Analyis : Personal Experiences (6/6)

We made it!!! The last non-journal blog post has arrived, and let me tell you that this one is certain to be interesting stuff. This week, I’m going to discuss personal experiences and issues that I have encountered while being, what Kelly jokingly says whenever we are out with coworkers, a “fat dumb American” abroad.

Looking at Germany and German culture broadly, I would be hard pressed to say that there were any major differences (outside of language, of course) between Germany and the United States, but there are about a hundred thousand tiny things that are done differently here than back home.

One of the biggest things that I have noticed that has affected my interactions with Germans is how much more emotive I am during conversations compared to them. During any given department meeting that I have atteneded, there could be anger, jokes, or excitement about a project, and even though I have some sizable experience with the German language, it all goes over my head and I am often struggling to gauge what level of seriousness the current conversation is taking place at.

With the concept of foreigners (read: me) I haven’t really experienced a situation in Germany where I’ve been met with disdain or apprehension when people find out that I am an American (France, though? Completely different story). I think it’s because I don’t really embody the international American stereotype as I have come to understand it. Once, when spending the evening with coworkers, I was talking about my German skills, and I was trying to downplay it because I didn’t want to come off as being overconfident and show-offy, and when I explained that to Kelly’s boss, she responded with “You’re an American, you’re supposed to be overconfident!”. The exchange was all joking, but there is a valid point that exists under the humor.

Overall, the biggest difference between living and working here and at home is that I feel like I’m an actual adult, because the age of reaching full adulthood is usually gauged as the moment you can drink in a bar. It feels like there is less of a divide between youth and maturity, and it is much different from college culture in America.

I’m so happy that I have been able to spend my summer in this country, and I know that I’m going to miss it all so much once I return home. There are things I both love and hate about living in Europe, but I’m incredibly grateful to have been along for the ride. The biggest lesson I have learned while abroad? Get lernt before turnt.

Thank you and goodnight,

Adam “I’m so lernt right now it’s crazy” Hayes


Analyis : Global Environment (5/6)

Second to last one! We’re almost done with the homework blogs. Today’s topic: The current economic and political landscape of the world and how that affects the business sector here in good ol’ Germany.

So in case you haven’t heard, the U.K.’s Brexit was successful, which will undoubtedly alter the environment of the European Union, which, as one of the EU’s most economically powerful and politically substantial members, Germany is sure to feel the aftershocks of this decision. Specifically, I think that this will significantly impact the German business sector because now that the U.K. is no longer planning to be a part of the EU’s economic and political alliances, trade and transactions between the United Kingdom and Germany are now sure to be much more complex and difficult than they were before the Brexit.

I am not sure if Derdack would especially suffer from a loss of clients, seeing as software distribution is becoming less and less reliant on physical product interaction, but it would most likely¬†change the way that Derdack would approach potential clients from the UK. After the Brexit happened, the U.K. now has to be considered as separate from the European Union, which means that financial interactions would have to be treated a different way than they would have previously. I predict that the Brexit will, before long, either force the EU to reconsider their policies or the citizens of the U.K. will regret this decision to a great enough extent that the U.K. would return to the EU, tail between its legs. I’m not a professional political analyst, and I certainly can’t say what will happen for certain. All I know is that it is going to be interesting.

Til we meet for the last time under the pretense of education,

Adam “Being a political analyst would be a nightmare” Hayes




Analysis : Value Network Principles (4/6)

Hello friends, today I will be discussing Derdack Corp. itself, and will talk a little about what it is I do there and what the product, Enterprise Alert software, really is.

Derdack GmbH is a software company located in Potsdam, Germany and produces a software called Enterprise Alert. What Enterprise Alert does is connect with detection software and deliver messages straight to whoever’s job it would be to resolve the situation that caused the messages to be generated. Obviously, the work force needs programming skills to develop and design the product, but there are also more interpersonal skills required in order to positively impact the company’s sales.

Enterprise Alert is developed and deployed from the company headquarters in Potsdam, and what mostly goes into the product is the time and energy of the developers, as well as certain amounts of money for online hosting services. The software is distributed to customers online, or presented at certain trade shows.

I don’t know if there are any true ‘environmental factors’ that need to be taken into consideration, but there are certainly some situational factors, like amount of paid storage needed on hosting platforms or efficiency of code (which could significantly impact both time and budget pending on location of execution) that need to be accounted for during the development process.

See y’all next week,

Adam “Do I need any more buzzwords” Hayes

Analysis: Derdack’s Industry (3/6)

Previously on Adam Writes Informative Pieces for Once, aka the required analysis posts for the IIP, I discussed my perceptions of traveling and how they have changed since coming to Germany and beginning my internship at Derdack. Today, I’m going to actually discuss Derdack itself, as best I can, to try to get a grip on the industry that Derdack is a part of.

Derdack is a software company that produces a notification and remediation software for the purposes of resolving technical or mechanical issues with a minimal delay in response time. Before having interviewed with Derdack, I had never heard of any type of this software existing. That may be due to the fact that I have also never been a part of an IT response team and am currently not a working professional in the tech field, but even after doing some research I don’t believe I found many other software applications that served the same purpose as Derdack’s Enterprise Alert.

I think that this industry definitely provides some unique challenges and opportunities for Derdack, most likely caused mainly by the relative anonymity of the industry. Because IT response and remediation software isn’t perhaps the most popular, it could be hard to convince companies that are unfamiliar with practical applications of technology that Derdack’s software is more of a benefit than an object of confusion. Derdack’s software is very adaptable to different environments, but it could prove hard to sell potential clients that don’t normally think about their operations and processes from the IT perspective.

On the flip side though, because Derdack doesn’t seem to have many prevalent direct competitors with IT alert and resolution software, they have an opportunity to trailblazer a new path in the world of software. Additionally, the products flexibility lends itself to a wider consumer base, since it can be adapted for different technical environments.

I think that this industry is of interest to any sort of professional, because of the massive opportunity for growth. We live in an age where our lives are supplemented and enhanced by the use of computers and technology, and I think as time goes on, there will be more and more ways to make sure that we have access to these tools as much as possible, much like Derdack’s Enterprise Alert software.

Til the next time I post something,

Adam “save us all the trouble and just hand me the Pulitzer” Hayes