This week, we're taking a look at Complexity: the third concept in the VUCA framework. In this sense, a complex world means a world where you deal with many interconnected parts and variables, and large amounts of information need to be processed to make sense of all aspects and their influence.
In today's article, we're continuing our deep dive into VUCA and will discuss Uncertainty. Uncertainty is driven by unpredictability and surprises – meaning that events will occur that we do not expect and have not planned for. Managing Uncertainty means planning for a world that is hard to predict.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.