IT is more than technology - it is the the excellence in succeeding together:
"It fills me with pride and contentment when I look back on what we as a team have achieved so far, and on how – even in difficult times – we have always managed to find optimum solutions for our clients and open up new opportunities. I continue to take pleasure in discovering new worlds, constantly driving forward the development of our company and learning more myself – full of spirit and enthusiasm."
Managing Partner, CEO
After studying macroeconomics (with a major in business information technology) at the universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, including stints in South Africa, Torsten Klein gained broad experience in the IT industry – initially as a consultant at an international consultancy in the financial services field and then as a freelancer.
He has been Managing Partner of it-economics since its establishment in January 2003. Though beginning his career as a software developer, he began to focus more and more on project and programme management. After notching up successes in programme monitoring in a variety of large-scale projects for the CEO of one of Germany's biggest IT services providers, he now devotes the majority of his time to it-economics' strategy and future development. Over and above this, he still takes on selected mandates in the field of project and programme management and as an organisation consultant for IT decision-makers.
"Commitment, quality and professional skills are the key to a successful project – the sort that it-economics delivers. What fascinates me about my job is not only being able to make and watch the company grow, but also solving tricky problems and getting projects in difficulties back on track."
Last but not least, Stefan Schmid, a graduate in IT and business studies, became it-economics' fourth partner in 2006, rounding off the management team. When he joined the company, he was already an "old hand" at IT management, with more than ten years of experience at Accenture under his belt. A specialist in project and programme management and in managing the architecture of heterogeneous application landscapes, Stefan Schmid's remit at it-economics also includes sourcing IT solutions, which for example involves organising tenders, managing the company's supplier portfolio and choosing suppliers.
"For me, success means always setting yourself new, ambitious goals and achieving them. This is possible above all when you can work together with highly skilled and enthusiastic 'sparring partners' in a constructive competitive atmosphere to create innovative software solutions, sticking at it together – even in difficult projects – and persevering through to the very end."
Even when he was very young, Hardi Probst wanted to become a software developer. And at the age of 19 he got his first chance to show what he could do: with a BTX (videotex) homebanking project (back then, the Internet was not yet ubiquitous). Following that, he worked in an R&D department developing standard software and workflow solutions, founded a start-up for a B2B content syndication marketplace in Germany and worked as an external consultant for a direct bank.
A dyed-in-the-wool software developer and consultant, he became one of the founding partners of it-economics in 2003. His activities at the company centre around Agile and Scrum software development methods, designing and implementing enterprise software, creating system architectures, carrying out test-driven development and quality assurance for software, and developing information and transaction portals.
"One of the factors in the success of it-economics is that the partners are united in their pursuit of the company's goals – we are all on the same wavelength. Still, each partner has his own ideas, there is a competitive atmosphere; each has different strengths that complement each other well. It's great to see how this again and again generates rise to new ideas, and I am pleased to be part of such a creative process. In our search for perfect solutions, we often run up against difficult technical problems; this forces us to forge new paths in order to bring our projects to a successful conclusion and to survive in a competitive market. These are the sorts of challenges that continue to motivate me and spur me on."
After graduating in information technology (with a minor in business administration) from the Technical University in Munich, Tobias Fischer began work as an IT consultant in 1995, then on a freelance basis and ultimately as a founding partner of it-economics GmbH. In his work, he focuses on project management, in particular technical project management, on developing software architecture, and on analysing, designing and implementing Java-based portal projects.
"it-economics to me means a strong, interdisciplinary team of highly talented staff who, despite their different background, blend in with each other very well and noticeably enjoy their work. I particularly like the short decision-making processes and our clear customer focus. For our clients, we want to be the "trusted advisor", and our main focus is on the lasting customer benefit."
Managing Director it-economics
After studying mathematical economics in Karlsruhe, Holger Fink worked as consultant at Accenture and for more than 20 years supported various customers from the field of financial services – amongst others in implementing new software systems as well as in projects of IT architecture, process modeling, IT strategy and outsourcing. During this time he went through all career levels. For the last nine years he was a partner at Accenture, in addition, he worked as solution architect, delivery lead as well as quality assurance partner and, moreover, he was involved in refining the Accenture methodology. After that, Holger worked as program manager for Deutsche Bank, for three years, and when the new SAP core banking system was introduced he was responsible for integrating it into the finance and risk systems of Deutsche Bank.
At it-economics Holger Fink now is a partner, member of the Advisory & Sounding Board and head of Market Group Banking.
"Our biggest assets are our focus on quality, the professional dedication and commitment of our staff, as well as our understanding of our clients' business goals and processes. Combined with our interdisciplinary alignment of technology, subject matter expertise and management skills, these have been fundamental in building successful long-term relationships with our clients. As Head of our Frankfurt branch office, I am looking forward to developing and successfully implementing new solutions and business models with you. Challenge us!"
Partner, Head of Frankfurt Branch Office
After graduating from TU Darmstadt as a degreed engineer ("Diplom-Ingenieur"), Stefan Grimm started his career at Accenture, where he built deep skills in business process analysis and implementation for mainframes and decentralized solutions, testing and project management. After more than 6 years of consulting, he joined a major international financial institution as Program Manager, implementing SEPA and PSD amongst other finance and accounting projects. In 2011 he joined it-economics as an Associate Partner, with the responsibility for the expansion of it-economics in Frankfurt. Stefan Grimm is a subject matter expert for payment solutions with a special focus on SEPA. In this function he recently contributed a chapter on online payments with SEPA to the book "Web 2.0 für Banken".
"Digitalization is changing our lives, be it with online shopping at home or communication in the workplace. When I started my studies, just 0.13% of the population had Internet access. Today that figure is over 80%. Digitalization is steadily penetrating other areas and opening up new opportunities. I would like to be actively involved in shaping this exciting process and to stand next to our clients as a trusted advisor so that they can continue conducting their business efficiently and effectively in the future."
Before joining it-economics in 2010, Markus Zötl gained more than 10 years of experience in financial services at Accenture. There the computer science and economics graduate supported clients in the areas of software development, migrations and outsourcing. As a senior manager at it-economics, Zötl assumed overall management of and personal responsibility for projects and is involved in business development and recruiting.
He has 18 years of experience in technology consulting for banks and insurance companies as well as in the management, design, implementation and rollout of complex IT projects. As associate partner, he is a member of the advisory and sounding board and leads the insurance market group.
"My main objective is to work with my team to find, retain and develop the best staff for it-economics. We are committed to responsible and intelligent growth, and never losing sight of our values or culture. New HR projects and measures are largely launched in partnership with the consultants, ensuring that we can offer custom solutions for staff at all levels. Working on all areas of HR and personnel for it-economics across all sites is a thoroughly rewarding role."
Petra Ozimek-Zimmermann was a senior manager and the head of career development at a major US management consultancy firm for 25 years, before working as a head of HR in the healthcare sector. She has been sharing, developing and applying her extensive experience in all areas of HR with it-economics since 2014.
"It delights me time and again how we, as a team of "young guns", apply our creative potential for our customers. We live our agile values with eyes and ears wide open, regardless of project procedure. it-economics' familial community is especially borne out here in Karlsruhe. It is our best tool on the hunt for improvements and finding pragmatic solutions.
It is incredibly fulfilling for me to be part of this team, and to see how the values and culture of it-economics come alive in the other locations too."
Head of Karlsruhe Branch Office, Solution Architect
Tilmann Glaser actually wanted to become a film director, but life always has a few surprises up its sleeve. He came into contact with the IT industry through software testing and test management, got hooked and subsequently studied information systems on a dual course of study at a vocational academy. After several years in project management and quality management, he wanted to get closer to the code again.
He joined it-economics in 2011 and has been managing various projects since then as a software architect. He took over as head of the Karlsruhe branch office in October 2015. The variety of IT consultancy that it-economics, in particular, offers are what fascinates and drives him.
"My main goal is to plan IT projects in partnership and at eye level with our clients, and to transparently control the project implementation, as well as to lead the whole team to a successful project completion. Colleagues, structures and expertise at it-economics enable me to address new challenges with lots of fun and great commitment and make it possible to master even demanding projects efficiently and in the interest of our customers. I'm happy to make my expert knowledge and management knowhow available to the it-economics' Düsseldorf branch."
Head of Duesseldorf Branch Office, Senior Manager
After having finished his studies of computer sciences at the RWTH Aachen in 1997, Georg Filios worked as consultant in a big consulting company for various well-known customers from the finance, telecommunication and e-commerce fields for more than 15 years. Thereby he gained rich experience in managing, designing, implementing and rolling out complex IT-projects as well as in outsourcing IT programs. During the last years he focused more and more on project management, particularly on controlling large-scale agile e-commerce projects.