We have started to set up an in-house team of software architects. What's new is that these software architects go into the projects and support our external development partners, tell them which quality requirements and which conceptual expectations we have and which visions we want to realise in the long-term beyond the scope of the project. This was the first step. And now we're taking more. We are investing in our own software development, our own teams. We can only develop long-term visions in-house, i.e. with our own employees, who are also integrated in the mindset here in the company. In the long term we can then implement our ideas ourselves. This is important as an increasing number of functions are realised via electronics and software. Our investments in software development have therefore increased significantly.
You describe yourself as an optimist. To what extent does this influence you in your actions or decisions?
I certainly tend to always see what is possible, to see the good. In the face of all adversities I try to keep an eye on whatever helps us to achieve our goal. I try not to lose sight of a vision. It is important to me to always reflect, with a detailed solution or a pragmatic immediate solution: What will it be like in two or five years? This is also sometimes tiring for my colleagues because I always rub against issues that cannot be solved yet in their present form. My wish is to always take the first step, to move us a little further in this direction, and to activate the energy and creative potential that help us to think ahead.
In addition to electrical engineering, you also studied philosophy. Is this where the special eye for the big picture comes from? To what extent does this shape you?
Philosophy is a science of thinking about the why. Ultimately, everything has an impact on me. It certainly shapes my ethos and my self-image of how I interact with my colleagues and employees. I am aware that I am dealing with people who will be on this planet for perhaps around 80 years and who will spend part of their lifetime in this company. It is important that we as people create companies that are also good for us people, and don't only develop people that are good for companies.