simply not be possible. This includes both software development and IT project management, as well as consulting and training activities, to name but a few of the areas involved. And new, cool jobs are constantly being created. IT is creative, innovative and communicative!

What advice would you give to young women interested in IT?

Be curious and try things out; just look around and don’t let anything stop you. Ignore people who say things like, “IT isn’t for women”. Be brave and give it a go!
Brigitte, many thanks for this pleasant, virtual conversation!IAM-Expertin Brigitte Hemetsberger beim mobile working.

You’re an IAM architect, so what does that entail exactly?

The goal of IAM is to provide users with their accounts and specific permissions right when they need them. When changing jobs, these have to be changed accordingly and they have to be de-activated when an employee leaves the company.

We are currently carrying out a standardisation process and working on the integration of further automated systems and processes for the accounts. My part in all this is to manage the underlying processes and technical components for the Active Directory. This means that I am responsible for the technical side.

It’s not always easy to reform processes that have been around for a long time. In the past, for example, it was possible to respond to individual requests in terms of e-mail addresses or name abbreviations. But with the new, automated processes, manual intervention is neither possible nor recommended. At the scale we are dealing with, manual doing is simply no longer an option.

From Notes to IAM specialist: What was the biggest challenge in this change?

Starting from almost zero was quite something. You have to reinvent yourself, start everything afresh and redevelop your professional recognition. I was keen to take on this challenge and I haven’t looked back since!

A lot has changed, especially in the last two years, and I have learned an incredible amount. The range of new topics is so diverse, and I like that.

There are still relatively few women in IT, so how can you make a career in IT more attractive to young women?

You need to create an awareness that IT is nowadays a very varied and diverse field of work and that without IT, many things would simply not be possible. This includes both software development and IT project management, as well as consulting and training activities, to name but a few of the areas involved. And new, cool jobs are constantly being created. IT is creative, innovative and communicative!

What advice would you give to young women interested in IT?

Be curious and try things out; just look around and don’t let anything stop you. Ignore people who say things like, “IT isn’t for women”. Be brave and give it a go!

 

Brigitte, many thanks for this pleasant, virtual conversation! 

26. Mar

lab:hagenberg is set to become our IT talent factory

New Porsche Informatik facility in the Hagenberg Software Park

In line with our continued growth strategy, at the beginning of March 2021 we opened a new software lab in Softwarepark Hagenberg. The most important goal of our new location is to establish a “competence centre” there and to attract the very brightest IT talents around, to enrich them with practical experience during their studies and convince them that Porsche Informatik is the employer of choice.
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18. Feb

Teams Rooms systems

Hybrid working requires optimum quality when it comes to providing a good environment for meetings

Have you already found the ideal set-up for your meeting rooms? Allow us to introduce you to the solutions we are working with. Professional equipment with a special twist: smart door panels. 

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10. Feb

Lease a car from the comfort of your sofa

The fully digital customer journey in the Porsche Bank online shop

The new Porsche Bank shop for nearly new cars has been online since mid-November. It is truly revolutionary because it allows the entire purchasing process, from choosing a car to concluding a contract, to be dealt with online. For Porsche Informatik, the digital application path in the Porsche Bank shop is a showcase project for our modularisation strategy.

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2. Feb

The Porsche Holding Data Lake

Making our solutions even smarter

With the goal of enabling data-driven operations throughout the organisation, the Data Lake forms an important component of Porsche Holding’s data strategy. Laura König, Head of our Data-Driven Business Solutions team, talks about how we use the Data Lake and the technology behind it.

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27. Jan

How Vandoo you do?

Co-creation in practice

The used vehicle market is a significant component of the online sales portfolio of our parent company, Volkswagen. Vandoo is an auction platform that we have developed for VGSG and it was one of our first projects in close co-creation with our clients.

What exactly does Vandoo do? And how did the co-creation concept prove itself within the project? We spoke to the Project Manager, Herbert Langegger.

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