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Guest lecture in the beautiful Franconia region in Germany!

28 January 2014

Almost one week ago, I had a great privilege to visit Bamberg (town in Bavaria – Germany, located in upper Franconia on the river Regnitz) for couple of days. Just to let you know that the old town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, primarily of its authentic medieval appearance.


More closer look at Bamberg

Before the day I had my keynote speech, at Thursday January 16th I was invited by the lounge of Scientists (Prof. Dr. Tim Weitzel, PD Dr. Daniel Beimborn, M.Sc. Alexander von Stetten) for a dinner which was located in the old town of Bamberg (close to the Old Town Hall dated 1386). We went to the typical Franconia brewery, with local served food (based on pork meet) and local beer – part of the Franconia culture (there is special tradition in designing the building dedicated for Franconia brewery – there must be a place, where people are able to drink local beer, smoke and see the sky – there is no roof above them).

While the dinner I had a very interesting discussion together with Tim Weitzel, who explained me the history of the region. I did not know that close to the famous Cathedral place, dated 1004 there is a place remaining that for a short time Bamberg was the centre of the Holy Roman Empire (on the market square there is a central point informing tourist about this historical fact). It was also very interesting to discuss with all of the scientists in the brewery about the local responsibility for the place we live in, how the geographical factors are impacting the culture and mentality of the inhabitants. Tim Weitzel even shared with us his hypothesis that he strongly believes that people connect with each other by the values they represent (not the geographical, culture or language affiliation). I must admit that this was one of the most interesting discussion I had in the past years :)

Last but not least. I much appreciated the time I have spent with Alexander von Stetten (working as an Assistant professor at the University of Bamberg) the day before my lecture speech. He shown me the University Campus, Gügel church (on the top of the mountain close to Geisfeld village) and the surroundings of Bamberg city.


Lecture time

On Friday, January 17th on behalf of Polish IT provider JCommerce, where I’m responsible for the near-shoring department activities including technology services outsourcing and building international strategic partnerships with Western European and North America companies, I gave a lecture on “Outsourcing and Near-shoring Strategies – Collaborating with IT Outsourcing Providers from Eastern Europe” within course of IT Controlling. I accepted the invitation from Prof. Dr. Tim Weitzel who is leading the Department of Information Systems and Services at the University of Bamberg. The general idea of my keynote speech at the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences was to share my knowledge and practical experience around strategies and challenges in near-shore domain, with a special focus on the Pan-European near-shore cluster. While the lecture I provided detailed insights into several projects where JCommerce collaborates with clients from DACH region, Scandinavia, Benelux and North America. The audience including students, and lounge of the University Scientists where very interested in the near-shore delivery model we developed at JCommerce, keen to ask questions around project success factors, risks, and collaboration methods.

I had a great time with the students just after my lecture, where I was able to answer all the questions related to the presentation I gave them, but also the questions regarding JCommerce itself. They were very interested in the internship program and the way how they may develop their carrier and connect with our Company.

I will remember this trip as a great lesson of history and culture. I’m amazed how the European region is developed and how much we need to know about the roots of each area to know how to plan our future steps.

Whenever you are a beer lover, football fan or at least an ordinary tourist. Bamberg definitely should appear on your top destination list!

Pawel Mikler

Business Unit and International Sales Manager

Responsible for expansion of JCommerce’s range of software development services and products, thus extending the reach of Clients portfolio mainly throughout Europe and North America, as well as establishing strategic presence on this markets.

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