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Our Team in Hard & Software Development

It’s no surprise that electronic engineering expert Walter develops hardware at SKIDATA. More surprising perhaps is that he helps shape the future with his skills and know-how.

In IT, nothing works without firmware. Or without Walter. For 23 years, Walter has made sure that hardware and software work together as they should at SKIDATA. Here he can show off his keen inquisitive mind, which first became apparent during his time at polytechnic school. Before his career path led him to SKIDATA, Walter first spent time abroad. He encountered endless opportunities, not only on his world trip which he took after studying teleinformatics at the Graz University of Technology; the two years he spent researching weather radar technology with the European Space Agency at the Joanneum Graz were also filled with limitless possibilities.

Walter ultimately found his calling at SKIDATA. The 52-year-old has proven his stamina with over 20 years of experience at SKIDATA and the 18 marathons he has run to date. His ideas are also fit for the future. Translating trends into products, services or features to shape the future is what drives him.

So it is not surprising that Walter and his team won the Innovathon 2016, SKIDATA’s internal, international ideas competition. His investigative spirit has followed him throughout his life – just like his love of traveling. Even today, he always collects fresh new ideas from his journeys.

Test & be tested

Wolfgang has been with us since 1995 and for the past 14 years has been responsible for the area of test equipment construction. Here our products are tested according to various criteria, ensuring that they are ready for use around the world. An apprentice master since the start, he has trained an impressive number of dedicated young technicians who today work for us in various areas of Development or in Service Management. During training, he prepares our apprentices for their final exams with established in-house "apprentice learning" and preparatory classes for exams in the areas of electronics and mechatronics. With the motto "an apprenticeship – very smart", Wolfgang dedicates himself to the development of our skilled workers with great personal commitment. And the success speaks for itself: recently Pascal, one of Wolfgang's apprentices in test equipment construction, even won the Austrian Economic Chamber's electronics championships. 

For Hannes it’s more than just 0s and 1s that count

Hannes has everything under control – his two children, the software team he leads and a teaching assignment at a university of applied sciences.

Since 2007 he has been part of our software development team and has led his own team for the past three years. Every day he finds a challenge at the interface between hardware and software.

“The great thing about my work is that changes in abstract software approaches can be seen in the hardware – technology you can grasp, so to speak,” explains Hannes. He remains in contact with the university of applied sciences at which he studied Informatics and ITS. Today he lectures on the subjects “Object-oriented Programming” and “Adaptive Software Development” and advises students who are writing their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis in his faculty.

Man of the race

Jürgen WinklerIn 1995 Jürgen began working in the events area of software development and currently supervises client-specific solutions in the Software Competence Center. His specialty is software design: recently he played a major role in determining the software architecture for the "EasyBoarding.Gate", the innovative, fully automated system for safe and comfortable access to cable cars. For Jürgen it is always a special moment when the developed solutions are successfully put to use by the client. But it’s not just here that he finds great solutions. Even in his private life he shines with TOP achievements! Since the 1990s he has raced karts in all weather conditions and knows the racetracks in Austria, Germany and other neighboring countries like the back of his hand. Although the 3-time Austrian champion has not participated in championship races since 2013, he still enjoys racing for fun and strengthens our SKIDATA team at the Chamber of Labor’s company championships.

It’s no surprise that looking beyond departmental borders facilitates a company’s success. More surprising perhaps is that it can also create new career paths.

Helga had been working in product management at SKIDATA for a year when she became the leader of the Quality Assurance team in Klagenfurt, Austria. Since then she has supervised colleagues at many different SKIDATA locations throughout Europe. Her outgoing nature, good eye for what’s essential and above all her enthusiasm for the company and SKIDATA products were simply contagious. And so Helga took over Quality Management for Software and Hardware – with more than 55 internal and external employees ¬– at the start of 2017. Her ability to look beyond departmental borders is especially valued at SKIDATA since this is the key to improving processes. Her motto: “When you yourself are enthusiastic, you can also motivate others and make visions reality together with them.” This attitude accompanies her not only at work but also in her private life when she talks with her two children about what they want to be when they grow up.

The greatest happiness on earth can be found on horseback

That is what our Sabrina thinks when she spends time jumping with her horses Grandios and Champ. She is passionate about spending her free time with them and at work she is a passionate software developer.

Her interest in software was piqued during her IT “taster” studies. This then led her to the decision to study the subject at the Technical University of Dortmund. After graduating, the native Westphalian began her career at SKIDATA in Salzburg. Ready for a challenge in a new country, she came to Salzburg because of the position.

Today she feels right at home here and enjoys the high value in terms of free time. Sabrina has since strengthened our “handshake team” which ensures flawless and safe access at sporting events or concerts at stadiums. Additionally, her team creates innovative access solutions for events.

“When I started at SKIDATA, I never would have thought that the development cycles could be so short – this means it is always exciting and rich in variety here,” says Sabrina with a laugh.

From boat-builder to head of software development Salzburg

Did you know that in his free time Wolfgang is building an ocean-going catamaran? Precision is a must in this task and it perfectly offsets his work with 0s and 1s, as well as bits and bytes.

After completing his studies at a Higher Technical Institute in 1985, Wolfgang gained experience as a software developer in food service and banking before joining SKIDATA in 2008. The following year he took over responsibility for one of our software development teams and since 2012 he has led the software development department in Salzburg with great commitment.

With his strong team of around 45 developers, he makes a valuable contribution to product development each and every day. “An exciting task for me is to, together with my team, keep our existing products state-of-the-art while at the same time developing new, forward-looking products.”

Always ready for changes and new challenges

Explaining complicated technical connections in an intelligible way, designing complex software so that users can use it intuitively and without stress: challenges like these have defined Andreas’ various tasks at SKIDATA for 27 years.

In the area of “Documentation and Training,” the classic relay of user knowledge through the creation of technical literature and personal customer workshops was the main focus. As a web developer, Andreas developed SKIDATA’s internet performance and intranet portal, as well as web portals for information exchange within our international network of partners. He passed on his wide range of expertise in this area to his apprentice, Sarah. She has since taken over this assignment independently.

As part of his new challenge as “User Experience and Interface Designer,” Andreas is today working on meeting our customers’ and system users’ expectations for easy-to-use products with clear graphic user interfaces. Andreas has been part of our team since 1987 and is a great example for the diverse range of developmental opportunities at SKIDATA. Thanks to his flexibility and commitment, he has been able to take on and master new challenges during the course of his career.

In the fast lane

Rupert has been part of the SKIDATA team since 2006. He completed his information technology and system management studies at lightning speed and, since 2010, has been leader of the hardware quality assurance area.

He likes when things go at a brisk pace – in his free time, he is a passionate kart driver and is always at the head of the pack on the SKIDATA go-kart team. In order to extend his expertise, Rupert is studying business management at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in addition to working.

The combination of technology and management will prepare him for possible new tasks at the company. He also happily joins us at career fairs, where he holds presentations or talks to young talent at our booth to get them into the SKIDATA spirit.