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Newsletter September 2019: User Forum programme, a team transforms, Python Tamers on tour and more

User Forum programme better than ever

teaser-newsletter-9-19The preparations for our User Forum, October 16 in Vienna, are in high gear. Are you registered yet? We’re back again in the historic Vienna Urania observatory, and we’ve put together a programme we think you’ll appreciate, starting with a look back at the last twenty years. Among other topics we’ll present our roadmap and an update on our AI initiatives. A customer will also share his insights on the road to AI, and a special guest will talk about start-up culture in a corporate world.

We strive for continuous improvement, so that you can continue to improve your trading. In that spirit we’ll introduce you to the results of this year’s development – in particular, collaboration with our Trayport colleagues is yielding something exciting that’s been on many customer wish lists for years.

 

As always, you can look forward to many laid-back networking opportunities and a few surprises. In the evening we’ll go to Thirty-Five, the highest point in Vienna, to enjoy good food and drink, great company, a breathtaking view – and maybe even some old-school fun?!

 

The following day we’re holding another one of our popular Algo-Coding Workshops. Participants will learn tips and tricks to improve their trading algorithms, or will create their first algos in Python. Developing or modifying your trading algos makes it easier for you to keep up with the changing energy market and to tailor your trading to your unique situation. Book now – don’t miss this rare opportunity!

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PM-Solutions department becomes Professional Services

Some of you may have already noticed a change in how customer projects are managed. In order to deliver even better service to our customers, our former Project Management and Solutions team has transformed into Professional Services.

In the past, responsibility for customer projects was split between a project manager, responsible for the customer relationship, and a solutions manager who defined the specifications and acted as the interface to development. These two roles are now combined into one: the delivery manager, and roles and responsibilities are thus clearly defined. The delivery manager has full responsibility for ensuring customer requirements are met, handling communication with the customer as well as with the development team, and maintains a direct understanding of project details as well as the bigger picture. Every project also has a secondary delivery manager who stays up to date with project status, ensuring continuity in case of illness or vacation.

In addition, the Project Management Office keeps an overview of all projects. From controlling, revenue planning and invoice management to maintaining checklists, templates and countless other critical administrative details, PMO makes sure the team and its projects function smoothly.

Finally, a smoothly functioning and continually improving process is essential to a high-functioning team. In periodic process improvement and governance meetings the PS team discusses areas of uncertainty and works out solutions to improve business processes.

 

Python Tamers on tour

To create innovative software, our developers have to know all about the latest trends and techniques in their field, and we do all we can to support them in their continuous improvement. This summer we sponsored Europython in Basel, and a few of our Python Tamers attended to learn the latest about our favourite programming language. Earlier this year we sponsored PyDays Vienna, connecting with local Pythonistas and learning from their experience. In-house we hold frequent coding dojos, where our developers learn from each other. And in regular hackathons everyone has the opportunity to try out new technologies, to create helpful tools or to simply explore their creativity.

Europython-Team-Detail

 

Events across Europe

September is a busy time for events this year, starting with the Montel Benelux Energy Day, which takes us to Amsterdam to learn about market developments and to make new connections. The next day in Amsterdam, at the PWC workshop Trend Radar: Energy Trading and PPA, VisoTech Managing Director Jürgen Mayerhofer will talk about trading algorithms for short-term and long-term trading. At the same time, Senior Pre-Sales Manager Christian Vizjak will attend the Trayport Trader Roundtable in Düsseldorf to share information about the different types of automated trading strategies. The following week, at the Trayport Client Roundtable in Geneva, Sales Manager Christoph Malzer will talk about trading algorithms and how they contribute to a successful trading desk.

At these and other events we look forward to seeing familiar faces and making new connections. Please see our events page to find out what we’ll be doing in cities like London, Frankfurt, Madrid and Warsaw.

 

VisoMinds never stop learning

Over the last few months we’ve shared conversations with VisoMinds who are studying in parallel with their careers. This time we talked to Rainer Schober, Head of Professional Services. After 25 years in management he wanted to learn the theory for what he had been doing in practice, to take his management skills and his team to the next level and to widen his horizons.

RAS

In evaluating several executive MBA programmes, Rainer also wanted to improve his English skills, and to study abroad in order to develop new perspectives. He chose Warwick Business School in England, one of the top-ranked schools on the Financial Times MBA ranking list. The programme consisted of 12 modules, such as Strategic Advantage, Leadership & the Art of Judgment and Behavioural Science for Management. Every six weeks a different module required reading and preparation at home, followed by one intense week onsite with lectures, group work and engaging activities, from Lego simulations to role-playing. Afterwards he had to complete an independent assignment. His overseas module on Business Sustainability took place in Vancouver.

“The experience massively changed my perspective, taking me out of the Western European bubble. I was able to see first-hand the advantages of other ways of thinking, and to bring new ideas back to the office”, Rainer shared. With students from all over the world and a diverse faculty, he gained a new level of openness and significantly developed his critical thinking skills.

Rainer has been able to actively apply what he has learned to his work at VisoTech. From the start he intentionally built a diverse team. “The programme helped me to become more understanding of cultural differences within my team and in the company as a whole, and also to better communicate with our global customers.”

 

Our team is expanding

To support our growth we are currently looking for several talented people. First of all, we are seeking an Account Manager: Austria & CEE with experience in complex sales, preferably with a good network in the energy industry.

We are also looking for an Agile Coach – someone who lives and breathes agile values, who can help us to build highly performing teams.

Last but not least, we need more Python Software Engineers to help us create the energy trading solutions of tomorrow.

Does someone in your network enjoy a fun, challenging and supportive environment to prove their skills and continue to grow? Do they have what it takes to become a VisoMind? Please feel free to share!

 

Charles Dickens said, “Man cannot really improve himself without improving others.” And as we continue to improve – our products, our processes and our people – our goal is to ensure that you can continue to benefit from innovative products and outstanding service.

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