Living in a VUCA World: Volatility

innovation, digitalization, VUCA

In the first article of this series, we looked at the megatrends that shape VUCA: technology, globalization, demographics and resource scarcity. Today, we’re diving into Volatility. What does it mean for businesses, and how can you master volatile environments?

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

Living in a VUCA World: how Megatrends shape Change

In today’s world, change is fast and new trends are constantly emerging. If we think back to the world 20 years ago, it was a radically different place. Even if we think back to just five years ago, our environment was very different. These changes do not only influence our lives, but also change the way businesses work: it makes accurate planning on the long term much harder. Traditional management and business strategies are reaching their limits and there is a need for new concepts to understand the increasingly complex framework conditions that change faster and more unpredictably. One of our co-founders, Adrian Reisch, helps you understand these new trends, but also helps you benefit from these new environments in our new series: living in a VUCA world.

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

How to create a digital working environment that works

start up

Today, we’re talking to Tina Kintscher, our Chief Financial Officer who has been instrumental in starting aioneers at the very beginning of 2020. She's been hard at work making our startup one that functions fully remote fully digitally. Our aioneers are spread internationally, as we have offices in Mannheim, Germany, and Pune, India. Of course, like most businesses, we have worked primarily from home in the past year due to the pandemic.

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

Automating Recalculation of Excel Files in Python And Databricks

On a weekly basis, we exchange large amounts of data with our clients. This can for instance be information on different SKUs, such as how long they have been in stock, how they are selling, and so on.  

 

For our customers, it may be easier to receive this data in Excel, as excel is a tool a lot of people are familiar with. Most of us already have it installed on our computer, which means no additional solutions or licenses have to be bought. A benefit Excel has over CSV is that it has a user interface and you do not need to spend a lot time developing. On top of this, we can also use different styles of formatting, colors and visualizations in Excel, so that it looks better and makes the data easier to understand for our clients 

 

Sergey Nikonov
By Sergey Nikonov

2020 Year in Review with Andreas Müller and Christoph Kilger

2020: a year to be remembered. Not just because it was our first year in existence, but obviously because of a global pandemic, too. Andreas and Christoph discussed 2020, its important learnings, and what can be expected in 2021.

 

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

AIO on GitHub: vault_get_secret tutorial

supply chain, data science

In today's tutorial, Sebastian shows you how to use vault_get_secret, the function we have released on our GitHub page last week. vault_get_secret helps you extract keys from the Azure key vault.

 

The key vault is based on three pillars: key management, secret management and certificate management. We mainly use it for the secret management, where we store tokens, passwords, API keys and so on. Since we need to access these, we wrote a function called vault_get_secret that helps us no longer store the secrets in our code, but rather access them through the function. This is a more secure way of working, and we have to worry less about who has access to the code.

 

Sebastian Szilvas
By Sebastian Szilvas

AIO on GitHub: XYZ analysis tutorial

analytics, data science

 

AIO on GitHub is our open source project to support the supply chain community with data science tools. Bit by bit, we are releasing content and showing you how to use it. I have created a hands-on tutorial showing you how to do an XYZ analysis using our tools.

 

Titus Lottig
By Titus Lottig

The founding of aioneers: interview with Andreas Müller

supply chain, covid19, innovation

Today, I’m talking to Andreas, one of aioneers’ founders and CEO of aioneers Technology. He will tell us more about the what’s and why’s of aioneers. In December we’re taking some time to introduce you to our team, and we’ve been running an advent calendar on social media.

 

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

AIO on GitHub: our OpenSource project for the supply chain community

supply chain, analytics, data science

Today on our blog: watch Titus and Sebastian explain why we started AIO on GitHub, our OpenSource project for the supply chain community. 

 

comprehensive, forward-looking open-source library of code for supply chain scientists does not exist, which means we are all working from scratch for every project. We are taking old scripts, copying them, and adapting them for every new project. 

Titus Lottig
By Titus Lottig

Lessons on working capital: interview with expert Elena Bail

working capital management

In our ongoing series, we are tackling the topic of working capital management from different perspectives. Today, I am chatting with Elena Bail who I have worked closely with for several years. She is a Senior Manager at EY with more than 20 years of experience in working capital management. 

Philipp Flemming
By Philipp Flemming