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Background: The Software Excellence Network

Brandon M. Lewis
Jun 20, 2024 3:17:38 PM

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, software stands as the cornerstone of corporate operations, driving efficiency, innovation, and competitive advantage. From managing intricate logistics to orchestrating customer experiences, software permeates every facet of corporate activity. Its significance lies not only in optimizing existing processes but also in catalyzing transformative change. As corporations strive to stay agile and relevant in an increasingly digital world, the importance of software in enabling flexibility, scalability, and adaptability cannot be overstated.

However, amidst the recognition of software's pivotal role, corporations grapple with a myriad of challenges in its development and implementation. One of the foremost hurdles is the perpetual race against time and resources. Balancing the need for rapid delivery with the imperative for quality often poses a conundrum for development teams. Tight deadlines and constrained budgets necessitate trade-offs that can potentially compromise the integrity and maintainability of software systems. Furthermore, navigating the complexities of modern software architectures, integration with legacy systems, and ensuring security in an era of ever-evolving threats add layers of complexity to corporate software development efforts.

In addressing these challenges, fostering dialogue between academia and corporate executives emerges as a potent avenue for innovation and problem-solving. Academia, with its focus on research, experimentation, and theoretical frameworks, offers a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives that can complement the pragmatic experience of corporate leaders. By engaging in open dialogue, academia can provide insights into cutting-edge technologies, methodologies, and best practices that may not be readily apparent within the confines of corporate environments. Conversely, executives bring to the table real-world challenges, practical constraints, and a deep understanding of business dynamics, offering valuable context and direction to academic research.

Through collaborative dialogue, academia and executives can co-create solutions that bridge the gap between theory and practice, fostering innovation and driving meaningful change in corporate software development processes. By leveraging the collective expertise of both domains, organizations can gain access to novel approaches, validated methodologies, and transformative technologies that enable them to overcome the challenges inherent in modern software development. Moreover, such dialogue fosters a culture of continuous learning and adaptation, positioning corporations to thrive amidst the relentless pace of technological evolution and market disruption.

The Origins of the Software Excellence Network

Seerene, like many of the German Deep Tech Group companies, got its start in the world renowned Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). Having been founded through a partnership between the founder of SAP, Hasso Plattner, and the German government, the HPI is the foremost leading university within the German speaking realm for computer sciences and research. As such it is fitting that the Software Excellence Network would promote the sort of open dialogue and exchange of ideas so cherished and promoted by academia. 

Software will undoubtedly transform the human experience within the coming decades, but still major obstacles prevent the unleashing of its full potential to better our lives. It's only through a common quest for knowledge and solutions that we can hope to improve the world for humankind and empower western economies to compete globally.

Executive Exchanges

Together with partners like the Hasso Plattner Institute, the German Deep Tech Group, MaibornWolff, Microsoft, Roland Berger, and Ernst & Young, the Software Excellence Network organizes summits for top IT leadership at major corporations. At these so-called executive exchanges, a collegial atmosphere exists as the executives are surrounded by their peers. This gathering of equals allows for a more open exchange of ideas and a cooled, reasoned debate about various strategies and developments. The executive exchanges are always dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. With many major corporations often participating in these mostly English-language events, such as:

Adobe, Audi, Bayer, BMW, Bosch, Cariad, Continental, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Elektrobit, Hella, Henkel, Honda, IAV, Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia, Porsche, Rhesis AI, SAP, Siemens, Trumpf, TTTech, VAIVA.

Below I'd like to share with you a few of the master classes from these premiere executive exchanges.

Seerene & MaibornWolff Preview YouTube

"Will Generative AI Revolutionize Software Development?" by Holger Wolff of MaibornWolff & Dr. Johannes Bohnet of Seerene

Maria Anhalt of Elektrobit

Software Comes First!" by Maria Anhalt, CEO of Elektrobit


"Das entscheidende Jahrzehnt: IT als Treiber der nachhaltigen Transformation" by Melanie Kehr, Member of the Board at the KfW Bankengruppe

You can find out more about the Software Excellence Network  here. You can also see upcoming executive exchanges, as well as impressions and master classes from past events. 

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