Assessment for the chair of Information Systems especially Information Systems at the service industry

Friday, February 24. 2006

One time more I will try my luck with real time blogging. I’m currently at a assement for a chair at the university. Since there is still no wireless LAN at our poor university the publication will also be delayed a little…

The first lecturer is Dr. Weitzel whom was already given a job as a temporary lecturer at the chair he is currently applying for. His topic is the worth of IT for companies - business alignment for financial business processes. His research institute has conducted a research project about this problem in the banking sector. The empirical research that was carried out seems to be quite decent, and although I'm a little distracted by my start into the day, I find it interesting to follow Dr. Weitzels lecture. He is talking structured and smoothly, and the contents are note too dense.

Presentation machine: Samsung 15” Notebook, slides controlled via keyboard, laser-pointer
Special remark: Quite nice to see his worn out beige bag lying at the desk next to Prof. Sinz; President Ruppert visited his lecture

After a short break the session is continued with Dr. Robra-Bissantz. From the start of the talk it is quite difficult to follow her expositions about e-business as a challenge for the service industry, since her voice sounds somehow slightly over modulated. But this can also be caused by her obvious nervousness. She does not seem to reach any of the sovereignty of Dr. Weitzel. Overall imo her lecture was not that bad at all, but it was lacking some essential structure. Guess she had at least chance to practice the situation in front of an assessment commission.

Presentation machine: HP 15" Notebook, slides controlled by mouse, no laser pointer
Special remark: She was wearing black boots with heals and had a run in her tights.

Having had lunch break and talking to a few friends I can already see a tendency... Dr. Weitzel's sovereignty will most probably not be beaten by anyone. So it is interesting to see, what Dr. Jung can do about this in his turn to introduce his skills. He is talking about asset-liability management and does a quite a good job. His lecture is structured, and he is speaking with sovereignty. But his contents seem quite shallow at the moment. Screening through the rows some members of the committee share this view - I can see bored faces... Since Dr. Jung is talking about software architectures for data warehouse systems I'm really interested to hear the questions of our university software architects... And indeed our data-warehouse master is questioning the whole design of the research..
Seeing the sketch of Dr Jung's plans for his lectures in Bamberg it appears like he doesn't have to much concrete plans for his lectures…

Presentation machine: IBM ThinkPad 12", slides switched by remote controller, laser-pointer
Special remark: Jung is working as lecturer in Bern, and he already like a Berner – quite conservative with his moustache.


After a last short break with Dr. Rothlauf we are hearing a talk about algorithms for flight planning. Since Dr. Rothlauf is a studied engineer, it might become a rather technical talk. His description how to run a flight-planning system on evolutionary algorithms was quite plausible, and he appeared really self-confident.

Presentation machine: Sony Vaio 12", slides remote controlled, laser-pointer
Special remark: Mentioned on several times, that he was so happy to be in Bamberg, since he was born here.

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Universities - and momementi of their own

Tuesday, February 14. 2006

Today we can hear the end of a story in our newspapers, about a Dr, who wanted to become an ordinary Professor at the University of Münster. But his colleagues, who’s task it was to care about this, somehow didn’t like the idea and managed to block the process for some twenty five years. But somehow universities seem to be institutions with a lot of momentum… It’s too sad, to see that comparable arbitrariness has been exercised at your own university. I still remember a good friend of mine, who was really pissed on our ministry because he thought they would slow down the re-staffing of a professorship in his faculty. Since he has some connection to our government he decided to make some efforts to find out about the problems the ministry had about this re-staffing (according to our university administration the problem was at the ministry). Due to his good connections my friend than found out that the issue could not be put down to a problem the ministry, but at our own university administration! So our own administration had unnecessarily slowed down the process! Asking about the why, you might think that something like this can happen if people are a little clumsy, or in such turbulent times like right now, but can this explain a delay of a whole year? Or is there another reason… (We are currently researching some possible reasons.) I think it is quite sad, that in our academic circles problems like this can’t be addressed openly.

Some of the relevant persons obiously understood Prof. Eickels anectode at his inaugural lecture very well:

He was talking about voting processes in the medieval times. At a certain occasion the voting between the cardinals for a new pope took far too long. So the cardinals were put under a little pressure from outside. (As you know the cardinals do their votings and talks cut from the outside world). First their food got limited: From initially three to two meals, then to one meal, and at the end to water and bread. Since this didn’t help the decision process, it was decided that it was no longer be taken care about their excrements. And then even the soldiers guarding the voting were ordered to help a little and add their excrements (I don’t think that it is much fun, if someone puts real shit on your roof, when everything else is already quite unhygienic..)

After Professor Eickel finished this story and said that something similar could have been of use to accelerate the re-staffing of his position, some people felt obviously quite insulted and left the event...

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How much innovation can we take?

Sunday, February 5. 2006

So finally I will finish my article about the new university logo.. Somehow I didn’t find the sufficient time during last week.. Now I’m a little late, since the discussion is already calming down, and both Nils and Sabine have already covered that issue. But I want to articulate my thoughts, too ;-)

Last week a very interesting discussion about a new logo about our university has evolved. Last year our quite innovative press office initiated a competition to get proposals for a new logo for our university. In the end a very “odd” logo won this competition. Within only a few hours more than ten students posted their aversion against the new design. After this the manager of the press office Dr. Fröhlich, felt urged to make a statement about the decision process for the logo and stated, that their goal was to get a innovative logo which symbolizes creative progress. Therefore it may very well break with traditional concepts. If you take a close view onto the new logo and reading the underlying concept, everything sounds quite consistent. But regardless this concept in my opinion the logo design has the appearance of some early Corel Draw attempts of a graphics newbie. And this is obvious even for amateurs.
An immediate opposing view to Dr. Fröhlich’s “innovation” concept, states that people would be expecting something conservative. Especially in a situation, where the University of Bamberg is not part of the Bavarian elite “excellence sponsorship”, such a “rebellious” move might endanger the view on the quality standards, which are being expected.
We are facing a discrepancy here between the concept which our press office has developed for our university’s further presentation and the expectation of some (probably most of its students). At this point it has become clear that a big image campaign both internally and externally is needed to explain the new logo. I really appreciate the performance of our press office, but I have got the feeling that this explanation process has been underestimated. Although some of the discussion partners have become more compliant with the logo draft after listening to Dr. Fröhlich’s explanations a majority of people is highly opposed to the logo draft. I hope that she will catch up at this point and turn the mood.

Edit: And I got a strange feeling that the only way to turn the mood will be to overthrow the logo-draft...

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Workshop on Social Software

Friday, February 3. 2006

I'm currently occupied by a very promising workshop on "Social Software - Networking im Internet". I'll get you a detailed report later :-)

Edit 3:53pm: Jan puts me a little under pressure, since he already managed to get a decent article about this workshop online here. Somehow I feel like live-blogging is not my cup of tea.. But Martin Wilbers is doing a good job here. Florian Renz has also started to talk about the Workshop in his Weblog.

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Panel discussion on political magazines in German TV

Wednesday, February 1. 2006

Due to a lot of financial resource gained through a nude calendar, my student group is able to sponsor interesting lectures, talks and discussions at our university. One of them was held yesterday by the chair of communication science. Three renowned talkers had been invited to Bamberg, and were discussing whether half an hour of time would be sufficient to cover political issues in Germany (German readers might find a more detailed view of the discussion in Sabine’s Blog.) One addressed problem was that the audience of those magazines is quite old. In my opinion this is a problem which is a result of the used media channel. So the question that was raised for me is: Why do all those people thinking their TV-Format is the key to communicate with people in Germany? Since I don’t own a TV I definitely won’t be reached by their TV-magazines. Even if I had a TV, I think I would barely be able to watch the magazines, at the fixed time-slot, when they are broadcasted. Because of this I think they should try alternative ways to broadcast their material.
I would suggest that they should build up an online on-demand service, where you can chose the interesting reports, and download them directly. I think this is a great chance to reach a younger audience. I would be glad to spice up my daily lecture of SPON, with some video-reports. And I’m sure the number of (young?) people who are thinking that way is growing..
My official task at the discussion was to shoot some pictures for, and I also got a little 3gp coverage, to push multimedia blogging ;-)

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Thursday, January 12. 2006

Jan Yesterday I finally had the pleasure to attend a talk of my friend Jan Schmidt. He was reporting on "social software and the practice and consequences of online based networking". The talk was a real premiere, since Jan was the first speaker at the Stammtisch who is not a member of the the faculty of information systems and applied computer science. It didn't take Jan too long to grip the audience with his exciting talk. So it was one of the longest talks we ever had, but the intensive discussion afterwards showed, that this was no problem. I think everybody got a good overview on Jan's current research issues and I found a lot of interesting issues from inside the blogosphere:

Almost forgot to tell you that the pictures I took at this event are already online here.

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Found a new challenge

Thursday, November 10. 2005

Yesterday was quite a busy day. Although I had to fight my uprising cold I had several commitments for the evening, which of course had to be fulfilled. First of all I managed to be one of the first guests of our “ hat Bock”-Party at the Haas-Terasse in Bamberg. Luckily having drunk a strong beer all thoughts about my cold where gone, and I could move forward to the members meeting of the RCDS in Bamberg e.V.. Since I’m no member of any political students union I’m sure you are curious about the purpose of my visit there. And it is one of those reasons, which might not seem rational for some of my friends, but in consequence to my doings during the last semesters is very rational. First I started to support the student representatives of the faculty of information systems and applied computer science, later I became elected representative for my new faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration. I was continuously involved in university politics. Many of my friends will recall the heated discussion at the message board. Being a representative for, which is a non-political and independent information portal it was always a kind of strain to separate my own opinion and the things I stood for as a representative. But during this time I also learned methods to get a relatively unbiased view on all different kind of issues. But for those Problems you need also some goals how you want to solve them, and some methods how to solve them. During my time as a complete independent I could only try to convince my discussion partners with my arguments, and hope that they might act a little into the way I thought would be best to go. During this time I noticed, that on almost all of the issues (actually there is none I can think of, which won’t fit), I found some constructive partners in my argumentation working with the RCDS Bamberg. The RCDS Bamberg is a political students organisation, which is somehow related to the CSU party, and to the JU (which is the youth organisation of the before mentioned party). But the RCDS is not subject to directives of this organisation. It is an independent organisation with its own program to get the best for the students. Since it can be pretty useless to try to change anything at the university with a strong partner I decided to team up with the RCDS to move something. I managed to get the first place on the RCDS list of candidates for the university senate. My mum and my friend Lars might fall into despair, but somehow I can't live without something challenging to do. Now I have an election to win!