“I want to bring SKIDATA to the technological forefront”

Anders has been at SKIDATA since 2015. As Principle Architect, he is responsible for the future strategies of the company—and that’s what motivates him.

Working abroad was always exciting to Anders. It was actually only supposed to last for a few years, but now the Swede and his wife have been in Salzburg for 27 years. “It’s a charming city with a fantastic range of activities,” says Anders. But it wasn’t the city or the nature that brought Anders to Austria—it was work. Anders comes from Stockholm, where he studied mechatronics at the Royal Institute of Technology. An international project first brought him to work for an IT service provider in Salzburg, where he remained for 20 years, and he’s been with SKIDATA since March 2015.

Why the change? Being a service provider was not enough for Anders. He wanted to develop products that would actually end up with consumers and help determine the company’s success. “It was the interesting role as Senior Architect at SKIDATA that appealed to me,” Anders explains. “The prospect of influencing the strategic development of the company and its products was compelling.” At SKIDATA, it is not just managers who have the chance to advance their careers, and there are opportunities to pursue a specialist career path as an expert and–in Anders’ case–take on the role of Principle Architect. He currently works as a leading architect alongside a colleague. “Our job is to maintain the overview and the perspective on our software projects, and to develop the medium- to long-term technological strategy of the company.”

Anders found SKIDATA through a recruiting firm. It was an easy pairing: “For me, the international workplace was interesting, and it still is,” says the Swede. “I also found the technology and the technical portfolio very exciting, especially the development environment and the strategy of focusing on cloud services. At SKIDATA, I have the opportunity to take responsibility for the company’s future.”

As a Principle Architect, Anders doesn’t have a team of his own to report to. Instead, he works with a number of different teams. “We give input and define our tasks together, so I don’t need this leadership role.” He sees himself as primus inter pares: He acts as a midwife for ideas, developing strategies and providing suggestions–the integration of external partners into the SKIDATA system, for example–while also ensuring that projects are implemented with a strategy.

While Anders joined SKIDATA as a Senior Architect, he was promoted to Principle Architect after one year. At SKIDATA, however, even those who begin as technicians can also follow a structured career path to reach the same level. Each employee can determine their own development track within the company, and the annual Development Dialogue is one opportunity to do so. SKIDATA supports its employees as they forge their own paths, which includes training opportunities that are constantly being added, and career paths are structured so that the next level comes with new responsibilities and additional skills.

Anders’ job is multifaceted: Strategic discussions, decision-making on the integration architecture or the development ecosystem of software products from development to installation and maintenance to telemetry. He spends about a third of his time on consultations and meetings to stay aligned with long-term strategic goals, a third of his time on analysis and design together with the product architects and a third on planning, development and research. “I used to be a division manager with 60 people,” Anders says. “But the work did not flow directly into products that could be sold. At SKIDATA, I contribute directly to the success of the business. I find that exciting.”

Anders was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming culture at the company. “When you’re dropped in from above as if from a helicopter like I was, I would have expected more resistance,” he says. “But I was offered a great deal of trust from the start. Everyone was open and gave me a chance.” What Anders likes about his work is the diversity of topics, the international workplace and that SKIDATA builds on its own initiative. “It’s very much appreciated when someone brings in their own ideas and takes the initiative themselves,” he says. “And you get the support to implement ideas of your own.”

Anders’ work is important to him. He values a good balance between work, family and free-time, and SKIDATA offers him the flexibility he needs. “I don’t live to work, but I always enjoy going to work, I find it extremely exciting, and I learn something new every day.” When Anders isn’t at work, he goes running, biking, and on ski tours, both plays and watches ice hockey—and he is a Tango dancer.

His plan for the future? “Learn to master trendsetting technical concepts and–when it makes sense–implement them at SKIDATA,” Anders says. “I want to bring SKIDATA to the forefront of technology for the next five to ten years.”