JBFOne 2018 - Shaping the Bank of Tomorrow: Lectures on the agility and digitalization of it-economics

For two days - 20-21 November, IT decision makers from the financial sector will meet at JBFOne, the IT Congress of Fiducia & GAD IT AG in Unterschleissheim near Munich, to discuss trends, visions, and strategies in the IT environment of banks. This year once again, it-economics will be platinum sponsor and largely represented with several lectures at the conference.


The banking industry is on the way to digitization. Online banking, mobile apps, alternative payment methods are the most significant changes a client meets when interacting with their bank. On the back of it, and in the era of the big data, banks need to learn how to map the existing data stock and make it usable. In the meantime, the regulatory environment is also changing. With PSD2, banks have to transfer their data to other service providers upon request, together with the force of the GDPR, data protection requirements have increased, and IT security is becoming ever more important as digitization increases.

At the JBFOne 2018, the IT Congress of Fiducia & GAD IT AG, around 1,000 IT Managers from the banking sector will meet for two days on 20th and 21st November at the Infinity Hotel & Conference Resort in Unterschleissheim near Munich, to gather and discuss these and other topics. The congress program includes around 70 lectures, talks, case studies and showcases in a wide range of topics: from innovation, through big data, blockchain and IT security to agile ways of working. In a number of lectures, it-economics will contribute with expertise from several digitization and agilization projects and will show how technical and organizational challenges can be mastered.

More effective and innovative through agile organization

The world is talking about digital transformation, but what exactly does that mean? What challenges do organizations face in the context of increasing uncertainty and complexity (VUCA)? Are innovation cycles getting shorter and shorter? What fields of action are there and how does IT consulting such as it-economics deals with these challenges? In his lecture "Digitization, automation, dematerialization - how can companies get fit for the new age?", David Brotzer, Senior Solution Architect at it-economics, gives an overview and decision support on the most important questions.

Agile working models like Scrum are often used in software development. But particularly for large companies, a problem occurs, and the problem is that Scrum is designed for teams with few employees. For projects that require significantly more manpower, the original model has to be adapted. The "Scale Agile Framework", SAFe for short, is one of the most widely used agile organizational models for large companies. Sabine Mehlstäubl, manager at it-economics, and Oliver Fischer, agile evangelist of Fiducia and GAD IT AG, present in their presentation "PI Planning - Chaos with Order" the peculiarities and success factors of SAFe and precisely its central element, the "PI Plannings ", and talk about project experiences.

In addition to agile work and organizational models, companies need above all a corporate culture that is not only open for innovation, but also for mistakes. As an Atlassian Solution Partner, it-economics presents the presentation "A story about successful mistakes and a permanent culture of innovation - and why failure is not the opposite of success", held by Robert Panholzer, Atlassian Ambassador and Channel Manager at Atlassian. He discusses what distinguishes a team from a group, in which five malfunctions successful teamwork often fails and what that means for change management.

Technology for agile working

In addition to the change in corporate culture and the adaptation of agile forms of work, companies also need the right tools to be ahead of the competition. For software development, two presentations by it-economics show what can be done at the architectural and development levels to help teams develop software faster and more efficiently.

Domain Driven Design (DDD) assists teams in developing a ubiquitous language and properly deployed collaboration language between subject and domain experts and other teams in the context of the functional domain model. This is a good place to start building maintenance-friendly microservice architectures that are at the core of a business. Steffen Kleeberg, Application Architect, offers an overview of the origins and basic principles of DDD in his presentation "Domain Driven Design Explained". The focus is on the strategic design, because this often comes too short compared to the tactical design in practical projects.

At development level, classical software projects often have the challenge of being developed in long cycles. But what if critical errors are identified in tests just before the end of the project, or if the finished product may not meet the needs of users? In order to prevent this, Continuos Integration (CI) and Continuos Delivery (CD) are used in agile software projects and a suitable version control system makes sense. In his lecture, Matthias Görs, Application Architect at it-economics, together with a mobile software developer of Fiducia & GAD IT AG will introduce working with Git. Compared to Subversion (SVN), Git is a distributed version control system and has its strengths in industries and merges. Supported by engaging tooling (such as GitLab, GitHub, or Bitbucket), Git can effectively leverage team collaboration to help improve code quality.

 it-economics supports "Share the Meal"

This year once again it-economics, as a sponsor of JBFOne, is supporting the "Share the Meal" initiative of the UN World Food Program (WFP) to fight hunger worldwide. A roasted almonds stand will provide the conference participants with sweet energy boosters and will support "ShareTheMeal" with donated bag of roasted almonds and school meal at hotspots around the world. The successful app has already helped many children in need with a warm meal.

 More information about the JBFOne and the entire conference program at: www.jbfone.de