Hi Markus, you’ve only been at Parashift AG for a few weeks. So this is the perfect time to learn more about you and your vision of work. Why don’t you tell us who you are?
After studying business informatics and applied informatics, I worked in a company that deals with the digitization of documents and the preparation of data for ERP systems. There I worked in various departments in first and second-level support, software development, and as a project manager. After ten years of working with data extraction and validation, I was looking for a new challenge. With Parashift, I found a way to engage with the topic, take a more modern approach, and contribute my experience.
An industry veteran then… Very good! If you had to choose just one thing, what makes you happiest in your working life and why?
It is undoubtedly difficult to highlight one component here, as so many factors come together. On the one hand, it’s important to identify with the solution; on the other, you need an excellent collegial environment and a professional working atmosphere in which everyone’s ideas are noticed. Nevertheless, I would put satisfied customers first.
Where do you get your motivation in life from?
I love to spend time with family and friends, even if the options are minimal during the Corona pandemic.
That’s true: Corona pandemic doesn’t help for that… Hopefully, it will be alright very soon! How did you first learn about Parashift?
During a sales meeting, I got an insight into the Parashift Olatform and was very impressed by the approach, so I applied for an advertised position.
Funny! I didn’t know that at all. It’s funny how life plays out sometimes. But now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: What exactly are you doing here with us?
I am responsible for creating standard document types, discussing new requirements with clients to create new standard rule sets, or modify existing standard rule sets to meet requirements.
What do you want to achieve in Parashift AG for the 5 following years?
As I said, my current focus is on working on the standard rule sets so that customers can access a wide range of document types. This will help to improve the quality of data extraction of the Parashift Platform step by step, provide more and more customers with added value in the context of digitization, and build an extensive partner network. Five years is a long time, especially in a very fast-paced world. Therefore, I hope that I can contribute with my work to ensure that the platform can also provide solutions for future requirements.
What do you think might be the biggest challenge for you and your team to make this happen?
It is essential to find a suitable way to consider customer requirements, time, available resources, and technical possibilities.
If you had to choose between these two phrases, which one would suit you best? “Do what you do best and be the expert at it” “or “Try, fail, improve, succeed”.
In general, these two approaches are related to me. It is certainly my goal to master a topic, but if you only start working on an issue once you have understood the last detail, you can lose a lot of time. Therefore, I usually prefer to start with a targeted try and error and then build sound knowledge.
Interesting approach! Let’s get inspired by you: Are there any books, podcasts, movies that have changed your mind about things? If so, which ones?
Two films can undoubtedly be mentioned here. On the one hand, The Jungle Book with Balu the bear, that there always has to be time to switch off, have fun, or be satisfied with the current situation. In addition, the excellent film Dogville, to meet everyone with enough tolerance and respect.
Ha! That’s the first time someone mentions The Jungle Book! Really a very nice film, which I can only recommend as well. Markus, it’s a pleasure to have spoken with you and I look forward to working with you at Parashift AG. All the best!